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Means plus Function Claims: The Federal Circuit’s Decision in Williamson v. Citrix Online LLC is Like Déjà vu All Over Again

It had all the elements of a pot-boiler thriller: a rogue government official orchestrating a mutiny against the rule of law, individuals in a plucky...

Update: From USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidelines

This is an update from our newsletter of January 2015. On July 30, 2015, the USPTO issued an update regarding the 2014 Interim Guidance on...

USPTO Introduces Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot

The USPTO is providing a temporary basis under which an appellant may have an ex parte appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board)...

Final Patent Term Adjustment Rules Issued

The USPTO issued final rules on January 9, 2015 implementing changes to the way in which Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) is calculated in viewof the recent Federal...

Updated Mayo/Myriad/Alice Patent Eligibility Interim Guidance

On December 16, 2014, the USPTO finally issued updated and significantly revised Interim Guidance to the Examiners for examination of patent claims for patent eligibility,...

A Myriad of Natural Product Claims May Be Toast, With Extra Mayo: The USPTO issues new Examiner Guidance documents expanding the scope of patent-ineligibility

On March 4, 2014, the USPTO issued a document entitled “Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural...

USPTO’s Fee Schedule Effective March 19, 2013

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its first Fee Schedule (click here to view) under the America Invents Act (AIA) that will...

PTO’s Final Rules on First Inventor to File Provisions Effective March 16, 2013

The PTO has issued proposed rules regarding implementation of the first inventor to file provisions of the AIA Patent Reform Act to take effect on...

Final Rules In Effect as of September 16, 2012

Earlier this year we provided comments on the PTO’s proposed rules regarding the following provisions. The PTO has made those rules final for provisions that...

USPTO Starts New Pilot Program for Filing Information Disclosure Statements (IDS) After Payment of Issue Fee

The USPTO is implementing a pilot program (QPIDS program) intended to reduce pendency and applicant costs when an information disclosure statement (IDS) is filed after...
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