The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has published its final rules for the implementation of certain provisions of U.S. patent law as reformed under the America Invents Act (“AIA”) that become effective on September 16, 2012. As noted in previous blog posts, the AIA was passed last year to revamp the U.S. patent system in stages, with various provisions going into effect at different times. While some changes have already occurred, many significant changes will become effective on September 16, 2012, including the following:
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NEW U.S. PATENT APPLICATION FORMS FOR SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has published a set of new patent-related forms which will accommodate new rules that will soon go into effect under the America Invents Act (“AIA”).
MYRIAD PART II: ISOLATED DNA CLAIMS STILL PATENT ELIGIBLE
Composition claims to “isolated” DNA molecules are patent eligible under 35 USC 101 as nonnaturally occurring compositions of matter — this, among other decisions, is what the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) published in its opinion of August 16, 2012.