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District Judge upholds decision requiring Microsoft to provide Irish data to U.S. investigators

USA, Ireland - August 4 2014 On July 31, Federal District Judge Loretta A. Preska (Southern District of New York) upheld the decision of a magistrate judge requiring Microsoft to...

U.S. Patent Office expands early examiner interview program

USA - June 22 2011 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced the Full First Action Interview Pilot Program, which is an expansion of the Enhanced First Action Interview Pilot Program....

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U.S. Patent Office puts its own mark on the patentable subject matter test in new interim guidelines for examiners

USA - September 28 2009 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently provided patent examiners with new “Interim Examination Instructions for Evaluating Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. 101” (“interim guidelines”)....

The impact of patents on Smart Grid objectives

USA - May 12 2009 Following the federal government’s lead under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) to create a national Smart Grid, a host of players will come together to seek the common good....