Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff

Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff

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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

Pinpointing Invention Conception Date in a Patent Interference

In Dawson v. Dawson, the Federal Circuit considered an unusual case with a question that often arises in interferences: when did the inventor invent the subject matter at issue. While the decision does not break new ground in...more

4/10/2013 - Conception Date Interference Proceeding Inventors Patents Reduction to Practice

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

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