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USPTO Fees On the Rise

Effective, January 16, 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) increased certain fees relating to patent examination and post grant proceedings.  The increase in filing fees affects items such as basic filing fees in utility patents, patent search filing fees, post allowance fees, and Patent Trial and Appeal fees.  While most fees increased by around 10%, certain fees such as Information Disclosure Statements and Inter Partes Review petitions increased significantly.
U.S. Federal Circuit Announces IPR Time Bar is Reviewable on Appeal

Approximately one year ago, Osha Liang reported in its newsletter that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Wi-Fi One LLC v. Broadcom Corp., agreed to review the issue of whether patent owners in IPRs can appeal decisions by the PTAB regarding the timeliness of IPR petitions.  In the same decision, the Federal Circuit also agreed to review whether its prior ruling in Achates Reference Publishing Inc. v. Apple Inc., should be overruled.  
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EU Approach to Standard Essential Patents

Our technological era is founded on multiple standards. For example, each and every mobile phone and computer depends on telecommunication standards to communicate with other devices. Standardized technology can-and often does-incorporate proprietary technologies covered by patent rights. Such patent rights are often designated as "Standard Essential Patents" (or "SEPs") since implementation of the patented invention is essential to comply with the standard.
New Decision from EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal G1/16 Regarding Disclaimers

A disclaimer is a "negative" feature, i.e., a feature describing elements and characteristics that the claimed subject-matter does not have. An amendment based on a disclaimer, as any amendment made to a European patent application or patent, has to comply with the requirements of Art. 123(2) EPC (added subject-matter). 

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