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  • - Ezra Gildesgame wrote in to let us know that President Obama called the Patent Office

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • See Orin Hatch and Paul Otellini's "Opinion: Fully Funding the Patent Office is a Key to Economic Recovery," 4 in the Mercury News.


  • The majority and concurring opinions gave great weight to the Patent Office's long-standing position that isolated genes are patentable.

    Simone Rose: Battle Over Gene Patents Most Likely Headed to Supreme Court

  • In a statement Tuesday, Patent Office director David Kappos said the agency needs "full access to all of its fees in order to carry out the mandates of this legislation effectively and perform its core mission to support America's inventors."

    Deal Clears Way for Patent Bill Vote

  • The financial industry has persuaded the Obama Administration and the Senate and House Judiciary leaders to retroactively change Patent Office rules in a way that makes it impossible for these patent owners to enforce their Constitutional rights against the banks' infringement.

    Pat Choate: Banks Still Acting Badly

  • Since 2006, the Medicines Co. has wrangled bill after bill onto the floor of Congress that would change the rules retroactively or give the Patent Office director discretion to accept late filings.

    Of Patents and Earmarks

  • In its latest incarnation, the bill would change Patent Office rules to consider any product approvals granted after 4:30 p.m. as the next business day for patent applications.

    Of Patents and Earmarks

  • Supporters claim the bill creates greater uniformity among Patent Office deadlines, and Medicines Co. spokesman Chad Kolton says that in the past three months both AstraZeneca and Bayer have had to file for reconsideration of patent applications that were denied for not having been filed in a timely manner.

    Of Patents and Earmarks

  • In a 2006 House Judiciary hearing, the Patent Office noted that of 700 patent applications since 1984, only four had missed the 60-day deadline.

    Of Patents and Earmarks

  • Meanwhile, the Medicines Co. sued the Patent Office, claiming that it should have counted days according to FDA standards.

    Of Patents and Earmarks


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