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USPTO Expands “Access to Relevant Prior Art Initiative”

The USPTO issued a release stating:

On Jan. 1, Phase 1 of theAccess to Relevant Prior Art (RPA) initiative was expanded to additional art units.

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USPTO Revises Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility (35 USC 101) and Application of 35 USC 112 to Computer-Implemented Inventions

The USPTO issued a release stating: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced revised guidance for subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The USPTO also announced guidance on the application of 35 U.S.C. § 112 to computer-implemented inventions. The documents take effect Monday, January 7, 2019.

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USPTO Modifies Certain PCT Fees

The USPTO issued a release stating: Please be advised that the Fee Schedule was updated for the following changes, effective Jan. 1:

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Supreme Court Holds that the AIA did not Change Long-Standing Precedent Governing the On-Sale Bar

As reported here previously, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CACF) interpreted for the first time the new prior art provision (35 USC 102(a)(1)) of the American Invents Act (AIA).  The CAFC held that an invention could be "on sale," and thus barred from patentability, even if the details of the claimed invention were not made available to the public via the sale or offer for sale.

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Assignor Estoppel and IPRs: Possible Impact of Arista v. Cisco on Employment or Assignment Agreements

An article by Derek Mason titled "Assignor Estoppel and IPRs: Possible Impact of Arista v. Ciscoon Employment or Assignment Agreements" is published byIPWatchdog.

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The Resurgence and Revaluation of US Patents

A special report by Frank West on the resurgence and revaluation of US patents.

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Addressing and Identifying Challenges in Patenting Machine Learning Algorithms

Sameer Gokhale will be presenting an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent trends and developments in Patenting Machine Learning. Speakers will address common challenges and hurdles when patenting machine learning algorithms. 

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Oblon Legal Professionals Attend USPTO Event

Several of Oblon’s legal professionals will attend the USPTO event at the Madison Auditorium at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia on January 31, 2019.  The all-day  event is entitled: Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Policy Considerations, and USPTO Director Andrei Ianco will deliver opening remarks.

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AUTM 2019 Annual Meeting - Austin, TX

Oblon is pleased to be a sponsor of the AUTM 2019 Annual Meeting Feb 10-13 in Austin, TX

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Chambers & Partners USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Oblon is honored to receive a prestigious Band 1 ranking from Chambers & Partners USA. The publication identified the firm as one of Northern Virginia’s leading firms in the area of intellectual property law.

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Oblon Named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and World Report

Oblon was named one of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States in 2019 by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers.

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Oblon Honored in The Legal 500 United States 2018

Oblon has been honored by The Legal 500 as one of America's leading firms in the area of patent: Prosecution (including reexamination and Post-Grant Proceedings).

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