Want an Expedited Decision on your Appeal? Use the USPTO’s Fast Track Appeals Pilot Program

Guest post from the USPTO:

What is the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program?

Under the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program, appellants can have their ex parte appeals advanced out of turn. Appellants simply file a petition to request fast-track review of their ex parte appeal and pay a $420 petition fee. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) has set a target of issuing a decision within six months from the date the petition is granted and the ex parte appeal is entered into the pilot program.

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Listen to “A Conversation with Janice Mueller, Author of Mueller on Patent Law”

Guest post from Chisum Patent Academy:

The Chisum Patent Academy is pleased to share with you a recording of the recent webinar from Fastcase, Inc.: “A Conversation with Janice Mueller, Author of Mueller on Patent Law.” In the one-hour webinar, Janice answers questions about:

  • Hot button topics from 2020 Federal Circuit and Supreme Court patent law decisions
  • How to analyze Federal Circuit opinions
  • Research tips for using the “Mueller on Patent Law” treatise (print versus on-line formats; updates; intended audience for the treatise; case analysis versus authorial commentary)
  • Hot button topics from 2020 Federal Circuit and Supreme Court patent law decisions
  • How to analyze Federal Circuit opinions
  • Research tips for using the “Mueller on Patent Law” treatise (print versus on-line formats; updates; intended audience for the treatise; case analysis versus authorial commentary)

To listen to the webinar on YouTube, click here.

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Neapco’s Brief in Opposition to AA’s Petition for Cert.

On March 31, 2021, Neapco Holdings LLC filed its Brief in Opposition to American Axle’s Petition for Cert. If you need a refresher on the proceedings to date, please read (or re-read) the analyses I posted on Jan. 11, 2021 and on August 3, 10, 11 and 14 of 2021. The claims on appeal recite a method for manufacturing a shaft assembly of a driveline system by providing a hollow shaft member [the driveshaft, as for a car or truck], tuning a mass and a stiffness of at least one liner; and inserting the … liner into the shaft member; wherein the … liner is a tuned resistive absorber to attenuating shell mode vibrations and wherein the … line is a tuned reactive absorber for attenuating bending mode vibrations.

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Biden’s Nominee to the Fed. Cir. is Perkins Coie Litigator

Tiffany P. Cunningham is a partner in the patent litigation practice of Perkins Coie. Importantly, she has a degree in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. before receiving her J.D. from Harvard. The Court is in need of a judge that is familiar with STEM issues, particularly in life sciences technology. Judges Lourie and Newman are not young anymore, leaving Judges Moore, Stoll and Chen as the only “young” judges with technical degrees (They are EE’s). Judge Prost holds a B.S. from Cornell but I can’t determine her major.

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