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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

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

Abstract Ideas: The Patent Office’s First Take on Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International

The United States Patent Office periodically issues guidelines for Examiners, often in response to a recent court decision or new statute. These guidelines do not have the force of law, but nevertheless establish the specific...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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