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USPTO Tweaks Guidance On Patents Derived 'From Nature'

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released another guidance memo for patents derived ‘from nature’ (H/T ScienceInsider).  The USPTO released its first memo in March, and between negative public comments and additional court action, releasing new guidance makes sense to me. 125 more words


Standards and IP - December Updates

Nearly every week there is a new development somewhere in the world on IP and standards.  China has been no exception.  I already blogged about several of them of them, including MIIT’s… 661 more words

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Crowdsourcing Written Comment Period Extended.

The USPTO has used crowdsourcing to identify relevant prior art and is conducting a roundtable to discuss the program. Written comments regarding the roundtable has extended the time to submit comments to January 13, 2015. 159 more words

Work And No Play

That surge pricing everyone loves to hate? Uber is trying to patent it

Uber has been heavily criticized for its practice of implementing “surge pricing” during times of high demand, perhaps never more so than earlier this week when… 423 more words

Patent Harmonization: Is the End of the Filing Grace Period As We Know It Near?

Most of us who grew up in the U.S. often heard the wise saying “to each his own” from our elders. So, while we might adore some of our own American quirks- like putting ice in… 899 more words


Another Program Extension At The USPTO.

The Glossary Pilot program has been extended for six months to June 2, 2015, or until the USPTO accepts 200 grantable petitions, whichever comes first.  Applications under the program will receive expedited examination up to the mailing of the First Office Action. 255 more words

Work And No Play

Rockstar and Google and its Android partners are apparently close to a settlement

By Nicole Daniel

In November 2014 Rockstar and Google have reached an agreement in principle in order to settle all patent litigation claims between them over the operating system Android. 320 more words