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Inter Partes Review Initial Filings of Paramount Importance: What Is Clear After Two Years of Inter Partes Review Under the AIA

September 16, 2014, marked the two year anniversary since certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act went into effect, including post-grant Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and...more

Success Protecting Intellectual Property in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO

For a drug discovery start-up, patent protection of the intellectual property underlying the commercialization pursuit is critically important. If the company is a university or research institution spin-out that obtained...more

Finally Facing First Inventor to File Issues

It has been over three years since the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was signed into law by President Obama, and just over eighteen months since the effective date of the first-inventor-to-file changes to 35 USC § 102....more

Patent Office Extends AFCP 2.0 and QPIDS Pilot Programs to September 2015

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just announced it has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot program (AFCP 2.0) and the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement program (QPIDS), which are now...more

PTAB Exercises Discretion When Rejecting Follow-On Petition Filed More Than One Year After Service of the Complaint with...

The AIA sets a one-year deadline to file a petition for IPR of a patent from the date a complaint for patent infringement is served. 35 U.S.C. § 315(b). There is an exception: the bar does not apply when joining a second...more

Did the USPTO Really Improve the ‘After Final Consideration Pilot’?

On October 1, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (“AFCP 2.0”) – a program intended to provide new features that will enhance communication between...more

PTAB Update -- A Review of the First Round of Comments -- Part 2

As we have previously reported, the USPTO has been seeking feedback on the PTAB trial proceedings established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. A Federal Register notice from June 27, 2014, contained a "Request for...more

The Most Important New Changes To Russian IP Law

On Oct. 1, 2014, substantial amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation as it relates to intellectual property come into force. The amendments cover all areas of intellectual property, including copyright,...more

The New Patent Policy on Natural Products Is a Game Changer for Universities and Life Sciences Companies

Since the 19th Century, it has been considered a given that a person who identifies and purifies a useful natural substance is entitled to a patent, so long as the substance had never before existed in pure form. ...more

The Importance of the One-Year AIA Timeline

Rackspace US, Inc. v. Personal Web Techs., LLC - Addressing the one-year time frame for completing inter partes review (IPR) in the context of a stay request, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial...more

Upcoming Amendments To Russian IP Legislation: General Overview

On October 1, 2014, substantial amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (“Civil Code”) as it relates to intellectual property will come into force. The amendments cover all areas of intellectual property,...more

USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow in Seven Cities Nationwide

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will host seven roadshow events across the country to increase public understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act. The...more

An Inexpensive Alternative to Patent Litigation

The America Invents Act (AIA), passed in September 2011, provides additional procedures to challenge the validity of patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). These “post grant” procedures are far less...more

Gone but not forgotten…is the archaic ground of prior claiming relevant to “whole of contents” novelty?

This is one of two related articles on aspects of prior claiming. Prior claiming was a ground of invalidity under the Patents Act 1952 (1952 Act). It prevented grant of a patent claiming subject matter already claimed by...more

Patent Trolls Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Invent something, patent it and watch your creative enterprise grow into an empire. That’s what inventors are supposed to do. Some of them still follow the rules. Others do not. Among the more unscrupulous are...more

How to Fix the Amendment Fallacy

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has made it hard for patent owners to amend their claims. Patrick Doody outlines the problems this causes and how to fix them. Since being established under 2011’s America Invents Act...more

Estoppel effects of post-grant patent proceedings under the AIA

By now, most patent practitioners are quite familiar with the post-grant patent proceedings (e.g., IPR, PGR, CBM) newly established by the AIA, and their key features, such as the stay and estoppel provisions. Numerous...more

News from Abroad: New Zealand's New Patents Act

After a protracted gestation period, the New Zealand's Patents Act 2013 will take full effect on 13 September 2014. The new Act represents the first major refresh of New Zealand's patent legislation in 60 years, and brings...more

Progress Toward Comprehensive Patent Reform Stalls

On May 21, 2014, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that he was removing patent reform legislation from the Committee's agenda, effectively eliminating any chance for Senate consideration this...more

IP Newsflash - July 2014 #3

Federal Circuit Finds District Court Erred in Refusing to Consider Evidence Pertinent to Determination of Priority Even Though the Evidence was Not Presented to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences - The...more

Washington Insight - July 2014

In This Issue: - Progress Toward Comprehensive Patent Reform Stalls - As Attention Turns to a Border Supplemental, a Twelve Bill Omnibus Seems Certain - Highways, Taxes, and Partisanship: The Next...more

The Cost of Defending Against Patent Trolls

It should come as no surprise that defending against Non-Producing Entities—most of which are Patent Trolls —is expensive, especially for small businesses and corporations. In support of his ongoing legal battle with the...more

Kickstarting an Old Patent System for the New Software Era

Software patents have been having a rough time of it lately. It seems everyone has something bad to say about them, from the courts to the press, and even some software engineers. Originally Published in The Recorder...more

How the America Invents Act Has Changed the “One-Year Grace Period” for Filing Patent Applications

The United States patent system underwent a major overhaul last March with the implementation of key provisions of the America Invents Act (“AIA”). The AIA is considered the most substantial change in patent law since 1952...more

USPTO Seeks Public Input on Application Pendency

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (79 Fed. Reg. 38854) requesting comments from the public regarding optimal patent first action and total pendency target...more

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