Tag Archives: America Invents Act

Federal Circuit Finds On Sale Bar From Purchase Order Between Patent Holder And Supplier

In Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. v. Sunbeam Products, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the asserted claims were invalid under the on sale bar of 35 USC § 102(b) due to a purchase order between Hamilton Beach and it’s supplier. Judge Reyna’s dissenting opinion questions whether the transaction at issue was a … Continue reading this entry

A Sneak Peek At The USPTO’s Proposed First-To-File Rules

For a short time on Friday, July 20, 2012, the USPTO’s proposed rules to implement the first-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act (“AIA”) were available in the Federal Register’s “electronic Reading Room.” According to the USPTO’s AIA Implementation website, the USPTO temporarily withdrew the proposed rules in order “to enable the Federal Register to … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Publishes Final Rules For Preissuance Submissions By Third Parties

The USPTO published the final rules to implement the Preissuance Submissions provisions of the America Invents Act in the July 17, 2012 Federal Register. The final rules add new 37 CFR § 1.290, revise 37 CFR § 1.291, and remove 37 CFR § 1.99 (the current rule relating to preissuance submissions) and 37 CFR § … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Publishes Proposed Micro Entity Rules

A Federal Register Notice set to publish on May 30, 2012, sets forth the USPTO’s proposed rules for implementing the Micro Entity provisions of the America Invents Act (“AIA”). The proposed rules closely track the new law, but the USPTO seeks input on one important issue of statutory interpretation. Public comments on the proposed rules should … Continue reading this entry

Public Comments Criticize USPTO's Proposed Rules For "Routine Discovery," "Patentee Estoppel," and Amendments in Board Trial Proceedings

As I previously pointed out, there are three proposed rules in the USPTO’s patent trial proceedings rules package that raise concerns and should be dropped.  Public comments on these proposed rules were due April 9-10, 2012.  Now that the public has spoken, let’s take a look at what people had to say about these three specific … Continue reading this entry

Adopting To First-to-File: The Significance Of Segregating Subject Matter

One important strategy for adopting to the first-to-file system of the America Invents Act will be to segregate subject matter that has an effective filing date of March 15, 2013 or earlier from subject matter that has an effective filing date of March 16, 2013 or later. This is because even after March 16, 2013, it … Continue reading this entry

Three Proposed USPTO Board Rules That Should Not Be Adopted

Please welcome Andrew Baluch as a new contributing author for PharmaPatentsBlog! There is a lot to like about the USPTO’s proposed rules for the new patent trial proceedings that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) will conduct under the America Invents Act (AIA). On the whole, the proposed rules released last month appear to … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Publishes Proposed Rules For New Patent Challenges And Outlines New Patent Fees

The USPTO has published non-final versions of its proposed rules for the new “contested cases” created by the America Invents Act (Inter Partes Review, Post Grant Review and Derivation proceedings) on its AIA Implementation website. According to the USPTO, the official Federal Register Notices will be published later this week, on February 9 and 10. … Continue reading this entry

Proposed AIA Implementation Rules: Preissuance Submissions In Pending Applications

On January 5, 2012, the USPTO issued a Federal Register Notice with proposed rules to implement provisions of the America Invents Act relating to preissuance submissions of publications in a pending patent application. The proposed rules add new 37 CFR § 1.290, revise 37 CFR § 1.291, and remove 37 CFR § 1.99 (the current rule relating … Continue reading this entry

Proposed AIA Implementation Rules: Estoppel Against Ex Parte Reexamination

On January 5, 2012, the USPTO issued a Federal Register Notice with proposed rules to implement provisions of the America Invents Act relating to the citation of prior art and written statements in a granted patent.  While I wrote about those changes previously, the same rules package includes proposed changes to the ex parte reexamination rules that … Continue reading this entry

Proposed AIA Implementation Rules: Citation Of Prior Art And Written Statements

On January 5, 2012, the USPTO issued a Federal Register Notice with proposed rules to implement provisions of the America Invents Act relating to the citation of prior art and written statements in a granted patent. The USPTO will consider written comments received by March 5, 2012. (The same Federal Register Notice also sets forth proposed rules … Continue reading this entry

USPTO Issues First Batch Of Proposed AIA Implementation Rules

Last week the USPTO issued four Federal Register Notices with proposed rules to implement different aspects of the American Invents Act. Each proposed rule making has a 60 day comment period that expires in early March. As announced on the USPTO’s Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Implementation webpage, the USPTO will be carrying out an “AIA … Continue reading this entry

Gearing Up For September 16, 2012

Now that 2011 is coming to an end and I am catching my breath and getting organized for 2012, I thought it would be a good time to consider the USPTO’s plans for implementing the provisions of the America Invents Act that take effect September 16, 2012. According to the USPTO’s Leahy-Smith America Invents Act … Continue reading this entry

Upcoming Changes To The Inventor Oath/Declaration Requirements

Provisions of the America Invents Act that take effect September 16, 2012 will change the requirements for the inventor oath/declaration. While some are touting the new ability of an assignee to file an application, even once these changes take effect an oath/declaration executed by the inventor(s) will be required in the vast majority of patent … Continue reading this entry

Will Any Patent Application Be Better Off Under The America Invents Act?

The changes to 35 USC § 102 embodied in the America Invents Act (AIA) take effect on March 16, 2013, under complicated effective date provisions. The general consensus seems to be that applicants should try to file new applications before the law changes, because (for example) applications filed under the new law will be subject … Continue reading this entry

File Electronically To Avoid "Tax" On U.S. Patent Applications

The America Invents Act included two separate fee provisions with early effective dates. A 15% surcharge on many USPTO fees took effect on September 26, 2011. Next, a surcharge on patent applications that are not filed electronically will take effect on November 15, 2011.… Continue reading this entry

When Being First-To-File Is Not Enough

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act will bring the United States patent system closer to a “first-to-file” system, but it is important to understand that the changes to 35 USC § 102 have several exceptions to the first-to-file rule. While the one year “grace period” after an inventor’s own disclosure is easy to understand, the other … Continue reading this entry

Patent Reform--A Tax On Innovation?

The enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act on September 16, 2011 means that a 15% surcharge on most patent office fees will take effect on September 26, 2011. (The USPTO has published the new fee schedule on its Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Implementation website). But, with no new appropriations, the USPTO will not be permitted … Continue reading this entry

President Obama Expected To Sign Patent Reform On Friday, September 16, 2011

According to the Washington Post, and supported by comments from Robert Stoll, USPTO Commissioner for Patents, during the September 14,2011 webinar hosted by Foley & Lardner LLP, President Obama is expected to sign the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act on Friday, September 16, 2011. That will make September 16, 2011 the “date of enactment,” triggering some immediate … Continue reading this entry

The New Derivation Proceedings Deadlines--More Traps For The Unwary?

The new derivation proceedings enacted by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act include one-year deadlines for instituting derivation proceedings, based on the publication or issue date of a relevant patent claim. To the extent that these deadlines were intended to mirror 35 USC § 135(b), they may include an unintended trap for the unwary based on … Continue reading this entry

Patent Reform Clears Final Hurdle--President Obama Expected To Sign America Invents Act Soon

Patent Reform cleared its final hurdle on September 8, 2011, when the Senate approved the House version of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act by a vote of 89-9, leaving only President Obama’s signature as the final step to make patent reform a reality. The President has expressed support for this legislation, and is expected to sign it … Continue reading this entry

Senate Vote Advances Patent Reform To Final Hurdle

On September 6, 2011, in its second item of business after its August break, the United States Senate approved a procedural motion to invoke “cloture” on the House patent reform bill (HR 1249).  This vote spares patent reform from any filibuster, prevents the introduction of new amendments, and sets a 30-hour limit on further debate. The … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Won't Let Creative Compounds Muscle Its Way Into Priority Of Invention

In Creative Compounds, LLC v. Starmark Laboratories, the Federal Circuit clarified that the “clear and convincing” burden of proof applies to an allegation of prior invention unless an action is brought under 35 USC § 291 or the parties identify and agree on common claimed subject matter and seek an adjudication of priority.  While Patent … Continue reading this entry

How Will Patent Reform Solve The USPTO Backlog?

Last week, The Kojo Nnamdi Show on Washington, D.C. public radio station WAMU had two programs about patent reform. On Tuesday, there was a panel discussion on “Innovation and Patent Reform.” On Wednesday, Kojo talked with USPTO Director David Kappos about “Updating the U.S. Patent Office.” While I usually cringe when mainstream media discusses patent issues, … Continue reading this entry