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The Prosecutor’s Tool Box: How Many Claims?

Excess claim fees are not new and are used in many patent offices worldwide. For example, the European Patent Office varies their claim fees for the 16th to the 50th claim and then, again for the 51st and each subsequent...more

Higher US Patent Fees On The Horizon

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The USPTO has published a proposed fee schedule for patent fees likely to take effect October 1, 2017–the start of the USPTO’s next fiscal year. The proposed fee schedule makes “slight” changes to many fees, and more...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 2 (Spring 2016)

Pre-AIA and Post-AIA Issues Presented by the On-Sale Bar - The “on-sale” bar to patentability refers to a sale or offer for sale of an invention that can invalidate the patent for that invention. The...more

Comparing U.S. and Australian Provisional Patent Applications

The United States and Australia each offer the option of filing a provisional patent application before filing a national or PCT non-provisional patent application. The U.S. provisional patent system and the Australian...more

He Fought the Law, and the Law Won

The most remarkable thing about Hyatt v Lee, [2014-1596], (August 20, 2015), is that the plaintiff Mr. Hyatt has 400 pending patent applications that were filed before June 8, 1995. This means that any patent that issues on...more

The Future European Patent System: Update on the Latest News

by WilmerHale on

Following our note “The Future European Patent System: Being Prepared,” we report here on the very latest news on the implementation of the major changes to the European patent system. In recent weeks, there has been...more

Patent Offices Issue Warnings Regarding Fraudulent Requests for Fees

Several patent offices, including the European Patent Office (EPO), United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and Israel Patent Office (ILPO), have recently issued...more

Fees for Recording IP Security Agreements with the USPTO and USCO

by White & Case LLP on

In financing transactions, such as loans or securitizations, lenders will typically take a security interest in the borrower's assets pledged as collateral, including any United States intellectual property ("US IP") assets,...more

Changes in EPO Divisional Deadlines – Fees Announced

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Following its previous announcement to repeal the 24-month limit on filing divisional applications, on December 13, 2013 the European Patent Office (EPO) announced an updated schedule of fees for filing European patent...more

U.S. Patent "Micro-Entity" Rules & Other Cost Savings Strategies: Do You qualify for 75% Off Your U.S. Patent Filing Costs?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The short answer is that a company or individual who already is qualified as a small entity (which entitles you to 50% off U.S. patent filing costs) may also qualify under the final rules issued by the Patent Office for...more

New Patent Application Filing Considerations in View of AIA Changes

As you may know, the America Invents Act (AIA) has introduced several changes to U.S. patent law. On March 16, 2013, the AIA moves the U.S. from a First-to-Invent system to a First-to-File system. This and other provisions...more

Taking a Stand on USPTO Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Policy

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Next week (February 4, 2013) is the deadline for submitting comments in response to the USPTO’s request for feedback on Request for Continued Examination (RCE) practice. (This article provides more information on the request...more

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