Over the past two years since enactment of the America Invents Act, the USPTO has generally been raising filing fees. They wanted the fees to be more in line with the actual costs for the particular services. Fee increases seem odd in that the Patent Office is a profitable organization within the U.S. government which should allow the Patent Office to reduce fees. Anyways, … [Read more...]
Post Grant Review
Post grant review process begins with a third party filing a petition on or prior to the date that is 9 months after the grant of the patent or issuance of a reissue patent. The patent owner may file a preliminary response to the petition.
The America Invents Act (AIA) which changes major sections of the current Patent Laws became law on September 16, 2011. Certain provisions become effective immediately while others become effective at a later date. Click the following link for a schedule of effective dates. Click the following link for the actual text of the America Invents Act. More commentary and … [Read more...]