Senate Bill Heads for Home Stretch this Week
With Senator Feinstein's amendment to strip out the first-to-file
provision now defeated, it seems that the American Invents Act is headed
for a vote this week. The cloture process invoked at the close...
S.23 (Manager's Amendment) Primed for Vote
S.23 appears to be on the verge of a Senate vote. Now entitled the
"America Invents Act," a manager's amendment was offered today to S.23
that introduced quite a few changes. (markup here...
Courts Struggle with Realities of Post Grant Practice
A standard component of any patent litigation is a protective
order. Such orders will invariably include a "prosecution bar. " The
prosecution bar operates to ensure that individuals...
Patent Reform, The Next "Big Thing"
Since being voted out of committee earlier
this month, the Patent Reform Act of 2011 (S.23) has been awaiting
floor debate. S.23 was first positioned behind the FAA bill in the
legislative queue, and...
Infamous Katz Portfolio Withers Under Pressure of Patent Reexamination
USPTO empirical data is
quite helpful for determining the frequency by which claims are
amended, cancelled, or confirmed in patent reexamination. Yet, when it
comes to the...
House and Senate Focus on Moving Forward
The Senate may begin debate on Patent Reform this week once the FAA Re-authorization Bill is settled. After last week's hearing in the House, it appears that a second bill will also emerge.
During a recent...
FY 2011 Q1 Numbers Released by USPTO
Q1 of fiscal year 2011 is now in the books at the USPTO. Patent
reexamination filings continue to trend upward and are on track to surpass 2010 numbers by a healthy margin. (USPTO Patent Reexamination Statistics...