Donald Zuhn

Donald Zuhn

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP

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Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. (2017)

On February 22, 2017, in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., the Supreme Court reversed a determination by the Federal Circuit that there are circumstances in which a party may be liable under § 271(f)(1) for supplying...more

2/23/2017 - Component Parts Doctrine Life Technologies v Promega Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-in-Suit Patents The Patent Act

USPTO News Briefs - February 2017

USPTO Announces Expansion of eMod Text Pilot - In August 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would begin implementing a new system that would eventually replace the EFS-Web, Public PAIR, and...more

2/13/2017 - European Patent Office Patent Prosecution Highway Patents USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

Venture Funding Normalizes in 2016 After Strong First Half

Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor report on venture funding for the...more

2/9/2017 - Funding Trade Associations Venture Capital Venture Funding

USPTO's Accelerated Examination Program to Be Discontinued?

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (82 Fed. Reg. 3758) requesting comments from stakeholders regarding whether the accelerated examination program should be retained or...more

2/8/2017 - Accelerated Examination Program America Invents Act Patents USPTO

USPTO Releases Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released its Performance and Accountability Report Fiscal Year 2016. In describing the USPTO's strategic and performance-planning framework, the 2016 report reminds readers that...more

2/7/2017 - Patents Performance and Accountability Report Trademarks USPTO

Top Five Stories of 2016

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/9/2017 - America Invents Act Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard CLS Bank v Alice Corp Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Patent Applications Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Sequenom USPTO

Top Stories of 2016: #11 to #15

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/5/2017 - America Invents Act BPCIA Certiorari Covered Business Method Patents Enhanced Damages Halo v Pulse Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Sandoz v Amgen

Top Stories of 2016: #11 to #15

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/4/2017 - Amgen v Apotex Attorney-Client Privilege BPCIA Patent Litigation Patent Prosecution Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Top Stories of 2016: #16 to #20

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

1/3/2017 - Biosimilars BPCIA CRISPR Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Patent Term Adjustment Patents USPTO

District Court Denies Stay for Ex Parte Reexamination - Pro-Troll, Inc. v. Shortbus Flashers, LLC (N.D. Cal. 2016)

In an order issued last week, Judge Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion to stay filed by Defendant Shortbus Flashers, LLC. Shortbus Flashers sought the stay...more

12/30/2016 - Ex Partes Reexamination Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding Patent Litigation Patents

USPTO Extends Missing Parts Pilot Program for Another Year

In a notice published in the Federal Register last week (81 Fed. Reg. 93669), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that the Extended Missing Parts Pilot Program that was implemented on January 8, 2010 would be...more

12/29/2016 - Patent Term Adjustment Patents USPTO USPTO Pilot Program

Garfum.com Corp. v. Reflections by Ruth (D.N.J. 2016) - District Court Reconsiders Award of Attorneys' Fees in View of Notice of...

Earlier this month, in Garfum.com Corp. v. Reflections by Ruth d/b/a Bytephoto.com, Chief Judge Jerome B. Simandle of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey issued an opinion granting Plaintiff Garfum.com...more

12/27/2016 - Attorney's Fees Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

USPTO Proposes Revisions to Materiality Standard

On October 28, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 9451), proposing revisions to the materiality standard for the duty to disclose information...more

11/15/2016 - Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) Materiality Patent Applications Patents Popular USPTO

USPTO Seeks Comments on New Sequence Standard

In a notice published last month in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 74775), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has requested comments from the public on WIPO Standard ST.26, a new standard for the presentation of...more

11/14/2016 - Federal Register Patent Applications Patents Popular USPTO WIPO

Early Reaction to Presidential Election Results

On November 09, 2016, in a result that stunned at least 47.7% of the American electorate and many observers abroad, a contentious Presidential election finally came to a conclusion, with Republican candidate Donald J. Trump...more

11/10/2016 - Political Campaigns Political Candidates Presidential Elections Trump Administration

USPTO to Hold Roundtables on Subject Matter Eligibility

In a notice published in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 71485) last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will be holding two roundtables in order to obtain public input on patent subject matter...more

11/7/2016 - Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular Roundtable USPTO

USPTO Seeks Comments and Will Hold Roundtables on Examination Time

In a Federal Register notice (81 Fed. Reg. 73383) published last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a request for public feedback regarding the Office's reevaluation of its examination time goals. The Office...more

11/4/2016 - Popular Public Comment Roundtable USPTO

In re Efthymiopoulos (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Last month, in In re Efthymiopoulos, the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board affirming the Examiner's rejection of all pending claims of Appellant...more

11/2/2016 - Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

Second Quarter Venture Funding Increases 20% from First Quarter

Earlier this year, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the second quarter of...more

10/12/2016 - Biotechnology Funding Life Sciences Software Startups Trade Associations Venture Capital Venture Funding

RWS Inovia Releases 2016 Report on Global Patent Trends

Patent services provider RWS inovia recently released its seventh annual report on global patent and IP trends. In compiling "The 2016 U.S. Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator," RWS inovia, which produces products for PCT...more

10/11/2016 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp EU Patent Applications Patents USPTO

USPTO Implements Enhanced Patent Assignment Search

In a Patent Alert e-mail distributed last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the release of an enhanced version of its Patent Assignment Search System. The Office noted that the new system provides an...more

10/10/2016 - Search Engines USPTO

USPTO Announces 2016 Patents for Humanity Winners

On Thursday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program, which was launched by the Office in February 2012 as part of an Obama...more

10/3/2016 - FDA Life Sciences Obama Administration Patents Research and Development USPTO Vaccinations

FDA Approves Release of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

Lost among reports of the first locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus in the continental United States in late July (as well as concern over Zika transmission at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in...more

9/19/2016 - FDA Genetically Engineered Animals Zika

USPTO Announces Changes to EFS-Web Payments for Deposit Accounts and EFTs

In a Patent Alert email distributed earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that beginning on Monday, October 17, 2016, EFS-Web users who wish to use a deposit account or electronic funds transfer...more

9/16/2016 - EFTs Patents Payment Methods USPTO

USPTO News Briefs - September 2016

USPTO Announces Interim Authentication Method for EFS-Web and Private PAIR - On September 13, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced via a Patent Alert e-mail that a new authentication option for EFS-Web and...more

9/15/2016 - Applications Authentication Hyperlink Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) Patents USPTO

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