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The Patent Office Wants Your Ideas for Streamlining Reexamination

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

On Monday, April 25, 2011, the Federal Register announced a public meeting to solicit opinions on a number of changes being considered at the U.S. Patent Office to streamline both ex parte reexamination and inter partes reexamination proceedings.  Written comments can also be submitted to the Patent Office by June 29, 2011.

Some of the questions asked are:

1. Should the USPTO proceed with any efforts to streamline the procedures governing ex parte and/or inter partes reexamination proceedings?

2. Should the USPTO place word limits on requests for ex parte and/or inter partes reexamination?

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More on Fractus Reexaminations

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

My earlier post had an incomplete list of the Fractus reexaminations.  A better compilation is found in a document titled:  Supplemental Notification of Concurrent Proceedings Pursuant to 37 C.F.R. §1.985  which is found in Reexam Control No. 95/001,414 (see item dated January 14, 2011 on Public PAIR at www.uspto.gov ).  The list of reexaminations is substantial and includes 27 control numbers over the nine Fractus patents.

The Patent Office has started merging the Fractus patent reexaminations.  For example, see Reexam Control No. 95/000,588 which includes a “Decision, Sua Sponte, To Merge Reexamination Proceedings,” dated March 17, 2011.  This decision merges Reexam Control Nos. 95/000,588, 95/001,483, and 95/001,500.  All of these reexaminations pertain to Fractus’ U.S. Pat. No. 7,394,432.