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Federal Circuit Again Reverses PTAB Obviousness Determination

In what is becoming a familiar basis for reversal of PTAB decisions, the Federal Circuit yet again reversed the PTAB for its failure to adequately explain the basis for combining multiple prior art references in support of...more

Federal Circuit Finds IPR Petitioner Lacks Standing To Appeal

On January 9, 2017, in Phigenix, Inc. v. Immunogen, Inc., the Federal Circuit held that petitioner Phigenix lacked standing to appeal an adverse final written decision in an IPR. While acknowledging that the AIA permits a...more

Sovereign Immunity of State Universities: Can It Shield Them from AIA Patent Challenges?

In what appears to be a case of first impression, the PTAB is poised to rule on the question of whether state sovereign immunity prevents an IPR challenge from being maintained against a University of Florida (“UF”) patent...more

Estoppel Prevents Second IPR Petition Even When New References Were Missed By First Search

In a case that appears to be a case of first impression, the PTAB found in its decision denying institution in IPR2016-00781 that a final written decision in an earlier IPR created estoppel under 35 U.S.C. § 315(e)(1),...more

Magnum Offers New Path for Challenging AIA Decisions: Burden of Production

On July 25, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held in In re Magnum Oil Tools International (Newman, O’Malley & Chen) that the burden of production to show unobviousness does not shift to a patent owner...more

Estoppel Versus Discretion: How is the PTAB Deciding Multiple Petitions Against the Same Patent?

The PTAB has denied petitions filed by the same petitioner against the same claims, even where the subsequent petition relied upon completely different prior art (IPR2014-00506), reasoning that a petitioner should not hold...more

PTAB Requests Additional Briefing on Hedge Fund IPR Questions: A Decision May Be Near

On Sept. 1, 2015, the PTAB issued an order in Coalition for Affordable Drugs (CFAD) v. NPS Pharmaceuticals for the parties to brief the following questions in 7 business days...more

Kyle Bass Loses Round 1 of IPR Attack Against Pharma/Biotech Patents

On August 24, 2015, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) declined institution of two petitions filed by Coalition For Affordable Drugs for Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) of Acorda’s patents (U.S. Patent Nos: 8,007,826,...more

What Is the Latest on Amendments in PTAB Proceedings?

Among other topics, a recent web conference hosted by George Quillin and Jeff Costakos tackled the latest developments in amendment practice before the PTAB. The conference addressed the very recent Federal Circuit...more

USPTO Proposes Extensive Changes to AIA Post-Grant Proceedings

Today the USPTO released a 113-page set of proposed changes to AIA post-grant proceedings, including IPR, PGR and CBM proceedings. The USPTO has been attempting to address concerns expressed by the public, having implemented...more

Lessons Learned From the 1st Successful Pharmaceutical IPR Defense of Orange Book Listed Patents

In three petitions filed on the same day in 2013, styled Amneal v. Supernus, Amneal filed what appears to be the first challenge of Orange Book listed pharmaceutical patents that led to institution followed by a final...more

Does Spike In IPR Settlements Signify Petitioner Success?

The most recent IPR statistics have shown a sharp increase in the number of settlements, both before and after institution decisions. What is most remarkable is the huge spike in settlements prior to institution. In...more

Bio/Pharma IPR Challenges Nearly Double in 2015

Newly released statistics (2015-06-30 PTAB Statistics) from the USPTO reveal that the number of bio/pharma IPR challenges almost doubled in 2015, even though fiscal year 2015 still has three months to go. Last year, there...more

Attacking Patents on Written Description & Enablement Grounds in Inter Partes Review

Although Inter Partes Review (IPR) is limited to grounds of unpatentability based upon prior art references, it is nevertheless possible to raise issues of written description or enablement by applying intervening prior art...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Patent Office’s First Decision of Unpatentability in an Inter Partes Review

Today in In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC, No. 14-1301, a majority (Judges Dyk and Clevenger) affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) decision to deem certain claims of a speed limit indicator patent...more

Evolving Healthcare Trends & Patents: Charting a Safe Course for Personalized Medicine

Rapid changes resulting from personalized medicine, including the ability to use individual patient biomarker data to generate a tailored treatment, are transforming healthcare. New business structures are evolving in the...more

U.S. PTAB Issues First Final Decision in an Inter Partes Review

On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its first final decision in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding brought by Garmin under the new administrative procedures established by the...more

NanoBusiness Panel on Patents Featuring View From the US Patent Office

At a recent nanotech conference hosted by the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association, we received an update on nanotech patent trends from Jerry Lorengo, a Group Director with the US Patent Office. Jerry provided a great...more

11/13/2013  /  Nanotechnology , Patents , Technology , USPTO

Supreme Court Decides Myriad Case: Synthetic DNA Held Patentable & Implications for Nanotech

Today the Supreme Court rendered its decision in the landmark Myriad case, holding that naturally occurring DNA segments are not patentable, but synthetic DNA segments are patent eligible based on the patent eligibility...more

U.S. Patent "Micro-Entity" Rules & Other Cost Savings Strategies: Do You qualify for 75% Off Your U.S. Patent Filing Costs?

The short answer is that a company or individual who already is qualified as a small entity (which entitles you to 50% off U.S. patent filing costs) may also qualify under the final rules issued by the Patent Office for...more

Will the Supreme Court Limit Nanotech Patents?

In a case styled The Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, the Supreme Court is confronting the question of whether or not human genes are patent eligible under 35 U.S.C. 101. A decision is expected in the...more

Nanomedicine Hitting Its Stride? Beware of Patent Risks

Though the first nanoparticulate drug formulation was approved by the U.S. FDA way back in 1995, a recent flurry of deals and product approvals have shown increasingly high valuations for nanomedicine companies....more

EU Moves Closer to a "Unitary" Patent Regime for Obtaining and Litigating Patents in Europe

On December 11, 2012, the European Parliament approved a set of three proposals to create (1) a “unitary” patent valid across 25 EU member states, (2) a simplified language regime for EU patents, and (3) a unified patent...more

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