Category Archives: USPTO Practice and Policy

USPTO Announces Program to Eliminate Filing Fees in Exchange for Early Publication of COVID-19 Applications

Since all the other commentators are posting about this Notification, I thought I should say a few words as well. The USPTO will eliminate the filing fees for applicants who agree to publish their COVID-19-related provisional applications in a PTO-managed … Continue reading

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USPTO Announces Fast-Track Ex Parte Appeals Pilot Program

July 1, 2020 USPTO Press Release: “WASHINGTON — The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced plans for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to begin accepting petitions for expedited resolution of ex parte appeals. The ‘Fast-Track … Continue reading

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USPTO Proposes Fee Increases Across the Board

Predictably, the USPTO has proposed increasing fees for about every piece of “paper” they receive/require. While most of the increases are in the 5-10% range for routine prep/pros matter, some of the increases are much larger. These often seem strategic, … Continue reading

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Athena v. Mayo Part II – Iancu v. The Federal Circuit(?)

The 2019 Revised Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance published on January 7th purported to revise the procedures for determining whether a patent claim or patent application claim is “directed to a judicial exception (laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas) … Continue reading

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