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Peter Brunovskis, PhD*, has over 20 years of intellectual property (IP) law firm experience in the preparation, prosecution and portfolio management of hundreds of US and foreign patent applications in a variety of fields including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, polymeric film and material science applications. Peter has extensive experience in the areas of gene therapy, cancer biology, antiviral agents, molecular immunology, vaccines, antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates, chimeric antigen receptors, pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Read Peter Brunovskis's full bio. *Non-lawyer professional

PTO Reopens Comment Period for AI Inventorship Guidance


By on Jun 13, 2024
Posted In Patents

The US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) reopened and extended until June 20, 2024, the period for public comment on the guidance regarding inventorship in applications involving artificial intelligence (AI) assisted inventions. The guidance was published on February 13, 2024, at 89 FR 10043. The PTO will also treat as timely any comments received between...

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Patent Thicket Avoidance: PTO Proposes Changes to Terminal Disclaimer Practice


By on May 23, 2024
Posted In Patents

On May 10, 2024, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (Notice) concerning major changes to the terminal disclaimer (TD) practice, which may lead to a sea change in patent prosecution strategies. The proposed change would require a TD to include an agreement from the patent owner that the...

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Clean Up on Aisle PTAB: Clarification of Discretionary Denial Practice


By on May 2, 2024
Posted In Patents

The US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR) proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board, seeking to codify existing precedent and guidance regarding the Board’s discretionary considerations in denying IPR or PGR petitions. 89 Fed. Reg. 28693 (Apr. 19,...

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New Guidance Addresses Use of AI Systems, Tools in Practice Before the PTO


By on Apr 18, 2024
Posted In Technology

The US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) issued new guidance on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in practice before the PTO. The new guidance is designed to promote responsible use of AI tools and provide suggestions for protecting practitioners and clients from misuse or harm resulting from their use. This guidance comes on...

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PTO Proposes Trademark Application Filing Changes, Fee Adjustments


By on Apr 4, 2024
Posted In Trademarks

On March 26, 2024, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register concerning changes to trademark application filings and fee adjustments in trademark cases for 2025. The PTO solicits written comments from the public on the proposed rule changes on or before May 28, 2024. The...

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PTO to Patent Examiners: Make Interpretation of Means-Plus-Function Claims Clear in the Record


By on Mar 28, 2024
Posted In Patents

On March 18, 2024, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) issued a memorandum to patent examiners addressing means-plus-function and step-plus-function claim limitations and how to clearly articulate, in the prosecution record, the PTO’s interpretation of such claim limitations. The goal of the memorandum is to ensure consistency in connection with the examination of such...

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PTO Seeks Permanent Rules Regarding Motion to Amend Practice Before Board


By on Mar 14, 2024
Posted In America Invents Act

On March 4, 2024, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to revise its Motion to Amend (MTA) pilot program practice in connection with certain America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings. 89 Fed. Reg. 15531 (Mar. 4, 2024). The PTO set a May 3, 2024, deadline for stakeholders to submit...

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New PTO Guidance: Use KSR Flexible Approach to Obviousness


By on Mar 7, 2024
Posted In Uncategorized

On February 27, 2024, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) published updated guidance for examiners on how to make a proper determination of obviousness. The guidance expands upon and reinforces the legal framework for obviousness determinations discussed by the Supreme Court in KSR Int’l. v. Teleflex (2007) and Graham v. John Deere Co. (1966)...

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Not Admitted to PTO Bar? No Problem.


By on Feb 29, 2024
Posted In Uncategorized

On February 21, 2024, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would give parties the option to designate a non-registered practitioner as lead counsel in proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board. 89 Fed. Reg. 13017 (Feb. 21, 2024) (to be codified at 37 C.F.R. pt. 42)....

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PTO on AI Inventorship: Will the Real Natural Human Inventors Please Stand Up?


By on Feb 22, 2024
Posted In Patents

On February 13, 2024, the US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) issued a notice with examination guidance and request for comment regarding inventorship in applications involving artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted inventions. The guidance reinforces the patentability of AI-assisted inventions and sets forth preliminary guidelines for determining inventorship with a focus on human contributions in this process....

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