Section 112 is where the rubber meets the road with respect to describing an invention, and to the uninitiated it would seem a bland topic. Over the years, however, the level of information that must be present and the specificity and language certainty has only grown. Meanwhile, client budgets have stayed the same.
What a $10,000 budget bought in 1994 is not what it will buy 25-years later, but the Federal Circuit and Patent Office demand more. And now the decision in Williamson v. Citrix may just be the tip of the iceberg as Congress contemplates codifying an expansive interpretation of what constitutes functional language as a part of any patent eligibility reform.
There are still tried and true methods to win at 112, and there are tools available to help ensure that 112 issues and inconsistencies that clutter First Office Actions on the Merits won’t plague your application.
Join Gene Quinn, President, and CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc, on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 12:00 pm (noon) EDT for a conversation on all things 112, including what the future may look like in light of possible reforms, best practices for today, and tools to help you mitigate filing errors before they happen.