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Patent reform effective dates cheat sheet

USA - September 16 2011 Today President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) into law, thus completing the first major overhaul to the patent act in almost 60 years.

Colette Reiner Mayer

USPTO releases proposed first-inventor-to-file rules and examiner guidelines

USA - July 27 2012 Implementation of the “first-to-file” provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) took a step forward yesterday when the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines for the first-inventor-to-file provision of the AIA.

Colette Reiner Mayer

Federal Circuit creates "palpable" confusion surrounding patent eligibility

USA - September 1 2011 In yet another decision examining the boundaries of patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101, the Federal Circuit determined in Classen Immunotherapies v. Biogen IDEC that two representative claims directed to comparing immunization schedules, choosing a schedule, and immunizing a patient based on that schedule, constitute patent-eligible subject matter

Mary Prendergast

Patent Eligibility in the Life Sciences: Supreme Court Declines Review of Ariosa Diagnostics v. Sequenom

USA - June 30 2016 On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., thereby letting stand the Federal Circuit's…

Karen G Potter

Patent reform is upon us

USA - September 8 2011 The Senate voted today to adopt the House of Representatives' version of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, advancing it to the president’s desk.

Colette Reiner Mayer