A recent court decision blocked AT&T from contesting a patent verdict awarding $40 million because its counsel, Sidley Austin LLP and Davis Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc., missed an appeal deadline. This judgment reinforces the importance of a reliable system for docketing important case deadlines.
The USPTO is implementing the Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement (QPIDS) pilot program. In particular, the QPIDS pilot program will eliminate the requirement for processing of a request for continued examination (RCE) with an information disclosure statement (IDS) filed after payment of the issue fee in order for the IDS to be considered by the examiner. Where the examiner determines that no item of information in the IDS necessitates reopening prosecution, the USPTO will issue a corrected notice of allowability. The QPIDS pilot program will run from May 16, 2012, to September 30, 2012.
In January 2012 the government approved Article 167 of the Anti-Paperwork Law exempting Powers of Attorney, Certificates of Incorporation, International registered certified copies for priority purposes, and evidence documents from legalization or certification of any signature or other means of personal identification. Powers of Attorney will not require notarization. This new law also implements multi-class Trademark applications.
Mozilla has announced that their Firefox browser will start blocking older versions of the Java plug-in from running. When accessing EFS-Web for Registered eFilers and Private PAIR with Firefox, an error message may appear on the Authentication Page stating: Java Not Enabled. It is recommended that you upgrade to Java Version 6, Update 31.
Effective June 30, 2012, the maximum daily limit per credit card or debit card account has been reduced from $99,999.99, to $49,999.99, and the daily limit for debit cards will be eliminated. If cardholders exceed the daily limit, a message will indicate that the maximum daily limit has been reached and the payment will be rejected. Existing alternatives for submitting large dollar payments are deposit account, electronic funds transfer (EFT) over the USPTO Web site, and wire transfer through the Federal Reserve Fedwire System.