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USPTO DOCX Filing

USPTO Going All-In on DOCX Filings

 

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.*

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In 2022 there was change at the USPTO, but familiar trends dominated in the legislature and the judiciary. Check out the year's news highlights.

2022 Patent News Year in Review

2022 was a year of change at the USPTO, while familiar trends once again dominated in the legislature and the judiciary. Below are a few of the most important patent developments of the year.

 

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Mayo/Myriad at 10: On the Decline and in the Crosshairs

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.

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US Patent Office Launches Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program

USPTO Launches Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced a new pilot program designed to put the U.S. patent system to work in the fight against climate change.

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USPTO Joins International Green Technology Platform, WIPO GREEN

The United States Patent and Trademark Office announced its technology partnership in WIPO GREEN, the international green technology platform of the World Intellectual Property Organization. 

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Patents 4 Patients Program Extended

USPTO Extends Patents 4 Patients Program Through January 2023

In 2016, the USPTO launched the Patents 4 Patients program to support the $1 billion National Cancer Moonshot initiative. In September of this year, the USPTO announced that the pilot program would be extended through January 31, 2023.

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USPTO, WIPO Announce Partnership on SEP Dispute Resolution

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO) have announced a partnership to facilitate the resolution of disputes related to standard essential patents (SEPs).

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2022 Mid-Year Patent News Update

We are nearing the halfway point of 2022, with a new director at the USPTO, another opportunity to clarify the §101 patent eligibility framework, and a pair of bills poised to innovate the semiconductor industry. Here’s what you need to know about the year in patents so far.

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Kathi Vidal Takes the Reins at the USPTO

On April 13, 2022, Kathi Vidal was sworn in as the 59th Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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USPTO Patent Pro Bono Program

USPTO Pro Bono Program Supports Under-Resourced Inventors

The USPTO’s Patent Pro Bono Program, established in 2011 as a component of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, connects small business owners and inventors with pro bono representation to ease the burden of expensive and time-consuming patent prosecution.

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