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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

RWS Inovia Releases 2016 Report on Global Patent Trends

Patent services provider RWS inovia recently released its seventh annual report on global patent and IP trends. In compiling "The 2016 U.S. Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator," RWS inovia, which produces products for PCT...more

USPTO Implements Enhanced Patent Assignment Search

In a Patent Alert e-mail distributed last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the release of an enhanced version of its Patent Assignment Search System. The Office noted that the new system provides an...more

10/10/2016  /  Search Engines , USPTO

USPTO Announces 2016 Patents for Humanity Winners

On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program, which was launched by the Office in February 2012 as part of an Obama...more

USPTO Announces Changes to EFS-Web Payments for Deposit Accounts and EFTs

In a Patent Alert email distributed earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that beginning on Monday, October 17, 2016, EFS-Web users who wish to use a deposit account or electronic funds transfer...more

9/16/2016  /  EFTs , Patents , Payment Methods , USPTO

USPTO News Briefs - September 2016

USPTO Announces Interim Authentication Method for EFS-Web and Private PAIR - On September 13, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced via a Patent Alert e-mail that a new authentication option for EFS-Web and...more

USPTO Issues Notice of Roundtable and Request for Comments on Importing Prior Art Automatically and Streamlining Patent Issuance

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 59197) requesting written comments regarding two issues: (1) how the Office can better leverage other applications...more

USPTO News Briefs - July 2016

PTAB Introduces New Patent Review Processing System - In a post on the USPTO's "Director's Forum" blog, the Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), David P. Ruschke, announced that the PTAB was...more

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