By Carmen Santa Maria This
article is the first in a series of mini-articles considering a section
of the new patent statute and how it may affect your business. Effective
Friday, September 16, 2011, upon the signing of the Leahy-Smith Patent
Reform Act by President Obama, new fees are in effect...
By Mary Anthony Merchant, Ph.D. and Estelle Tsevdos
On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act , which
makes significant changes to U.S. patent law. Certain provisions
related to fee increases take effect next week on September 26, 2011. The
USPTO Fee Structure to Discourage Conduct?
It is expected that the rules to implement post-grant review (PGR), inter partes
review (IPR) and transitional business methods post-grant review (TBMP)
proceedings will be printed in the Federal Register this coming
Tuesday. Included in the new rules...
Cost Burdens of Post Grant Proceedings Drive Increased Fee Determinations
As discussed last week, the USPTO is proposing a significant increase to the fee for ex parte patent reexamination (EXP). Likewise, the new supplemental examination (SE) fee, should prosecution be required, is on the order of...
Modern Patent Troll Business Model Insulated from New Post Grant Challenges
Roughly two weeks ago the USPTO published the last of the Post Grant related rule packages established by the America Invents Act (AIA). The rule packages propose hefty filing fees for both Post Grant Review (PGR) and Inter...
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) provided the USPTO with new fee-setting authority. The authority specifically permits the USPTO to set fees to recover the cost of patent operations, reduce the current patent application backlog, decrease patent application pendency, improve patent quality,...