The USPTO has recently reported fee increases to take effect on October 2, 2020 relating to the filing and prosecution of patent applications and the maintenance of patents.
While looking at a first action final rejection after an RCE that I received this week from an Examiner that I respect, I was asking myself why I had received what appeared to be such a shockingly improper action. The answer was provided to me during part of the on-going IPO annual meeting.
On Monday, September 14, 2020, the USPTO issued a press release announcing the launch of "a major initiative aimed at expanding invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the United States." As the USPTO describes, the initiative stems from recommendations to facilitate women and minority participation in innovation and invention because the USPTO's own 2018 "Success Act" study found that both women and minorities were underrepresented in patents as inventors.
Lisa Mandrusiak, Chris Riccuiti and Michael Casey will be virtually-attending the 2020 PTAB Bar Association Annual Conference on September 24-25th, 2020.
Nine Oblon attorneys have been named to the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Oblon's Patent Prosecution practice and partners from the firm's Chemical, Electrical & Mechanical and Litigation practices have received top national rankings in the 2019 edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Professionals.