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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

USPTO HOLDS ROUNDTABLE ON PATENT TRIAL PROCEEDINGS

USPTO HOLDS ROUNDTABLE ON PATENT TRIAL PROCEEDINGS

PTO_campus_160Yesterday the USPTO held the first of eight roundtables on patent trial proceedings established by the America Invents Act. The USPTO’s JANET GONGOLA said one purpose of the roundtables is to solicit public input as part of a process to revisit the rules governing AIA proceedings. She said the USPTO expects to issue a Federal Register notice this summer seeking public comments on issues that arise during the roundtables.

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Judge SCOTT BOALICK presented trial statistics. By the beginning of April, petitioners had filed 997 Inter Partes Review (IPR) petitions, 149 Covered Business Method (CBM) petitions, and 5 derivation proceeding petitions. There have been no Post Grant Review petitions yet. About 71% of the petitions have been in the electrical and computer arts. There have been 29 final IPR decisions and 10 final CBM decisions.

Chief Judge JAMES SMITH said the USPTO may soon be issuing guidance on amendment practice. To see 89 slides from the roundtable, click here.

USPTO TO DISCUSS “MYRIAD GUIDANCE” TODAY

Today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, the USPTO is holding a meeting of the Biotechnology, Chemical, and Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership. The agenda includes the recently published “Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products” (the “Myriad Guidance”). The meeting will be webcast.

IPO MEMBERS INVITED TO VISIT IPO OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, DC

All IPO members are cordially invited to visit the IPO office, which is centrally located in Washington, D.C. near the White House and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The IPO staff will be happy to make an appointment to brief you on current activities. To schedule a visit, call (202) 507-4500.

IP IN THE MASS MEDIA

Article Cautions on Law School Reforms

On Monday the New York Times published an op-ed addressing claims of a crisis in legal education. The authors said such claims are exaggerated and cautioned against proposed reforms, which could do “more harm than good.”

U.S. Judge Bars Medtronic from Selling Heart Valve

On Monday the Wall Street Journal reported on a patent suit between Edwards Lifesciences Corp. and Medtronic Inc. in which a jury previously found that Medtronic infringed Edwards’ patent on an artificial heart valve. Last week the U.S. district court judge issued an injunction preventing Medtronic from selling its heart valve.

ALLEN & OVERY, LLP TO SPONSOR IPO’S HARMONIZATION CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS

Many thanks to Allen & Overy, LLP for sponsoring IPO’s conference on “Leveraging a (More) Harmonized IP World” on May 7 in Brussels, Belgium. Click here to view the program and to register.

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IPO PRIMARY CONTACTS ASKED TO UPDATE MEMBERSHIP ROSTERS

Primary contacts of IPO corporate and law firm members are asked to use the website to review and update the membership rosters of their companies or law firms periodically to ensure the accuracy of IPO’s online membership directory. To update your roster, click here.


Law & Advocacy

Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 USPTO BUDGET WILL ALLOW HIRING, SATELLITE OFFICES

During the quarterly meeting of the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), Chief Financial Officer TONY SCARDINO reported that the 2014 appropriations bill signed in January funds the USPTO at $3.024 billion – $90.8 million above the fiscal 2013 enacted level and $238.3 million above the fiscal 2013 sequestration level. The budget will allow the USPTO to hire 1,000 patent examiners and 63 administrative patent judges and provides funding related to opening satellite offices in San Jose, Denver, and Dallas. Projected 2014 spending is estimated at $2.948 billion. The White House will release its fiscal 2015 budget on March 4.


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