Patent and Trademark Office October 4, 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Patent Term Adjustment Reductions in View of the Federal Circuit Decision in Supernus Pharm., Inc.
Document Number: 2019-21271
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is proposing to revise the rules of practice pertaining to patent term adjustment in view of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) in Supernus Pharm., Inc. v. Iancu (Supernus). The Federal Circuit in Supernus held that a reduction of patent term adjustment must be equal to the period of time during which the applicant failed to engage in reasonable efforts to conclude prosecution of the application. The Office is proposing to revise the provisions pertaining to reduction of patent term adjustment for alignment with the Federal Circuit decision in Supernus.