Author: Elliot C. Cook
Editor: C. Gregory Gramenopoulos
Finnegan’s Advanced Technology Patent Report 2015 is a comprehensive guide to significant developments in U.S. patent law and practice for the electrical and computer technology fields. It covers three main areas: patent prosecution, post-grant proceedings, and litigation. The report distills key precedents from the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit, and explains how they are driving changes at all levels of practice. Complementing its review of patent law developments, the report includes a collection of useful statistics, including those related to patent filings, grants by technology class, and district court litigation. Some unique Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) statistics are also provided, including a breakdown on evidentiary sources relied on for claim construction.
Those involved in patent prosecution will be interested in the overviews of various U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) pilot programs, such as Track One examination, the First Action Interview Pilot Program, and the After Final Consideration Pilot Program 2.0. Changes to prosecution rules and procedures created by the America Invents Act (AIA) are also discussed.