Patent Offices Extend Certain Deadlines, but Proceed With Caution

Patent applicants facing a funds shortage because of COVID-19 may be glad to hear that many patent offices have extended certain patent prosecution deadlines. For example, the U.S. Patent Office has extended various patent deadlines until June 1, 2020 and the European Patent Office …›

Germany, UK, USA: Are Patent Exceptions the Cure to COVID-19?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread globally, the life sciences industry is at the forefront of addressing the urgent need for pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, ventilators, and personal protective equipment capable of helping to contain the surge. While the laws of many countries provide for certain …›

February 19, 2020 - Intellectual Property, United States

New USPTO Rule Likely to Increase Spam

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) just issued new rules that directly affect trademark owners. Going forward, trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to a proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will need to provide their email address in USPTO …›

Plant Variety Protection Office Now Accepting Applications For Asexually Reproduced Plants

Elizabeth Freeman Rosenzweig, a Morrison & Foerster law clerk in our San Francisco office, Biology PhD, and JD candidate at Berkeley Law, contributed to the writing of this article. On January 6, 2020, the Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) released the final version of its …›