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No Claims, No Drawings, No Problems

As part of efforts to unify international procedural rules for patent applicants, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently released new rules that have important procedural consequences generally deemed...more

Changes to Implement the Patent Law Treaty

On October 21, 2013 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a Notice of Final Rulemaking to revise its rules of practice to reflect the Patent Law Treaty and title II of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation...more

Patents: Is It Too Late To File??? Part 3

Continuing our discussion on patents and when and whether to file one… So, is it too late to file? As we have emphasized over the last few posts, it is crucial for inventors to keep the novelty of their...more

USPTO Finalizes "First Inventor to File" Rules

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) finalized the rules of practice implementing the "first inventor to file" provision of the America Invents Act (AIA). The rules take effect March 16, 2013. The "first...more

Final Rules for Implementing the First-Inventor-to-File Provisions of the America Invents Act

The transition to the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) system occurs on March 16, 2013. To prepare for implementing the change to the FITF system, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), on February 14, 2013,...more

USPTO Issues First-Inventor-to-File Examination Guidelines and Final Rule

In a press release issued earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that examination guidelines and the final rule for implementing the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) provisions of the Leahy-Smith America...more

AIA First-Inventor-To-File Provisions: What to Do Now, What to Do Later

On 16 March 2013, the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) will become effective. The new legal climate will pose additional challenges to obtaining a US patent that demand strategic choices both...more

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