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First Inventor to File – 2014 USPTO Roadshow

The USPTO will be hosting seven roadshows across the country during September-October 2014 to increase the understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA).  The FITF provisions became effective on March 16, 2013.  The roadshows are designed to resolve the difficulties with the administrative processes and to provide […]

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Apple Files Patent Application for Sapphire Front/Back Displays

  In advance of the upcoming release of the Apple iPhone 6, a recent US Patent Application (SN 2014/0193606) published on July 10, 2014 discloses a sapphire glass component that is used on both front and back surfaces of electronic devices.  The sapphire component is formed with a single crystal plane orientation constructed from aluminum […]

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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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U.S Supreme Court Will Review Standard for Induced Infringement of a Claimed Method When Infringement is Split Among Multiple Parties

On January 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. The petitioner in the case, Limelight Networks (Limelight), appealed from the en banc opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. and McKesson Technologies, Inc. v. […]

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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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