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After-final practice: Navigating expanding USPTO options for compact patent prosecution

USA - July 17 2017 As part of the Enhanced Patent Quality initiative, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has gradually expanded the after-final...

Eric J. Hamp.


Recent developments in post-grant review eligibility

USA - December 20 2016 Post-grant review (PGR) is a trial proceeding introduced under the American Invents Act (AIA) of 2011. Similar to inter partes review (IPR), PGRs...

Jeffrey H. Chang.


The Supreme Court's impact on IP rights in 2015

USA - May 29 2015 The U.S. Supreme Court has generated quite a few closely-watched intellectual property decisions in 2014, analyzed in Banner & Witcoff's Spring and...

Camille Sauer.


There’s the devil Federal Circuit reiterates: no room for error in priority claims

USA - May 6 2014 The late Chief Judge Giles S. Rich, in an oft-quoted précis of U.S. patent law, remarked that “the name of the game is the claim.” Giles S. Rich...

William E. Wooten.


Global PPH and IP5 - latest iteration in the Patent Prosecution Highway

USA, China, Global - April 16 2014 The Patent Prosecution Highway (also referred to as the "PPH") Embodies numerous bilateral agreements Between dozens of countries providing that...

Erin E. Bryan.