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Some Much-Needed (Applicant-Friendly) Clarification on Priority Claims at the European Patent Office

On October 10, 2023, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) issued a consolidated decision in cases G1/22 and G2/22 clarifying a common issue regarding the validity of a priority claim made at the EPO. Per the Board of Appeal, there is a rebuttable presumption that an Applicant claiming…

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Supreme Court Affirms Amgen Patents’ Invalidity in Closely Watched Enablement Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided a closely watched case regarding patent law’s enablement requirement, Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi. The Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit’s decision that Amgen’s patent claims were invalid, holding that the patents’ disclosures “offer[ed] persons skilled in the art little more than advice to engage in…

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Proposed USPTO Fee Changes Will Make It Much More Expensive to Patent and to Challenge Patents on Therapeutics. You Have an Opportunity to Comment...

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO or PTO) recently announced proposed changes to certain fees it charges with respect to patent applications, design patents, and America Invents Act (AIA) trials. These changes may significantly increase costs associated with building a robust patent portfolio for New Chemical Entities (NCEs)…

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USPTO Director Issues Precedential Review Decision Regarding Multiple Dependent Claims

Director Katherine Vidal of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a precedential review decision with respect to the interpretation of multiple dependent claims, in a case of first impression before the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (“PTAB”).  In the review of the PTAB’s final written Decision and Order,…

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Decision Time: The Unified Patent Court Begins in 2023


The Unified Patent Court (“UPC”) is set to begin on June 1, 2023. Under the UPC framework, a single court proceeding could result in simultaneous revocation of European Patents across multiple European Union (“EU”) countries, including France and Germany. A three-month “Sunrise Period” is set to begin March 1, 2023….

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USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing a new pilot program entitled, “Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program” (the “Cancer Moonshot Program”) (87 Fed. Reg. 75608 (December 9, 2022)) (the “Notice”) to attempt to further accelerate innovation in the health and medical…

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USPTO and FDA Continue to Focus on Patent Quality in the Pharmaceutical Industry

After a recent reminder from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) regarding the duties of disclosure and reasonable inquiry during examination of a patent application and a Request for Comments (RFC) on the USPTO initiatives to ensure “robustness and reliability” of patent rights,[1] the Director of the U.S. Patent…

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USPTO Doubles Down Calling Out Pharmaceutical Industry

The new Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Katherine Vidal, published a stern reminder regarding the duties of disclosure and reasonable inquiry during examination of a patent application, including reexamination, reissue, and proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) (87 FR 45764 (July 29, 2022)). …

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USPTO Publishes Notice Calling Out Pharmaceutical Industry

President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy, 86 FR 36987 (2021), expressed concerns about the patent system being misused to unnecessarily inhibit or delay entry of generic drugs or biologics to the marketplace for years, denying Americans access to lower cost drugs.  The President called for…

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