Monthly Archives: January 2013

ACLU Files Petitioners’ Brief in AMP v. Myriad Appeal

On January 13th, AMP et al. filed a 59 page brief contended that human DNA, including DNA fragments, RNA and cDNA, should not be considered patent-eligible under 35 USC s. 101. There is a lot to read here, much of … Continue reading

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USPTO Publishes Final Rules for Micro-Entity Status and Fee Schedule

On December 19, 2012, the Patent Office published the final rule: “Changes to Implement Micro Entity Status for Paying Patents Fees” –77 Fed. Reg. 75019–and on January 18, 2013 the final fee schedule is expected to be published (link below). … Continue reading

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PTO Issues Notice on Improvement in Patent Application Quality – A Very Modest Proposal

On January 15, 2013, the USPTO released a notice – see link below – requesting comments on its suggestions of ways to “improve the quality of issued patents” by improving the quality of application drafting. There are two brief sections … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Denies Cert. in Sherley v. Sebelius

The pesky worry about a possible Supreme Court review of the ruling by the D.C. Court of Appeals affirming the Circuit Court’s dismissal of a challenge to the 2009 NIH Stem Cell Funding Guidelines – which permitted NIH funding of … Continue reading

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