All posts by: Silvia Salvadori

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{1 minute to read} Inventors and small businesses, that meet certain financial thresholds and other criteria, may be eligible for free legal assistance in preparing and filing a patent application. The Patent Pro Bono Program is a nationwide network of independently operated regional programs that match volunteer patent professionals with financially under-resourced inventors and small […]

{2 minutes to read}  In December of last year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to seek public feedback on a proposal to revise the rules of practice for issuing patents electronically. Under the current rule (37 CFR 1.315), the USPTO is required to deliver or […]

Per guidance issued by the U.S. Department of State, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has terminated engagement with officials from Russia’s agency in charge of intellectual property, the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (commonly known as Rospatent), and with the Eurasian Patent Organization. The USPTO has also terminated engagement with officials from […]

On January 6, 2022, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new pilot program: The Deferred Subject Matter Eligibility Response (DSMER). This pilot program is designed to evaluate how deferred applicant responses to subject matter eligibility (SME) rejections affect examination efficiency and patent quality as compared to traditional compact prosecution practice.

In a recent case, Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. v. Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Inc., the Federal Circuit expanded the meaning of the enablement requirement under 35 U.S.C. § 112(a). Let’s take a look at how the court arrived at this decision.  The claims at issue were directed to methods for sequencing nucleic acid (DNA) using […]