Today’s post is by Guest Barista Jay Pattumudi, a Patent Attorney with Bruzga and Associates. Under the new U.S. patent reform act, America Invents Act (AIA), the scope of prior art for making novelty and obviousness determinations has been broadened in some aspects but, in some cases, has been narrowed. With regard to making such determinations, [...]

On September 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.   This Act is often referred to as the most comprehensive overhaul to our patent system since 1836. Seven provisions of the AIA and USPTO implementing final rules for these provisions go into effect today on September 16, 2012: 1.  Inventor’s [...]

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) dictates that at least three satellite offices be opened by the USPTO in three years. The Detroit satellite office was the first of four selected by the USPTO to increase outreach, improve retention and recruitment of patent examiners, decrease the patent application backlog and improve the quality of examination. [...]

“We are complying with Congress’ mandate to set fees at a level that enables the USPTO to recover the actual costs of the services it provides, while enabling us to implement all of the provisions of the Act.” ~Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos The U.S. Patent [...]

Since the America Invents Act has now passed, a lot of applicants will now qualify for a 75% reduction in certain fees at the US Patent Office.  The Act created a new micro-entity rate.  Now, various fees are due according to the following schedule: 1.  Regular applicants:  You’re a big boy or girl and you [...]

Well, it looks like it’s all over but for the crying.  The Senate voted 89 to 9 to pass the Patent Reform Act bill yesterday. The Senate rejected proposed amendments to the house bill H.R. 1249, approved by the House last June, including: An amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, to go back to the [...]

clo·ture.  noun /ˈklōCHər/  (in a legislative assembly) A procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote; a cloture motion. (*update: The Senate voted 93-5 to end debate on a motion to proceed with the bill, limiting debate to 30 hours.)  The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, H.R. 1249 passed the House in June by 304-117, [...]

  There’s more reaction to the passage of The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, H.R. 1249, by the House of Representatives. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) came out in support of the bill.  President and CEO Jim Greenwood said: “The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act will bring our patent system into the 21st century.  The improvements made [...]