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Final Rule: Changes to Implement the Patent Law Treaty

The final rule to implement the Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act takes effect on December 18, 2013.   The United States Patent and Trademark Office has posted its guidance for examiners here.

For more information, visit the following links:

USPTO Patent Law Treaty Microsite

Publication of Final Rule

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John T. Haran, Patent Infringement Attorney, Sterne Kessler, law firm
Of Counsel

Mr. Haran is Of Counsel in the Mechanical Group. His intellectual property practice focuses on strategic client counseling, including preparing patent infringement and validity opinions, patentability studies, due diligence investigations, and reexamination proceedings. Mr. Haran also has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications involving manufacturing processes for chemicals, materials, and foods as well as for consumer products, medical devices, and mechanical devices. Mr. Haran is a member of the firm's Patent Practice Committee, a group involved in...

Michele A. Cimbala, Biotechnology, Chemical, Attorney, Sterne Kessler, Law firm

Dr. Cimbala is a director in the Biotechnology/Chemical Group.  Her practice is focused on biotechnology patent procurement and evaluation, including the preparation of patent applications, their prosecution and appeal, and related opinion matters.

Her technical expertise is in the area of biotechnology, and especially molecular biology, enzymology, and molecular endocrinology.  Dr. Cimbala also has experience in clean technology industrial enzyme applications for the pulp and paper industry and in textile processing.

Dr. Cimbala completed her postdoctoral research with Dr. Richard Hansen at Case Western Reserve University.  Before changing her career into patent law, she was an Assistant Professor in Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.  While at Worcester, her research was funded by grants from the NIH, the American Diabetes Association, and the March of Dimes, and concerned the molecular mechanism of peptide hormone action.  She was a member of the NIH Biomedical Sciences-2 Study Section.