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...

Federal Circuit Court Issues Decision Changing Standard for Duty of Disclosure and Requirements for a Finding of Inequitable Conduct; USPTO Proposes Rule Change to Implement Decision

Articulating a new “but for” materiality standard in Therasense, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson & Co., the Federal Circuit has said that its decision should reduce...

U.S. Government Budget Cuts Cause Cutbacks at USPTO

While the U.S. government avoided a shutdown over federal budget cuts, the budget agreement has had a negative effect on funding that the United States...
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