IP News & Strategy

PATENT LAW UPDATE RUSSIAN FEDERATION: The Hague Agreement is designed to facilitate the protection of industrial designs in multiple countries or regi...

PATENT LAW UPDATE Cayman Islands (KY) (BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES)1: The Patents and Trade Marks (Amendment) Law 2016 is expected to come into force...

Cardinal Intellectual Property (CIP) representatives Rao Vepachedu, Ron Andermann and Les Williams attended the AIA roadshow on March 7th at the Chica...

In January 2012, Cardinal received a ten-year contract renewal from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to perform Patent Cooperatio...

By Rao Vepachedui Inequitable conduct is an equitable defense to patent infringementii. Intent and materiality must be separately establishediii. The ...

Third-Party Art Submission for Pre-grant Review   For the first time in the history of U.S. patent law, the AIA now allows third parties to submi...

By Dr. Rao Vepachedu, JD, PhD, LLM Small entity status became law through Public Law 97-247, when the USPTO increased patent fees and allowed small bu...

By Dr. Rao Vepachedu[i] Disclosure of a prior art reference, whether express, implicit or inherent, may be relied upon to reject claims for lacking no...

On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the AIA into law to bring the patent system into the 21st century.  Several key provisions of the AIA w...

By Dr. Rao Vepachedu[1] 35 USC section 121 provides a safe harbor from double patenting rejections against a patentee on claims that were a result of ...

The micro entity provisions of 35 U.S.C. 123 are currently in effect (see current fee schedule: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/qs/ope/fee031913.h...

By Dr. Rao Vepachedu, JD, PhD, LLM[i] A patent owner or licensee can recover damages when exclusionary intellectual property rights are violated. A pa...

President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)-the most significant change to U.S. patent law in almost 60 years – on Friday, Sept...

By Dr. Rao Vepachedu[i] If a party loses on an issue, it may not re-litigate the issue before the examiner or in a subsequent Board of Patent Appeals ...

Innovation—the process, through which new inventions are generated and successfully introduced in the marketplace—is a primary driver of U.S. econ...

In an effort to expand coverage of worldwide patent collections, the USPTO announced the launch of the Global Patent Search Network (GPSN) to make the...

By Dr. Rao Vepachedu, JD, PhD, LLMi A primary driver of US economic growth and national competitiveness is innovation through which new inventions are...

Effective Date and Duration of AFCP 2.0: May 19, 2013 until September 30, 2013, a request to consider an amendment after final rejection under AFCP 2....

Prepare for the First-Inventor-to-File Regime The new First-Inventor-to-File Regime created by the America Invents Act of 2011 begins on March 16, 201...

By Dr. Rao Vepachedu(1), PhD, JD, LLM Novelty is the quality of being new(2). However, this simple and clear definition is the tip of the iceberg of a...

Launched by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2011, the Patent Pro Bono Program is currently being offered in all 50 states. Regional pr...

  By Rao Vepachedu, JD, PhD, LLM(1) Abstract An innovator biologic drug maker files a biologics license application (BLA) with the FDA for the gr...

By Dr. Rao Vepachedu(1), PhD, JD, LLM Intellectual property (IP) protection affects the economy by providing incentives to invent novel products and t...

PATENT LAW UPDATE Canada (CA)[1]: Effective 11 October 2016, Canadian patents will be issued 6 weeks after the payment of the final fee (issue fee) in...

Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Ken Hyatt yesterday (January 11, 2017) announced the final approval of the Swiss-U.S. Priva...