Posts Tagged: federal register


U.S. Copyright Office Publishes Federal Register Notice Announcing State Sovereign Immunity Study

On June 3, the U.S. Copyright Office published a Federal Register notice regarding a study it is initiating to “evaluate the degree to which copyright owners are …
By Rebecca Tapscott
4 months ago 2

New DMCA Exemptions Including Use of Motion Picture Clips in Narrative Films for Parody or Historical Significance

One of the new exemptions for motion pictures includes the expansion of the exemption of TPMs protecting motion picture clips on DVDs, Blu-Rays and streaming services to …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 3

USPTO Announces Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative to Import Prior Art Citations into Patent Applications

The USPTO recently announced the implementation of the first phase of the Access to Relevant Prior Art (RPA) Initiative. The initiative is being designed to reduce the …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 1

USPTO Publishes Final Rule Adopting Phillips Standard at PTAB

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a final rule in the Federal Register changing the claim construction standard applied during inter partes review (…
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 15

Patent Office amends PTAB Trial Practice Rules

Last week, on Friday, April 1, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published a final rules in the Federal Register. These newly minted final rules, which become …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 8

Defending the USPTO Interpretation of the New Grace Period

The questions asked of the USPTO, and specifically Director Kappos, related to the USPTO interpretation of the grace period in 102(b)(1)(B). At one point, in response …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 48

USPTO Publishes Proposed First to File Examination Guidelines

For well over a year I have been explaining that under the US first to file system the inventor will still have a personal grace-period, but that …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 16

The Patent Twilight Zone: Keeping Significant Innovations Secret

It almost boggles the mind, but this Federal Register Notice explains that the USPTO is undertaking a study to determine the feasibility of requiring economically significant patents …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 43

Recent Patent Related Federal Register Notices

At this time of the year many attorneys and agents are not paying all that much attention to the rules and requests for comments coming out of …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 1

USPTO Seeks Comments on Future Locations for Satellite Offices

The USPTO sees the establishment of satellite offices as an important component of their continued efforts to recruit and retain a highly skilled workforce, reduce patent application …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 10

US Patent Office Proposes Adopting Therasense Standard

In view of Therasense, the Patent Office is proposing to revise the materiality standard for the duty to disclose information to the Office in patent applications and …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 17

USPTO to Revise Reexam Practice, Is Patent Reform Dead?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking public comment on a proposal to streamline the procedures governing ex parte and inter partes patent reexamination …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 9

U.S. Patent Office Issues Supplementary 112 Guidelines

Of course, it will be most useful for patent examiners to review and truly internalize the guidelines, but there is some excellent language here that is quite …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 5

PTO Seeks to Incentivize Release of Humanitarian Technologies

On Monday, September 22, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced via Federal Register Notice that the Office is considering pro-business strategies for incentivizing the development and …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 5

USPTO Announces New Examination Rules, Seeks Comment on 33 Questions

With respect to Track I, of particular note is the fact that the Patent Office is considering limiting the number of claims in a prioritized application to …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 1