Regulation Crowdfunding Arrives May 16, 2016

February 19th, 2016

Regulation Crowdfunding, an investment regime enacted as part of the 2013 JOBS Act, received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission and is scheduled to be available May 16, 2016.  Start-up ventures can use Regulation Crowdfunding as an alternative to … Continue reading

U.S. to Join Hague Agreement on Industrial Designs

February 26th, 2015

The Department of Commerce announced that the U.S. filed for ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.  When membership is finalized on May 13, 2015, design patent applicants in the U.S. … Continue reading

Invalidating Patent Research Offered on Contingency

July 18th, 2014

When patent holders sue or threaten infringement, invalidating the patent-in-suit is as effective as proving an accused product avoids reading on the claims.  Successfully overcoming the presumption of validity avoids the time and expense of drawn out patent litigation. Absent … Continue reading

Lower USPTO Fees Starting January 1, 2014

December 5th, 2013

The USPTO’s revised fee schedule, which reduces certain costs in obtaining a U.S. patent, goes into effect on January 1, 2014.  The changes include a reduced utility issue fee for small and micro entities, from $890 and $445 to $480 and $240, … Continue reading

Innovation Act of 2013

November 8th, 2013

Eleven members of the House of Representatives recently introduced the “Innovation Act” (H.R. 3309), a proposed bill that could have a “substantial impact on patent enforcement, procurement, and ownership.”  Some of the major proposed changes include: 1) a heightened pleading … Continue reading

Possible Solutions To Patent Office’s New Examination Policy For Design Patents

October 23rd, 2013

The Patent Office held its annual Design Day in April 2013 and announced a change in the examination policy of design patents that could have significant impact on practitioner practices and limit thousands of pending applications. Design patent practitioners routinely … Continue reading

Patent Fee Changes Taking Effect March 19th

March 15th, 2013

Pursuant to the America Invents Act (AIA), adjustments to a variety of Patent Office fees take effect Tuesday, March 19, 2013.  In general, filing and maintenance costs are rising, while prioritization and post-grant review fees will be reduced. Fee Increases: … Continue reading

First-Inventor-to-File Implemented

February 15th, 2013

As of March 16, 2013 the new first-to-file rule under the America Invents Act will be implemented by the Patent Office.  This change – from the previous first-to-invent rule – grants patent rights to the first person who files a … Continue reading

PTO Suggests Changes to Streamline Examination

January 16th, 2013

The USPTO is requesting email comments on proposed ideas for streamlining the patent process, specifically whether the following practices should be used by applicants when to place applications in a better condition for examination: To clarify the scope of the … Continue reading

USPTO Warns of Unofficial Solicitations

May 11th, 2012

The USPTO recently warned that private companies not associated with the Trademark Office are using trademark application and registration information from publicly available USPTO databases to mail or e-mail trademark related solicitations. The companies usually offer legal services, trademark monitoring … Continue reading