U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) procedures provide only limited opportunities to challenge a U.S. patent. That, however, may soon change. Last year, lawmakers proposed legislation to add a post-grant review procedure at the USPTO. If adopted into law, this procedure will provide a relatively low-cost, efficient alternative to challenging the validity of U.S. patents. More
On April 1, 2010, the European Patent Office (EPO) will implement a number of significant changes intended to streamline patent examination proceedings in Europe. The changes will affect the filing of divisional applications, search procedures, responses to search opinions, and support for amendments in pending European applications. More
*Abhay A. Watwe, Ph.D. is a Law Clerk with Finnegan and he contributed to select portions of the newsletter.