MBHB partner Kevin Noonan, Ph.D. is a featured presenter at an IPO-sponsored webinar set for 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on September 26, 2017.
USPTO on Restriction Practice, Terminal Disclaimers, and Patent Term Adjustment
Restriction requirement practice has assumed a new importance since the Federal Circuit decision in Gilead v. Natco three years ago, which found that a later-issuing but earlier-expiring patent could serve as an obviousness-type double patenting (OTDP) reference. A restriction requirement lets a patent examiner categorize a patent application as containing multiple inventions and then restrict examination to just a “single” invention. Our panelists — an expert from the USPTO’s Office of Patent Legal Administration and two veteran and savvy patent prosecutors — will analyze the opportunities and pitfalls for patent prosecutors raised by restriction requirements, discussing such topics as: