United States Patent and Trademark Office Applications

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves a fundamental role in the U.S. intellectual property system by issuing patents and registering trademarks.... more +
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves a fundamental role in the U.S. intellectual property system by issuing patents and registering trademarks.    less -
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Summary Of The U.S. Trademark Application Process

Obtaining a trademark registration in the United States is a process consisting of several phases and takes several months to several years, depending on various factors and issues raised. We highlight below the various...more

Challenging the Denial of a Trademark Application in District Court Just Got More Expensive

In Shammas v. Focarino, the Eastern District of Virginia holds that an applicant must pay the government attorney's fees regardless of the applicant's success in a Section 1071(b) civil matter. ...more

Trademark Highlights from the IPO’s 2013 IP Record

While economists often look to patent activity as an indicator of economic health, trademark application and registration statistics can also reflect innovation, business development, and overall industry activity. The...more

USPTO Seeks Public Input on Application Drafting Practices

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 2960) earlier today requesting public comment regarding potential practices that applicants can employ in the drafting of patent...more

Recent Court Decision Opens Door for Longer Patent Terms

A recent district court decision in the matter of Exelixis, Inc. v. Kappos opens the door for patent owners to extend the lives of their patents. The decision will be especially important for select pharmaceutical, biotech,...more

A Major Change in Patent Term Adjustment Calculus: How "A Valuable Tool in the Patent Prosecution Process" (RCEs) May Now Be Even...

A recent U.S. District Court ruling will likely have far-reaching implications for determining Patent Term Adjustment (PTA). On November 1, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued a decision...more

USPTO Announces “Banner Year” for Trademarks

At Sheldon Mak & Anderson, we recognize that innovation is your competitive edge – and it needs protection. As a full-service intellectual property firm with more than two decades of experience, we provide local, regional,...more

Controlling the Playing Field: Nanotechnology Patent Application Makes It to Federal Circuit But Found Obvious

Interesting to see a nanotechnology-related application made the Federal Circuit decisions this week (In re Mouttet, 2011-1451, June 26, 2012). Unfortunately for the applicant, the Court affirmed the US PTO’s determination...more

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