Patenting Ideas Previously Disclosed in an Earlier-Filed Provisional Application but Later-Filed Non-Provisional Application

Can an idea that has already been conceived (and published) still be patented? The scenario appears possible based on a recent holding from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Many know that nearly all publicly available information with a publication date prior to the filing date of a patent application can […]

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Expanded Powers of the USITC

Under 19 U.S.C. ยง1337(b)(1) the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is authorized to investigate allegations of unfair trade acts in the importation of articles that infringe a valid United States patent.  If a violation of the statute is found, the USITC issues an exclusion order that bars the importation of some or all of the […]

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New Changes Proposed for PTAB Trial Proceedings Rules

USPTO Director Michelle K. Lee discussed proposed rule changes in herblog post for Wednesday, August 19. The first set of rules governing inter partes review, post-grant review, and covered business method patent proceedings was issued in 2012 and a number public comment sessions were held to gather feedback on these rules. In March of 2015, […]

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New Patent Application Alert Service

The USPTO is now offering a Patent Application Alert Service (PAAS) that allows subscribers to stay current with patent application pre-grant publications that may be relevant or of interest. A subscriber will receive a weekly email alert  that is customizable to a search criteria set by the subscriber. Each email will also contain direct links […]

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MVS Biotech and Chemical Group Renews Membership in Iowa Biotech Association

The Iowa Biotechnology Association–the state affiliate organization of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)–was founded in 1994 to unify Iowa’s bioscience industry, academic research institutions and economic development organizations. BIO is a national organization representing more than 1,000 biotech companies, academic institutions, state biotech centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other […]

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Developments in State Anti-“Patent Troll”Legislation

Patent law is within the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government. In the past several years, however, a number of states have proposed or passed legislation aimed at combatting so-called “patent troll”behavior. Although patent lawsuits are tried in federal—not state—court, these state legislative efforts generally attempt to combat perceived patent-troll behavior by creating a separate cause of […]

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Innovation Promotion Act Could Mean Income Deductions for Patents and Other Intellectual Property

  Current tax laws do not permit deductions or other preferential tax treatment for income derived from intellectual property. This may change based on proposed tax reforms. On July 29th the House Ways and Means Committee members Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Richard Neal (D-MA) released a legislative proposal for public comment outlining the Innovation Promotion Act. […]

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