Archive for January, 2012

New USPTO Rules for “Track I” Fast-Track Patent Processing

United States patent and trademark office made changes to the rules to allow inventors to pay a fee to cut the line and get their patents examined sooner. Following passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in September 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) began accepting requests for prioritized examination of patent […]

Case Study: Serendipitous Inventions

“Patentability shall not be negatived by the manner in which the invention was made” (emphasis added). The statement above is the final sentence of the federal statute dealing with conditions for patentability (35 USC 103). Aside from the use of a confusing and uncommon verb: “negatived”, the sentence paves the way for a particular type […]