Pat. Pending Label can be a Strong Deterrent

When you were young you may have asked “who’s that?” when you first noticed the words “Pat. Pending” stamped on a product or a label. Later, you probably learned this is short for “Patent Pending” placed there by the manufacturer to put others on notice that the product is the subject of a pending patent application. […]
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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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What Happens to a Patent Application After A “Final Rejection”?

In the past, any response submitted to the US Patent Office after a Final Rejection was given very little consideration unless the examiner had previously indicated that certain subject matter in the claim was already “Allowable”. In almost all other instances, the examiner simply refuses to officially “enter” and “consider” the Response, saying either that […]
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Has the US Patent Office misinterpreted KSR?

One of the great advantages of the US culture is that we have a long history of thinking independently, which has, among other things, led us to some pretty awesome inventions, and entrepreneurial ventures. The facts show that more patents are filed in the US than anywhere else in the world, by far. Indeed, we […]
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