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USPTO and SIPO Announce Launch of Landmark Patent Prosecution Highway Pilots

Pilots will reduce patent backlogs and increase examination efficiency

Pilots will reduce patent backlogs and increase examination efficiency
USPTO and the Icelandic Patent Office to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

USPTO and the Icelandic Patent Office to Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

New pilot project will promote efficiency and higher quality

New pilot project will promote efficiency and higher quality
USPTO Seeking Comments on Future Locations for Satellite Offices

USPTO Seeking Comments on Future Locations for Satellite Offices

Detroit Office Planned for Second Half of 2012; Agency Seeks Comments on Additional Locations

Detroit Office Planned for Second Half of 2012; Agency Seeks Comments on Additional Locations
Exercising Ingenuity: A New Exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Exercising Ingenuity: A New Exhibit at the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Highlighting Historic Advances, Current Trends, and Future Technologies for a Healthier Body and Mind

Highlighting Historic Advances, Current Trends, and Future Technologies for a Healthier Body and Mind
US Congress passes patent reform bill

US Congress passes patent reform bill

The US Senate today passed a version of the patent reform bill that had been previously passed by the US House of Representatives. The bill now goes to the White House where President Obama is expected to sign the bill, thereby enacting it into law. The bill, when enacted, will bring US patent law more […]

Changes in Requirements for Specimens and for Affidavits or Declarations of Continued Use or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases

Changes in Requirements for Specimens and for Affidavits or Declarations of Continued Use or Excusable Nonuse in Trademark Cases

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is extending until September 23, 2011, the period for public comment on the proposal to revise the Trademark Rules of Practice and the Rules of Practice for Filings Pursuant to the Madrid Protocol to permit the USPTO to require:  any information, exhibits, and affidavits or declarations deemed […]

USPTO Names Iowa Library to Support Intellectual Property Information Needs of Inventors and Entrepreneurs

USPTO Names Iowa Library to Support Intellectual Property Information Needs of Inventors and Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the designation of Iowa’s Davenport Public Library as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). As the 81st library in the nationwide network, Davenport marks Iowa’s return to the PTRC program and serves as the first center geared away from the “paper depository” […]

Myriad CAFC Panel Decision

Myriad CAFC Panel Decision

A panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) rendered a decision today, in the Myriad case, regarding patent eligibility of “isolated” DNA molecules.  See  Association for Molecular Pathology v. PTO, posted at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/images/stories/opinions-orders/10-1406.pdf. The CAFC panel reversed the District court’s decision that had held Myraid’s claims to “isolated” DNA patent ineligible.  In […]

The USPTO has now announced PPH update

The USPTO has now announced PPH update

The USPTO has now announced the new requirements for claim correspondence and timing issues for PPH status under the MOTTAINAI agreement, inferred from the USPTO’s 7/1/2011 announcent at: http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2011/11-43.jsp. I quote below these USPTO requirements from the agreement with CIPO. However, the USPTO requirements appear to be identical for all participating Offices: All claims on […]

Save the Date: European Patent Reform Program

Save the Date: European Patent Reform Program

Understanding U.S. Patent Reform and What It Means to Your Business and Practice: First-Inventor-to-File (Finally!) and So Much More Yes, it is true. Last week the House of Representatives followed the lead of the Senate and passed U.S. patent reform adopting a first-inventor-to-file system in the United States. During the past few years of legislative […]

Eight Offices have agreed to relax the PPH requirements

Eight Offices have agreed to relax the PPH requirements

Eight Offices have agreed to relax the PPH requirements, now limited to OFF (Office of First Filing) positive work product, to OEE (Office of Earlier Examination) positive work product, under the new MOTTAINAI PPH pilot. This is a dramatic change since it will greatly expand the availability of PPH expedited examination in all participating countries. […]

USPTO slowdown

USPTO slowdown

The USPTO just notified the public of a budget induced slowdown in its patent operations, severe enough, that it may impact your planning. I copy the relevant sections of the notice, below. Effective immediately and until further notice: Track One of the Three-Track program, which offers expedited patent examination and was scheduled to go into […]

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    All inventors, wherever in the world they are, deserve to obtain adequate protection of their inventions through legislation in the field of intellectual property. During to a visit to Geneva for the WIPO 2014 Assemblies, Michelle K. Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO, talks about intellectual property in international aspect, with the aim to create convenient environment for international trade, but namely building a better international patent system.

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