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In an IPR, the Burden of Persuasion in an Obviousness Challenge Never Shifts to Patentee

On March 3, 2017, in a final written decision in IPR2015-01838, the PTAB rejected an obviousness challenge brought by DuPont against a patent owned by Furanix Technologies B. V. directed to methods for preparing the known...more

Federal Circuit Review | February 2017

“Common Sense” Alone Is Not a Sufficient Motivation to Combine References - In In Re: Van Os, Appeal No. 2015-1975, the Federal Circuit held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s reliance on intuition or common sense...more

Federal Circuit Vacates PTAB Claim Construction and Obviousness Conclusion in Eli Lilly’s IPR against LA BioMed

The Federal Circuit held that a rat study in a provisional application and a conversion method in an uncited reference did not support the claimed human dosage form in Los Angeles Biomed. Research Inst. v. Eli Lilly & Co.,...more

California Supreme Court Rules that Public Business Conducted on Personal Devices Result in Public Records

In a major development impacting all public entities subject to the California Public Records Act (Gov. Code § 6250 et seq., hereafter “CPRA”), on March 2, 2017, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that public...more

EPIC Continues its Fight Against FAA for Drone Privacy Regulations

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed its 65-page brief in its case against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week, for the FAA’s failure to address privacy risks in its final small unmanned...more

3D Cinema Systems: ITC Declines to Apply Issue Preclusion Based on PTAB’s IPR Decision

In 3D Cinema Systems (Inv. 939), the Commission issued an opinion that explained why it did not give deference to a decision of invalidity by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in an inter partes review (IPR)....more

DJI Drone Manufacturer Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Firmware Update

Last week, a class action law suit was filed against leader in the drone industry, DJI Technology, Inc. (DJI), for an allegedly harmful firmware update that occurred in December 2015 that rendered certain commercial drones in...more

Federal Circuit Knocks Out Patents After CBM Challenge

Apple successfully invalidated three patents for failure to recite patent eligible subject matter. Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc., 2015-1792, 2015-1793 (Fed. Cir. 2016). The patents relate to synchronous communication systems...more

Beacon Navigation GmbH v. General Motors, LLC

On March 28, 2013, Beacon Navigation GmbH (“Plaintiff”) brought suit against General Motors, LLC (“Defendant”) alleging that the Defendant infringed United States Patent Nos. 6,360,167 and 5,878,368 (collectively, “the...more

Roxane Labs., Inc. v. Camber Pharms. Inc.

Case Name: Roxane Labs., Inc. v. Camber Pharms. Inc., No. 2016-1028, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20590 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 17, 2016) (Circuit Judges Lourie, Mayer, and O’Malley presiding; Opinion by Lourie, J.) (Appeal from D.N.J.,...more

FDA Takes Action in the Last Days of the Obama Administration to Clarify Some of Its Views on Off-Label Communications

In the last few days of the Obama Administration, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) issued a number of documents with implications for manufacturer communications with health care practitioners and payors. ...more

PTAB Reversed on Issue of Diligent Reduction to Practice

Perfect Surgical Techniques (PST), Inc. owns US 6,030,384 (‘384). Olympus petitioned for Inter Partes review of ‘384 as anticipated or obvious over JP H10-33551 (JP ‘551). JP ‘551 published less than one year before the...more

Improving Patent Eligibility for Your Software Despite the Prohibition of Patent Protection for "Abstract Ideas"

As technologies advance, the Patent Office (as well as the Nation’s courts) must utilize Section 101 of the Patent Act to place reasonable limitations on patent eligibility to ensure that our patent system balances the...more

Post-Alice Section 101 Eligibility Roadmap for Software Inventions

In the wake of Alice the waters of eligibility under section 101 can be challenging to navigate, and particularly so for those seeking to obtain or enforce software patents. A two-part test for eligibility is the standard,...more

Prosecution Disclaimer Has No Teeth

Statements made by patent practitioners to the patent office during patent prosecution can come back to bite you in related applications. Prosecution disclaimer allows a court to limit the literal scope of the claims in an...more

PTAB Holds Oral Hearings In Tecfidera Patent IPR and Interference

On November 30, 2016, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) held oral hearings in two different inter partes proceedings involving the Biogen Tecfidera® patent with the latest expiation date. First, it heard...more

MarkIt to Market® - November 2016

The November 2016 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® includes practical tips for registering certification marks, a look at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's latest revisions to the Rules of Practice-its most...more

Federal Circuit Firmly Rejects PTAB Criteria For Covered Business Method Review

In a recent panel decision that deviates from the Federal Circuit’s current tendency to defer to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s interpretation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the court vacated a final written...more

In re NuVasive Brings the Administrative Procedure Act to IPRs

NuVasive owns US 8,187,334, which claims certain spinal implants. Medtronic filed a petition challenging various claims of the ‘334 patent as obviousness over US 2002/0165550 (Frey) in view of US 5,860,973 (Michelson). ...more

Freedom to Operate and the Use of AIA Review

Freedom to Operate: •Identifying infringement risk •Third party patent (infringement) – claim searching –Timing •Discrete, continuous –Searching •In-house, search agency –Screening/analyzing •Ranking...more

Failure to Let Patent Owner Address Unpatentability Arguments Relied on by the Board Violates Administrative Procedures

The Federal Circuit has ruled that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board cannot deny Patent Owner an opportunity to address portions of a prior art reference first discussed in Petitioner’s Reply, and then rely on those same...more

Patentee's Day of Thanks Comes in Early November: Assessment of the USPTO's Recent Memorandum Regarding Patent Eligibility for...

A recent U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps, in combination with precedential cases from the Federal Circuit, provides positive guidance to owners of software patents and patent...more

Ferring Pharms., Inc. v. Burwell

Case Name: Ferring Pharms., Inc. v. Burwell, Case No. 15-0802 (RC), 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121826 (D.D.C. Sept. 9, 2016) - Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Prepopik® (sodium picosulfate, magnesium oxide, anhydrous...more

Medtronic v. Robert Bosch – Has the Federal Circuit closed the door on reviewing IPR institution decisions?

On October 20, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued yet another opinion finding that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decisions related to the institution of an inter partes review (IPR) are not subject to judicial review. ...more

Overcoming 101 Rejections in the 3600 Technology Center

Patent applicants whose applications have been assigned to the USPTO Technology Center 3600 have been particularly impacted by the Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l. However, overcoming 101...more

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