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post image Provisional Patent Applications as a Flash in the Pan: Many are Filed and Many are Abandoned from

By Dennis Crouch Provisional patent application (PPA) filings continue to rise with over 160,000 filed in FY2012. Despite the relatively large number of filings, more than half of these applications are abandoned without ever ...

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post image USPTO Director Kappos Announces Departure from

Director Announces Mid-January Departure In an email to USPTO staff Director Kappos announced he will depart the agency in mid-January. Director Kappos’ tenure is widely recognized as the “golden age” of USPTO leadership having successfull ...

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Conference & CLE Calendar from

November 27, 2012 - Patents and the Written Description Requirement: Navigating Section 112 Disclosure Obligations and Withstanding Invalidity Challenges (Strafford) - 1:00 - 2:30 pm (EST) November 28-29, 2012 - Biotech Patents*** (American Conference Institute) - Boston, MA ...

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Court Report from

By Sherri Oslick -- About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Apotex Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. et al. 1:12-cv-09295; filed November 20, 2012 in the ...

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Emerging Practice of the European Patent Office on Stem Cell Inventions from

Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel? By Kenny Donald -- It is clear from an emerging practice of the European Patent Office (EPO) that they were not widely impressed by the controversial Brüstle ...

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Patents and Antitrust: Federal Circuit expands ability to bring antitrust claims against patent holders who fraudulently obtained patents from

At a high level, patent and antitrust laws may seem to be at odds with each other.  Patent law grants inventors an exclusive right to make, use and sell their inventions.  On the other hand ...

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Twinkies versus cars from

A few decades ago when America faced a previous competitive challenge, an economist asked a core question about the future of the economy: "computer chips, potato chips -- what's the difference." The basis for this ...

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The Ghost of Lemelson: PTA Consequences of Exelixis v. Kappos from

On November 1, 2012, a federal district court (EDVA) issued an order that may have profound consequences for calculations of patent term adjustment (“PTA”). The district court believed that the PTA promised by 35 USC ...

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ALJ Rogers Grants Motion To Terminate Investigation In Certain Light-Emitting Diodes (337-TA-802) from

On November 13, 2012, ALJ Robert K. Rogers, Jr. issued Order No. 30 in Certain Light-Emitting Diodes and Products Containing the Same (Inv. No. 337-TA-802). In the Order, ALJ Rogers granted a joint motion filed ...

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ALJ Essex Grants-In-Part Motion For Protective Order Limiting E-Discovery In Certain Electronic Imaging Devices (337-TA-850) from

On November 19, 2012, ALJ Theodore R. Essex issued Order No. 12 granting-in-part Complainant FlashPoint Technology, Inc.’s (“FlashPoint”) motion for a protective order to limit the discovery of electronically stored information in Certain Electronic ...

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Under FTC Settlement, Bosch Agrees to Make Certain Patents Available to Competitors from

According to the FTC’s complaint, Bosch’s acquisition of SPX’s Service Solutions business would give Bosch monopoly power in the U.S. market for ACRRR devices. Following the transaction as proposed, Bosch would ...

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USPTO Director Kappos will Leave in January 2013 from

A source at the USPTO has confirmed that the David Kappos will step down from his post as USPTO Director in late January 2013 – concluding four years as the US Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual ...

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David Kappos to Leave the USPTO from

I have just learned that David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will be stepping down and leaving the agency effective the end ...

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USPTO Director Kappos To Depart In January from

David Kappos, the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will leave at the end of January, a USPTO spokesperson confirmed today. Related Articles:

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Ask The Patent Attorney offers free patent search from

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been filming new episodes of Ask the Patent Attorney. I have been looking for input and questions from inventors to fill new shows. 

We are going to ...

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