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Patent Stimulus Package-A Cure For An Ailing Economy?

by Orlando Lopez

The Patent Stimulus Package is not WPA for patent attorneys and it is not a way for patent attorneys to get big bonuses, not that I would oppose that! The Patent Stimulus idea is based on the fact that, if the time it takes to obtain a patent, or at least to get the first […]

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Watch out USPTO, JPO is Coming!

by Orlando Lopez

The Japanese government has announced an initiative to reduce patent examination time from 2.5 years to about 14 months. When they achieve 14 months examination time, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) will provide the shortest examination period in the world. This is part of the initiative to make Japan the world leader in intellectual property, an […]

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The USPTO Budget: Robbing Kappos To Pay Paul

by Orlando Lopez

On Friday April 22, 2011, in his public blog, “Director’s Forum” Director Kappos laid out the bad news – Congress is taking away about $100 million of the fees collected by the USPTO by limiting the USPTO budget to for FY 2011 to $2.09 billion. The results are not pretty- track one of the three […]

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Patent Reform Bill of 2011: An Annotated Outline

by Orlando Lopez

In a great example of the power of perseverance, the Patent Reform Bill -2011 version is finally moving to the floor of the Senate. Since patent reform is finally upon us, we have presented below, an annotated version of the outline of the bill.

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