USPTO Issues an update on “Subject Matter Eligibility”

The USPTO recently issued new guidance to Patent Examiners regarding the Subject Matter Eligibility. Below are the Highlights of the guidance based on Federal Circuit (FC) Decisions: The update provides discussion of two recent decisions indentifying the eligible subject matter, namely McRO, Inc. dba Planet Blue v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., 120 USPQ2d 1091…

USPTO- Fee Schedule Update

USPTO has updated the fees subject to reduction upon establishment of small entity status (37 CFR 1.27) or micro entity status (37 CFR 1.29) while applying for PCT applications which are effective from 01-01-2016. Note that if applicant qualifies as a small entity under  37 CFR 1.27, applicant may also qualify for “Micro Entity Status” under 35 U.S.C.…

USPTO Changes the Internet Usage Policy

USPTO Change the Internet Usage Policy to Permit Oral Authorization for Video Conferencing Tools by Patent Examiners. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) permit patent examiners to communicate via the Internet (according to Internet Usage Policy) only with individuals who have a written authorization in the application. This Internet usage policy also applies…

News from FIVE IP OFFICES:

The five IP offices (IP5) is the name given to a forum of the five largest intellectual property offices in the world that was set up to improve the efficiency of the examination process for patents worldwide. The members of IP5 are: the European Patent Office (EPO) the Japan Patent Office (JPO) the Korean Intellectual…