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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 […]

First-to-File and Continuation Applications

By: Dan Pierron As has been well publicized, starting March 16, the U.S. patent system will join the rest of the world by transitioning from a First-to-Invent system to a First-to-File system, where regardless of when they invented it, the first applicant to file an application with the USPTO has priority.  Many are predicting a torrent of […]

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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