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in the next four years?
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Will intellectual property law change under the Trump administration? If so, how?

Of course, no one really knows.

Ars Technica pointed out that

Of the two major party candidates in 2016, only the Democratic candidate has a platform that even addresses copyright and patent policies. 

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USPTO Issues Latest Guidance on Software Patents

by AEON Law on November 7, 2016

USPTO

tells patent examiners

latest on software


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The US Patent Office is working hard to keep up with developments in the federal courts concerning software-related patents.

On November 2, Robert Bahr, the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy, sent out a memo entitled "Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions."

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Federal Circuit Says that PTAB Misused "Common Sense"

by AEON Law on September 16, 2016

What is "common sense"

when it comes to patent law?

Read on to find out…

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The Federal Circuit, in the case of Arendi SARL v Apple Inc., recently reversed a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The decision was unusual in that reversals in inter partes review proceedings are rare, and also in that it turned on the issue of "common sense."

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USPTO

Updates subject matter guide,

Helps examiners

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The United States Patent Office (USPTO) recently issued its latest update to its guidelines on patent subject matter eligibility.

These guidelines help patent examiners decide whether or not the claims of a patent applicable describe an invention that’s actually eligible for a patent.

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