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McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Eight Patent Examination Annoyances and How to Respond to Them

Patent examiners have a hard job.  They are given a relatively short amount of time in which they are supposed to thoroughly review a patent application, search for relevant prior art, and write a well-reasoned Office...more

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Pushing Boundaries When Patenting Ranges

Inventions with numerical ranges are valuable across different technologies. Obtaining claims with numerical ranges provide competitive advantages to patent owners. Frequently, a claimed range in an application may need to be...more

AEON Law

Patent Poetry: Federal Circuit Vacates Non-Infringement Ruling Based on An Erroneous Claim Construction

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The Federal Circuit has vacated and remanded a district court’s ruling of noninfringement because of erroneous claim construction that would leave the dependent claims of a patent with no scope. In Littelfuse, Inc. v....more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Faux-Populist Patent Fantasies from The New York Times

On a spring Saturday in a year when three major holidays -- Easter, Passover, and Ramadan -- coincided or overlapped, The New York Times Editorial Board decided it was time to announce that the "United States Patent and...more

AEON Law

Patent Poetry: Intellectual Property in Wartime

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As we wrote in this recent blog, whistleblowers from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have called for the closure of WIPO’s Russia office in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They’re concerned...more

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

Is the Legal Tide Ebbing on Abstract Idea Rejections?

Applicants for a new United States (US) nonprovisional application or National Stage Entry application may see a new form paragraph in their first Office Action between now and the end of July. The United States Patent and...more

Linda Liu & Partners

The Strategy of Avoiding New Matter Issues When Re-generalizing Claims of Chinese Patent Application

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In responding to an Office Action, the applicant usually makes an amendment by adding or substituting a technical feature. However, if the intact technical features described in an embodiment are incorporated into a claim,...more

Linda Liu & Partners

The IP Related Statistics in 2021 and the Latest Trend in Chinese Patent Examination

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Foreign enterprises’ confidence in China's IPR protection has been further enhanced. In 2021, 110,000 Chinese invention patents have been granted to foreign applicants, a year-on-year increase of 23.0%; 194,000 trademarks...more

BakerHostetler

Considerations For Applicants and Practitioners Due to Recent EPC Guidelines Regarding Description Amendment Requirements

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Article 84 of the European Patent Convention (EPC) requires that the claims of a European patent application “shall define the matter for which protection is sought” and “shall be clear and concise and be supported by the...more

Linda Liu & Partners

Closest Prior Art for Patent Invalidation Proceedings in China

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According to China’s local practice, there are three steps to follow when determining whether a claimed invention is obvious when compared to the prior art: determining the closest prior art; distinguishing the...more

Linda Liu & Partners

How to Draft the Parameter-defined Product Claims in Chinese Patent Application

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Summary: When an uncommon parameter or a self-defined parameter is used in the claim, usually it is necessary to explain the definition and/or the measuring method of the parameter in detail. Even though a parameter is...more

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Federal Circuit: Indefiniteness Is Not Judged by the “Claim Language, Standing Alone”

Evaluating whether a patent claim is sufficiently “definite” under 35 U.S.C. § 112 requires looking beyond just the claim language itself. The Federal Circuit reaffirmed this fundamental principle in a recent decision...more

Fox Rothschild LLP

Patent Pending in Canada? Do This Now to Avoid Higher Costs Later.

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Canada is considering changes to its Patent Rules that could significantly increase costs to patent applicants whose applications are waiting for review by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO). However, in many...more

Knobbe Martens

Federal Circuit Newsletter - January 2022 (Chinese)

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避而不谈可能支持否定性权利要求限定 - 在 Novartis Pharmaceuticals 诉 Accord Healthcare Inc. 一案(上诉案件编号:21- 1070)中,联邦巡回上诉法院认为,一项对药物“速效剂量”避而不谈的专利申请,为要求不存在此类剂量的否定 性权利要求限制提供了书面说明支持。 Please see full Publication below for more information....more

Knobbe Martens

Federal Circuit Newsletter - January 2022 (Japanese)

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記述がないことがクレームの否定的限定のサポートと解釈できる場合がある Federal Circuit は、Novartis Pharmaceuticals v. Accord Healthcare Inc. (Appeal No. 21-1070) に おいて、薬剤の「初回負荷用量」についての記述がない特許出願は、そのような用量がないことを要 求するクレームの否定的限定に記述によるサポートを提供していることになると判示した。 ...more

Knobbe Martens

Federal Circuit Review - January 2022

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January 2022 Federal Circuit Newsletter (Japanese) January 2022 Federal Circuit Newsletter (Chinese)  Silence May Support Negative Claim Limitation In Novartis Pharmaceuticals v. Accord Healthcare Inc. Appeal No. 21-1070, the...more

Linda Liu & Partners

Timing Considerations For Patent Applications In China

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Strategic patent portfolio management requires a portfolio manager to expedite prosecution for quicker allowance for some patent applications, and to extend the pending time for more flexibility for some other patent...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

USPTO News Briefs

Updated First Office Action Estimator Tool Now Available - In a Patent Alert email distributed earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that an updated First Office Action Estimator online tool is now...more

Morgan Lewis

USPTO Introduces Pilot Program to Defer Response to Subject Matter Eligibility Rejections

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The US Patent and Trademark Office is implementing a pilot program to allow participating applicants to defer responding to subject matter eligibility rejections until the earlier of a final disposition of the application, or...more

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USPTO Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response Pilot Program Appears to Benefit Applicants

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t is a basic truism in patent law that the scope of patent claims can change during the course of prosecution. Current examination guidelines require an examiner to identify all applicable grounds of rejection in a first...more

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

Top Stories of 2021: #7 to #9

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its 15th annual list of top patent stories. For 2021, we identified nine stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe had...more

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PTAB/USPTO Update - January 2022

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USPTO Leadership - ..Drew Hirshfeld is still performing the functions and duties of Director.  Kathi Vidal, the Biden Administration’s nominee to be the next Director, testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing...more

Goodwin

Year in Review: Top U.S. Biosimilars-Related Regulatory Developments of 2021

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As 2021 comes to a close, Big Molecule Watch reviews the top five biosimilar regulatory developments of the year... President Biden Signs Orange Book Transparency Act - In January, we reported that President Biden...more

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Benefits and Considerations for Patent Prosecution under Patent Prosecution Highway in the U.S., Europe, China, and Singapore

Patent Prosecution Highway or PPH is a set of initiatives promulgated by participating patent offices around the world to accelerate patent prosecution in countries of the participating patent offices. PPH allows the...more

Fenwick & West LLP

National Phase Initial Filing Estimates

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Due within 5 years of international filing date or within 2-months of issuance of a Direction to Request Examination, whichever is earliest (additional $1800). Excess fees of $125 for each claim over 20 are payable at...more

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