This week our conversation is with Scott McKeown, a shareholder with Wolf Greenfield and the author of, and Steve McBride, a partner with Carmichael IP. In this wide-ranging conversation, we cover what is happening at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), specifically discussing the office’s proposed changes to terminal disclaimers for obviousness-type double patenting, the proposed Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) rules, director review as it pertains to inter partes review (IPR). We also discuss pending legislation on Capitol Hill, specifically discussing the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act (PERA) and The Promoting and Respecting Economically Vital American Innovation Leadership Act (PREVAIL), which deals with statutory reforms to PTAB.

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