Bernard P. Codd

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Bernard (Bernie) P. Codd focuses his practice on patent prosecution and opinions in the areas of semiconductor devices and semiconductor device manufacturing, as well as battery, fuel cell, photolithography, magnetic media, chemical, metallurgy and polymer technologies. Bernie has successfully prosecuted patent reexaminations, reissues and numerous patent appeals, including oral arguments. Bernie’s practice includes patent application drafting and providing opinions on patent validity and infringement. Read Bernard (Bernie) P. Codd's full bio. 

PTO Reduces Small and Micro-Entity Fees


By on Mar 30, 2023
Posted In Patents

The US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) issued a final rule reducing certain patent fees for small and micro-entities on March 22, 2023. The Federal Register notice can be found here. Small entity filing fee discounts are increased to 60% (from 50%) and micro-entity filing fee discounts are increased to 80% (from 75%). The fee...

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PTO Adds Green Energy Category to Patents for Humanity Program


By on Mar 16, 2023
Posted In Patents

On March 6, 2023, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) introduced a new green energy category to its Patents for Humanity Program. This new award category provides business incentives for patent applicants, holders and licensees whose inventions address the challenges of climate change through green energy innovations, including wind, solar, hydrogen, hydropower, geothermal and...

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PTO Introduces Trademark Decisions and Proceedings Search Tool


By on Mar 2, 2023
Posted In Trademarks

On February 17, 2023, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) announced the launch of the new Trademark Decisions and Proceedings Search Tool. This tool allows users to filter and search expungement and reexamination proceedings, administrative orders and sanctions, and precedential director decisions. Under the Expungement and Reexamination Proceedings tab, users can find all petitions filed...

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PTO to Begin Issuing Electronic Patent Grants


By on Mar 2, 2023
Posted In Patents

On February 28, 2023, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) issued a final rule announcing it would begin issuing electronic patent grants (eGrants) starting April 18, 2023. These eGrants are the official copies of patent grants in an electronic format. During a limited transition period, the PTO will also provide a bound paper version...

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PTO Eliminates CLE Certification and Recognition for Patent Practitioners


By on Feb 9, 2023
Posted In Patents

The US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) announced a final rule amending 37 C.F.R. § 11.11(a)(1) and (a)(3) to eliminate provisions concerning voluntary continuing legal education (CLE) certification for registered patent practitioners and persons granted limited recognition to practice in patent matters before the PTO. The final rule is effective February 27, 2023. On August...

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PTO Introduces Intellectual Property Identifier Tool


By on Jan 26, 2023
Posted In Uncategorized

On January 18, 2023, the US Patent & Trademark Office announced the launch of its new Intellectual Property (IP) Identifier tool. This tool is designed for those who are less familiar with IP and assists users in determining whether they have IP and identifies what IP protections are available to support their business, invention or brand....

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PTO Update: COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Extended, Non-DOCX Filing Fee Deferred and More


By on Jan 5, 2023
Posted In Patents

On December 22, 2022, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) announced the fifth extension of the Modified COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program. The pilot program had been set to terminate on December 31, 2022, and is now extended to February 15, 2023. The program was implemented to support the acceleration of innovations in the...

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PTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program


By on Dec 15, 2022
Posted In Patents

On December 8, 2022, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) announced the launch of the Cancer Moonshot Expedited Examination Pilot Program (Cancer Moonshot Pilot). This program begins on February 1, 2023, and replaces the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program. The Cancer Moonshot Pilot is scheduled to run until either January 31, 2025, or the date...

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PTO and Copyright Office Seek Public Comments on Non-Fungible Tokens


By on Dec 8, 2022
Posted In Uncategorized

On November 23, 2022, the US Patent & Trademark Office and the US Copyright Office announced that they are seeking public input on intellectual property (IP) considerations related to non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The agencies will hold three public roundtables directed to patents, trademarks and copyrights, respectively, scheduled as follows: January 10, 2023 – Patents and...

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PTO Extends Deadline for Comments on Initiatives to Ensure Patent Robustness, Reliability


By on Nov 3, 2022
Posted In Patents

On November 3, 2022, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) announced that it is extending the deadline for public input on its proposed initiatives aimed at ensuring the robustness and reliability of patent rights from January 3, 2023, to February 1, 2023. For further details about the extension of the deadline, check out the...

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