Category Archives: Patent Reform Legislation

PTO Announces Requirements for Expedited Appeals for Small Entities

For some years, I have complained that the lack of a timely appeal process to the Board (“PTAB”) effectively removes the appeal process as a prosecution tool. The average pendency of an appeal to the Board from a rejection arising … Continue reading

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Innovation Act Stalls in the House

Representative Goodlatte’s Innovation Act (H.R. 9) has been shelved for now, and will not receive a floor vote until September at the earlier. There is significant conflict between measures intended to deter patent trolls and the ability of non-profit institutional … Continue reading

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Universities Response to Patent “Reform” Legislation

On February 24th, a letter sent by the Association of American Universities, signed by 145 universities, to Senators Grassley and Leahy and Representatives Goodlatte and Conyers, objected to parts of legislation such as “The Innovation Act, H.R. 9” that purports … Continue reading

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USPTO Publishes Extensive Examination Guidelines for 35 U.S.C. 102 and 103

On February 14, 2013, the PTO published extensive Examination Guidelines for examination of applications filed after March 16, 2013, under 102 and 103 as amended by the AIA. Given the debates, if not confusion, that arose following the publication of … Continue reading

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