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Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- International Bioindustry Associations

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

8/12/2014 - Biotechnology Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Myriad-Mayo Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Public Comment Rulemaking Process USPTO

Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- ACLU

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

8/6/2014 - ACLU Biotechnology Chemicals CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Memorandum of Guidance Myriad Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Public Comment Section 101 USPTO

USPTO Seeks Public Input on Application Pendency

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 38854) requesting comments from the public regarding optimal patent first action and total pendency target...more

7/22/2014 - Patent Applications Patent Reform Patents USPTO

USPTO Proposes Rules Changes in View of Novartis v. Lee

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 34681) discussing changes to the rules of practice to implement the Federal Circuit's decision...more

7/17/2014 - Novartis Patent Examinations Patents Public Comment Rulemaking Process USPTO

USPTO Holds Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility -- Part IV

On May 9, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a four-hour long forum to receive public feedback on the Myriad-Mayo Guidance, which was issued by the Office on March 4. According to the Office's Guidance webpage, the...more

7/10/2014 - AMP v Myriad Mayo v. Prometheus Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS USPTO

Docs @ BIO: USPTO Provides Update on Myriad-Mayo Guidance

At last week's BIO International Convention in San Diego, Andrew Hirshfeld, USPTO Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, and June Cohan, a Legal Advisor with the USPTO's Office of Patent Legal Administration, took...more

7/2/2014 - DNA Genetic Materials Guidance Update Memorandum of Guidance Myriad Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Public Comment Section 101 Stem cells USPTO

USPTO Extends Deadline for Providing Feedback on Myriad-Mayo Guidance

As we reported earlier this week, the period for submitting written comments to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding the Office's Myriad-Mayo guidance memorandum has been extended to July 31, 2014. The Office...more

6/30/2014 - Memorandum of Guidance Myriad Myriad-Mayo Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

USPTO Issues Final Rule to Implement PTA Provisions of AIA Technical Corrections Act and Provide Optional Procedure for Requesting...

On May 15, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Federal Register notice (79 Fed. Reg. 27755) to adopt as final changes to the rules of practice implementing the patent term adjustment (PTA) provisions of section...more

5/30/2014 - America Invents Act Patent Reform Patent Term Adjustment Patent Terms Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents USPTO

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 2 (Spring 2014)

In This Issue: - “Patent Trolls” in the Crosshairs – But How Will Patent Reform Legislation Impact the Rest of Us - USPTO Guidance Takes an Expansive View of Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter - Functional Claim...more

5/20/2014 - Data Protection Non-Practicing Entities Patent Exhaustion Patent Litigation Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Trademarks USPTO

USPTO Holds Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility -- Part III

Last Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a four-hour long forum to receive public feedback on the Myriad-Mayo Guidance, which was issued by the Office on March 4. According to the Office's Guidance webpage, the...more

5/16/2014 - AMP v Myriad Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Applications Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS USPTO

USPTO Holds Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility -- Part II

Last Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a four-hour long forum to receive public feedback on the Myriad-Mayo Guidance, which was issued by the Office on March 4. According to the Office's Guidance webpage, the...more

5/15/2014 - Forum Myriad Patent Examinations Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Public Comment SCOTUS USPTO

USPTO Holds Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility -- Part I

Last Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a four-hour long forum to receive public feedback on the Myriad-Mayo Guidance, which was issued by the Office on March 4. According to the Office's Guidance webpage, the...more

5/13/2014 - Guidance Update Myriad Patent Examinations Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Public Comment SCOTUS USPTO

USPTO Guidance Takes an Expansive View of Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter

On March 4, 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 (“USPTO”) implemented a new procedure for...more

5/12/2014 - Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

In re Roslin Institute (Fed. Cir. 2014) - Dolly the Sheep Not Patent Eligible Subject Matter

Earlier today, the Federal Circuit affirmed a determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board affirming the rejection of claims 155-159 and 164 of U.S. Application No. 09/225,233 as being directed to unpatentable subject...more

5/9/2014 - Genetic Materials Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

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

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