Since June of 2014, Alice has become one of the most feared names in patent prosecution. Rejections citing Alice have multiplied exponentially since then, and they now account for more than 60% of §101 rejections and more than 8% of all rejections, as of our latest analysis.  But Alice rejections aren’t necessarily fatal to an application – and we found the firms to prove it. Which firms are...
The 2018-2019 government shutdown will stand – at least for now – as the longest closure or partial closure of the U.S. federal government in modern history. While the USPTO is not immune from the dangers of a shutdown, it has a unique structure that helps it weather the storm. So well, in fact, that the USPTO has never closed due to a lack of federal appropriations.
Here at Juristat, we’re closing out 2018 on a high note. On top of expanding our own team and client roster over the past year, in September we launched Platform, our most revolutionary product yet, and just last month, CEO Drew Winship was honored with a Top Legal Innovation Award. And we're already working on new product features that we know will improve patent prosecution for our clients...
If you were following patent and innovation news in 2018, it was hard to avoid mentions of 3D printing.

Alice: Where Are We Now?

December 20, 2018
The four years since Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014) have seen thousands of patents invalidated based on its holdings. In an update to our Alice: Three Years On review of the patent landscape, we look to see where Alice has had the greatest impact within the USPTO.  
IBM recently took a giant step forward to position itself as a leader in the new frontier of cloud computing.
It’s common for patent applications to suffer at least one rejection during prosecution. To overcome rejections, patent professionals will often request an interview with the assigned USPTO examiner. But are some examiners more receptive to interviews than others?
To speed up patent prosecution and minimize unnecessary Requests for Continued Examination (RCEs), the USPTO enacted the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) 2.0 program as an alternative response to a final rejection. The plan was to increase communication between examiners and applicants and take those applications that are close to allowance across the finish line, without requiring the...
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