USPTO Announces COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program

By: Stanley F. Chalvire On May 7, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, under which the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination to qualifying patent applicants without payment of the fees typically associated with prioritized examination. The goal of prioritized examination is to provide …

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Good News for Patent Holders

By: Lisa Warren In what has been a seemingly rare occurrence in recent months, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued a pro-patentee decision in Immersion Corporation v. HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc., holding that a continuing application filed on the same day as the parent application issues as a …

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MBBP Attorneys to Present at Upcoming Program, “Constructing a Solid Provisional Patent”

On Monday, October 19, Registered Patent Attorneys Sean D. Detweiler and Dr. Stanley F. Chalvire will present at a program hosted by TechSandBox for its Life Sciences SIG, “Constructing a Solid Provisional Patent.” Joining Sean and Stan are two Life Science CEOs. Learn from them first hand and save time, money, and anguish! To learn …

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USPTO Announces Glossary Pilot Program to Expedite Software Patent Applications

By: Sean Detweiler The USPTO recently announced the launch of a new pilot program called the Glossary Pilot Program, to run from June 2nd until December 31st.  The program is for software patent applications and requires an applicant to include a glossary section in the patent application specification to define terms used in the patent claims. …

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Not Only is it Cold, but the Winds of Change are Blowing

Time is running out! The (mostly) final piece of patent reform legislation goes into effect on March 16, 2013. In order to have new patent applications or patent applications claiming newly added subject matter considered under current law/rules, such patent applications must be filed on or before March 15th. Widely known as the conversion to …

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Expanded Track I Prioritized Examination of Patent Applications

By: Stan Chalvire The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued final rules (75 Fed. Reg. 78566) extending the prioritized examination (Track I) provisions to patent applications in which a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) has been filed (see, Three Track Patent Examinations: USPTO Provides Further Guidance). The recently issued final rules provide patent …

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Getting on the Fast Track at the PTO

By: Lisa Treannie Beginning May 4th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will begin offering fast-track examination of patent applications for the bargain price of $4000 (in addition to the normal PTO fees). For each of the up-to-10,000 applications accepted into the program, the PTO pledges to handle the application within a year, which is …

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USPTO Provides Further Guidance on Proposed Three Track Examination Initiative

By Daniel McGeeney and Stan Chalvire In a Press Release issued on February 2, 2011, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced updates to its proposed “Three Track” examination initiative. This initiative was proposed by the USPTO in June 2010 (75 Fed. Reg. 31763) to provide applicants some control over the timing of the …

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