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May 2011

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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World Intellectual Property Day

Today the intellectual property practitioners around the globe will be celebrating World Intellectual Property Day. The goals of World Intellectual Property Day are to raise awareness of how patents, ...
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USPTO Budget Cuts for 2011

Today USPTO Director David Kappos announced what the impact that the budget reduction will have at the Patent Office. There are a number of important areas where the USPTO will no longer be able to st...
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Fast-Track Patent Processing Coming in May

The USPTO announced late last week an accelerated patent processing system that will be officially launched on May 4th. The Fast-track patent processing sytsem called Track One with allow inventor and...
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FTC Proposes Innovation and Reform Ideas that Benefit Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission has prepared a report The Evolving IP Marketplace: Aligning Patent Notice and Remedies with Competition, highlighting concerns and providing solutions to assist in the red...
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Expedited Examination of Green Patent Applications at the Canadian Patent Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has amended their patent rules on March 3rd allowing for an accelerated examination of ‘green’ technology patents without additional fee. Effective A...
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Ongoing Struggle for a Simple European Patent System

The proposed unified Patent System across Europe would have the potential to provide major reductions in intellectual property spending. By applying for a patent that would be granted across the propo...
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April 2010

Hiring Patent Illustrators and Project Managers? Test for Drawing Ability

You wouldn't hire a pilot without ensuring he or she know how to fly a plane would you? How can a hard working patent illustration company better serve its clients and their clients? It can sometime...
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March 2010

Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent

A federal judge in Manhattan has stirred up the Intellectual Property community and specifically the biotech industry with a decision invalidating two patents on human genes relating to breast and ova...
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