Issue 36 | November 4, 2002
Patent Interference Notifications
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 The APLF is pleased to announce a new no charge service aimed at supplementing our "Patent Law Updates" e-mail program with notifications concerning new developments in the evolving field of patent interference practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

You can sign up for the new service simply by visiting the Interference Sign Up page.

There are approximately 200 patent interferences pending each year to determine the patent rights for some of the most important inventions relating to biotechnology, chemistry, computer hardware and software, and mechanical engineering. Interference procedure has changed considerably over the past five years and is now governed by a uniform Standing Order. On its web page, the USPTO regularly publishes interference opinions and binding precedent. Several changes in U.S. patent practice reflect the USPTO's plans for inter-partes post-grant patent cancellation proceedings (within 12 months of grant or 4 months of notice of infringement), which may ultimately replace current interference proceedings.

To keep you abreast of this critical and rapidly changing area of U.S. patent practice, the APLF is offering a new e-mail newsletter service specifically addressing current issues in interference practice. The e-mail newsletter will provide timely reports on significant interference decisions of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, federal district courts, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The newsletter will also monitor and report changes to the interference rules and the development of plans to institute post-grant cancellation proceedings. On a quarterly basis, a report will list patents noticed in requests for interferences. The quarterly reports will provide basic information (the patent number, title, and the listed assignee) necessary to monitor critical areas of technology and the potential patent rights of competitors. The quarterly information will be added to a database of patent interference information, which will include hyperlinks to the involved patents and to related available Trial Section opinions.

If you wish to sign up any of your clients for this no charge service, please send them the automated registration at http://www.aplf.org/signup/interference.shtml.

To discuss this topic further, please contact the author, Oliver R. Ashe, Jr., at Greenblum & Bernstein, PLC. The information contained in this email is provided for informational purposes only and does not represent legal advice. Neither the APLF nor the author intends to create an attorney client relationship by providing this information to you through this message.