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Inventors Beware: Even Secret Activity Can Sink Your Patent

USA - January 31 2019 Under U.S. patent law, an offer to sell or a sale of an invention starts a one-year grace period during which the owner of the invention must file a...

Larry D. Williams Jr., Clifton E. McCann.

PTAB Challenges Can Reduce Royalty Obligations, Open New Markets

USA - March 30 2016 Beginning in 2012 and 2013, three new types of administrative proceedings became available to anyone wanting to challenge a U.S. patent. The new...

Clifton E. McCann.

USPTO pilot program permits modernizing trademark registration coverage

USA - September 16 2015 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has begun a pilot program to give owners of trademark registrations an opportunity to amend the goods...

Ashley L. Pecora.

Patent law changes may necessitate filing applications by March 15, 2013

USA - January 24 2013 March 15, 2013 is a potentially important due date for filing U.S. patent applications. Applications filed by that date are entitled to benefits under...

Mark P. Levy, Megan D. Dortenzo, Clifton E. McCann, Brian D. Kenney.

European Parliament approves European Unitary Patent Scheme to begin January 2014

European Union - December 20 2012 On December 11, 2012, the European Parliament approved a statutory scheme to provide European patents with "unitary" effect, and created a Unified Patents Court system for enforcement....

Patrick D. Lowder, Ph.D.