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USPTO Eases Requirements for Track I Prioritized Examination

In a Federal Register Notice issued March 5, 2014, the USPTO announced interim rules under the Track I prioritized examination program that ease the formal requirements for obtaining Track I prioritized examination of a new...more

USPTO to Permit Delay in Meeting Certain Prioritized Examination Requirements

In an interim rule published in the Federal Register last week (79 Fed. Reg. 12386), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office indicated that the time periods for meeting certain requirements for filing a request for Track I...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Patent Term Adjustments

The Federal Circuit ruled last week that the Patent Office had incorrectly calculated the patent term adjustments for patents owned by Novartis and opened the door to longer patent terms....more

Extensive Prior Examination of Patent-In-Suit Justifies Denial of Stay Pending CBM Review before Patent Office

VirtualAgility, Inc. ("VirtualAgility) filed a patent infringement action against Salesforce.com, Inc. ("Salesforce") over a patent purporting to cover processes and tools that provide a common framework for communicating...more

Australia Joins the Global Patent Prosecution Highway

The Australian Patent Office is one of 13 patent offices from around the globe that have joined forces to create a Global Patent Prosecution Highway (GPPH) pilot program, which commenced on 6 January 2014. ...more

Design Patents: A Low Cost Option for Expedited Patent Protection

This article outlines some of the basics of design patents, as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages, to assist you in developing your intellectual property strategy....more

IPO White Paper Calls for Update to Patent Examination System

A white paper authored by two members of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) U.S. Patent Office Practice Committee argues that the current patent examination system "has run its course," and needs to be...more

Compact Prosecution 2.0 — Changing The U.S. Patent Examination Paradigm

William F. Smith of Woodcock Washburn LLP and Joseph Mallon of Knobbe Martens (colleagues on the IPO Patent Office Practice Committee)** have prepared a white paper that encourages us to take a step back from the current U.S....more

One Patent Application, One Examination, One Profession, Two Patents

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2013 was introduced into Parliament on 30 May 2013....more

USPTO Launches Updated Version Of Its After Final Consideration Pilot Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched an updated version of its After Final Consideration Pilot Program (AFCP 2.0). ...more

Q&A With Knobbe's Ron Schoenbaum

Ronald J. Schoenbaum is a partner in Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP's Orange County and Silicon Valley, Calif., offices. He focuses on patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio management, and infringement/validity...more

USPTO Launches New After Final Consideration Pilot Program to Reduce Requests for Continued Examination (RCEs)

In a Federal Register Notice published on May 17, 2013, the USPTO announced After Final Consideration Pilot Program 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) as part of its ongoing efforts to “reduce pendency by reducing the number of Requests for...more

New Patent Regulations Change The Due Date For Filing A Notice Of Entitlement

A notice by an Australian patent applicant stating entitlement to grant of patent and to claim priority is to be filed no later than the due date for request for examination....more

USPTO News Briefs - March 18, 2013

USPTO Extends Comment Period on Notice Regarding Preparation of Patent Applications - In January, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 2960) requesting public...more

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