These are Troubled Times for Software Patents

“Anything under the sun that is made by man.” That is how Chief Justice warren Burger in 1980 described the expansive scope of what types of inventions are eligible subject matter under the U.S. patent laws. Of course, in order for something to be patentable, it is not enough to be directed to patent-eligible subject matter — […]
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New Patent Term Adjustment – A Deduction

The new Patent Law provides applicants with additional opportunities to delay the examination process, by filing an application without any claims and by filing an application merely by reference to a prior-filed application. However, the US Patent Office has decided to require that an application should be placed in condition for examination within eight months […]
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Effective Date of the New Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act

The effective date of the Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act is December 18, 2013.  The new law applies retroactively to patents granted before that date, as well as to patents granted, on or after that date, and to patent applications pending on or filed after that date. However, the changes relating to filing dates and […]
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Priority Patent Claims

The new patent law amends the patent statute to provide a two-month grace period, extension, for filing an application with a priority patent claim to an earlier filed application.  Namely, the US Patent Office may prescribe regulations, including the requirement for payment of a fee, pursuant to which the 12-month period set forth in the […]
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