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Final "Ministerial" Rule Amendments for Practice Before the PTAB

On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published its first "Final Rules" package of amendments to the Rule of Practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). Keeping with Director Lee's...more

New Amendments to USPTO Post-Grant Regulations

On May 19, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a final rule amending its regulations that apply to post-grant proceedings. These new rules deal with ministerial changes such as increasing page...more

“Restriction Requirements” Series, Part 1: Considering Restrictions When Developing A Claim Filing Strategy

Welcome to the blog’s first post in a series about restriction requirements! This series will explore nuances in restriction requirement law and provide strategies for most effectively handling restriction requirements, both...more

Conventional Use of Computer Not Enough to Overcome Alice - Westlake Services, LLC v. Credit Acceptance Corp.; Regions Financial...

In two separate decisions involving an § 101 analysis of subject-matter eligibility of business methods patents (CBMs), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) found that the...more

US Patent and Trademark Office Implements Significant Changes to Design Patent Application Filings

Significant changes in design patent law became effective May 13. The biggest change is that the U.S. and Japan are now members of the Hague Union. The Hague Union is part of an international treaty that establishes a simple...more

Hague to Break It to You: International Design Applications Are Not a Silver Bullet for Multijurisdictional Protection

As of May 13, 2015, the Hague Agreement is fully implemented in the United States. There has been a significant amount of excitement regarding the U.S. accession to the Hague Agreement, which includes an extension of U.S....more

Beware Change to RCE Practice Hidden in USPTO’s Final Rules for Hague Agreement Implementation

Summary: Effective May 13, 2015, a US national stage application for which an inventor’s oath or declaration (or substitute statement, as applicable) has not been filed is not eligible for an RCE filing. On April 2,...more

International Design Patent Filing Option Available May 13, 2015, to U.S. Filers

Beginning May 13, 2015, U.S. applicants will be able to file international design patent applications through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In addition, U.S. design patents resulting from applications filed on or...more

U.S. Ascension To The Hague Agreement Concerning The International Registration Of Industrial Designs

Design patents allow patentees to protect the aesthetic appearance of articles, in contrast to utility patents that protect the utility of an inventive concept. While the scope of protection provided by a utility patent is...more

Maximizing Use of the USPTO’s Patent Application Alert Service

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently launched the Patent Application Alert Service (PAAS), a free electronic tool aimed to keep the public apprised of the publication of patent applications. Through the tool,...more

PTO Revival Rulings Are Not Subject to Collateral Attacks by Third Parties - Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC v. Lee

Addressing whether third parties have the right to challenge a patent revival ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

Top Eight Things You Should Know About the Hague System For International Registration of Designs

U.S. applicants will soon be able to use a streamlined international filing procedure for design patents similar to the Madrid Protocol for trademark registrations. Currently, U.S. applicants seeking to protect designs in...more

Expedited Examination Options for Patent Applications Filed in the United States

In the United States, patents are granted and issued through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Each patent application received by the USPTO is examined by a United States patent examiner in the order it...more

Considerations and Implications of Expedited Patent Examination Initiatives in the US

The typical pendency of a patent application in the United States can be between two and five years. In certain situations, a patent applicant may require or want a more expeditious disposition by the USPTO....more

“Indirect” Common Inventorship Not Sufficient To Support Priority Claim Under 35 U.S.C. §120

The PTAB recently took up the issue of whether, in a family of patents and applications, a later patent in the family is entitled to the benefit of the filing date of an earlier-filed application in the family where the later...more

Teamwork Can Benefit Your Company’s Research, but Verify Inventors on any Resulting Patent Application

Much of today’s innovation is a collaborative process. In the past few weeks, stories were in the news about breakthroughs involving groups of researchers working on aluminum batteries, carbon electrodes for lithium-ion...more

Does the AIA Have a Prior Art Exception You Can Use?

U.S. patent applications filed after March 16, 2013, when the “First-Inventor-to-File” portion of the America Invents Act (AIA) took effect, have started to be published. Thus, it is a good time for applicants to consider...more

Drafting Software Patents In A Post-Alice World [Video]

It has been a challenging year for software patent owners following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. Since that ruling was handed down, a large number of software patents have been...more

No Collateral Challenge of Patent Application Revival

In Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC v. Lee, the Federal Circuit held that the USPTO’s decision to revive a patent application “is not subject to third party collateral challenge” under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). In so...more

Testing a Patent Application Claim

During the drafting process, claims in a patent application may be written, edited, revised, reviewed in-house, revised again, reviewed by a client, and revised yet again, or have some subset of these applied to it. But, is...more

Application Drafting Dangers Highlighted by Pacing Technologies v. Garmin International

The general rule is that a patent claim’s preamble does not limit the claim unless the preamble breathes life and meaning into the claim. The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Pacing Techs. v. Garmin Int’l, No. 2014-1396...more

Challenging “Obvious to Try” during Patent Prosecution

Suppose your client’s patent application is rejected as allegedly obvious under 35 USC §103, and the Examiner cites one or more references and sets forth an “obvious to try” rationale in an Office action. Here are some tools...more

Turning Your Research Into Something More: Patents Versus Papers

Scientific or technical journal writers like scientists, doctors, engineers, and academics are usually introduced early to the importance and strategy of writing and publishing papers, but patent applications having those...more

The Confused USPTO Policy on Certified Copies of Patent Applications

Obtaining certified copies of patent applications can be essential to perfecting a priority claim. But when a U.S. priority application contains a sequence listing, USPTO practices make it difficult to satisfy this...more

The Art of Prior Art Searching

Prior to filing a patent application at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), an applicant seeking patent protection for an invention should consider conducting a prior art search. Also known as a...more

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