Monthly Archives: December 2009

Give A Little, Get A Little: New PTO Program Aims to Speed Examination

On November 27, 2009, the USPTO published the “Patent Application Reduction Stimulus Plan” (74 Fed. Reg. 62285) (a PDF is found at the end of this posting). Briefly, a procedure has been established whereby a small entity applicant can have … Continue reading

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David Kappos and The Impact of KSR – A Unique Opportunity For Our Profession

By Paul ColeVisiting Professor, Intellectual Property Law, Bournemouth University, UK On Tuesday 24 November, David Kappos made a posting on the Director’s Forum including the following statement: Some have suggested that the Office is determining obviousness in a way that … Continue reading

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A Look Back at the Roots of the Thorny WDR Problem

As the date for oral argument looms in Ariad v. Lilly, as does an en banc decision as to the existence and/or the role of the written description requirement (WDR) in Section 112, I thought it would be worthwhile to … Continue reading

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