Legal Advantage Blogs
June 2011

USPTO Appoints New Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the appointment of Mary Boney Denison as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations. In her new position, Ms. Denison will overs...
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Peer to Patent System Launches in the UK

The Minister for Intellectual property, Baroness Wilcox, launched an innovative new tool to help improve the patent application process where experts from the scientific and technology communities vie...
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European Patent Office Applicant Increase in 2010

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published its 2010 patent filing statistics, and records have been broken. The EPO received 235,000 patent filings which is an 11% increase over 2009, and sets the...
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May 2011

USPTO Studying Therasense v. Becton, Dickinson Decision

Washington – Today the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it is carefully studying the important en banc decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in...
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USPTO Announces U.S. Government-Wide Intellectual Property Training Database

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in cooperation with the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), today announced the launch of a new onl...
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The USPTO Trademarks Dashboard - A Data Visualization Center

Unveiled on May 10th, the USPTO now provides a Trademarks Dashboard tool demonstrating a data visualization of many factors concerning trademark processing and how they compare to the past years. This...
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USPTO and Swedish Patent Office Partner on Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced a new pilot project for the Patent Prosecution Highway with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) based o...
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USPTO Announces Full First Action Interview Pilot Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the Full First Action Interview Pilot Program, which is an expansion of the Enhanced First Action Interview Pilot Program so as to...
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USTR Releases Annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection of intellectual property righ...
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April 2011

James Donald Smith Named Chief Administrative Patent Judge at USPTO

Washington – James Donald Smith of Chicago, Ill. has been appointed to serve as the next Chief Administrative Patent Judge of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) at the U.S. Patent a...
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