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Patent Prosecution Highway

Preparing European Priority Applications for Stronger U.S. Patents

The current U.S. patent climate mandates a heightened focus on quality prosecution. For consumer product companies headquartered in Europe, and for those that regularly innovate there, this means preparing and filing European...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - August 2017

Worldwide Patent Term Extension Provisions - Mechanisms to recover patent term lost during regulatory approval are available in many countries throughout the world. The August 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler’s Global Patent...more

Patent Prosecution Highway Agreements (PPH) in Colombia

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The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is enshrined in bilateral and multilateral treaties which allow patent applicants to accelerate the patentability examination in industrial property offices of the member countries. All...more

Taking Advantage of the Global Supply Chain for Patent Examination

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Innovation and Traditional Patent Process - When you develop an innovation, its potential patentability is typically unknown, thus making it difficult to determine whether it is worth the significant expense involved if...more

A Comparison of US and EPO Post Grant Practices

Challenging the validity of a patent through the courts of Europe and the United States can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Oppositions at the European Patent Office (EPO) and US post-grant cancellation...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - June 2017

Revocation Proceedings Around the World - Mechanisms to challenge the validity of granted patents are available in many countries throughout the world. The June 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler’s Global Patent Prosecution...more

Grace Periods Around the World

Please see full map and corresponding legend regarding grace period around the world. ...more

Worldwide Public Disclosure Grace Periods - May 2017

Albania - 6 months - Novelty/Inventive Step in Limited Circumstances - Disclosure not to be taken into account in determining patentability if it occurred within six months before the filing date (priority date) when...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - May 2017

Public Disclosure Grace Periods Around the World - Public disclosure prior to a patent application filing can present a significant hurdle to patentability in most countries because of absolute novelty requirements....more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - April 2017

With the implementation of Revisions to the Chinese Patent Examination Guidelines on April 1, 2017, the April 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter includes information and practical tips for...more

Fast-Tracking Patent Applications in Asia

The process of patenting an invention can be cumbersome, resulting in Applicants waiting several years before their patents are picked up for examination. Various jurisdictions have realized the pressing need to shorten the...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - March 2017

The March 2017 inaugural issue of Sterne Kessler's Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter includes information and practical tips for accelerated examination strategies in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Please see...more

Fast Track Examination in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Track One Prioritized Examination - Track One examination allows an applicant to pay for prioritized examination and to receive a final disposition usually in less than one year (compared to two to four years for regular...more

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Releases International IP Index

Last month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its 5th annual International IP Index, entitled "The Roots of Innovation," which provides an "IP report card" for 45 world economies that account for 90% of the global gross...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

Expediting Patent Prosecution in South America

Although South America includes many large and commercially significant markets for U.S. and European businesses, patent prosecution is notoriously slow in most South American countries. Brazil, for example, averages...more

Getting on the Patent Fast Track While Keeping Competitors in the Rearview Mirror

Rory Pheiffer, a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department, evaluated various patent prosecution options in Nutter Insights. Rory analyzed the five programs that can accelerate the process and their differentiators...more

Strategies for Expediting the Patenting Process

Intellectual property protection, particularly patent protection, is important for many companies, and the ability to speed up the patenting process may be essential for a variety of reasons. For instance, one or more issued...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Winter 2016 Vol. 14, Issue 1

Patentable Subject Matter after Alice: Best Practices for Responding to 35 U.S.C. § 101 Rejections - It has been over 20 months since the Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l,...more

Share Your Patent Quality Pet Peeves

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The USPTO is inviting stakeholders to suggest topics for patent quality case studies. As explained in the December 21, 2015 Federal Register Notice, “the USPTO performs case studies to investigate specific quality-related...more

Latest Options for Fast-Tracking Clean Technology Patent Applications

The grant of a patent can be delayed by years due to backlogs at patent offices around the world. However, recognizing the urgent need to address climate change, certain patent offices have established programs to expedite...more

USPTO News Briefs - December 2015

USPTO and INPI Establish PPH Pilot Program - On November 23, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Brazil's National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a...more

Expanding the PPH in Australia

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A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has paved the way for the European Patent Office (EPO) to partner with the Australian Patent Office in a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The PPH program has been in use...more

Parsing USPTO Petitions Data

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The USPTO has launched a Petitions Timeline that provides information on the types of petitions that can be filed at each stage of prosecution, the average time to decision and grant rate, and the deciding office. While some...more

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