USPTO August 2011 Patent Examination Performance Overview


The USPTO has released its performance "Patent Dashboard" for the month of August, 2011. The dashboard is a webpage showing numerous metrics related to the PTO's patent application backlog, pendency rates, quality scores, and other data.

New and Old Section 103

35 U.S.C. § 103 deals with the non-obviousness requirement for patentability. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the current Section 103 of Title 35 with the new version from the America Invents Act:

New and Old Section 102

35 U.S.C. § 102 deals with the novelty requirement for patentability. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the current Section 102 of Title 35 with the new version from the America Invents Act:

Major Changes Coming to the U.S. Patent System

Last Friday, September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (available here) into law. The America Invents Act makes significant changes to the U.S. patent system. Among other things, the America Invents Act:

  • changes the patent system from a first-to-invent to first-to-file regime
  • eliminates the year-long grace period following public disclosure

What do these changes mean for the typical patent applicant?

Jeffrey Parry IP's New Blog

As a service to clients and potential clients I decided to start this blog to comment on intellectual property law--especially patent and trademark issues.

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