15Jan 2021

The USPTO is ending the unpopular “First Action Interview Pilot Program” effective January 15, 2021.

According to the program, an applicant could have requested an interview before receiving a first office action on the merits. The examiner would have performed a search and would have provided the applicant with a short communication including potential rejections. 

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01Jul 2020
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In a recent case, Actavis Laboratories v. Nalproprion Pharmaceuticals, the Supreme Court denied certiorari to a case which would have clarified the statute 35 U.S.C. § 112(a) lack of written description.

The case arose from a District Court decision that one claim (claim 11) of U.S. Patent 8,916,195 was not invalid for failure to satisfy the written description requirement.

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