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USPTO Seeks Public Input on Application Pendency

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 38854) requesting comments from the public regarding optimal patent first action and total pendency target...more

7/22/2014 - Patent Applications Patent Reform Patents USPTO

USPTO Holds Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility -- Part III

Last Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a four-hour long forum to receive public feedback on the Myriad-Mayo Guidance, which was issued by the Office on March 4. According to the Office's Guidance webpage, the...more

5/16/2014 - AMP v Myriad Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS USPTO

USPTO Proposes Rules Changes to Require Identification in Applications and Patents of Attributable Owners

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 4105), in which the Office proposed changes to the rules of practice that it claimed would...more

1/29/2014 - Patent Applications Patent Ownership Patents USPTO

USPTO Releases Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2013

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released its Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. As in last year's report, the most recent report notes that the Office's 2010-2015 Strategic Plan...more

1/10/2014 - Patent Applications Patents Transparency USPTO

USPTO Issues Memo On Changes Pertaining To Patent Law Treaty

Last week, we reported on changes to the rules of practice made pursuant to title II of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA), which was enacted on December 18, 2012, and which amended U.S. Patent Law to...more

12/27/2013 - Examiners Foreign Patent Applications Patent Applications Patents PLTIA Provisional Applications Trademarks

USPTO Issues Final Rule to Implement Patent Law Treaty -- Changes Take Effect December 18

On October 21, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a final rule (78 Fed. Reg. 62368) revising the rules of practice pursuant to title II of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA), which amends U.S....more

12/17/2013 - Patent Applications Patents PLTIA USPTO

USPTO Opposes Certiorari in Finjan v. USPTO

Last month, in an opposition brief filed by attorneys for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Department of Justice, the Office asked the Supreme Court to deny petitioner's writ of certiorari in Finjan, Inc. v. United...more

8/20/2013 - Certiorari Ex Partes Reexamination Patent Applications Patents Prior Art SCOTUS USPTO

USPTO Proposes Rules Changes to Implement Patent Law Treaty

In April, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 21788) proposing changes to the rules of practice for consistency with the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) and title II of the...more

6/6/2013 - Patent Applications Patent Cooperation Treaty Patent Law Treaty Patents PLTIA USPTO

USPTO News Briefs -- May 28, 2013

USPTO Modifies After Final Consideration Pilot Program - Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 29117) regarding modifications to the After...more

5/29/2013 - AFCP Patent Applications Patents Patents for Humanity Program USPTO

WIPO Reports Increase in International Application Filings in 2012

In March, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced that International patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) increased by 6.6% in 2012. WIPO noted that of the 194,000 PCT...more

5/17/2013 - Patent Applications WIPO

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Spring 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 2: Comments on New AIA Rules

On March 16, 2013, the final (and most significant) portion of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) took effect, and the United States broke from a first-to-invent regime to a first-inventor-to-file (FITF) regime. Of...more

5/14/2013 - America Invents Act First-to-File First-to-Invent Patent Applications Patent Reform Patents

Inovia Releases 2013 Report on Global Patent Trends

Patent services provider inovia announced the release of its 2013 report on global patent and IP trends today. In compiling the report, inovia, which produces products for PCT national phase entry, European patent...more

5/9/2013 - EPO EU Filing Requirements JPO KIPO Patent Applications Patents USPTO

Dawson v. Dawson (Fed. Cir. 2013)

On March 25, the Federal Circuit in Dawson v. Dawson affirmed a determination by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences that the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) failed to establish sole conception by Dr....more

5/7/2013 - Inventors Patent Applications Patents World Health Organization

USPTO News Briefs - March 18, 2013

USPTO Extends Comment Period on Notice Regarding Preparation of Patent Applications - In January, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 2960) requesting public...more

3/19/2013 - Patent Applications Patent Examinations Patent Prosecution Highway Patents SIPO USPTO

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