Category Archives: Patent Reform Legislation

PTO Rules on Pre-issuance Submissions by Third Parties

On July 17th, the USPTO released the rules that will govern the mandate in Section 8 of the AIA that requires the Office to provide for the submission by third parties of patents, published patent applications and other materials that … Continue reading

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Will Universities Benefit from their Micro Entity Applicants?

In an introductory post on the USPTO’s proposed rules: “Changes to Implement Micro Entity Status for Paying Patent Fees,” 77 Fed. Reg. 31806 (May 30 2010), my partner, Gary Speier, spent some time on new 35 USC 123(a), which defines … Continue reading

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USPTO Proposes Rules To Implement Micro Entity Patent Fee Provisions Of AIA

A guest post from Gary Speier, shareholder with Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner. Last week, the USPTO published a Federal Register notice proposing rules for implementing certain provisions of section 10 of the America Invents Act related to micro entities. (A … Continue reading

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A “Modest Proposal” For The RCE Crisis

Commentators, including Prof. Hal Wegner, have been sounding the alarm regarding the increasing number of requests for continuing examination that applicants are filing. The PTO projects 325,000 RCE’s by FY 2018. They have gone further in recent posts, in attributing … Continue reading

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