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A Foolish Consistency may be the Hobgoblin of Little Minds, but it is the Hallmark of a Successful Applicant/Patent Owner

In In re Walter, [2016-2256] (August 21, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision in ex parte reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 7,513,711 that all twelve claims of the patent lack adequate written description...more

Branding Life

Almost anything that catches the public’s attention for more than a few minutes ends up as the subject of a trademark application by someone trying to capitalize on the moment and own a piece of the public discourse. So it...more

8/21/2017  /  Brand , Trademarks

You Can Ignore Claim Language As Long As it is Before the Colon

In Georgetown Rail Equipment Company v. Holland L.P., [2016-2297] (August 1, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed judgment of infringement and the award of lost profits and enhanced damages for infringement of U.S. Patent No....more

Clarity in §101: Half of the Judges Considering the Question Find Plaintiff’s Computer Memory System to be Patentable Subject...

In Visual Memory LLC v. NVIDIA Corp., [2016-2254] (August 15, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s determination that Visual Memory’s U.S. Patent No. 5,953,740, on a memory system with programmable...more

Check Each Link in the Chain of Title; The Time to Find Out Your Assignor Does Not Exist is Before you Sue

In In re Certain Thermoplastic-Encapsulated Electric Motors, 337-TA-1052, (August 11, 2017), Administrative Judge Dee Lord dismissed Intellectual Ventures II LLC complaint asserting infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,154,200;...more

When is July 4 this year? When is North Carolina’s FIRST TUESDAY Lottery? and Descriptiveness

In In re North Carolina Lottery, [2016-2558] (August 10, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the refusal of registration of FIRST TUESDAY in connection with lottery services and games on the first Tuesday of each month....more

Wait Your Turn: No Exception to Final Judgment Rule for Appeal of Denial of Motions to Compel

In Amgen Inc. v. Hospira, Inc., [2016-2179] (August 10, 2017), the Federal Circuit dismissed Amgen’s appeal of the district court’s denial of its motion to compel for lack of jurisdiction, and rejected Amgen’s petition for...more

The Sport of Kings: Federal Circuit Affirms $3.9 Million Fee Award for Two Week Trial on Patent Ownership

In AIA America, Inc. v. Avid Radiopharamaceuticals, [2016-2647] (August 10, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the award of attorneys fees because: (1) the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial does not apply to requests...more

will.i.am: registered.u.r.not

In In re I.AM.SYMBOLIC, LLC, [2016-1507, 2016-1508, 2016-1509] (August 8, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the TTAB affirming the Trademark Examiner’s refusal of registration of the mark I AM on grounds of...more

Where in the World …

For most U.S. patent practitioners, deciding where to file a first patent application used to be simple: if the invention was made in the U.S., applications could not be filed outside the U.S. without a foreign filing...more

Board Was Mixed Up Over Blender Patent

In Homeland Housewares, LLC v. Whirlpool Corp., [2016-1511] (August 4, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s determination that Whirlpool’s U.S. Patent No. 7,581,688 relating to a household blender was not...more

Can Unexpected Results Make the Obvious Non-Obvious?

In Honeywell, Int’l Inc. v. Mexichem Amanco Holdings S.A., [16-1996] (August 1, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated the USTPO’s reexamination decision invalidating claims 1–26, 31–37, 46–49, 58, 59, 61–68, 70–75, 80, and 81 of...more

Hutchinson Revisited Surname + Merely Descriptive Term May or May Not Be Registrable

In Earnhardt v. Kerry Earhhardt, Inc., [2016-1939] (July 27, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a TTAB decision dismissing Earnhardt’s opposition because it found that there was no likelihood of confusion between...more

Celebrity Endorsement Provokes Patent Infringement Claim

Snap Light LLC recently filed suit against Kim Kardashian’s company Kimsaprincess, Inc., as well as her collaborator Urban Outfitters, Inc., for patent infringement. As improbable as that sounds, knowing that the patent in...more

Karma’s a ^$#*! – Sanction for Litigation Misconduct Results in Finding of Intent to Deceive the USPTO

In Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Merus N.V., [2016-1346] (July 27, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed final judgment that U.S. Patent No. 8,502,018 (which related to using large DNA vectors to target and modify...more

Hey Boo-Boo, Defining Terms in the Specification is a Pic-i-nic

A definition in the patent’s specification can be critical in defining the scope of the claims. According to the patent statute, the claims and specification are directed to a person of ordinary skill in the art, but it is...more

BRI-Proof Your Claims

By Bryan K. Wheelock, Principal There are many benefits to employing means + function claiming under 35 USC §112(f).  The Federal Circuit recently pointed out a new one: protecting your claims from the application by the...more

Patents Don’t Sue People, People Sue People

On July 13, 2017, The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses. Such a loaded topic should strike fear...more

Lack of Clarity for Reason for Denying Permanent Injunction Results in Remand

In Genband US LLC v. Metaswitch Networks Corp., [2017-1148] (July 1-, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated the denial of a permanent injunction and remanded for reconsideration....more

Gotta Wanna Needa Getta Hava Injunction

Bojangles International, LLC — originator of the Cajun Filet Biscuit that it promotes with the jingle “GottaWannaNeedaGettaHava” — has sued Hardees for selling a Cajun Chicken Biscuit and using the phrase...more

PTO Erred by Not Identifying Algorithm Corresponding to §112, ¶ 6 Element Before Invalidating Claims

In IPCOM GmbH & Co. v. HRC Corp., [2016-1474] (July 7, 2017) the Federal Circuit found that the Board failed to conduct a proper claim construction of the “arrangement for reactivating the link” claim limitation, and...more

Weak Infringement Position Makes Troll-like Behavior Exceptional

In Adjustacam LLC v. Newegg, Inc., [2016-1882] (July 5, 2017) the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s decision not to award attorneys’ fees to defendant after plaintiff voluntarily dismissing its complaint after a...more

Written Description Must Support Claims; Not Exclude Alternatives

In The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, [2015-2011] (June 27, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated the PTAB’s determination in an interference that Stanford’s...more

Make Patents Great Again (or at least Make them STRONGER)

Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono have introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, proposing a large number of improvements to U.S. patent law. While the Bill does a lot to improve patents from an inventor’s...more

Independence Day Patents

Inventors are constantly working, and holidays are no exception. Holidays seem to be a source of inspiration for many inventors, in fact, and Independence Day is no exception....more

7/4/2017  /  Patents
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