USPTO To Implement $118 Annual Fee To Maintain PTO Registration (Final Rule)

Portions of 37 CFR. Parts 1 and 11 were made final by the USPTO. The final rule was published in the Federal Register / Vol 73 No.222 / Monday, November 17, 2008 / Rules and Regulations 67750 - 67759. Some provisions include a new requirement which has been established for a "practitioner maintenance...

Copyrights Begin Revolt against Oppressive Patent Tyranny

If intellectual property were a sovereign nation, patents might form the capital whereas copyrights might form a province (along with trademarks). The argument for this would be that original works of authorship are subordinate to patents and inventions. Assuming, without admitting, that this is true...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Third-Party Submissions During Patent Prosecution Under the AIA

By Matthew Osborne Ever since it was signed into effect on September 16, 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) has gradually phased in changes to our nation's Patent Laws. Over the course of the summer, we will be updating this blog with information about the major upcoming phases...