Acceleration of Patent Examination – Special or Prioritized Examination

Acceleration of Patent Examination – Special or Prioritized Examination by Dave Ream Federal Rule 37 CFR 1.102 outlines the general process for advancement of patent examination in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and MPEP 708.02, 708.02(a) and 708.02(b) detail specific requirements and processes for advancement or acceleration of patent examination. As detailed in MPEP 708.02+, there are two basic …

Does a License Agreement Trigger the On-Sale Bar – a Revisit to Helsinn

Does a License Agreement Trigger the On-Sale Bar – a Revisit to Helsinn by Elliott Chen Much attention has been focused on the recent Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., in which the Supreme Court decided that the “On-Sale Bar” of 35 U.S.C. § 102 remains the same under the America Invents Act (AIA). Thus, a “secret” sale …