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Blog Posts in 2009

USPTO Rescinds New Rules

The USPTO has rescinded controversial new rules limiting continuation applications. The rules were scheduled for implementation as of August 2007. Since then the USPTO received a great deal of ...
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In Re Bilski: Update

On June 1, 2009 the Supreme Court decided to grant certiorari in the case of In Re Bilski (now Bilski v. Doll). Last fall the Federal Circuit ruled that the Bilski method patents would not be allowed ...
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David Kappos: Nominee for Patent and Trademark Director

On June 18th President Obama nominated David Kappos for the position of Patent and Trademark Director. Currently Mr. Kappos is the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property ...
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International Patents: Patent Cooperation Treaty

International Patent applications are separately covered under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). The PCT has two phases, Chapter I, the international phase, and Chapter II, entry into the national ...
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International Trademarks: The Madrid Protocol

In a global market the Madrid Protocol has made the processes of gaining an international trademark more efficient. Signed in 1989 the Madrid Protocol helps to regulate international trademarks in 74 ...
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Inventor vs. Filer: Congress considering historical change to inventor's rights

Who should have rights to an invention, the person who invented it first or, the first person to file for a patent? For years the United States has been one of a few countries to run under a system of ...
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KSR v Teleflex - It Was That Obvious?

How does one determine if a current or potential patent is obvious and not entitled to be a patent? An invention is obvious when the differences between the subject matter sought to be patented and ...
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Sundance V DeMonte - And Your Experience Is?

Apparently not just any experienced patent attorney can act as an expert witness in a patent suit. In the case of Sundance v DeMonte the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit came to ...
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