30Jun 2022
business man with idea lamp on his hand,Idea concept

{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 businesses for the purpose of securing patent protection. Each regional program provides services for residents of one or more states.


In general, the requirements are:


The inventors’ gross household income should be less than three times the federal poverty level guidelines, though some regional programs may have different criteria.


The inventors must demonstrate knowledge of the patent system in one of two ways:


The inventors must be able to describe the particular features of their invention and how it works.

Each of the regional programs may have additional specific requirements for admission.

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Salvadori Law
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18May 2022
Document Automation

{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 mail a patent “upon issuance to the correspondence address of record.” Under the proposed changes, the USPTO would no longer physically deliver the patent by mailing it but would issue the patent electronically via their patent document viewing systems (i.e., Patent Center and Patent Application Image Retrieval (PAIR)). Patentees would also be able to download and print their electronically issued patents through these systems.

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18Apr 2022

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 the national intellectual property office of Belarus.

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22Mar 2022

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.

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30Nov 2021

In a recent case, Eli Lilly and Co. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH, the Federal Circuit upheld the validity of Teva’s patents directed to specific methods of treatment using an “effective amount” of certain antibodies. The court agreed with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that the claim preambles were limiting, and that obviousness required proof of a reasonable expectation of success in achieving the recited purpose.

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18Jun 2021

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 nanopore technology.  

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