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US Patent Office Offers Assistance During COVID-19 Crisis

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is offering relief to those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.  Understanding that deadlines may be missed during the crisis, the USPTO is offering to waive the fees associated with a petition to revive a patent application should the patent application become abandoned due to an inventor, or a […]

Recent Developments for Intellectual Property Rights in India

Widerman Malek strives to keep our clients informed about the latest national and global intellectual property news. Our Mumbai colleagues from the law firm of Singhania & Co. recently shared their newsletter about intellectual property in India. Here is what you need to know: In the recent times, India has been trying to establish itself […]

Hong Kong Launches New Patent System

At Widerman Malek, we have a global network of attorneys and law firms to keep our clients apprised of new procedures in the world of intellectual property. Our Hong Kong colleagues, Ai-Leen Lim and Charlie Liu of AWA Asia, recently posted an update about Hong Kong’s new patent system. Here is what you need to […]

USPTO extends After Final Consideration Pilot through September 30, 2020

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP 2.0) has been extended through September 30, 2020. The program is part of the USPTO’s efforts to compact prosecution and increase collaboration between examiners and stakeholders. The AFCP 2.0 helps to streamline responses to Final Office action rejections and provides […]

USPTO issues new rule requiring foreign-domiciled trademark applicants and registrants to have a U.S.-licensed attorney

The new rule applies to any foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants and parties whose permanent legal residence or principal place of business is outside of the United States. These parties will be required to have a U.S.-licensed attorney represent them before the USPTO in trademark matters.  The new rule will be effective August 3, 2019. “Businesses […]

Japan IP High Court Says, Steak Providing System is Patent Eligible

Our firm prides itself on being a resource for our clients and referral sources for all legal matters including intellectual property.  Our relationships create a network of lawyers and firms across the world keeping us at the forefront of new procedures and changes in patent and trademark law. Our fellow Japanese intellectual property attorney, Aki […]

Official Examination Fees will Increase in Japan

We are proud to be a resource for our clients and referral sources especially when it relates to intellectual property matters.  We have a network of lawyers and firms across the world to help keep us apprised of new procedures and changes in the patent and trademark law. We recently received an update related to […]

United States Trademark Office Launches Pilot Program For Trademark Cancellation Proceedings

The USPTO announced that it was launching a pilot program to streamline cancellation proceedings for registered trademarks that may have been abandoned or that the trademark owner is not currently using.  The Trademark Office indicated that such trademark registrations often act as a hindrance to trademark owners that are actually using their trademarks but cannot […]

USPTO Closed on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The world lost a great man on November 30, 2018 when the forty-first President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, passed away. In recognition of his service to the United States, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation and has appointed December 5, 2018 to be a National Day of Mourning. Accordingly, the United States […]

Laura Peter announced as deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced the appointment of Laura A. Peter as deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), effective November 13, 2018. Peter most recently held the position of deputy general counsel of A10 Networks in Silicon Valley and […]

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