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PTAB Designates as “Informative” Expanded PTAB Panel Decision Adopting the Seven NVIDIA Factors For Evaluating Follow-On Petitions...

by Knobbe Martens on

The PTAB’s Chief Administrative Patent Judge and Deputy Chief Administrative Patent Judge joined an expanded PTAB panel that adopted the seven NVIDIA factors and denied institution of the Petitioner’s follow-on petitions in...more

PTAB Grants Rare Rehearing Due To Insufficient Evidence Of Obviousness

by Jones Day on

In Coalition For Affordable Drugs VI, LLC v. Celgene Corp. (2015-01096, -01102, -01103), the PTAB granted Patent Owner Celgene’s request for rehearing of a final written decision that had found the challenged claims invalid...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In In Re Cray, the panel grants Cray’s petition for a writ of mandamus, ruling that the district court’s handling of the case is not consistent with its case law regarding what is “a regular and established place of...more

Doctrine of Equivalents and Prosecution History Estoppel Around the World

Please see full Doctrine of Equivalents Chart for Countries around the World. ...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Activity in the First Five Years+

by Knobbe Martens on

September 16, 2017 marked five years since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was created. Some of the notable statistics and trends of the previous 5 years are shown here....more

Celgene Notches Rare Win On PTAB Request For Rehearing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The recent decisions of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) granting Celgene’s requests for rehearing in parallel Inter Partes Review proceedings brought by Kyle Bass’s Coalition for Affordable Drugs (CFAD) are...more

Calculating Patent Term Adjustment: Part 2

This article is second in a series focusing on various issues related to Patent Term Adjustment for U.S. patent applications. While Part 1 is a general overview of how to calculate patent term adjustment (“PTA”), this...more

Surviving Alice with an Appeal

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This third article in the “Surviving Alice” series examines how the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 Alice decision. It also shows how applicants can use the PTAB’s...more

Am I Being Clear Enough? – PTAB Reaffirms Lower Pre-Issuance Threshold for Indefiniteness in Ex Parte McAward

On August 25, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a precedential opinion in Ex Parte McAward, reaffirming the Patent Office’s use of a lower pre-issuance threshold for indefiniteness distinct from the Supreme...more

Look (At The PTAB Factors) Before You Leap Into Your Follow-On IPR Petition

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Decision Denying Petitioner’s Requests For Rehearing, General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, Nos. Case IPR2016-01357, 01358, 01359, 01360, 01361 (P.T.A.B. September 6, 2017) (expanded panel) - Last...more

Eastern District of Texas Judge Holds that Statements Made to PTAB Constitute Disclaimer

On September 9, 2017, an Eastern District of Texas magistrate judge issued a report and recommendation holding that a plaintiff was estopped from asserting its patent infringement claims because statements made in response to...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - September 2017

Worldwide Doctrine of Equivalents and Prosecution History Estoppel - The doctrine of equivalents (DOE) arises in the context of a patent infringement action where the accused product or process does not literally infringe...more

No Twist on Pretzel Crisps on Remand

In a 54 page decision issued on September 6, 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) ended (again) a long-standing dispute between snack food makers Frito-Lay, Inc. (“Frito”) and Princeton Vanguard, LLC...more

Updating Interview Scheduling Practices with USPTOs AIR Program

Many patent practitioners have experienced the benefits of examiner interviews in achieving compact patent prosecution. Examiner interviews allow practitioners and examiners to discuss subtle but sometimes significant...more

Record Petition Filings Projected for FY 2017 – Institution Rate Continues Slide

by Jones Day on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has released AIA trial filing and disposition numbers for July 2017. Filings remain near the 150 mark, with 138 total trials being requested in July, 135 of those being requests for Inter...more

How to Lose an IPR but Amend Your Claims in Reexam and Keep Your Patent

by Knobbe Martens on

On August 30, 2017, the PTAB issued a Final Written Decision in M & P Golf, LLC (d/b/a Cool Clubs) v. Max Out Golf, LLC, IPR2016-00784, Paper 43 (P.T.A.B August 30, 2017), entering adverse judgement on the original patent...more

Pharmaceutical Company Seeks to Use Tribal Sovereign Immunity to Avoid Inter Partes Review

by Snell & Wilmer on

Allergan announced on September 8, 2017, that it had transferred its patents covering the drug Restasis to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and will pay the tribe $13.75 million. The tribe is also eligible to receive $15 million...more

CAFC Finds Harmless Error in USPTO Reliance On Doctrine of Inherency

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Southwire Co. v. Cerro Wire LLC, the Federal Circuit upheld the USPTO decision rendered in an inter partes reexamination proceeding that found Southwire’s patent invalid as obvious. Although the court found that the USPTO...more

Case Law Suggests Use Of Expert Opinion For Determining IPR Estoppel Of Grounds That Petitioner "Reasonably Could Have Raised"

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

Under 35 U.S.C. § 315(e), a final written decision in an inter partes review (“IPR”) by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) results in estoppel of certain actions by the petitioner. Specifically, under 35 U.S.C. §...more

General Mills Finds Out That Yellow Is Not “Magically Delicious”: Brands Fighting To Protect Their True Colors

by Knobbe Martens on

Years after the Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent battle over red soled shoes, trademark protection for color continues to be a hot topic. On August 22, 2017, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) held that...more

When Your Background Dooms The Invention

37 CFR 1.77(b)(7) suggests that a patent application should include a “Background of the Invention.” The Background of the Invention, however, can cause trouble if the drafter is not careful....more

PTAB Denies Untimely Request to Stay Pending Reexaminations

by Jones Day on

In Juniper Networks, Inc. v. Chrimar Systems, Inc., IPR2016-01389, Paper 62 (PTAB Sept. 12, 2017), the PTAB denied Petitioner’s request to stay two reexaminations of patents that were also the subject of pending IPR...more

Federal Circuit Review - August 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

District Court Abused Discretion in Ignoring Federal Circuit Mandate to Reconsider Attorneys’ Fees Under Octane Fitness - In Adjustacam, LLC v. Newegg, Inc., Appeal No. 2016-1882, the Federal Circuit held that a district...more

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB for Refusing to Allow Supplementation of Record to Add Later Inconsistent Deposition Testimony from...

The Board exercises substantial power over the scope of the record in IPRs, but the Federal Circuit’s decision in Ultratec v. CaptionCall illustrates a limit on that power. The case involved a collection of consolidated IPR...more

Booking it to the District Court

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent decision out of the federal district court for the Eastern District of Virginia overturned in part the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that the mark “Booking.com” is not registrable on the basis that the...more

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