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PTAB Institutes Very First Post-Grant Review (PGR) - American Simmental Association v. Leachman Cattle of Colorado, LLC

Representing the first decision of its kind, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) instituted the first post-grant review (PGR) under the American Invents Act (AIA). American Simmental Association v. Leachman...more

Simultaneous Invention as Secondary Evidence of Obviousness

I do not usually write about non-precedential Federal Circuit decisions, but I could not let the discussion of “simultaneous invention” in Columbia University v. Illumina, Inc., go without comment. As if protecting patents...more

Faster Is Not Always Better: Dangers of Quickly Filed Patent Applications

The United States switched to a “first-inventor-to-file” patent system in 2013. Ever since, articles and client alerts have stressed the importance of filing your patent applications as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the...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

Goodlatte Proposes an Obviousness Type Double Patenting Statute

One of the provisions of the Innovation Act introduced by Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA) on October 23, 2014, purports to codify the doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting for applications and patents examined under the...more

Maximizing the Value of Pre-AIA Patent Applications Using First-to-File Regime – Part III

In this final post of our trilogy, we present a third scenario where the first-to-file regime under AIA offers previously unavailable opportunities for disqualifying certain prior art references....more

Maximizing the Value of Pre-AIA Patent Applications Using First-to-File Regime – Part II

Our previous post discussed the need for invoking the first-to-file regime in order to maximize the value of certain pre-AIA applications that claim foreign priorities. Here, we present another scenario where the different...more

AIA Impact on Start Up Capital [Video]

An important consideration following the implementation of the America Invents Act is how will the law will affect capital raises for critical start-ups and emerging companies. In this video, Robert Greene Sterne, a founding...more

A Cautionary Tale for Patent Applicants

When should a patent application be filed? Should it be filed prior to submission of a manuscript or abstract for peer-review or just prior to publication? In highly competitive technologies, it is prudent to file as soon as...more

Prior Art Challenges After First-Inventor-to-File [Video]

The First-Inventor-to-File provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) will take effect on March 16, 2013. In this video, John Covert, a director with Washington, DC-based intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler,...more

USPTO Finalizes "First Inventor to File" Rules

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) finalized the rules of practice implementing the "first inventor to file" provision of the America Invents Act (AIA). The rules take effect March 16, 2013. The "first...more

Patent Filing Considerations Under the AIA on the Eve of March 16th

March 16, 2013 is rapidly approaching. This date is significant because it is the effective date of Section 3 of the American Invents Act (AIA). Section 3 of AIA includes the first-inventor-to-file provisions (FITF). Most of...more

Maximizing the Effect of Patent Applications as Prior Art Under the AIA

Now that we are less than one month away from implementation of the First-Inventor-To-File provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), stakeholders are considering whether to file new patent applications now, to secure...more

America Invents Act: USPTO Publishes Final Examination Guidelines for the First-Inventor-to-File Provisions

On July 26, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published proposed Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First-Inventor-to-File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which...more

A First Look at the Final First Inventor to File Rules

The USPTO’s final First Inventor To File rules and Examination Guidelines were published in the February 14, 2013 edition of the Federal Register. While many of the final rules are identical to the proposed rules, there are...more

First Inventor to File System Dictates Changes in Patent Filing Strategies

One of the most significant provisions of the recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA), the change from a "first to invent" system to a "first inventor to file" system, will go into effect March 16, 2013. Currently, the...more

The America Invents Act: All Grown Up in 2013

The America Invents Act (AIA), which was commonly referred to as the “patent reform bill,” was signed into law in 2011, rolled out in 2012 and 2013, and business owners are still wondering what, if anything, it means to them....more

USPTO Issues First-Inventor-to-File Examination Guidelines and Final Rule

In a press release issued earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that examination guidelines and the final rule for implementing the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) provisions of the Leahy-Smith America...more

March 15 and March 18 - Two Important Dates to Make a Note Of

On March 16, 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is changing from a First-to-Invent system to a First-Inventor-to-File system under the America Invents Act for all patent applications that have a priority date...more

Important Patent Law Changes

The most significant changes in U.S. patent law since 1790 apply to patent applications filed after March 15, 2013. If you have any new inventions or improvements on old inventions that you are considering patenting, or...more

The First-to-File Patent System is Coming - Optimize Your System Now

On March 16, 2013, the "first-to-file" provisions of the America Invents Act ("AIA"), will take effect, replacing the current first-to-invent system. Here we provide specific recommendations to optimize protection of your...more

Are You Ready for First-to-File Patent Priority?

Patent attorneys are expecting a flurry of patent filing activity by March 15, 2013. This is because under the American Invents Act, U.S. Patent Laws will change on March 16, 2013 and the U.S. will convert to a first-to-file...more

What the First-to-File Patent Change Means (And What IP Strategists Should Do About It) [Video]

On March 16, 2013, the United States patent system will change fundamentally when we switch from a "First to Invent" to "First to File" system, thanks to the America Invents Act. What will it mean for businesses and...more

Top Ten Reasons To File Your Patent Applications Before March 16, 2013

The recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA) introduces major changes to the U.S. patent laws, with some significant provisions taking effect on March 16, 2013. These provisions provide several compelling reasons to file...more

New Patent Application Filing Considerations in View of AIA Changes

As you may know, the America Invents Act (AIA) has introduced several changes to U.S. patent law. On March 16, 2013, the AIA moves the U.S. from a First-to-Invent system to a First-to-File system. This and other provisions...more

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