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15 different amendments proposed to Senate version of Patent Reform Act of 2007

The Patent Reform Act of 2007 (S.1145) keeps plodding along in the Senate. Just over a month after the Senate Judiciary Committee released its report on the bill, there have now been 15 amendments circulated for possible consideration when the full Senate takes up the bill, with the potential for more to come before the […]

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USPTO proposes rules requiring deposit of biological material before publication of application

In today's Federal Register, the USPTO proposes rules that will alter when a deposit of biological material is required to be made when such a deposit is used to satisfy the requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 112. Specifically, the proposed rule will require that a deposit, if necessary, be made before the application is published. […]

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All versions of MPEP now available on USPTO website

The USPTO has now made available all prior editions of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure on its website here. This is great news for those who have ever had to try to track down a version of the MPEP that was more than about 10 years old, as they had not previously been easily […]

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Hearing on summary judgment motions in claim and continuation rules case this morning

This morning at 10:00 EST, Judge James C. Cacheris in the Eastern District of Virginia will hold a hearing on the parties' motions for summary judgment in the consolidated cases challenging the USPTO's claim and continuation rules. When ruling on the preliminary injunction, Judge Cacheris granted the injunction in a ruling from the bench at […]

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Motions for summary judgment in claim and continuation rules case taken under advisement

We've just received word that the hearing on the motions for summary judgment in the consolidated cases challenging the USPTO's claim and continuation rules has concluded, and the motions have been taken under advisement. So, no ruling from the bench today, and no hint as to when a ruling might be expected.

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Summary of today’s summary judgment hearing in the claim and continuation rule cases

As we reported earlier, Judge Cacheris took the parties' motions for summary judgment under advisement in the consolidated cases challenging the USPTO's claim and continuation rules. Below is a summary of the hearing from our representative who was in attendance. Tafas and GSK butted heads with the USPTO again today in front of a packed […]

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Reply briefs filed in claim and continuation rules case; administration opposes patent reform

Late Friday, the parties filed their reply briefs in the cases challenging the USPTO's claim and continuation rules. As with the parties' opposition filings, these briefs largely represent another repetition of the arguments raised in the parties motions for summary judgment. The motions have now been fully briefed, and the hearing on the parties' motions […]

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Patent Reform Act of 2007 scheduled for consideration this month

The Patent Reform Act of 2007 (S. 1145) is now officially back on the radar. It was recently placed on the Senate's calendar, and is likely to be considered by the full Senate sometime this month. This has resulted in a corresponding increase in the lobbying efforts by those on both sides of the debate. […]

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USPTO to start enforcing requirement that inventor oaths include reference to duty of disclosure

In a notice dated yesterday, the USPTO announced that it will begin enforcing compliance with 37 C.F.R. § 1.63(b)(3), which requires that inventor oaths include an acknowledgement of the duty to disclose information material to patentability under 37 C.F.R. § 1.56. Oaths filed on or after June 1, 2008 will have to have the language […]

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Oppositions to motions for summary judgment filed in cases challenging claim and continuation rules

Yesterday, the USPTO, Glaxo, and Dr. Tafas filed their oppositions to the motions for summary judgment in the consolidated cases challenging the USPTO's claim and continuation rules. At first glance, they make many of the same arguments raised in the parties' motions for summary judgment. Interestingly, however, the USPTO has also moved to strike portions […]

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