Engagement announcement: USPTO and Regulatory Agencies Tie the Knot

By Cassie J. Edgar

After many years of casual data sharing between agencies, the USPTO has formally announced its intentions to marry the duty of disclosure for patent prosecution with the regulatory process.  Today’s notice clarifies the scope of duties of inquiry and disclosure to the Patent Office, including for statements made to the FDA and other regulatory agencies […]

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Radar-Based Sleep Trackers: Sweet Dreams or Privacy Nightmare?

By Sarah M.D. Luth

It’s no secret that more people than ever are sleeping poorly.  A recent study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine found that more than half of all Americans have had problems sleeping since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even independent of the pandemic, an estimated 70 million Americans are believed to suffer from […]

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USPTO Extends Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program

By Melissa M. Mitchell

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently issued a notice extending the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program (AKA “Patents 4 Patients”) until September 30, 2022. The program was first implemented in 2016 as part of the $1 billion National Cancer Moonshot initiative and allows for fast-track review of cancer immunotherapy-related patent applications without the need […]

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Supreme Court Punts on Patent Eligibility

By Kirk M. Hartung

Despite having the ball and everyone cheering for them, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to go for a win, and denied a grant certiorari in American Axle & Manufacturing v. Neapco Holdings, LLC. Despite overwhelming support for the Court to take up this case to provide clarity to the ongoing uncertainty of patent eligibility, […]

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Advantages of U.S. Provisional Patents Extend from Domestic to Foreign Filers

Regardless of their place of residence, every client should initiate their patent filing in the jurisdiction of the most commercial potential for their product. If a new invention is related to oil production, for example, one might consider filing a patent application in Venezuela, which contains the largest proven oil reserve in the World. Similarly, […]

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