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Top Five Stories of 2016

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/9/2017 - America Invents Act Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard CLS Bank v Alice Corp Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Patent Applications Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Sequenom USPTO

Top Stories of 2016: #16 to #20

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/3/2017 - Biosimilars BPCIA CRISPR Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Patent Term Adjustment Patents USPTO

USPTO Extends Missing Parts Pilot Program for Another Year

In a notice published in the Federal Register last week (81 Fed. Reg. 93669), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program that was implemented on January 8, 2010 would be...more

12/29/2016 - Patent Term Adjustment Patents USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance -- Example on Diagnosing and Treating Julitis

Last week, 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

5/13/2016 - Guidance Update Life Sciences Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter USPTO

USPTO Issues Update to Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

In a notice published in the Federal Register (88 Fed. Reg. 27381) on Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued further guidance for determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The notice,...more

5/10/2016 - Abstract Ideas Life Sciences New Guidance Patent-Eligible Subject Matter USPTO

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

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