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Many Australian patent firms are advising their clients to file in Australia and request examination before April 15, 2013. That’s the date the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 comes into force, which will make it much harder … Continue reading

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Ian Cockburn, New Zealand and Australian Patent Attorney at PIPERS, recently informed us of some news pertaining to New Zealand and Australian patent law: Despite the submissions following the earlier discussion paper, IP Australia and IPONZ have agreed on a … Continue reading

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An important update from our friends at the PCT Learning Center: Important New Fee Changes The International Bureau of the WIPO has informed the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), that due to changes in the exchange rate of … Continue reading

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The USPTO recently announced a Missing Parts Pilot Program commencing December 8, 2010 and set to expire in one year.  The Missing Parts Pilot Program effectively provides a 12-month extension to the 12-month provisional patent application period.  Currently, patent applicants … Continue reading

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As many of you know, April 1, 2010 ushered in numerous changes affecting PCT applications in the EPO.  One such change involved the timing for filing a divisional off of a parent application. Prior to April 1, 2010, an applicant … Continue reading

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It’s a few weeks before the 30 month deadline for national stage entry of one of your client’s PCT applications.  The client calls you and tells you one (or more) of the following: The sole inventor has just assigned her … Continue reading

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I had the honor of speaking at the NAPP Annual Meeting recently.  My presentation focused on foreign filing best practices and ways to ensure that your US approach would not undermine your global patent opportunities. One attendee asked a question … Continue reading

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IT Improvements On May 5, 2010, USPTO director David J. Kappos testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the USPTO’s operations, programs and initiatives. In line with the USPTO’s goal of increasing efficiency and reducing the average pendency for … Continue reading

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In view of the high excess claims fees that apply to European applications, it’s common for PCT applicants to reduce the number of claims on file at regional phase entry to Europe. In the past, the EPO has taken a … Continue reading

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We recently gave a brief summary of the impending 1 April 2010 changes to European rules. New Rule 62A: Independent Claims Today, we’re going to go into a little more detail about the changes to management of independent claims in … Continue reading