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Court of Federal Claims Confirms Payment of Maintenance Fees Still Required
August 05, 2014

    A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ("CFC") has upheld the statutorily-mandated maintenance fees required by the USPTO in order to keep issued patents in force. The owner of an issued patent must pay maintenance fees to the USPTO three times during the lives of their issued patents to keep them in force: at three years and 6 months after grant, at seven years and 6 months after grant,....... Read More


    Federal Circuit Clarifies Patent Term Adjustment
    January 23, 2014

      The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued an opinion that provides guidance for how Patent Term Adjustments should be calculated. Between June 2009 and May 2011, Novartis filed four civil lawsuits against the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia claiming that, for twenty-three of its issued patents, the D....... Read More


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