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Apr 15, 2011

GM Leads in Clean-Energy Patents Ranking demonstrates GM’s commitment to sustainable transportation DETROIT – General Motors received more clean-energy patents last year than any other organization, according to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index of U.S. patents. GM’s 135 patents represent nearly 14 percent of the total 1,881 received by 700 entities. “U.S. clean-energy patents…

Feb 15, 2011

By: David PascarellaOn December 16, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it will open its first ever satellite office in Detroit, Michigan in the summer of 2011. Currently, all U.S. patent examiners are located at the USPTO’s offices in Alexandria, Virginia, or within a limited radius of that office. The…

Oct 31, 2010

By: Annette I. Kahler A year into David Kappos’s€™ term as Director of the USPTO, he and his team have unveiled a new five-year strategic plan aimed at reducing patent pendency and backlog, increasing quality, stabilizing the organization’€™s workforce, and transforming the Office into the nation’€™s “€œInnovation Agency”€ to serve as a model for IP…

Oct 29, 2010

By: Kellie Fredericks Following up on our prior reporting of new rules in the European Patent Office (EPO) affecting divisionals, claims practice, and responses to search reports and opinions, we now provide further updates on those changes and advise of additional disclosure requirements when entering the EP National Phase. Beginning on January 1, 2011, the…