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USPTO to institute pilot project to allow public comments on pending applications
January 26, 2015

    The Washington Post today provided more detail about a pilot program previously mentioned in this post. Under the program, the USPTO would post pending patent applications that have become accessible to the public (such as after they have been published). Members of the public would then be able to comment on the applications, and even provide additional prior art that the patent office could consider during exa....... Read More


    Trade Secret Symposium
    January 06, 2015

      Post by Jill Link The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting a Trade Secret Symposium on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This symposium is the first of its kind for trade secrets. More information is available on theUSPTO website. Both live and webcast attendance is available for this event. The USPTO symposium will focus on the protection of U.S. trade secrets f....... Read More


      USPTO Releases New Guidelines on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility
      December 16, 2014

        Post by Dan LorentzenThe USPTO today released new Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility. The new guidance comes nearly 9 months after the first set of "2014 Procedure For Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws Of Nature/Natural Principles, Natural Phenomena, And/Or Natural Products" were released in March 2014. The March guidelines sought to implement new pr....... Read More


        USPTO Publishes its 2014 Patent Public Advisory Committee Annual Report
        December 03, 2014

          By Jonathan KennedyThe Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) for the USPTO published itsAnnual Report for the 2014 fiscal year. The annual report is directed to the President of the United States and addresses many issues faced in the previous fiscal year, summaries of goals met, and recommendations for the future. The 2014 report expressed concerns over the effect of sequestration and the USPTO's budget........ Read More


          Ways to Accelerate Patent Examination Before the USPTO ? Part 4, Finale
          November 18, 2014

            By Jill Link As discussed in aseries ofpriorpostings, there are various options to expedite examination and/or decrease the pendency and delays associated with patent examination before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). These include: (1) the First Action Interview Pilot Program (see Part 1); (2) Track One Prioritized Examination (see Part 2); (3) Accelerated Examination (see Part 3); (4) the ....... Read More


            Oral Arguments Held in Appeal of First IPR
            November 18, 2014

              By Jonathan Kennedy On November 3, 2014, a three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit heard oral arguments in In re Cuozzo—the appeal from the first inter partes review ("IPR") instituted by the USPTO. As noted in our previouspost, the appeal presents a number of interesting procedural and substantive issues. While the oral argument did not address all of the issues on appeal, the arguments from....... Read More


              Ways to Accelerate Patent Examination Before the USPTO ? Part 3
              November 11, 2014

                By Jill Link As discussed in atwopostingslastweek, there are a few options to patent applicants to combat the long pendency, slow processing and delays in examination before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The First Action Interview (FAI) Pilot Program and Track One Prioritized Examination were discussed as options to expedite the pace of patent examination. The various options and programs ....... Read More


                Ways to Accelerate Patent Examination Before the USPTO ? Part 2
                November 07, 2014

                  By Jill Link As discussed in a first posting earlier this week, there are a few options to patent applicants to combat the long pendency, slow processing and delays in examination before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The First Action Interview (FAI) Pilot Program was discussed as one option to expedite the pace of patent examination once an application reaches a patent examiner. The variou....... Read More


                  Ways to Accelerate Patent Examination Before the USPTO
                  November 04, 2014

                    By Jill Link Long pendency, slow processing and delays in examination due to patent backlog before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are common concerns voiced by patent applicants. Although it may provide some comfort to know that backlogs are decreasing and overall examination timeframes are improving, many patent applicants remain frustrated while waiting in line for an average of nearly19 m....... Read More


                    Federal Circuit Schedules Oral Hearing in First Appeal of Inter Partes Review
                    October 14, 2014

                      Post by Jonathan Kennedy The Federal Circuit has scheduled oral arguments for the first appeal of an inter partes review ("IPR") decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). Oral arguments have beenscheduled for November 3, 2014. The appeal involves a number of interesting issues. First, it arises from the first IPR filed with the PTAB—Garmin USA, Inc. v. Cuozzo Speed Techno....... Read More


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