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Can You File an RCE in That U.S. National Stage Application?

Since the implementation of the America Invents Act on September 16, 2012, and the Technical Corrections Act on January 14, 2013, Applicants have been able to delay submission of an executed inventors’ oath/declaration in a...more

Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot Program

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced it was starting an Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot Program effective June 19, 2015. Under the Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot, an appellant can file a...more

USPTO Pilots Expedited Patent Appeal Program But at What Price?

In a June 15, 2015 Federal Register Notice, the USPTO announced the Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot program, which will run until 2,000 ex parte patent appeals are expedited under the program, or until June 20, 2016, whichever...more

Patent Term Adjustment in the Post-RCE Period

We know from Novartis v. Lee that a patent application does not earn “B delay” type Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) from the time an RCE is filed until a Notice of Allowance is issued, but an application still can earn PTA for...more

USPTO Issues Final Rule in View of Novartis v. Lee

Earlier this year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a final rule in the Federal Register (80 Fed. Reg. 1346) to revise the rules of practice to implement the Federal Circuit's decision in Novartis AG v. Lee. ...more

RCEs and the New USPTO Patent Term Adjustment Rules

On January 9, 2015, the Federal Register published final rules implementing changes to patent term adjustment (PTA) in view of Novartis v. Lee, which the Federal Circuit decided last January. The new rules affect patents...more

USPTO Issues Final Patent Term Adjustment Rules Under Novartis

The USPTO has published final Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) rules addressing the treatment of Requests for Continued Examination (RCEs) under the Federal Circuit decision in Novartis v. Lee. The final rules create a new type...more

What is Patent Term Adjustment and Why Does It Matter?

For patents granted on applications filed on or after June 8, 1995, the enforceable patent term begins on the day the patent issues and generally expires 20 years from the earliest effective filing date of the application. ...more

Federal Circuit Decision Impacts Patent Term Adjustment Calculation

Recently, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Novartis v. Lee (2013-1160, Fed. Cir., Jan. 15, 2014) which alters Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) calculations for patents where a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) was...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

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 Grants Patent Term Adjustment After Allowance When Continued Examination Requested

On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Novartis v. Lee (No. 2013-1160, -1179), holding that time spent in “continued examination” is excluded from a patent term adjustment even where...more

Patent Office Extends AFCP 2.0 to December 2013

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just announced that the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) has been extended to December 14, 2013. The AFCP 2.0 was previously scheduled to expire on September...more

Patent Term Adjustment for Divisional Patents

Most of the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) cases being filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia involve patents issuing from applications in which a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) was...more

USPTO Files Reply Brief in Exelixis v. Rea

At the end of June, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filed its reply brief with the Federal Circuit in Exelixis, Inc. v. Rea. The appeal involves two decisions by the Eastern District of Virginia involving the impact of...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

USPTO Extends Comments Deadline, Will Hold Roundtables on RCE Practice

In December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (77 Fed. Reg. 72830) seeking public feedback on Request for Continued Examination (RCE) practice. The notice provided a series of...more

What To Expect When Australian Patent Prosecution Law Changes On April 15, 2013

April 15, 2013 is an important date insofar as Australian patent prosecution is concerned. On this date ‘new law’ will come into force that will apply to patent applications for which examination has not been requested by...more

Taking a Stand on USPTO Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Policy

Next week (February 4, 2013) is the deadline for submitting comments in response to the USPTO’s request for feedback on Request for Continued Examination (RCE) practice. (This article provides more information on the request...more

Top Stories of 2012: #12 to #15

Reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its sixth annual list of top biotech/pharma patent stories. For 2012, we identified fifteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that...more

USPTO Seeks Public Feedback on RCE Practice

Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (77 Fed. Reg. 72830) seeking public feedback on Request for Continued Examination (RCE) practice. The notice indicates that the...more

USPTO Seeks Comments on Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Practice

The USPTO is seeking public comments on Request for Continued Examination (RCE) practice. In particular, the USPTO is “soliciting public feedback in an effort to better understand the full spectrum of factors that impact the...more

Patent Term Adjustment Update - Exelixis v. Kappos

A recent ruling by the Eastern District of Virginia recently found that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had been incorrectly calculating a patent term adjustment statute concerning a Request for...more

District Court holds filing of Request for Continued Examination does not reduce patent term adjustment

On November 1, 2012, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a decision in Exelixis v. Kappos (Case No. 1:12cv96), rejecting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) interpretation of the...more

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