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USPTO Tries to Address Public Misunderstandings Regarding Myriad-Mayo Guidance

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office spent the entire afternoon session of today's biotechnology/chemical/pharmaceutical (BCP) customer partnership meeting focusing on the guidance memorandum for determining the subject...more

4/17/2014 - Biotechnology Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Pharmaceutical USPTO

USPTO to Permit Delay in Meeting Certain Prioritized Examination Requirements

In an interim rule published in the Federal Register last week (79 Fed. Reg. 12386), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office indicated that the time periods for meeting certain requirements for filing a request for Track I...more

3/13/2014 - Patent Examinations Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

USPTO Issues Guidance for Analyzing Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims Reciting Laws of Nature/Natural Principles, Natural...

Earlier today, in a memorandum issued to the Patent Examining Corps by Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Andrew Hirshfeld, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office implemented a new procedure for determining the...more

3/5/2014 - AMP v Myriad Mayo v. Prometheus Patent-Eligible Subject Matter 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

NAI & IPO Release List of Top 100 Universities Receiving Patents in 2012

Last month, the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) published a list of the top 100 worldwide universities that received the most U.S. utility patents in 2012. The...more

1/8/2014 - Intellectual Property Owners Association Inventors Patents USPTO

Top Stories of 2013: #4 to #6

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its seventh annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2013, we identified fourteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year...more

1/3/2014 - Actavis Inc. America Invents Act Computer-Related Inventions FTC FTC v Actavis Patent Law Treaty Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements SCOTUS USPTO

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 Will Remain Open . . . for Now

With day one of the latest federal government shutdown nearly at an end, and with Washington bracing for a prolonged government shutdown, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice to applicants and practitioners...more

10/2/2013 - Government Shutdown USPTO

IPO White Paper Calls for Update to Patent Examination System

A white paper authored by two members of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee argues that the current patent examination system "has run its course," and needs to be...more

9/26/2013 - Patent Examinations Patent Prosecution Patents USPTO

USPTO Expands and Extends Patent Prosecution Highway Programs - September 17, 2013

USPTO Implements PPH 2.0 Programs with NRIP and DKPTO - On September 12, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the implementation of a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) 2.0 program with the Nicaraguan Registry...more

9/18/2013 - Patent Litigation Patent Prosecution Highway Patents USPTO

USPTO Provides RCE Outreach Progress Update

At last month's Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) meeting, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provided a progress update on the RCE Outreach program that was initiated last December with the Office's request for...more

9/3/2013 - Patents 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

Senator Leahy Urges NIH to Use March-In Rights on Myriad BRCA Test

On Friday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sent a letter to Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), "to urge [the Director] to consider using march-in rights under the Bayh-Dole Act to ensure...more

7/18/2013 - AMP v Myriad Bayh-Dole Act BRCA DNA March-in Myriad NIH Patents USPTO

New Patent Litigation Bill Introduced in House

Last week, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced the "Patent Litigation and Innovation Act of 2013" (H.R. 2639) in the House. The bill, which would add procedural requirements for patent infringement suits, is related to...more

7/17/2013 - Infringement Patent Abuse Reduction Act Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

Manufacturing Innovation in America Act Introduced in House

On June 28, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced legislation (H.R. 2605) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for "patent box" profit from the use of U.S. patents (and foreign patents in certain...more

7/12/2013 - Internal Revenue Code Manufacturing Innovation in America Act Patents Tax Incentives The Patent Box USPTO

USPTO Files Reply Brief in Exelixis v. Rea

At the end of June, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filed its reply brief with the Federal Circuit in Exelixis, Inc. v. Rea. The appeal involves two decisions by the Eastern District of Virginia involving the impact of...more

7/8/2013 - Appellate Briefs Patent Term Adjustment Patents Request for Continued Examination USPTO

IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2012

Life Sciences Top 50 - Yesterday, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) announced the release of its 30th annual list of the top 300 organizations receiving U.S. patents. Patent Docs Readers may recall...more

6/25/2013 - Life Sciences Patents USPTO

USPTO Issues Memo on AMP v. Myriad to Examining Corps

On the same day that the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a one-page memorandum to its Patent Examining Corps...more

6/14/2013 - AMP v Myriad DNA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS USPTO

Congress Continues Efforts to "Reform" U.S. Patent Law

It has been less than three months since the remaining provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) took effect, and just short of five months since the AIA Technical Corrections Act was enacted to "correct and...more

6/11/2013 - America Invents Act Infringement Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patents Proposed Legislation USPTO

SIPO and KIPO to Use Cooperative Patent Classification System

Earlier this year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, a global classification system for patent documents. The...more

6/10/2013 - Coopertive Patent Classification System Patents USPTO WIPO

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

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Spring 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 2

In This Issue: Comments on New AIA Rules; Implementing the New Micro Entity Status at the U.S. Patent Office; Obama Administration Focuses on Chinese Trade Secret Misappropriation; and Tiffany & Co. v. Costco Wholesale...more

5/13/2013 - America Invents Act China Costco Fees First-to-File Generic Inventors Micro Entity Status Misappropriation Patent Reform Patents Tiffany and Company Trade Secrets Trademarks USPTO

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

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