Posts from December 2023.
The Syntax of Markush and Superguide Constructions: Strategies for Claiming Elements in Combination  

In patent claim drafting, two distinct ways to claim combinations of elements are Markush and Superguide constructions. Both approaches have been explored in recent case law, particularly with respect to the significance of proper syntax when reciting the limitation of “at least one” when it precedes a series of elements. A closer look at both the Markush and Superguide approaches for reciting elements in combination offers guidance to avoid traps for the unwary.

Of the two, the Superguide construction is likely simpler. In exploring Superguide v. DirecTV as a ... Read More ›

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USPTO’s New Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced on December 2, 2023 the Semiconductor Technology Pilot Program (STPP), which is designed to support the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act of 2022 by expediting the examination of patent applications related to semiconductor technology.  More specifically, the STPP is designed to encourage research, development, and innovation in semiconductor manufacturing.

Under the STPP, an applicant must file a timely “petition to make special” using the required petition form (Form ... Read More ›



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