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“Imitation two-year provisional” option extended through 2012

USA - January 4 2012 As technology developers make New Year’s resolutions regarding patent filings for 2012, the “Imitation Two-Year Provisional Patent Application” may be a tool worthy of consideration....

Can we talk? Doing so significantly increases early allowance of patent applications

USA - May 24 2011 Talking to patent examiners often helps advance the examination of a patent application....

Patent Office Ombudsman to the rescue!

USA - April 29 2010 Director David Kappos of the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") initiates more changes to the patent system with the PTO's launch of the new Ombudsman pilot program on April 6, 2010....

Constance Gall Rhebergen.

Equitable tolling may be product of Patent Office's new math on patent term extensions

USA - February 12 2010 Idera Pharmaceuticals is challenging recently enacted interim procedures for revising patent term extensions as being inequitable....

Keith R. Derrington.

New math does not add up for Patent Office's patent term adjustments

USA - February 3 2010 Patent owners may now enjoy longer patent terms after a recent Federal Circuit ruling which determined that patent owners had been shortchanged by how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("Patent Office") had calculated adjustments to patent terms to compensate for Patent Office caused delays in issuance of a patent....

Keith R. Derrington.