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AIPLA files Amicus Brief in Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments re: Definiteness

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) has filed an Amicus Brief (friend of the court)in Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus , 2012-1289 (April 26, 2013, CAFC).  A link to the US Supreme Court docket on the appeal is found here. The Federal Circuit reversed a district court decision that a patent claim to a […]

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Apple’s New Touch MacBook Patent

On Tuesday of this week the US Patent and Trademark Office issued US Patent 8,654,524 for a “Housing as an I/O Device” to Apple, Inc. The patent claims a device that includes sensors positioned in a housing where the housing surrounds the electronic device.  The sensors are peripheral to the screen itself.  This seems to […]

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After Final Office Action Consideration Project is Extended

  The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has extended the time frame for the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) program until at least  September 30, 2014.  The AFCP provides for consideration of claims by a patent examiner in a pending application.  The new version of the AFCP is referred to as the AFCP 2.0 […]

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2013 Offshore Technology Conference Sets Record Number of Attendees and Displays Impressive Innovation

The 2013 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas drew the second-highest number of attendees in history.  According to the official records, 104,800 people attended the conference, which is 17% higher than last year.  For those of us who have seen the oil business in boom and bust cycles, the boom cycles are definitely more interesting! […]

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US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Repeals Statutory Invention Registration (SIR)

Repeal of Statutory Invention Registrations (SIRs) Statutory invention registrations were used by applicants for publishing patent applications on which they no longer felt they could get patents.  By publishing the patent applications, they helped ensure that the inventions were in the public domain and no one else could subsequently get a patent on them. SIRs […]

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