What is Patent Term?

USPTO Releases New Patent Term Calculator  January 28, 2013 – 12:42 pm
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Valuation analysts and IP managers solving for the expiration date of a patent have been given some help by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, USPTO, which announced the development and release to the public of a new calculator that estimates the expiration date of a utility, plant or design patent.

The term of a patent is important in that it provides the specified period for infringement: meaning, in general, only for the term of a patent, whoever without authority makes, uses, offers to sell or sells the patented invention within the United States, or imports into the United States the patented invention, is an infringer of the patent and may be subject to prosecution.

The calculator is for the United States only, and inputs are limited to data from the USPTO. There are other influencers of patent terms. The FDA’s Orange Book for Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations includes patent expiration dates, some of which may include periods of exclusivity administered by the FDA that add onto patent term; additional patent term may be privately granted by an Act of Congress; and, court decisions may establish new or different patent expiration dates.

USPTO issued this disclaimer: “The calculator provides a best estimate of a patent’s expiration date, based on a comprehensive list of factors than can be found in USPTO records.  Before relying on an expiration date, individuals should always carefully inspect all relevant documents available through the USPTO, court records and elsewhere, and consult with an attorney.”

Source: BVR's IP Management & Valuation Wire

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Questions regarding Morgellons that I want to answer:
What is Morgellons Disease?
How is this known?
What are the symptoms?
What are the physical findings?
How long has it existed?
What is the geographical distribution?
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What is the significance of the colored fibers?
What electrical phenomena/EMF are associated?
What nano computers are present?
What is the current treatment and what are the results?
What part does Lyme play?
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Patents expire after 5years

The company has to find a new use or formula for the drug and they can re-apply for another 5yrs.
Some companies IMO abuse this. I take Imitrex which has been on the market about 15yrs. But it still costs $27 a pill. Because they made an injectable version, a 100mg pill, and then re-formulated the product fom sumatriptan to sumatriptan succinate, all so no one can make a generic.
Yo...ere financial burder for others.
I'm not sure what, but something needs to change so companines can offer medicines at lower prices or something, if they will not allow their patent to expire. Or have more insurance plans cover brand name drugs without making the doctor & patient jump through hoops to get special approval, maybe.
Just my generic vs. brand name rant for the night :-)

White History - February 14

1946 ENIAC, the world's first electronic digital computer, was officially unveiled at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. ENIAC is short for Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator, and was conceived and designed by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert of the University of Pennsylvania.

1876 American inventors Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell each filed patents for their version of a telephone.

After Patent on Genes Is Invalidated

Published: March 30, 2010
"Many biotechnology stocks fell on Tuesday as investors struggled to understand the impact of a ruling that threw out parts of two gene patents and called into question thousands more."
"Stock market losses were muted, with two major indexes that track the shares of the industry falling by less than 1 percent each."
... patents held by Myriad Genetics covering two breast cancer genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2, were invalid."
"Myriad analyzes those genes in an expensive test that predicts whether a woman is at a high risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer."
"The plaintiffs in the case, which included various medical groups, said the patents on DNA were illegal and impeded access to the testing."

So anyway, the USA's intellectual property keeps

Getting siphoned off by china stealing trade secrets, patents, info. about how to build and maintain complex computer and military stuff (notice how suddenly they magically "pulled themselves into" the manned space scene?) via china's extensive cadre of "professional hackers."
according to america's "counter terrorism czar," richard clarke, he says that "every major company in america has ...orses, all ready to be activated on command, so we won't know what hit us. or what's already hitting us.
"my greatest fear," clarke says, is that rather than having a cyver pearl harbor event, we will instead have this death of a thousand cuts. where we lose our competitiveness by having all of our research and development stolen by the chinese."
(read this in a smithsonian article.)

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