Donald Zuhn

Donald Zuhn

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

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USPTO Proposes Revisions to Materiality Standard

On October 28, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 9451), proposing revisions to the materiality standard for the duty to disclose information...more

11/15/2016 - Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) Materiality Patent Applications Patents Popular USPTO

USPTO Seeks Comments on New Sequence Standard

In a notice published last month in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 74775), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has requested comments from the public on WIPO Standard ST.26, a new standard for the presentation of...more

11/14/2016 - Federal Register Patent Applications Patents Popular USPTO WIPO

Early Reaction to Presidential Election Results

On November 09, 2016, in a result that stunned at least 47.7% of the American electorate and many observers abroad, a contentious Presidential election finally came to a conclusion, with Republican candidate Donald J. Trump...more

11/10/2016 - Donald Trump Political Campaigns Political Candidates Presidential Elections

USPTO to Hold Roundtables on Subject Matter Eligibility

In a notice published in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 71485) last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will be holding two roundtables in order to obtain public input on patent subject matter...more

11/7/2016 - Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular Roundtable USPTO

USPTO Seeks Comments and Will Hold Roundtables on Examination Time

In a Federal Register notice (81 Fed. Reg. 73383) published last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a request for public feedback regarding the Office's reevaluation of its examination time goals. The Office...more

11/4/2016 - Popular Public Comment Roundtable USPTO

In re Efthymiopoulos (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Last month, in In re Efthymiopoulos, the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board affirming the Examiner's rejection of all pending claims of Appellant...more

11/2/2016 - Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

Second Quarter Venture Funding Increases 20% from First Quarter

Earlier this year, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the second quarter of...more

10/12/2016 - Biotechnology Funding Life Sciences Software Startups Trade Associations Venture Capital Venture Funding

RWS Inovia Releases 2016 Report on Global Patent Trends

Patent services provider RWS inovia recently released its seventh annual report on global patent and IP trends. In compiling "The 2016 U.S. Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator," RWS inovia, which produces products for PCT...more

10/11/2016 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp EU Patent Applications Patents USPTO

USPTO Implements Enhanced Patent Assignment Search

In a Patent Alert e-mail distributed last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the release of an enhanced version of its Patent Assignment Search System. The Office noted that the new system provides an...more

10/10/2016 - Search Engines USPTO

USPTO Announces 2016 Patents for Humanity Winners

On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program, which was launched by the Office in February 2012 as part of an Obama...more

10/3/2016 - FDA Life Sciences Obama Administration Patents Research and Development USPTO Vaccinations

FDA Approves Release of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

Lost among reports of the first locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus in the continental United States in late July (as well as concern over Zika transmission at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in...more

9/19/2016 - FDA Genetically Engineered Animals Zika

USPTO Announces Changes to EFS-Web Payments for Deposit Accounts and EFTs

In a Patent Alert email distributed earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that beginning on Monday, October 17, 2016, EFS-Web users who wish to use a deposit account or electronic funds transfer...more

9/16/2016 - EFTs Patents Payment Methods USPTO

USPTO News Briefs - September 2016

USPTO Announces Interim Authentication Method for EFS-Web and Private PAIR - On September 13, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced via a Patent Alert e-mail that a new authentication option for EFS-Web and...more

9/15/2016 - Applications Authentication Hyperlink Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) Patents USPTO

USPTO Issues Notice of Roundtable and Request for Comments on Importing Prior Art Automatically and Streamlining Patent Issuance

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 59197) requesting written comments regarding two issues: (1) how the Office can better leverage other applications...more

9/13/2016 - Federal Register Patent Applications Patent Examinations Patents Prior Art Registration Roundtable USPTO

UCB, Inc. v. Yeda Research and Development Co. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

On September 08, 2016, in UCB, Inc. v. Yeda Research and Development Co., the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that UCB's Cimzia® brand antibody does not...more

9/9/2016 - Estoppel Patent Applications Patent Infringement Patent Validity Patents PTO Research and Development

Oxford Immunotec Ltd. v. Qiagen, Inc. (D. Mass. 2016)

Magistrate Recommends That Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Be Allowed for Kit Claims and Denied for Method Claims - Last month, in Oxford Immunotec Ltd. v. Qiagen, Inc., Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell of the U.S....more

9/6/2016 - Biotechnology CLS Bank v Alice Corp Method Claims Motion to Dismiss Patent Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Summary Judgment

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

PwC Report: 2017 Will Be Year of Equilibrium for Medical Costs

A report issued by PwC's Health Research Institute (HRI) in June projects next year's medical cost trend (i.e., the projected percentage increase in the cost to treat patients) to be 6.5%, which is level to the medical cost...more

8/3/2016 - Drug Pricing Healthcare Costs Life Sciences Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Drugs

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 (IPR) Proceeding Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Post-Grant Review USPTO

USPTO Sets New Deadline for Migration to Financial Manager

As we reported earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it was extending the deadline for customers to migrate their deposit accounts and electronic funds transfer accounts (EFTs) to Financial...more

7/29/2016 - Deposit Accounts EFTs Electronic Payment Transactions Internet Payments 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

Senate Passes GMO Food Labeling Legislation

Earlier this month, the Senate passed legislation (S. 764) that would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national disclosure standard for bioengineered foods. ...more

7/11/2016 - Bioengineering Food Labeling Food Manufacturers GMO Pending Legislation Preemption

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

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