So far in 2016, the USPTO has issued three patents that claim priority pre-GATT. These three are grandfathered in under the old 17-year-from-issuance patent term because they were filed before June 8, 1995.
- John Harvey’s Signal Process Patent No. 9,294,205 is one of dozens held by the company claiming priority back to a 1981 filing. The patents are owned by Personalized Media Communications. PMC is an active plaintiff in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Dr. Robert Gallo and Flossie Wong-Staal received another patent relating to their discovery that HIV is the cause of AIDS. U.S. Patent No. 9,309,574 claims priority back to a 1985 filing and relates to the creation of an immortal cell line that reproduces HIV. At the time, Gallo worked at the National Cancer Institutes and the patent rights are held by the U.S. Government.
- Finally, U.S. Patent No. 9,294,184 has issued to Lockheed Martin covering covers a repeater that receives and transmits polarized RF signals. The application was originally filed in 1973 but was held under a secrecy order until 2010. From 2010 until 2015 the case awaited examiner action that finally arrived with a notice of allowance.