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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 Proceedings 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

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

Pfizer, Inc. v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Last month, in Pfizer, Inc. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit determined that the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia did not err in granting summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the...more

2/16/2016 - Delays Notice Requirements Patent Applications Patent Litigation Patent Term Adjustment Pfizer Summary Judgment USPTO Wyeth

Winter Storm Jonas Forces USPTO Closure on Monday (1/25) and Tuesday (1/26)

For the second time in a little more than a month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has experienced an unexpected closing. Last month, the closing resulted from a major power outage at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria,...more

1/27/2016 - Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Power Outages Severe Weather USPTO

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 Five Stories of 2015

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

1/11/2016 - Abstract Ideas BPCIA CLS Bank v Alice Corp En Banc Review Limelight v Akamai Mayo v. Prometheus Notice Requirements Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Sandoz v Amgen SCOTUS 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: #16 to #20

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

1/4/2016 - Actavis Inc. AMP v Myriad Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Endo Pharmaceuticals HTC Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter SCOTUS Trans-Pacific Partnership USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

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

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