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Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Iancu (Fed. Cir. 2018)

On Monday, May 14, 2018, the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board in an inter partes review that claim 6 of U.S. Patent No. 7,582,621 is...more

IPLAC Offers § 101 Revision That Attempts to Harmonize IPO and AIPLA Proposals

In a letter sent to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu earlier this month, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) presented its proposal for a revised version of 35 U.S.C. § 100. ...more

USPTO Issues Memo Clarifying Written Description Guidance

In a memorandum distributed last week to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office patent examining corps, Robert Bahr, the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, sought to clarify the Office's guidance regarding the...more

USPTO News Briefs - February 2018

USPTO and EAPO Establish PPH Pilot Program - In a notice issued in the Official Gazette (1446 OG 52) last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it was implementing a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)...more

Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. v. Matal (Fed. Cir. 2018)

Last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in favor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with respect to the USPTO's determination of...more

In re Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2018)

Last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed the rejection by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board of claims 1-7 of U.S. Patent No. 6,284,471 as being unpatentable under the doctrine of...more

USPTO to Remain Open during Government Shutdown

The failure of Congress to pass appropriations legislation funding government operations on Friday resulted in a shutdown of the Federal government at midnight Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Prior to...more

1/22/2018  /  Government Shutdown , USPTO

Bioquark Seeks to Reverse Brain Death

Last year, two biotech companies announced that they had received institutional review board (IRB) approval for a study focused on the clinical intervention of brain death in humans. The study, entitled "Non-randomized,...more

USPTO News Briefs - October 2017

USPTO Releases Beta Version of Citation List - In a Patent Alert e-mail distributed last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it has released a beta version of the Citation List, as part of the Global...more

10/27/2017  /  Patents , QPIDS , USPTO

IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2016

Life Sciences Top 55 - Last week, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) announced the release of its 34th annual list of the top 300 organizations receiving U.S. patents (see "Top 300 Organizations Granted...more

6/15/2017  /  IPO , Patents , USPTO

Signatories Ask President to Exempt USPTO from Hiring Freeze

In a letter sent to President Trump earlier this month, a group of twenty companies, organizations, and individuals expressed concern about the effect of the President's January 23, 2017 hiring freeze on the U.S. Patent and...more

USPTO Forms Working Group on Regulatory Reform

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office posted a notice on its website announcing the formation of a Working Group on Regulatory Reform "to consider, review, and recommend ways that USPTO regulations can be improved,...more

USPTO News Briefs - March 2017

USPTO Enhances Transaction Security for Deposit Account Authorizations - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced today, March 13, 2017, via a USPTO Alert e-mail that effective Wednesday, March 15, 2017, any charge...more

USPTO Adds New Features to PatentsView Tool

In January, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the addition of several new features to its patent data visualization and analysis tool, PatentsView, which allows the public to interactively engage, through a...more

USPTO News Briefs - February 2017

USPTO Announces Expansion of eMod Text Pilot - In August 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would begin implementing a new system that would eventually replace the EFS-Web, Public PAIR, and...more

USPTO's Accelerated Examination Program to Be Discontinued?

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (82 Fed. Reg. 3758) requesting comments from stakeholders regarding whether the accelerated examination program should be retained or...more

USPTO Releases Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released its Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2016. In describing the USPTO's strategic and performance-planning framework, the 2016 report reminds readers that...more

Top Five Stories of 2016

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Top Stories of 2016: #16 to #20

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

USPTO Extends Missing Parts Pilot Program for Another Year

In a notice published in the Federal Register last week (81 Fed. Reg. 93669), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program that was implemented on January 8, 2010 would be...more

USPTO Proposes Revisions to Materiality Standard

On October 28, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 9451), proposing revisions to the materiality standard for the duty to disclose information...more

USPTO Seeks Comments on New Sequence Standard

In a notice published last month in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 74775), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has requested comments from the public on WIPO Standard ST.26, a new standard for the presentation of...more

USPTO to Hold Roundtables on Subject Matter Eligibility

In a notice published in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 71485) last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will be holding two roundtables in order to obtain public input on patent subject matter...more

USPTO Seeks Comments and Will Hold Roundtables on Examination Time

In a Federal Register notice (81 Fed. Reg. 73383) published last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a request for public feedback regarding the Office's reevaluation of its examination time goals. The Office...more

11/4/2016  /  Popular , Public Comment , Roundtable , USPTO

In re Efthymiopoulos (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Last month, in In re Efthymiopoulos, the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board affirming the Examiner's rejection of all pending claims of Appellant...more

11/2/2016  /  Patent Litigation , Patents , USPTO
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