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PPH: Timing Is Everything

Generally speaking, the various Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programs in which the United States has participated since 2006 have all allowed patent applicants to use successful examination of a patent application in one jurisdiction to expedite examination of a related application in another jurisdiction.  However, despite improvements in usability after years of pilots, the rules […]

Obtaining Additional Claim Scope In A Related Patent Application

By: Mark Malek In my last post I discussed the different parts of a patent application.  You may recall that one of the parts, the most important part, was the claims.  The claims outline the scope of protection that is being sought in the patent application.  After the patent application successfully passes through examination process, […]

Amending A Patent Application After Allowance

By: Mark R. Malek As has often been the case with some of my articles in the past, I like to introduce little practice tips as something interesting happens in my day to day life of prosecuting patent applications here at Widerman & Malek.  I recently received a call from an Examiner on a case […]

Life After Allowance – What’s a Patentee to Do?

By: Dan Pierron Receiving a notice of allowance is the patent equivalence of reaching the promised land.  After years of effort and expense, the Patent Office has deemed your application worthy of becoming a patent, and issued a Notice of Allowance accordingly.  However, this does not necessarily mean the end of the road as far as […]

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