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USPTO Releases Report on Women Inventors

On February 11, 2019, the US Patent and Trademark Office released a report, "Progress and Potential: A profile of women inventors on U.S. patents".  The report evaluated trends and characteristics of US women inventors named on US patents granted from 1976 through...

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Michele Liu Baillie named President of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts

The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) held its 2017 annual meeting and reception for newly admitted lawyers on March 23, 2017 at the Omni Parker House Hotel.  At this event the WBA transitioned to new leadership, welcomed new women attorneys to the Massachusetts legal community, and awarded its Distinguished Public Service Award, an award recognizing those who have made significant commitments to public service and who have contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession.

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North Shore Patents Named Top IP Firm for 2016

North Shore Patents has been named as a Top IP Firm for 2016 by IPWatchdog. We compiled a list of the top patent firms that are ranked based on the total number of U.S. utility patents that issued in 2016 where the patent firms were listed on the front of the utility...

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Michele Liu Baillie named President-Elect of WBA

We are proud to announce that Michele Liu Baillie of North Shore Patents has been named President-Elect of the Women's Bar Association for 2016-2017.  "I'm proud and honored to be President-Elect of the WBA.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance...

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Proud Supporter of the Women’s Bar Association Gala

North Shore Patents is proud to be a supporter of the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) Gala for the 4th straight year.  The Gala is the WBA’s annual signature event, showcasing the WBA’s support of women attorneys and honoring the recipients of the Lelia...

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Supreme Court Rejects Expanded Inducement Doctrine

The Supreme Court, in its decision in Limelight Networks v. Akamai Tech, has held that one cannot be liable for inducing another party to infringe a patent without a determination that such other party actually committed direct infringement. In other words, in order...

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Inventive Step – “Regarding Patent Application Costs”

Great article on patent application costs by Inventive Step. Here's an excerpt: Read full article There are a large number of inventors and companies out there now that want patent work done as cheaply as possible. Especially since the economy has tanked, many...

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Supreme Court to Hear Patent Case

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Limelight Networks v. Akamai Techs in the current term.  This case presents the question of whether there can be divided infringement, where multiple entities together infringes a patent but no single entity infringes.  A divided...

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USPTO Extends After Final Consideration Pilot Program

The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0), which had been scheduled to expire on December 14, 2013, has been extended through September 30, 2014. The terms of the AFCP 2.0 program, as implemented May 13, 2013, are unchanged. Visit...

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USPTO Fee Changes on January 1, 2014

On January 1, 2014, the USPTO will implement some new fees, including some significant fee decreases. Here are some highlights: * Issue fee: from $1,780 to $960 * Reissue fee: from $1,780 to $960 * Design issue fee: from $1020 to $560 * Publication fee: eliminated...

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USPTO Operations During Shutdown

The USPTO posts on its website (www.uspto.gov) that it will remain open during the government shutdown: "During the general government shutdown that began October 1, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will remain open, using prior year reserve fee...

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Acting Director Teresa Rea Leaves the USPTO

Acting USPTO Director Teresa Stanek Rea has announced her intent to leave the agency in the near future. Director Rea joined the USPTO in 2011 as Deputy Director after Sharon Barner stepped down from that position. Rea worked closely with then USPTO Dave Kappos in...

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Inventive Step: USPTO Numbers – June 2013

The blog Inventive Step today posted the latest USPTO numbers. "Significant progress is being made on first office action pendency. The problems begin, however, once an application reaches a final office action. RCE filings are stabilizing, but at a very high rate."...

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Supreme Court May Hear Joint Infringement Case

The Supreme Court this week called for the views of the Solicitor General on petitions to review the Federal Circuit's decision on joint infringement of process patents. (See Federal Circuit single per curiam opinion for Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight...

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