Robert Irani

Robert Irani

Bennett Jones LLP

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Expedited Examination Options for Patent Applications Filed in the United States

In the United States, patents are granted and issued through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Each patent application received by the USPTO is examined by a United States patent examiner in the order it...more

5/1/2015 - Expedited Actions Process Patent Applications Patent Examinations Patents USPTO

Considerations and Implications of Expedited Patent Examination Initiatives in the US

The typical pendency of a patent application in the United States can be between two and five years. In certain situations, a patent applicant may require or want a more expeditious disposition by the USPTO....more

5/1/2015 - Expedited Actions Process Patent Applications Patent Examinations Patents USPTO

United States Patent and Trademark Office Final Patent Term Adjustment Rules

On January 9, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its final rules implementing changes to patent term adjustment (PTA), in view of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

3/18/2015 - Final Rules Novartis Patent Term Adjustment Patents USPTO

Amendments to the Canadian Patent Act – Bill C-43

On December 16, 2014, amendments to the Canadian Patent Act contained in Bill C-43, known as the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 2, received Royal Assent. The amendments seek to fulfill Canada's undertakings to...more

2/11/2015 - Amended Legislation Canada Canadian Patent Act

United States Patent and Trademark Office Interim Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has published its 2014 Interim Eligibility Guidance of Subject Matter Eligibility for use by USPTO personnel in determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101 of the...more

12/18/2014 - AMP v Myriad CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Section 101 USPTO

2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

On December 16, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its 2014 Interim Eligibility Guidance of Subject Matter Eligibility for use by USPTO personnel in determining subject matter eligibility...more

12/18/2014 - Guidance Update Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

White House Proposes Measures to Deter Frivolous U.S. Patent Troll Litigation and Improve Patent Quality

On June 4, 2013, United States President Barack Obama announced in a White House press release, five executive actions and seven legislative recommendations aimed at deterring frivolous patent litigation and ensuring the...more

6/10/2013 - America Invents Act Barack Obama Non-Practicing Entities Patent Assertion Entities Patent Reform Patent Trolls Proposed Legislation

CIPO Issues Examiner Guideline for Computer-Implemented Inventions (PN 2013-03)

After some prior iterations and commentary from the patent bar, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) published a practice note dealing with computer-implemented inventions on March 8, 2013. The practice note is...more

3/15/2013 - Canada Computer-Related Inventions Examiners Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

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