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"Patent Reform 2014" White Paper Available for Download

Over the past 2 years I’ve been closely following the slew of patent reform proposals in Congress, the Executive Branch, the Courts, and the 50 States.  I have yet to find a document that lists–much less explains–all the many, many proposals percolating in DC and across the country. So I wrote one: “PATENT REFORM 2014:  A Comprehensive Guide to Current … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Clarifies Double Patenting Safe Harbor Provision

Earlier this month, in St. Jude Medical, Inc. v. Access Closure, Inc., No. 2012-1452 (Sept. 11, 2013) the Federal Circuit clarified the double patenting safe harbor provision in 35 U.S.C. § 121. The safe harbor provision is designed to prevent the inherent unfairness that would occur if claims found to be patentably distinct by the … Continue reading this entry