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America Invents Act – A European Perspective*

Nice article by Doug Ealey of D Young & Co.* in the UK, giving an European Perspective on the US's impending shift to a First-Inventor-To-File system.  "Read the article...(D Young Newsletter)":http://www.dyoung.com/december-2011#anchorlink7 (See Article 6)

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PATENT BASICS: Utility Patent vs. Design Patent

A utility patent is the most used and known type of patent. Utility patents cover structural and functional aspects of an invention. Design patents cover the aesthetic features, to cover the ornamental design of an object that has practical utility. Examples include a...

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America Invents Act: Changing the One Year Grace Period

Currently, you have one year from the date of certain events to file for a US patent. This one year is commonly called the "one year grace period". The events include: the invention was patented or described in a printed publication in this or a foreign country or in...

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Micro-entity fees won’t be immediately available

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act creates a new "micro-entity" fee status. Small inventors and universities may qualify for a 75% discount on certain USPTO fees. An inventor/applicant may be a "micro-entity" if: (1) she qualifies as a small entity; has not been...

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Priority Examination (Track 1) Now Available

Applicants can now request Prioritized Examination when filing a non-provisional patent application (called "Track 1"). Under prioritized examination, an application will be accorded "special status" and placed on the examiner's special docket until a "final...

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USPTO fee increases effective September 26, 2011

Part of the implementation of the new Patent Reform Act of 2011 is a 15% surcharge on fees charged by the US Patent and Trademark Office, starting on September 26, 2011. For cost conscious filers, the increase is significant. For example, the fees for electronically...

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Patent Reform Signed into Law

On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith Patent Reform Act — enacting it into law. The provisions of the new law have a variety of effective dates.  Some changes to the law are effective immediately, such as the "micro entity" filing status for a...

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Patent Office Issues Patent No. 8,000,000

On August 16, 2011, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued it's 8,000,000th patent to Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. of Sylmar, California.  US Patent No. 8,000,000, filed on October 18, 2007, is for a "Visual Prosthesis".

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