Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff

Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff

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Federal Circuit Finds Consumer Watchdog Lacks Standing to Appeal Reexamination Decision Upholding WARF Stem Cell Patent

In Consumer Watchdog v. Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Federal Circuit held that an inter partes reexamination requester must establish an injury in fact sufficient to confer Article III standing in order to appeal...more

6/6/2014 - America Invents Act Appeals Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Post-Grant Review Stem cells WARF

Round Two of U.S. Patent Reform Progresses as House Passes Goodlatte Innovation Act

On December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the “Innovation Act” originally introduced by Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA). The bill passed by a vote of 325-91, with four amendments to the bill as...more

12/9/2013 - America Invents Act Innovation Act Patent Reform Patents USPTO

Federal Circuit Holds Full Sequence Not Required for Invention of DNA

In Sanofi-Aventis v. Pfizer, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the USPTO’s determination that Pfizer had proven an earlier date of invention of the DNA sequence at issue, even though it did not have the full, correct...more

11/7/2013 - America Invents Act DNA Interference Proceeding Patent Reform Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pfizer Prior Art USPTO

Dominion Dealer Solutions Seeks Review of USPTO Decisions Denying Inter Partes Review

On October 15, 2013, Dominion Dealer Solutions, LLC filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia seeking review of the USPTO’s decisions denying petitions to institute inter partes review...more

11/1/2013 - America Invents Act Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Reform Patents Post-Grant Review USPTO

The Goodlatte Innovation Act Proposes More U.S. Patent Reform

On October 23, 2014, Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the “Innovation Act,” which is intended “to make improvements and technical corrections” to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) “and for other purposes.”...more

10/29/2013 - America Invents Act Innovation Act Patent Reform Patents Prior Art USPTO

USPTO AIA Forum to Be Held on Second Anniversary of the America Invents Act

On September 16, 2013–the second anniversary of the America Invents Act (AIA)–the USPTO will host a forum on the AIA at its Alexandria, Virginia campus. The USPTO AIA forum will provide an overview of AIA implementation to...more

9/13/2013 - America Invents Act First-to-File First-to-Invent Patent Reform Patents USPTO

Applied Biosystems Seeks PTA for 2007 Patent

On August 21, 2013, Life Technologies, Corp., Life Technologies, Ltd., Applied Biosystems LLC, and Molecular Probes, Inc. (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of...more

8/28/2013 - America Invents Act Equitable Tolling Novartis Patent Reform Patent Term Adjustment Patents Pharmaceutical

District Court Refuses to Review USPTO Decision to Institute Post Grant Review of Versata Covered Business Method Patent

In Versata Development Corp. v. Rea, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed Versata’s challenge of the PTAB’s decision to institute post grant review of its patent for lack of jurisdiction....more

8/16/2013 - America Invents Act Covered Business Method Patents Patent Reform Patents Post-Grant Review USPTO

A Quick Look at the First Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decision in a Covered Business Method Patent Proceeding, SAP America, Inc....

On June 11, 2013, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its first final decision in a covered business method patent (CBM) proceeding, in SAP America, Inc. v. Versata Development Group, Inc. (CBM2012-00001)....more

7/8/2013 - America Invents Act Covered Business Method Patents Patent Reform Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents SAP America Inc. Statutory Interpretation USPTO

U.S. and USPTO Move to Implement the Patent Law Treaty of 2000

While U.S. patent practitioners have been focusing on the changes to U.S. patent law embodied in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), Congress has taken additional steps to harmonize and streamline patent application...more

5/29/2013 - America Invents Act Filing Requirements Patent Applications Patent Law Treaty Patent Reform Patent Term Adjustment Patents USPTO

USPTO Rules Eliminate Inter Partes Review Dead Zone

On March 25, 2013, the USPTO published final rule changes to “Implement the Technical Corrections to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act as to Inter Partes Review.” The rule changes have an effective date of March 25, 2013,...more

4/5/2013 - America Invents Act Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Reform Patents Post-Grant Review USPTO

USPTO Implements Significant Patent Term Adjustment Changes Pursuant to the AIA Technical Corrections Act

On April 1, 2013, the USPTO published an “interim final rule” relating to Patent Term Adjustment (PTA), to implement changes to the PTA statute embodied in the AIA Technical Corrections Act. Although the rule changes have an...more

4/2/2013 - America Invents Act Patent Reform Patent Term Adjustment Patents USPTO

Preserving First-to-Invent Status Under the America Invents Act

Now that the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) have taken effect, stakeholders should understand how to preserve the first-to-invent status of patent applications that were filed before March...more

3/19/2013 - America Invents Act First-to-File First-to-Invent Patent Applications Patents USPTO

Does The Experimental Use Exception Survive The AIA?

Now that the March 16, 2013 effective date of the first-to-file provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is fast-approaching, I have been reviewing the commentary in the USPTO’s February 14, 2013 Federal...more

3/8/2013 - America Invents Act Experimental Use Exception First-to-File Patent Reform Patents Pharmaceutical Public Use

Maximizing the Effect of Patent Applications as Prior Art Under the AIA

Now that we are less than one month away from implementation of the First-Inventor-To-File provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), stakeholders are considering whether to file new patent applications now, to secure...more

2/22/2013 - America Invents Act First-to-File First-to-Invent Patent Applications Patent Reform Patents Prior Art

A Look at the Technical Amendments to the America Invents Act (AIA) Made by HR 6621

On January 14, 2013, President Obama signed HR 6621 into law. The title of HR 6621 is “To correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act,” but it also makes changes to other provisions of U.S....more

2/7/2013 - America Invents Act Derivation Proceeding Inter Partes Review Proceedings Interference Claims Interference Proceeding Patent Reform Patent Term Adjustment Patents USPTO

USPTO Announces New, Higher USPTO Patent Fees

The USPTO has published the new patent fee structure that it is implementing pursuant to its fee-setting authority under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)....more

1/22/2013 - America Invents Act Appeals Patent Fees Patent Reform Patents USPTO

Countdown to the Ides of March

As of today, we are two months from March 15, 2013–the last day to secure an effective filing date under the current “first to invent” patent system. While we still are waiting for the USPTO to publish its final rules...more

1/15/2013 - America Invents Act First-to-File Patent Reform Patents USPTO

House, Senate Pass Changes to America Invents Act and Patent Term Adjustment

The Senate has passed a modified version of HR 6621, which focuses on changes “[t]o correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act” and also includes other provisions unrelated to the AIA, such...more

1/8/2013 - America Invents Act Patent Reform Patent Term Adjustment Patents Pre-GATT

USPTO Offers Guidance on Supplemental Examination

The USPTO has published “Tips for Filing a Compliant Supplemental Examination Request” on its AIA Implementation Web page. According to the notice, the USPTO has received six requests for Supplemental Examination, but...more

12/31/2012 - America Invents Act Patent Reform Patents Supplemental Examination USPTO

HR 6621 Would Add New Barriers to Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) Appeals

Although most of HR 6621 (introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith on Nov. 30, 2012) would make changes “[t]o correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act,” the bill includes other provisions that are...more

12/11/2012 - America Invents Act Patent Reform Patents Pre-GATT

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