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Pre-Appeal Brief Review Request - Is It Worth It?

USA - July 16 2018 Traditionally during prosecution of a patent application, applicants facing a final rejection of their application had one of three options: file a…

Patent Prosecution Highway: Is It the Promised Expressway or Is It a Roadblock?

USA - November 8 2016 The IP5 Patent Prosecution Highway Program (the PPH Program) has been available to U.S. patent applicants for just over two years. It was implemented…

Patent troll bill resurfaces in the Congress

USA - June 16 2015 Last year Congress tried to pass a bill aimed at curbing abusive patent litigation initiated by so-called "patent trolls," or non-practicing entities…

According to the Patent Office, claiming an abstract idea may still be patentable, will anyone else agree?

USA - September 18 2014 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (the Office) issued interim guidelines to its Examiners following the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision in…

Patent publications: an offensive and defensive tool

USA - October 8 2013 Everyone knows the adage "the best defense is a good offense." That adage can now be applied to the field of patent procurement. United States Patent…