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Daniel Feigelson
I'm an Israel-based patent practitioner who practices before both the Israel and U.S. Patent Offices
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I don’t think any readers of this blog have been living in a cave for the last 25+ years, but if you have, one of the most popular comic strips in the USA is Dilbert, written by Scott Adams. The strip usually depicts life (if it can be called that)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at America-Israel Patent Law
I feel like every time I use the ILPTO's electronic filing system, I discover another bug...and another potential work-around. The latest? Read on. We've got a national phase application that's been sitting at the ILPTO for several years. They still haven't published it under 16A (18-month publication or soon-thereafter-for-national-phase-filings). Needless... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at America-Israel Patent Law
Over the course of the past 10 years or so, the ILPTO has been moving in the direction of speeding up examination of patent applications. Most noticeably, the ILPTO has significantly increased the number of examiners, but it has also put procedural mechanisms into place to ensure that the queue... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at America-Israel Patent Law
This is the fifth installment of our discussion of the first of two recent draft circulars, “Draft Circular 34/2016”. Part G is directed to the suspension of examination of a later application due to an earlier application. “30. Section 19 [of the statute] establishes that an examiner may suspend examination... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at America-Israel Patent Law
This is the fourth installment in our discussion of the first of two recent draft circulars, “Draft Circular 34/2016”. Part E concerns “Claims that refer to drawings and examples to define properties or technical aspects of the invention”, i.e. omnibus claims. Until sometime during the tenure of the Commissioner who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at America-Israel Patent Law
Continuing with discussion of the first of two recent draft circulars, “Draft Circular 34/2016”, Part C pertains the order of examination of “Green” patent applications, viz. “those patent applications that the invention described therein assists in improving the environment, inter alia by preventing causes of global warming, reduce pollution of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at America-Israel Patent Law
Yesterday I noted that the ILPTO had published draft "circular notices" and requested comments on them. Today we continue with discussion of the first of these draft circulars, “Draft Circular 34/2016”. Part B of this draft circular is directed to "use" claims. “9. Section 3 of the statute establishes that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at America-Israel Patent Law
The Israel PTO recently published two draft “Commissioner’s circular notices” (hozrei rasham in Hebrew available here and here), requesting comment by January 19, 2017 (to be sent to No explanations of the proposed circulars were provided by the ILPTO, although each one concludes with a list of earlier circulars... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at America-Israel Patent Law
On December 29,the ILPTO launched its electronic filing system for design applications. We haven't yet tested it ourselves...and based on the EFS for patents, we don't know if anyone practicing in the field actually tested it before launch. As with the electronic filing system for patents launched last year, use... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
There’s a piece today in the Washington Post about how, when viewed microscopically, a cat’s tongue is seen as a perfectly-designed untangling hairbrush, which makes sense given how much time a cat spends licking its fur. The piece ends by stating, “[this research] could bring a cat-tongue-style brush to a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
One of the many defective aspects of the ILPTO's electronic filing system for patents is its failure to generate a downloadable receipt of submissions upon making those submissions. You upload the the documents for filing, press submit, and then it all disappears into the ether. Sometime later, you get an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
Carl Oppedahl is a patent attorney in Colorado, and besides having great views out his office window, he's a technophile who years ago set up a slew of listservs pertaining to different aspects of US IP practice. There are some sharp and knowledgeable people who frequent those fora, and over... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
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Glad you're so sure. I'm not. The phrase in question could as easily be read as saying, "wherein the batches contain a base that ensures that when the batches are reconstituted in an aqueous solution for injection, the batches have have a pH of about 5-6". That's not a process step. Moreover, the mere inclusion of a process step doesn't necessary turn a composition claim into a product-by-process claim. It may just result in a claim that's invalid for reciting two different statutory categories of claims, like in IXPL Holdings v Amazon. Clarification from the court regarding its thinking would have been helpful.
I don't think the AIA changed this. In it situation you described, it sounds like the benefit claim to the US provisional would be lost for the USA, although many other countries might honor the priority claim to that provisional. What *is* different under the AIA is that there's no 102(e), so that provisional and non-US cases are afforded the same status for priority/benefit claims.
Thanks, HBW, for pointing out the possible (albeit very circumscribed) way this case might have been salvaged in the EPO. No idea what the result would have been if the Sternklar application had been subject to a secrecy order under 181. I suspect that as soon that was discovered, someone would have closed access via PAIR to the Sternklar application. Or they would have slapped a secrecy order on the McKelvey application.
Last week on one of the listservs to which I subscribe, someone posted a question. I received some nice feedback from some people I whose opinions I respect, so I decided to repost it here. First the question: Has anyone received a rejection stating: “Once an applicant has received a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
In July 2012, Israel enacted legislation facilitating publication of patent applications 18 months after the earliest priority date. Unlike in the USA, where the move to 18-month publication did not have retroactive effect, in Israel the decision was that all pending applications would be laid open to the public 18... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
Once upon a time, there wasn’t email, let alone instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you go back far enough, there weren’t even fax machines. Back in those days, patent offices carried out correspondence with applicants through the national postal service, or via private couriers. There’s always a lag between... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
At some point, when things are little less hectic, we’re going to write a dissertation on the problems with the Israel PTO’s electronic patent filing system (henceforth “ILEFS”), in the hope that some of the many problems with the system eventually get fixed. For now we share this little gem.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
Those of us above a certain age recall the 1960's sitcom Hogan's Heroes, about a group of irreverent Allied POWs and their incompetent captors, Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz. The latter tried hard to maintain a low profile. Hence his famous tagline: "I see nothing! I know nothing!" Working with... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
One of the things I like about the USPTO’s EFS is that for most types of filings, a practitioner doesn’t need a power of attorney in order to file a document or a response. That’s because the USPTO assumes that the typical practitioner values his license to practice, and won’t... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
This is the story of a US patent application that went abandoned and thus shouldn’t have been published, but which the USPTO published nevertheless because of an improper benefit claim, a benefit claim that prima facie was improper but that the USPTO didn’t bother to check. A well-known feature of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
Several years ago, at the behest of Israel patent practitioners who were miffed that their lawyer colleagues receive a cute picture ID card every year from the bar association, the Israel PTO began issuing similar ID cards to licensed patent practitioners. Personally I never quite understood the need for this:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law
[Update, March 5: on February 26, the Department of the Interior filed a consolidated cancellation action against 7 DNC marks.] A few years ago I wrote a blog post in which I explained how a family trip provided an opportunity to illustrate various aspects of IP law. A recent trip... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at America-Israel Patent Law