Friday, October 25, 2013

In the “Believe it or not” category:

1)      The USPTO is reducing a number of its most used fees on 1/1/14.
The utility patent issue fee drops from $1780 to $960 for a large entity;
                                                                            $890 to $480 for a small entity;
                                                                             $445 to $240 for a micro entity.
            Similar drops for design and plant issue fees as well as reissue issue fees.

            The publication fees for early, voluntary or normal publication drops to $0.

The USPTO is eliminating the fee for recording a patent assignment that is submitted electronically.

2)       In the PCT world there will be price breaks for small and micro entities:

Transmittal fees
            Search fees (although probably still get better deals from Korea and Russia)
            Supplemental Search fees
            Late payment fees
            Fee for Transmitting Application to International Bureau to act as the RO;
            Preliminary Examination fees;  
            Supplemental Examination fees.

3)      Check here for the full fee schedule for fees paid on or after January 1, 2014.

Lilly scientists prosecuted for trade secret theft

Two former Eli Lilly scientists were arrested and charged by the U.S. Government for stealing and transmitting Lilly trade secrets to a Chinese company.  Guoqing Cao and Shuyu Li, both research scientists with doctoral degrees, have been charged with multiple counts of trade secrets theft and conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. Sections 1832 and 371, according to an Indictment that was recently unsealed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis.  The charges against the two naturalized U.S. citizens, who will remain in custody for leaking trade secrets to a Lilly competitor in China, provides an abject lesson for both pharmaceutical companies that fail to safeguard trade secrets and other proprietary information and employees who get caught by federal authorities.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The New U.S. Patent Law: What You Need to Know and How It Will Affect Your Strategy

Here is a presentation recently given to the SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium in San Jose.

In "The New U.S. Patent Law: What You Need to Know and How It Will Affect Your Strategy," Charles Szmanda describes the most important aspects of the new patent law. These include: (1) the "first inventor to file" system, which takes effect on March 16, 2013 and replaces the "first to invent" system in current law; (2) new ways to challenge issued patents such as "Post Grant Review" and "Inter Partes" review; (3) prior art submission during prosecution of another inventor's patent application; (4) prioritized examination of applications; and (5) prior user rights. He also discusses how these new elements of the law will alter the competitive environment but will also present a number of opportunities for formulating a successful patent strategy within that new environment.

If you don't see the presentation on the screen, you can see it here: