The USPTO recently published a final rule announcing that it would encourage the transition to filing in DOCX format by imposing new fees on certain documents submitted in a non-DOCX format. The new rule takes effect on April 3, 2023.*
Much like the holly and tinsel hitting store shelves before the jack-o-lanterns are even gone, you can set your watch by an influx of office actions coinciding with the end of the USPTO’s fiscal year in September.
The Mayo/Myriad standard arguably introduced a great deal of uncertainty into the feasibility of obtaining patent protection for life sciences innovations and has been accused of curtailing the competitiveness of U.S.-based life sciences companies in the global marketplace.
If your work as a patent professional primarily falls under the header of mechanical or electrical engineering, you know, maybe more than most, that annotating figure drawings takes up valuable time and mental bandwidth.
The heat of summer is behind us, and the warmth of the holidays is just ahead. Thanks to some innovative minds, here are a few inventions to make the season a little easier, or at least, easier to bear.