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About Patents
Why Patent It
Public Domain vs Patents
Patent Term
Patent Myths
Internet Issues
Inventors and Assignees
Patent List
Patents Directory
Chemical  Patents
Patent Fields Guide
Patent Search - Basic
Patent Search - Corporate
On-Line Order - Searches
DIY On-Line Patent Check
Patent It or Not
About Patent Applications
Meaningful Patent Protection
Patent Application Outline
Application - Corporate
Application Entry-Costs
Application Examination
Disclosure Documents
Provisional Services
About Provisionals
Provisional vs Non-provisional
Provisional - Attorney Prepared
Provisional Replacement
Patent Consultations
Patent vs Trade Secret
Trade Secrets after Patent Filing
Patents vs Trademarks
Patent Interferences
Patent Infringement
Patent Marking
Patent Ready
Patent Reexaminations

 

   

 

 

 

Reexamination of Issued Patents

what they are, how they work

Purpose:  To determine the issue of patentability of one or more claims of an issued U.S. patent in view of prior art patents and printed publications.

Occurrence:  Extremely rare.  Less than 1% of issued U.S. patents are reexamined.

Tribunal:  Conducted at the examiner level.

How provoked:  Filing a reexamination request with the USPTO.  If request granted, a reexamination is declared. 

Requester Eligibility: 

  • The inventor.

  • The patent assignee.

  • An infringer.

  • A potential infringer.

  • Anyone else.

  • Can be instituted by the USPTO itself.

Requester Identification:

  • Real party in interest can remain undisclosed.

  • Requests under attorney's name only are not uncommon.

Timing: 

  • Any time during the enforceability period of an issued patent.

  • The enforceability period of an issued patent is its term plus the six years, and beyond if a patent enforcement action was filed before the end of the six-year statute of limitations period.

  • (A patent cannot be infringed after its term has expired, but a patent owner has up to six years after its term to enforce the patent against pre-expiration infringements.)

Reexamination types:

  • Non-participatory ex parte.

  • Participatory inter partes.

USPTO Reexamination filing fees:

  • $2,520 ex parte request.

  • $8,800 inter partes request. 

  • Additional if directed to more than three independent claims or more than twenty claims total.

  • Attorney fees separate.

Eligible prior art:

  • Prior art patents and printed publications.

  • Affidavits or declarations explaining the contents or dates of the prior art now permissible.

Ineligible prior art:

  • Anything not a prior art patent or printed publication.

  • (Website content qualifies under the printed publication category.)

Ineligible bases:

  • Failure to disclose best mode.

  • Fraud on the patent office.

  • Failure to disclose.

  • Prior invention by another.

  • Public use/sale more than one year prior to the patentís effective filing date(unless such occurrences are sufficiently described in one or more prior art patent or printed publication).

Request requirements:

  • Must explain how the disclosures of each cited prior art item apply to one or more of the patentís claims.

  • Must provide English translations of all pertinent parts of a non-English patent or printed publication.

  • May (and should) point out claims not supported by an earlier foreign or U.S. application whose filing date is claimed.  Intervening prior art against such claims can be cited.

Reexamination Declaration:

  • A reexamination will be declared if the examiner finds that one or more substantial issues of patentability exist.

  • If the examiner instead denies the reexamination request, the requester has the option of petitioning the Director for a review of the examinerís decision.

Reexamination Consequences

  • Patent invalidated (all claims rejected)

  • Patent limited (claims narrowed, less than all allowed)

  • Patent remains enforceable during reexamination process
     

Reexaminations -- expensive, time-consuming, sometimes necessary.

questions, inquiries - contact the firm (all contact modes) or call 312.419-8055

Initial consultations start at $240.
The firmís charges for initial reexamination-potential evaluations start at $1,600
(single prior art patent or printed publication).
Further cost estimates available after initial evaluation. 
Retainer required.

 

 
       


The Law Office of Joan I. Norek
25 E. Washington Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois  60602
Tel.  312.419.8055   Fax 312.236.6686
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