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Practice Tips for Avoiding Terminal Disclaimers and Maintaining PTA

USA - December 26 2017 The doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting (OTDP) was developed when U.S. patents had a 17-year patent term. Because that patent term ran from…

Protests: Are Those Still Around?

USA - January 5 2017 In the wake of third-party or pre-issuance submissions with the enactment and implementation of AIA, protests often get overlooked. But, a protest…

Adriana L. Burgy

New USPTO § 101 Guidance: Blueprint for Examiners and Applicants

USA - May 11 2016 The USPTO's new § 101 guidance memo provides instructions to the patent examining corps on how to formulate a subject matter eligibility rejection and…

Amanda K. Murphy

Streamlining appeals for small entities

USA - January 22 2016 On September 18, 2015, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) launched a Streamlined, Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot (S-EPAP) program for Small…

Agreeing to Disagree with the Supreme Court: Mayo Is Wrong, Would You Please Fix It?

USA - December 9 2015 Three strikes and you're out? The Federal Circuit's per curiam denial of en bancrehearing of Ariosa v. Sequenom, is the third time that Sequenom has…