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USPTO Issues Final Rule to Implement PTA Provisions of AIA Technical Corrections Act and Provide Optional Procedure for Requesting...

On May 15, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Federal Register notice (79 Fed. Reg. 27755) to adopt as final changes to the rules of practice implementing the patent term adjustment (PTA) provisions of section...more

Strategic Use of Terminal Disclaimer

In Amkor Technology, Inc. v. Tessera, Inc., IPR201-00242, Paper 117, (April 14, 2014), the patent owner filed a terminal disclaimer of the remainder of the patent term (which was going to expire later in the year), to force...more

Delayed Restriction Requirement Does Not Result in Patent Term Adjustment for Divisional Application

In Mohsenzadeh v. Lee (decided March 19, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held that the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) statute does not provide PTA to a divisional application when the USPTO...more

Patent Term Adjustment and Double Patenting

The March 3, 2014 edition of BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal® — Daily Update included an interesting article by Qing (Becky) Lin about “Strategies for Minimizing Patent Term Loss Due to Double Patenting.” I agree...more

Federal Circuit Partially Confirms Longer Patent Terms Under Exelixis and Novartis

On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that patent owners may be entitled to extended patent terms, a finding that is especially important for select pharmaceutical, biotech, and...more

Federal Circuit Decisions Result in Minor Adjustments to Patent Term Adjustment

Novartis v. Lee and Exelixis v. Lee (2013-1160, 2013-1179, 2013-1175, Fed. Cir. 2014) - Summary: For a patent application issuing after 3 years, an RCE filed at any time during prosecution will reduce patent...more

New Decision Increases Calculation Of Patent Term

Yesterday, in Novartis AG v. Lee, 2013-1160 (Fed. Cir., Jan. 15, 2014), the Federal Circuit determined that the USPTO has been incorrectly calculating patent term adjustments, potentially shortening the terms of thousands of...more

Re-Calculating Patent Term Adjustments Once Again

The Federal Circuit has adjusted the way we calculate Patent Term Adjustments (PTA) once again with its holdings in Novartis and Exelixis. The Federal Circuit held that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)...more

Novartis v. Lee: New Math for Calculating Patent Term Adjustment

Recently, in Novartis v. Lee (2013-1160, Fed. Cir., Jan. 15, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit revised the method by which the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) calculates...more

Patent Term Adjustment Update - Novartis v. Lee

A recent ruling by the Federal Circuit in Novartis AG v. Lee resolved the issues raised in the Exelixis I, Exelixis II and Novartis decisions regarding the effect of a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) on patent term...more

Federal Circuit Decision Extends Potential Patent Term by Months for Many Patents

On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that patentees are eligible for patent term adjustment (PTA) for the period between a Notice of Allowance and issuance if the period occurs more than...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Patent Term Adjustment Provisions

On January 15, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued in Novartis v. Lee its anticipated opinion regarding the proper interpretation of 35 U.S.C. § 154, the statute that determines how patent term adjustment (PTA) is calculated....more

District Court Sides With USPTO on Patent Term Adjustment

In Abraxis Bioscience, LLC v. Kappos, Civil Action No. 1:11-cv-00730., (D.D.C. Jan. 08, 2014), Judge Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia upheld the USPTO’s interpretation of the Patent Term...more

Novartis AG v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2014)

In an opinion issued earlier today, the Federal Circuit affirmed a determination by the District Court for the District of Columbia that challenges of patent term adjustment (PTA) determinations by the U.S. Patent and...more

South East Asia - Renewal Requirements

The patent terms in the jurisdictions listed below are subject to payment of annual renewal fees, otherwise referred to as maintenance fees or annuities. The patent term in the jurisdictions listed below is 20 years...more

New Proposed USPTO Rules for International Design Protection

U.S. design patents and their international counterparts (generally termed “industrial designs”) protect the ornamental appearance of an article of manufacture. Design protection has been the subject of increased attention...more

In Defense of the Patent System: How the Mainstream Media's Representation of it is "Broken"

The mainstream media continues its attack on the patent system. This problem has become significant, because the average American does not appear to understand the purpose (and benefits) of the patent system. With all of...more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 6, June 2013

Patents / Patent Eligible Subject Matter - Supreme Court to Myriad: Isolated DNA Sequences Are Not Patent-Eligible Subject Matter -- AMP et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.: In a 9–0 decision the Supreme...more

Stripped of Controversial Provisions, Lame-Duck Patent Reform Heads to Obama's Desk

On January 1, 2013 — immediately after passing the fiscal crisis bill — the House of Representatives agreed by voice vote (at 11:13 PM) to approve the Senate's Amendments to H.R. 6621. A controversial provision that would...more

Patent Treaty Implementation Act Eases Foreign Design Patent Filings

After a long delay, the United States will soon implement two multilateral treaties that will assist U.S. applicants in securing design and utility patents in foreign countries. The Hague System Agreement will allow design...more

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