The chart below shows the number of utility patents issued each fiscal year going back to 1980. If issuances remain steady, then we’ll see a substantial increase in the number of patents issued over FY2016.
In a precedential opinion on Friday, the Federal Circuit answered the question and determined that personal jurisdiction exists in any state where the ANDA applicant intends to market its product--essentially everywhere in the United States.
International Publication: as soon as possible after the expiration of 18 months from the earliest filing date, the content of your international application is disclosed to the world.
Supplementary International Search (optional): a second ISA identifies, at your request, published documents which may not have been found by the first ISA which carried out the main search because of the diversity of prior art in different languages and different technical fields.
One of the biggest pitfalls, unfortunately, is incomplete knowledge.
There are a great number of things inventors should know, from the importance of doing a patent search, to the need for confidentiality agreements, to how to understand when an invention is obvious.