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Prior Art and Continuation-in-Part Claims

USA - May 3 2016 What are the dates to which prior art must adhere, in examination of claims in a continuation-in-part (CIP) nonprovisional patent application? Each…

Formal Logic Reveals Hidden Dangers of Logical Fallacies in Patent Claim Rejections

USA - April 20 2016 There is no statutory requirement that formal logic be adhered to during examination of patent claims. Examiners and patent practitioners are free to…

Claims Strategies in Patent Applications - Matching or Varied?

USA - February 1 2016 Up to 20 claims, including three independent claims, are paid for in the standard filing fee for a US non-provisional patent application. Some…

Patent Claim Preambles Post-Alice

USA - December 15 2015 What is in the preamble of a patent claim? And, can the contents of the preamble influence the claim examination process? Ever since the US Supreme…

Case law arguments for “abstract ideas” rejection of patent claims

USA - October 22 2015 Ever since the Supreme Court ruling on Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al., patent practitioners have seen an historic…