I have looked and looked on the PTO web site for a current (i.e., post Sept.2011) version of Appendix L and/or a current copy of US Title 35. Every "Patent Laws, Consolidated" link I find takes me to the Sept. 2007 version of Appendix L. May we please have a current version of Title 35 posted somewhere?
When 35 USC 102 was modified by AIA to make foreign priority now both a shield and a sword, why wasn't 35 USC 154 modified to include foreign priority in the patent term calculation?
In my opinion, applicants should not be able to add additional inventors to correct an issued patent because the additional inventor(s) have not been searched for prior art. As all examiners know, an inventorship search is critical to all first actions. Also, the new AIA law removes the language "and such error arose without any deceptive intention". I've seen a couple of these petitions now, and it really begs the question, ...more »