Additional Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) may be available for some cases where an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) was filed after a reply. Recently in Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Iancu, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the USPTO had incorrectly reduced the PTA based on applicant delay for a period of time during which there was no action that the applicant could take to conclude prosecution of the patent.
MaxVal announces that all of our software products and services now support the USPTO’s upcoming Private PAIR changes.
The USPTO recently announced its Relevant Prior Art (RPA) Initiative, seeking to leverage electronic resources to improve an examiner’s access to relevant information from applicant’s other related applications. These resources may include related U.S. applications, international applications under the PCT, and counterpart foreign applications by the same applicant.
Patents have gained importance as intangible assets in an increasingly competitive technology landscape. Consequently, patent filings have shown a more remarkable increase in numbers in the past decade than ever before. In many cases the worthiness and market position of a business is valued by the IP portfolio it holds. However, patents are expensive to maintain and a company’s IP assets need to be actively managed.
Yahoo has filed a patent for a camera equipped "smart" billboard that has a wide array of sensors and drone-based cameras to collect information about people for ad targeting.
Technology growth is becoming increasingly complex and the long tail of inventions is growing day by day. Any business that comes with an innovative creation has to protect it through some legally enforceable rights, and this is where patents come into action by protecting your ideas through an extensive system that has been developed around them.
It has been over fifteen years since the release of Private PAIR. It was one of the most significant technical achievements by the USPTO and one of the major milestones in the patent data revolution by allowing electronic patent filing and data access.
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Patent maintenance fees continue to increase. However, once the patent has issued, the USPTO does not provide any ongoing services to the patent holders. Therefore patent holders are correct in wondering why they must pay patent maintenance fees and why the fees are increasing. The requirement of maintenance fees has both economic and public policy reasons. First, maintenance fee revenue is used to fund the operations and expenses of the USPTO such as the examination of new patents. Second, maintenance fees allow for the promotion of progress of science and useful arts.
The patent landscape is tougher and more complicated than ever before. The ever-increasing amount of patent litigation cases in district courts, federal courts, and PTAB trials and appeals courts is a clear indicator of the struggle inventors and companies face to secure their intellectual assets. Applying for a patent, getting it granted and monetizing it is harder than it was a decade ago. This state of affairs automatically makes the inventors and patent professionals obsessive towards competitor monitoring.