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Letter to Colombian President Encourages Grant of Compulsory License for Imatinib

Last month, we reported on letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to the U.S. Trade Representative, seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on compulsory licenses. The letters were...more

8/8/2016 - Columbia Compulsory Licenses Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Public Health U.S. Commerce Department USTR World Health Organization

Hudson Institute Report Refutes UN Panel Stance on Impact of Patents on Access to Medicines

In June, the Hudson Institute released a research report that analyzes several positions taken by the United Nations (UN) High Level Panel on Access to Medicines (HLP) on the impact of patents on global access to medicines. ...more

8/5/2016 - Global Health Issues Health IT Human Rights Inventors Patents Research and Development United Nations

USPTO News Briefs - July 2016

PTAB Introduces New Patent Review Processing System - In a post on the USPTO's "Director's Forum" blog, the Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), David P. Ruschke, announced that the PTAB was...more

8/1/2016 - Administrative Proceedings Certificate of Mailing Covered Business Method Patents E-Filing Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Post-Grant Review USPTO

USPTO Implements Pilot Program to Support President's National Cancer Moonshot

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 42328) regarding the implementation of a new pilot program that will provide for earlier review of patent applications...more

7/20/2016 - Cancer Federal Register National Cancer Moonshot Patent Applications Patents Request for Continued Examination USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

USPTO Initiates Post-Prosecution Pilot Program

On Monday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 44845) regarding the initiation of a new pilot program intended to enhance patent practice during the period after the...more

7/15/2016 - Administrative Proceedings Appeals Federal Register Final Action Patents Request for Continued Examination USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

28 Organizations Seek Clarification from President Obama Regarding Colombian Compulsory License -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

On July 5, 2016, we reported on two letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to Michael Froman, the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR"), seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on...more

7/6/2016 - Barack Obama Columbia Compulsory Licenses Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Political Debates Public Health U.S. Commerce Department USTR World Health Organization

USPTO Extends Deadline for Migration to Financial Manager

As we reported earlier this week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office originally set a June 30, 2016 deadline for customers to migrate their deposit accounts and electronic funds transfer accounts (EFTs) to Financial...more

7/5/2016 - EFTs Electronic Fund Transfer Act Online Payments Patent Fees Patents USPTO

Deadline Approaching to Migrate USPTO Deposit Accounts to Financial Manager

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sent an e-mail alert reminding practitioners and applicants that the deadline for migrating their deposit accounts and electronic funds transfer accounts (EFTs) is June 30,...more

6/29/2016 - EFTs Electronic Fund Transfer Act Online Payments Patent Fees Patents USPTO

Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Continuation Application Filed on Same Day Parent Issues Satisfies § 120...

Last week, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., the Federal Circuit reversed the decision of the District Court for the District of Delaware that U.S. Patent No. 7,148,875 ("the '875 patent"), assigned to Immersion Corp....more

6/27/2016 - Appeals Patent Applications Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Same-Day Continuations Summary Judgment

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Certiorari: Dr. Chakrabarty, A Scientist's View

In March, following the Federal Circuit's denial of Sequenom's petition for rehearing en banc, Sequenom filed a petition for certiorari for Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit's decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v....more

6/20/2016 - Amicus Briefs Ariosa CLS Bank v Alice Corp Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition for Writ of Certiorari Pharmaceutical Patents SCOTUS Section 101 Sequenom

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Certiorari: Eli Lilly and Company et al.

In March, following the Federal Circuit's denial of Sequenom's petition for rehearing en banc, Sequenom filed a petition for certiorari for Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit's decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v....more

6/17/2016 - Abstract Ideas Amicus Briefs Ariosa Eli Lilly Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition for Writ of Certiorari Pfizer Pharmaceutical Patents Product of Nature Doctrine SCOTUS Sequenom

Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance -- Example on Screening for Gene Alterations

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued further guidance for determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In addition to a memorandum on subject matter eligibility determinations that was...more

6/10/2016 - BRCA Diagnostic Method DNA Life Sciences Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 USPTO

USPTO Selects Topics for Quality Case Study Pilot Program

In December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invited stakeholders to submit patent quality-related topics that could be used as case studies in a new Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative (EPQI) pilot program. At the time,...more

6/1/2016 - Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

Amici Support Certiorari in Sequenom v. Ariosa

In response to Sequenom's March 21 petition for certiorari seeking Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit's decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. (see "Sequenom Petitions for Certiorari"), a total of...more

5/3/2016 - Ariosa Certiorari Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Product of Nature Doctrine Sequenom

USPTO Seeks Comments on New Patent Quality Metrics

In a notice published in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 16142) last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that new patent quality metrics were being designed for use in FY2017 and that the Office was...more

5/2/2016 - Corporate Counsel Federal Register Patent Quality Metrics Patents Public Comment USPTO

IPO Responds to USPTO Call for Case Study Topics

In December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invited stakeholders to submit patent quality-related topics that they believe should be the subject of a case study as part of a new Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative pilot...more

3/16/2016 - IPO Patents USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

USPTO News Briefs - March 2016

USPTO Seeks Sample Applications for eMod Project - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office distributed a Patents Alert USPTO News e-mail last week requesting that stakeholders provide .docx sample applications for testing...more

3/9/2016 - E-Commerce Patent Applications Patents Technology USPTO

USPTO Issues Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released its Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. In describing the USPTO's strategic and performance-planning framework, the 2015 report begins by...more

3/4/2016 - America Invents Act Biotechnology Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Applications Patents Performance and Accountability Report USPTO Utility Patents

Q&A from Webinar on Top Patent Law Stories of 2015

Earlier today, we presented a live webinar on the "Top Patent Law Stories of 2015." The webinar covered seven of the twenty stories that made it onto Patent Docs ninth annual list of top patent stories. The seven stories...more

1/22/2016 - America Invents Act Chevron Deference CLS Bank v Alice Corp En Banc Review Limelight v Akamai Patent Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Sandoz v Amgen Section 101 Sequenom USPTO

Top Stories of 2015: #6 to #10

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/9/2016 - Appeals Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Cisco v CommilUSA Claim Construction Clear Error Standard Cuozzo Speed Technologies Electronics Honest Belief Defense Induced Infringement Patent Infringement Patent Term Adjustment Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent Validity Patents SCOTUS Teva v Sandoz USPTO

Top Stories of 2015: #11 to #15

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/5/2016 - Australia Biosimilars BPCIA FDA Approval Indefiniteness Innovation Act Kimble v Marvel Enterprises Myriad Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Expiration Patent Reform Patent Royalties Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Product of Nature Doctrine Sandoz SCOTUS

Breaking News: USPTO Restores EFS-Web and Private PAIR

Although the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has not yet made a formal announcement on the USPTO Systems Status and Availability webpage or the Office's Facebook and Twitter accounts, it appears that the Office has now...more

12/28/2015 - Holidays Patents Power Outages USPTO

USPTO Restores Fax Line

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced on December 24, 2015 that it has now restored its fax line and is once again able to receive faxed documents. The announcement was made on the Office's Facebook and Twitter...more

12/28/2015 - Holidays Patents USPTO

Major Power Outage Causes Shutdown of USPTO Online and IT Systems -- USPTO to Consider December 22-24 to be "Federal Holidays"

On Tuesday, December 22, a major power outage at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, VA significantly damaged the Office's electronic systems and required the shutdown of the Office's online and...more

12/28/2015 - Holidays Patents Power Outages USPTO

USPTO Seeks Topics for Quality Case Study Pilot Program

In a notice published in the Federal Register In a notice published in the Federal Register on December 21, 2015 (80 Fed. Reg. 79277), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invites stakeholders to submit patent quality-related...more

12/23/2015 - Federal Register Patent Examinations Patents USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

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