The latest on "first to file" IP rules
Courtesy of Bill Heinze:
- CRS Reports on Proposed Patent Reform Legislation
"On July 15, 2005, the Congressional Research Service of the U.S. The Library of Congress published "Patent Reform: Innovation Issues" (Order Code RL32996). The report examines the Patent Act of 2005, H.R. 2795, introduced in June 2005, which would arguably work the most sweeping reforms to the U.S. patent system since the nineteenth century. Among the more notable of these changes are a shift to a first-inventor-to-file priority system; substantive and procedural modifications to the patent law doctrines of willful infringement and inequitable conduct; and adoption of post-issuance opposition proceedings, prior user rights, and pre-issuance publication of all pending applications ..."
- USPTO Announces New Interference Search Procedure
"On July 19, 2005, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced a new procedure, effective June 21, 2005, for conducting "interference searches" in order to ascertain whether any other applicant is claiming substantially the same subject matter as is being allowed in application being searched. Under the new procedure ..."
Posted by Laurel Newby on July 21, 2005 at 01:05 PM | Permalink
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