Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff

Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff

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The USPTO Is Off-Key With International Patent Law Harmonization

As a leader in science, technology and innovation, the United States long has played a central role in global intellectual property matters. As the world’s largest economy, the United States has played a central role in trade...more

11/20/2014 - America Invents Act International Harmonization International Searching Authority Patent Cooperation Treaty Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Prior Art TRIPS Agreement USPTO

USPTO Explores Crowdsourcing Prior Art

In a Federal Register Notice dated November 12, 2014, the USPTO solicited public comments on the “use of crowdsourcing to identify relevant prior art,” and announced a related roundtable to be held on December 2, 2014 at the...more

11/14/2014 - Crowdsourcing Patents Prior Art Public Comment USPTO

A Peek at the 60 Minutes GenePeeks Patents

On October 26, 2014, 60 Minutes aired a story called “Breeding Out Disease” that included a segment about GenePeeks, a company that uses genetic information from prospective parents to make thousands of “digital babies” and...more

10/30/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp GenePeeks Genetic Materials Genetic Services Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents USPTO

Federal Circuit Upholds Inequitable Conduct Post Therasense For Withheld Information

In American Calcar, Inc. v. American Honda Motor Co., the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s finding that three Calcar patents are unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. Both courts reached this decision of...more

10/3/2014 - Auto Manufacturers Automotive Industry Honda Inequitable Conduct Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

Federal Circuit Applies "Searching Review" of Stay Pending CBM Proceeding

In Benefit Funding Systems, LLC v. Advance America Cash Advance Centers, Inc., the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s decision to stay patent infringement litigation while the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board...more

9/30/2014 - America Invents Act Covered Business Method Proceedings Order to Stay Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents USPTO

USPTO Promotes Patent Litigation Toolkit

If you subscribe to USPTO email updates like I do, then you probably received an email recently announcing that the “USPTO Launches Updated Patent Litigation Toolkit and Hosts Free Webinar about Toolkit Resources.” When one...more

9/24/2014 - Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

Update on Mayo Myriad Patent Eligibility From USPTO BCP Partnership Meeting

On September 17, 2015, the USPTO held the first “bicoastal” Biotechnology/Chemical/Pharmaceutical Customer Partnership meeting, with live participation from the USPTO’s main campus in Alexandria, VA and from San Jose...more

9/18/2014 - Biotechnology Chemicals Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Professional Conferences USPTO

Airing the USPTO's Naturally Occurring Dirty Laundry — the Subject Matter Eligibility Stain

It has been five months since the USPTO issued its Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products to aid examiners in applying the...more

8/22/2014 - Final Guidance Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Prometheus USPTO

Visiting the USPTO Without a REAL ID

As announced on the “USPTO Locations” page of its website, the USPTO has implemented a new policy for members of the public visiting the USPTO relating to the REAL ID Act. Under the REAL ID Act, the USPTO may no longer accept...more

8/7/2014 - REAL IDs USPTO Websites

Comments on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance Due by July 31

This week brings the July 31, 2014 deadline for submitting written comments on two USPTO patent subject matter eligibility guidance documents: The “Myriad-Mayo” Guidance issued March 4, 2014 (for claims involving laws of...more

7/29/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Public Comment Rulemaking Process USPTO

How Long Is Too Long (or Too Short) for Patent Application Pendency?

The USPTO is requesting input on the “optimal” targets for its patent application pendency metrics. The USPTO’s current targets are 10 months to a first Office Action and 20 months to grant or abandonment. The USPTO wants to...more

7/21/2014 - Patent Applications Pendency Targets Public Comment USPTO

Why Are Method of Treatment Claims and Method of Manufacture Claims Subject to Scrutiny Under the USPTO Patent Subject Matter...

The USPTO has asked for written comments on its patent subject matter eligibility guidance by July 31, 2014. In this article, I discuss why therapeutic method claims and method of manufacture claims should not be subject to...more

7/16/2014 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Method of Manufacture Patents Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS Section 101 Treatment Method Patents USPTO

Putting Structure and Function Into Context for USPTO Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

The USPTO’s ”Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, and Natural Products” has been criticized for requiring a product to be markedly different in...more

7/9/2014 - Minerals Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Public Comment USPTO

USPTO Asks for Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Comments by July 31, 2014

In a June 30, 2014 Federal Register notice, the USPTO requested public comments by July 31, 2014 on patent subject matter eligibility under the recent Supreme Court decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank...more

6/30/2014 - Alice Corporation CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Public Comment SCOTUS Software USPTO

USPTO Proposes Revised Patent Term Adjustment Rules for RCEs Under Novartis

The USPTO has published proposed rules for calculating Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) for applications in which a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) has been filed, after the Federal Circuit held in Novartis v. Lee that...more

6/20/2014 - Novartis Patent Applications Patent Term Adjustment Proposed Regulation Public Comment Request for Continued Examination USPTO

Federal Circuit Says Mistaken Belief Required for Reissue Error

In In re Dinsmore, the Federal Circuit held that the reissue process could not be used to correct an alleged defect in a terminal disclaimer between patents that were not commonly owned, because there had been no “mistaken...more

6/17/2014 - Patent Litigation Patents Reissue Patents Terminal Disclaimer USPTO

Is Evidence of Obviousness Always Required?

In K/S HIMPP v. Hear-Wear Technologies, LLC, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that upheld the decision of the Central Reexamination Unit Examiner that refused to hold...more

6/13/2014 - Inter Partes Review Proceedings Obviousness Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents USPTO

USPTO Finally Updates Patent Term Adjustment Calculator – Sort of

In a Federal Register Notice issued May 15, 2014, the USPTO announced that its Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) calculator finally has been updated to implement the changes to the PTA statute embodied in the Technical Corrections...more

5/20/2014 - Novartis Patent Term Adjustment Patent Term Calculator Patents USPTO

Update From the May 9, 2014 USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidelines Forum

On May 9, 2014, the USPTO hosted a forum to receive public feedback on the patent subject matter eligibility guidance for examiners circulated on March 4, 2014. The USPTO heard formal presentations from ten speakers...more

5/12/2014 - Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Product of Nature Doctrine Public Comment SCOTUS USPTO

Baaaaad News for Patenting Cloned Sheep

In a unanimous panel decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed the finding of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that claims directed to cloned cattle, sheep, pigs and goats were directed to non-patent eligible...more

5/12/2014 - Genetic Materials Myriad Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Section 101 USPTO

Federal Circuit Keeps Burden of Patent Clarity on Applicants on Issues of Patent Indefiniteness

In In re Packard, the Federal Circuit affirmed the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision upholding the rejection of Packard’s claims for indefiniteness. The per curiam decision approaches the issue from the...more

5/8/2014 - Indefiniteness Patent Applications Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents USPTO

The New USPTO Patent Eligibility Rejections Under Section 101

Well, it’s happening. Office Actions with new patent eligibility rejections based on the USPTO’s March 4, 2014 Guidance are being mailed out to patent practitioners across the nation. While some new rejections under §101 were...more

5/7/2014 - Guidance Update Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Patents Public Comment Section 101 USPTO

Court Won't Review USPTO Denial of Inter Partes Review

In a decision issued on April 18, 2014, Judge Payne of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted the USPTO’s motion to dismiss the case brought by Dominion Dealer Solutions, LLC to challenge the...more

4/21/2014 - Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

Update on Myriad Appeal and Announcing a Public Forum on the USPTO 101 Guidelines

Myriad has appealed the district court decision that denied its motion for a preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics Corp. According to a report in Bloomberg BNA Life Sciences Law & Industry Report™, on April 14, 2014,...more

4/17/2014 - Ambry AMP v Myriad Appeals Life Sciences Myriad Myriad v Ambry Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical USPTO

Do the USPTO 101 Guidelines Violate International Trade Agreements?

One advantage of being a blogger in the relatively small world of patents is that I have gotten to know practitioners in other countries who also have a keen interest in patent law. One such person is Australian Registered...more

4/10/2014 - DNA International Trade Agreements Myriad Patents USPTO

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