September 23, 2021
Effective January 1, 2022, a USPTO surcharge fee of $400 (large entity), $200 (small entity) and $100 (micro entity) will apply for non-DOCX filings. The surcharge fee applies to utility non-provisional application filings (e.g., the specification, claims, and abstract must be in DOCX format to avoid the surcharge; drawings are not subject to this requirement). The DOCX surcharge does not apply to US National Stage Applications or PCT International Applications filed in the US Receiving Office. Drawings may be filed as PDF or DOCX documents. There is no surcharge for drawings not filed as DOCX documents. DOCX is a structured text-based Microsoft Word document. To avoid the USPTO surcharge, our policy at BSKB will be to require a DOCX format for all utility non-provisional applications (preferred for National Stage and PCT applications, but not required) filed on or after January 1, 2022. The USPTO already accepts DOCX filings, and we recommend that you commence sending applications in DOCX format as soon as possible.
May 28, 2021
Leonard Svensson recently published an article in IPWatchdog, Inc. analyzing meat substitution companies and the patent protection being sought and obtained in the industry.
April 12, 2021
BSKB is proud to announce that Partners, Gerald Murphy and Chad Rink will be presenting again at this year's Practising Law Institute (PLI), April 30, 2021 beginning at 9AM PT. Mr. Murphy and Mr. Rink will be discussing Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Biotech Updates Affecting Patent Prosecution.
July 7, 2021
MaryAnne Armstrong discusses whether the same tests for non-obviousness of biotech patents will be applied to pharma inventions developed using AI.
June 17, 2021
MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph. D., sits down with LSIPR to discuss artificial intelligence's impact on IP industry relating to life sciences and pharmaceuticals.
June 22, 2021
Partner, Eugene T. Perez was recently quoted in an article by IPWatchdog regarding this week's U.S. Supreme Court patent decision in United States v. Arthrex, Inc. Et Al.
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