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USPTO Issues Interim Guidance Regarding Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

On 16 December 2014, the USPTO issued its much anticipated Interim Guidance Regarding Patent Subject Matter Eligibility and provided new explanatory training examples relating to nature-based products.  The December 16 guidance supersedes the USPTO’s 4 March 2014 guidance and issued in view of the Supreme Court decisions in Myriad and…
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USPTO Proposes Changes to Patent Term Adjustment Calculation

The USPTO has issued proposed rules that change the calculation for patent term adjustment in response to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision in Novartis AG v. Lee. Additional information can be found here.

USPTO forum to discuss patent subject matter eligibility on May 9, 2014

The USPTO will host a public forum to discuss patent subject matter eligibility at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on May 9, 2014.  The USPTO is seeking feedback on its recent guidance memorandum for determining subject matter eligibility of claims reciting or involving laws of nature, natural phenomena, and…
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America Invents Act First-to-File

The USPTO will host a public forum to discuss the first-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act on Monday, March 17, 2014, at its Madison Auditorium, in Alexandria, Virginia from 12:30 to 5 pm ET. USPTO subject matter experts will discuss a variety of topics, including whether/when an application will be…
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Final Rule Revises U.S. Patent Practice to Conform to the Patent Law Treaty

On October 21, 2013, the USPTO published its Final Rule revising the agency’s rules of patent practice to conform to the Patent Law Treaty (PLT). The notable chances in the PLT pertain to: 1) the filing date requirements for a patent application; 2) the restoration of patent rights via the…
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