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Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Party’s Over: Fee Hike At USPTO

Posted in IP, Patents

Each time that I traveled to Asia on business over the last seven years, I was asked as to when the world might expect U.S. patent reform. Well, it’s finally here.  You cannot look at a paper or a blog without some reference to the America Invents Act being signed into law last Friday. One of… Continue Reading

Has The Fat Lady Sung? Is Patent Reform Imminent?

Posted in Anticipation, IP, Obviousness, Patents, Prior Art

For years, the U.S. has talked about substantially overhauling U.S. patent law so that it conforms with how most of the rest of the world approaches patent rights. Now, it might become a reality. Yesterday, the Senate overwhelmingly passed patent reform legislation, which if signed, will have the greatest effect on patent law in the… Continue Reading