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REFLECTIONS ON ALICE, or BUSINESS METHODS FALL DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

So you think you have a new business idea that deserves a patent? The Supreme Court may say "not so much." Particularly if it pertains to an abstract idea programmed on a generic computer. ...
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The New America Invents Act - New Inter Partes Review

The New America Invents Act - New Post Patent Review Procedures On September 16, 2011 President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. This new act makes several changes to ...
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The New America Invents Act - New Post-Grant Review Process

The New America Invents Act - New Post Patent Review Procedures On September 16, 2011 President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. This new act makes several changes to ...
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The New America Invents Act - Micro-Entity Status

The New America Invents Act - Micro-Entity Status On September 16, 2011 President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. This new act makes several changes to procedures for ...
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The New America Invents Act - "Prior Art" Redefined

The New America Invents Act - “Prior Art” Redefined On September 16, 2011 President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. This new act makes several changes to ...
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The New America Invents Act - First Inventor to File

The New America Invents Act On September 16, 2011 President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). This new act makes several changes to procedures for a patent ...
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In Re Bilski - A new hurdle for method patents

In 2008 the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in the case of In re Bilski which upheld the decision made by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Both rulings ...
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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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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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USPTO Warning on Foreign Outsourcing

Citadel Patent Law has always done all of its own US patent application work in our offices in the USA. However, as in other aspects of business, including legal services, the USPTO has become aware ...
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New Patent Rules Halted

NOTICE REGARDING CLAIMS AND CONTINUATIONS RULES The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a final rule notice in the Federal Register to revise the rules of practice in patent ...
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ALERT! New Patent Rules

On August 21, 2007 the US Patent and Trademark Office published new rules that will impact nearly everyone seeking patent rights in the United States. Some practitioners have described this major ...
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