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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

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

USPTO Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Law School Clinic Certification Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register earlier today (80 Fed. Reg. 78155) to comply with Public Law 113-227, which was enacted by Congress on December 16, 2014, and...more

12/17/2015 - Comment Period NPRM Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

USPTO News Briefs - December 2015

USPTO and INPI Establish PPH Pilot Program - On November 23, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Brazil's National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a...more

12/1/2015 - Brazil EPO Foreign Patent Applications MPEP Patent Applications Patent Prosecution Highway Patents PLTIA USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

USPTO Launches Dossier Access

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it had launched Dossier Access, the first of a set of business services to be developed as part of the Global Dossier Initiative. The Global Dossier...more

11/25/2015 - Foreign Patent Applications Global Dossier IP5 Offices Patent Applications USPTO

USPTO Revises Rules to Facilitate Access to Applications and File Contents by Foreign IP Offices

In a notice published earlier this week in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 65649), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a final rule revising the rules of practice to permit applicants to authorize the USPTO to give...more

10/30/2015 - Electronic Records European Patent Office Fees Final Rules Foreign Patent Applications Intellectual Property Protection Patent Applications Patents Popular USPTO

USPTO Announces Change in Practice for Correcting Foreign Priority Claims

In a Federal Register notice published earlier this month (80 Fed. Reg. 60367), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced a change in practice for the correction of errors in foreign priority claims. Under the change in...more

10/21/2015 - America Invents Act Federal Register Foreign Priority Applications Intellectual Property Protection Patent Applications Patents Prior Art USPTO

USPTO News Briefs - October 2015

USPTO Extends After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 Program - Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office indicated on its website and through a Patents Alert e-mail that the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP...more

10/13/2015 - AFCP Final Action Information Disclosure Statement Intellectual Property Protection Interviews Patent Applications Patents Request for Continued Examination USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc: NYIPLA

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

9/29/2015 - Amicus Briefs Bilski CLS Bank v Alice Corp En Banc Review Kappos Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition For Rehearing Preemption SCOTUS Sequenom USPTO

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc: IPO

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

9/9/2015 - Amicus Briefs AMP v Myriad En Banc Review Intellectual Property Owners Association Inventions Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition For Rehearing Preemption SCOTUS Sequenom USPTO

IPO Files Amicus Brief in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp.

Last week, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) filed a brief as amicus curiae in support of Plaintiff-Appellant Immersion Corp. In that case, the District Court for the...more

8/18/2015 - Chevron Deference Continuous Applications IPO Parent Corporation Patent Applications USPTO

USPTO News Briefs - August 2015

USPTO to Replace EFS-Web and PAIR - In an article posted on the Director's Forum blog, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Deputy Director Russ Slifer announced that the Office would begin implementing a new system that...more

8/10/2015 - Brazil Google Java Microsoft Patent Applications Patents Public Comment USPTO

Representatives Seek Protections for Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA in Innovation Act

Last month, in a letter to Congressional leadership, 79 Members of Congress expressed their support for the Innovation Act (H.R. 9) but sought inclusion of language in the bill "to preserve the integrity of the Drug Price...more

8/7/2015 - America Invents Act BPCIA FDA Approval Generic Drugs Hatch-Waxman Innovation Act Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmaceutical Patents Prescription Drugs USPTO

Drew Hirshfeld Appointed as New Commissioner of Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced earlier today that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Drew Hirshfeld to be the new Commissioner for Patents...more

7/31/2015 - Administrative Appointments America Invents Act First-to-File First-to-Invent Inventors Patent Examinations Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Policy Drafting Supplemental Examination USPTO

JPO and USPTO Announce PCT and Search Collaborations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced two new collaborations with the Japan Patent Office. In a press release issued on July 1, the USPTO announced an agreement with the JPO in which the JPO will...more

7/29/2015 - Federal Pilot Programs International Searching Authority Japan JPO Patent Cooperation Treaty Patents USPTO

CBO Provides Cost Estimate to Government to Implement Innovation Act

Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a cost estimate for the Innovation Act (H.R. 9). The bill, which was introduced in February, was reported by the House Committee on the Judiciary in June. The...more

7/28/2015 - Congressional Budget Office GAO Innovation Act Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Ownership Patents Pending Legislation USPTO

Daiichi Sankyo Co. v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Earlier this month, in Daiichi Sankyo Co. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision by the District Court for the District of Columbia granting summary judgment to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...more

7/21/2015 - Administrative Procedure Act America Invents Act Judicial Review Patent Litigation Patent Term Adjustment Patents Summary Judgment USPTO

Group of National and State Organizations Asks Congress to Enact Legislative Reforms to Maintain Strong Patent System

Last month, more than 90 national and state advocacy organizations sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, urging Congress to enact legislative reforms that will maintain a strong and...more

6/2/2015 - America Invents Act Patent Invalidity Patent Reform Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Drugs USPTO

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