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US Patent and Trademark Office Publishes Rule Changes for the Citation of Prior Art and Written Statements Provision of the America Invents Act

  The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published Rule Changes to implement Section 6 of the America Invents Act (AIA) which amends the patent laws to create new post-grant review proceedings and replace inter partes reexamination proceedings with inter partes review proceedings. The new Rules can be found here. This AIA provision expands […]

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In re Mouttet

Federal Circuit Upholds Obviousness Rejection in In re Mouttet

On June 26, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the decision of the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferances (the “Board”) to deny all claims pending in U.S. Patent Application No. 11/385,232 (“Application ‘232”).  Application ‘232, entitled “Crossbar Arithmetic Processor,” discloses a computing device for processes such as addition, […]

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US Patent Applicants Provided with $400 Incentive to File Applications Electronically

The US Patent and Trademark Office USPTO now offers a $400.00 incentive to small entities for filing a Utility Patent Application.  The new rule became effective on November 15, 2011, as a result of the passage of the American Invents Act (AIA). See Federal Register Notice The new rule adds a charge of $400.00 to […]

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