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Congress Continues to Promote Patent Reform Efforts

In recent years, Congress has devoted a great deal of attention to patent reform. Those efforts led in 2011 to passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was the most extensive revision of the patent laws in...more

STRONG Patents Act Would Fix Micro Entity Gap

Senator Coons (D-Del) has introduced patent reform legislation that is similar to but different from the Goodlatte Innovation Act pending in the House. One section of S. 632 that does not have a parallel in H.R. 9 relates to...more

SEC Continues to Focus on Microcap Fraud

Microcap fraud is a continuing enforcement priority for the SEC. Last week, for example, the Commission brought an action centered on what would have been a pump and dump scheme but for the fact that the shell company was...more

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

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

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Spring 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 2: Implementing the New Micro...

As part of new rules introduced by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), a new section that defines a “micro entity” was added to Title 35 of the United States Code. As a subset of small entity status, micro entity...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Spring 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 2

In This Issue: Comments on New AIA Rules; Implementing the New Micro Entity Status at the U.S. Patent Office; Obama Administration Focuses on Chinese Trade Secret Misappropriation; and Tiffany & Co. v. Costco Wholesale...more

Legal Alert: A Little Rule With Big Implications: USPTO Implements New Fee Schedule Including a 75% Reduction in Patent Fees for...

On March 19, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented a new fee schedule as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Act). Among numerous changes in the fees for patent services...more

The America Invents Act

As we advised previously, on September 16, 2011, the President signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. patent system in more than 60 years. Most of the changes required by the...more

USPTO Publishes Final Micro Entity Rules

The USPTO has published final rules governing the new Micro Entity status that will permit certain patent applicants to pay certain patent fees at a 75% reduced rate....more

USPTO Issues Final Rule Implementing Micro Entity Status

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (77 Fed. Reg. 75019) issuing the Office's final rule implementing the micro entity provision of § 10 of the Leahy-Smith America...more

Final Rules for Changes to Implement Micro Entity Status for Paying Patent Fees

Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued its final rules for Changes to Implement Micro Entity Status for Paying Patent Fees. The rules provide for the filing of a certificate of micro entity status...more

Entity Size Determination at the USPTO

Determination of an entity’s size (e.g., small, micro or standard) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an important issue that affects budgets and dictates the applicable fee schedules at the USPTO....more

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