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Federal Circuit Grants Patent Term Adjustment After Allowance When Continued Examination Requested

On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Novartis v. Lee (No. 2013-1160, -1179), holding that time spent in “continued examination” is excluded from a patent term adjustment even where...more

1/16/2014 - Novartis Patent Term Adjustment Patents Request for Continued Examination

USPTO Announces Revisions to Patent Term Adjustment Rules

On April 1, 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published an interim final rule revising several patent term adjustment (PTA) provisions in view of the AIA Technical Corrections Act. 78 Fed. Reg. 19416. In...more

4/5/2013 - Failure To Pay Patent Applications Patents USPTO

Patent Filing Considerations Under the AIA on the Eve of March 16th

March 16, 2013 is rapidly approaching. This date is significant because it is the effective date of Section 3 of the American Invents Act (AIA). Section 3 of AIA includes the first-inventor-to-file provisions (FITF). Most of...more

2/25/2013 - America Invents Act Effective Filing Date Filing Deadlines First-to-File Patent Reform Patents Prior Art

The Patentability of Isolated DNA Will be Decided by the Supreme Court

On November 30, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the Federal Circuit decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, holding that isolated human genes are patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. §...more

12/4/2012 - DNA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

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