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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

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

Guest Post: USPTO Public Forum on Patent Guidance: My Thoughts as a Speaker and Attendee

It has now been a week since the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held its public forum on the March 4th Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, &...more

Controlling Patenting Costs

Now more than ever one needs to ensure value for money in creating and maintaining a patent portfolio. Not only are budgets decreasing or stagnant, but the number of countries that need to be considered is increasing. ...more

In re Dinsmore (Fed. Cir. 2014) - Court Upholds PTO Determination That Reissue Cannot Cure Improper Terminal Disclaimer

Despite thirty years of efforts by the Federal Circuit to bring consistency and transparency to patent law (and the last dozen years of the Supreme Court's efforts to the contrary), in many respects patent law remains "full...more

Judge Forrest Grants Stay Following Filing of CBM Petition

Capital Dynamics AG et al. v. Cambridge Associates, LLC - Case Number: 1:13-cv-07766-KBF (Dkt. 42) Judge Forrest granted defendant Cambridge Associate’s motion to stay the case pending the outcome of a Covered...more

USPTO Pilot Program for Glossaries Defining Claim Terms Begins June 2, 2014

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the launch of its new Glossary Pilot Program as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the U.S. patent system. The pilot program, which will begin on June 2, 2014 and run...more

The USPTO Grants Two Patents Claiming Diagnostic Methods Post the Supreme Court's Mayo v. Prometheus Decision

On March 20, 2012 the Supreme Court in its decision of Mayo v. Prometheus unanimously held that claims directed to a method of administering a drug to a patient, measuring metabolites of that drug, and with a known threshold...more

A Brief History of the Patent Law of the United States

Public perception of the patent system has swung widely over the years from highs, such as those in the late nineteenth century when Mark Twain could write “a country without a patent office and good patent laws was just a...more

Stakeholders Testify on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

On May 9, 2014, the USPTO held a public forum on the USPTO’s new patent subject matter eligibility guidance (the “Guidance”). In promoting the forum, the USPTO stated that it wished to “to receive public feedback from...more

USPTO Holds Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility -- Part III

Last Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a four-hour long forum to receive public feedback on the Myriad-Mayo Guidance, which was issued by the Office on March 4. According to the Office's Guidance webpage, the...more

Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association Submits Comments on USPTO’s Proposed Rule to Require Identification of Attributable...

(April 24, 2014) The Medical Device Manufacturer’s Association (MDMA) announced that it submitted comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in regard to the USPTO’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...more

Federal Circuit Keeps Burden of Patent Clarity on Applicants on Issues of Patent Indefiniteness

In In re Packard, the Federal Circuit affirmed the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision upholding the rejection of Packard’s claims for indefiniteness. The per curiam decision approaches the issue from the...more

Protection of Designs in the United States

In recent years, protection of designs has become of increasing importance. As Steve Jobs famously noted: “People think it’s this veneer — that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s...more

Beginning the Patent Process

The second step in bringing your medical device to market is to understand whether you can protect your invention. This article is part two of a series that presents the three big issues in intellectual property: Do...more

Review – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

On March 4, 2014 the USPTO issued new patent subject matter eligibility guidelines in an attempt to provide examiners and patent practitioners with some guidance on which claims improperly encompass laws of nature, natural...more

Protecting and Enforcing your High Technology Intellectual Property

In This Presentation: - Software Patents Issues in the USPTO - Functional Claiming in Software Patents - Covered Business Method (CBM) Review - Will the Supreme Court kill all software patents this term? -...more

U.S. Patent Office Issues Extensive Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

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

Early Assignment of your Invention as a Method to Maintain Priority Rights in a European Patent Application

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been a desirable venue for seeking patent protection in Europe. For instance, a patent application granted by the EPO can provide patent protection in many European countries, such as the...more

The Complexities of the USPTO Proposed Attributable Ownership Rules

The USPTO proposed attributable ownership rules would require the public disclosure of the “attributable owner” of patent applications and patents. As discussed in this article, the proposed definition of “attributable owner”...more

Another Patent Acceleration Option: USPTO Initiates Glossary Pilot Program

Beginning June 2, 2014, patent applicants have another vehicle to accelerate examination of a newly filed patent application – add a glossary. The United States Patent and Trademark Office launched today a new pilot...more

USPTO Issues New Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural...

On March 4, 2014, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued final guidance to the Examining Corps regarding patent eligibility of claims involving laws of nature, natural phenomena and natural products. The...more

The USPTO Announces New Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. §101 in View of Myriad, Prometheus...

March 10, 2014 – On March 4, 2014, the United States Patent & Trademark Office issued guidelines for the examination of “all claims (i.e., machine, composition, manufacture and process claims) reciting or involving laws of...more

Strawberry Patent Rights, Forever

Ripe strawberries define lusciousness. Fragile, with fleeting taste, these heart-shaped berries inspired Shakespeare’s pen: “The strawberry grows underneath the nettle; and wholesome berries thrive and ripen best;...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 1 (Winter 2014): Experience with the USPTO’s...

On May 5, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“the Office”) kicked off a new program intended to give applicants and examiners an opportunity to discuss the substance of a patent application before a formal,...more

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