Category Archives: Patent

What is an RCE?

An RCE is a request made in a pending patent application to obtain continued examination after the application has received a final rejection and examination of the application has been closed. Continue reading

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New Website at US Patent and Trademark Office

The US Patent and Trademark Office rolled out a new website recently. It is intended to improve the experience of doing business with the USPTO. Continue reading

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How Good Do Patent Drawings Have To Be?

Patent drawings have to be good enough to have satisfactory reproduction characteristics. Continue reading

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Supreme Court Sanctions Patent Attorney

The Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in a patent case and then asked the attorney why he shouldn’t be sanctioned for his poorly-written brief. Continue reading

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Public Use of an Invention

Public use is a tricky area of law that can affect whether you can obtain a patent on an invention. Continue reading

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Patent Searching and the Duty of Disclosure

Patent searches allow an inventor to determine whether an invention is patentable and, if so, what aspects of the invention are patentable. Continue reading

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Patent Derivation Proceedings FAQ

A derivation proceeding is a proceeding to determine who the proper inventor of an invention actually is. Continue reading

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Patent Office Launches Glossary Pilot Program

The Patent Office has begun a new program to expedite certain patent applications which provide a glossary of the terms used in the claims. Continue reading

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Application Data Sheets in Patent Applications

An Application Data Sheet is a sheet or sheets that may be voluntarily submitted in either a provisional or a nonprovisional application, which contains bibliographic data, arranged in a format specified by the Patent Office. Continue reading

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Non-Enablement Responses to Prior Art Rejections

Rejections of patent applications are common. Inventors sometimes do not realize this. There are many reasons that rejections may be issued, the most frequent of which is usually some form of prior art rejection. A prior art rejection is either … Continue reading

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