Monthly Archives: July 2012

Save patent costs by filing electronically

The Leahy-Smith America Invents act (AIA) has an “Electronic Filing Incentive” using EFS-Web. Original non-provisional utility patent application not filed electronically (e.g. filed by mail or hand-delivery) are subject to a $400 non-electronic filing fee ($200 for small entity status). … Continue reading

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Strategies for potential PPH participation

The Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) is a treaty program of participating national patent offices. The PPH program allows an inventor to fast track coordinating patent applications in various countries once related patent claims are allowed in WIPO or one of … Continue reading

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The America Invents Act (AIA) is not all roses

In a NYSBA article by Charles Miller and Daniel Archibald on USPTO post-grant patent proceedings under the American Invents Act entitled “Agency Decision-Making, Judicial Recourse, and the Black Swan in PTO Post-Patent-Grant Proceedings Under the America Invents Act,” the authors … Continue reading

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Online consumer opinions as evidence in trademark cases

A recent case in the Third Circuit, QUC Inc. v. Your Vitamins Inc., “casts doubt” on the reliability of blog posts and online consumer content as trademark evidence. The federal court found several problems with this genre of evidence, concluding … Continue reading

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2012 patent foreign filing trends

Earlier this year, inovia, a company that provides a platform for foreign filing, issued a report (The U.S. Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator) based on a survey of 150 U.S. companies and universities representing various industries and sizes. The … Continue reading

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