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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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Federal Circuit Clarifies Pleading Requirements in Design Patent Cases

 On January 25, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its opinion in Hall v. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc., __ F.3d __ (Fed. Cir. 2013). In the decision, written by Judge Newman, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s patent infringement complaint. It found that the complaint had […]

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Report On Newly Enacted America Invents Act (AIA)

Introduction Many, if not most of you are probably aware of the newly enacted America Invents Act (AIA).  The AIA is major patent legislation that includes significant changes to American patent law.  It was signed into law on September 16, 2011.  This report provides a summary of the most important provisions that are included in […]

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Texas Regional Independent Inventors Conference-Austin, TX Sept. 14-15

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the University of Texas will be conducting a conference designed specifically for independent Texas inventors and  entrepreneurs.  The  Conference will be held September 14-15 at the University of Texas at Austin in the Thompson Conference Center located at 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, Texas. Presentations and workshops will be conducted by […]

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