America Invents Act

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 2011 aimed at simplifying the U.S. patent system and allowing inventions to be brough to market sooner. The AIA makes significant... more +
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 2011 aimed at simplifying the U.S. patent system and allowing inventions to be brough to market sooner. The AIA makes significant changes to the patent system, including changing from a first-to-invent scheme to a first-to-file scheme, eliminating interference proceedings and developing post-grant opposition.  less -
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Federal Circuit Adopts USPTO Positions in Clarifying Ground Rules For CBM Review, Holds Versata Pricing Patent Invalid

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) introduced post-grant administrative proceedings as a new mechanism for challenging the validity of issued patents without the need to resort to federal court litigation. In a recent...more

That’s Not What They’re For

On July 28, 2015, the patent owner in Coalition for Affordable Drugs VI LLC v Celgene Corporation, IPR2015-01103, filed a motion for sanctions pursuant to 35 USC §316(a)(6) and 37 CFR §42.12, arguing that petitioner was...more

Drew Hirshfeld Appointed as New Commissioner of Patents

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced earlier today that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy Drew Hirshfeld to be the new Commissioner for Patents...more

PTAB Opens Door for Amendments in Post-Grant Review Proceedings

In a decision that sends a clear message to Patent Owners that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is opening the door for amendments in post grant review proceedings, on July 15, 2015 the PTAB issued a new order...more

Can You File an RCE in That U.S. National Stage Application?

Since the implementation of the America Invents Act on September 16, 2012, and the Technical Corrections Act on January 14, 2013, Applicants have been able to delay submission of an executed inventors’ oath/declaration in a...more

Federal Circuit Answers Questions About Covered Business Method Review Proceedings

In Versata Development Group, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc., the Federal Circuit outlined the permitted extent of judicial review of Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review proceedings conducted by the USPTO Patent Trial and...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Broadest Reasonable Interpretation in Inter Partes Review

A divided Federal Circuit denied the petition for rehearing en banc that would have required the court to revisit its decision in In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC (Fed Cir 2015), that upheld the USPTO’s use of the...more

Real Party-in-Interest and Privy of the Petitioner: Part 2 in Estoppel Analysis

Last week we outlined our suggestions as to what an IPR petitioner should assert in an IPR action to avoid triggering the "could have raised" estoppel in a later filed district court action. But what if the party involved in...more

Daiichi Sankyo Co. v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Earlier this month, in Daiichi Sankyo Co. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision by the District Court for the District of Columbia granting summary judgment to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...more

IP Newsflash - July 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - The Federal Circuit Rules that the PTAB’s Decision to Institute a CBM Cannot Be Challenged in Court This week, the Federal Circuit decided Versata II, a companion case to Versata Development...more

Should the Federal Circuit Be Reviewing Any Part of the Decision to Institute? -- The Versata Dissent-in-part

As we reported earlier, the Federal Circuit recently affirmed the PTAB's Final Written Decision in the Versata Development Group v. SAP America, Inc. case -- the first appeal under the covered business method ("CBM") patent...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Unpatentability in Much Anticipated First Review of CBM Decision

Since the America Invents Act (AIA) passed in 2012, Covered Business Method (CBM) reviews have become the Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of non-practicing entities, also referred to as patent trolls. Many CBM...more

Faster Is Not Always Better: Dangers of Quickly Filed Patent Applications

The United States switched to a “first-inventor-to-file” patent system in 2013. Ever since, articles and client alerts have stressed the importance of filing your patent applications as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the...more

Federal Circuit Affirms First Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Decision in a Covered Business Method Review

On July 9, 2015, a divided panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) affirmed the first Patent Trial and Appeals Board (“PTAB”) decision concerning Covered Business Method (“CBM”) reviews, which were...more

Versata Development Group, Inc. v. SAP America, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Section 18 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) established a transitional program through which the USPTO conducts post-grant reviews of covered business method (CBM) patents. For the most part, § 18 incorporates...more

Microsoft v. Proxyconn: Lessons in Claim Construction and Amendments in IPRs

Inter partes reviews (“IPRs”) are a cheaper and faster alternative to patent litigation, instituted in 2012 by the America Invents Act. IPRs allow parties to challenge the validity of patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

Versata: The Federal Circuit Explains the Parameters and Appealability of CBM Proceedings

On July 9, 2015, the Federal Circuit decided its first appeal of a covered business method (“CBM”) patent review. In Versata Development Group Inc. v. SAP America, Inc. et al., Case No. 14-1194 (Fed. Cir. July 9, 2015)...more

IPR Broader Review Standard Upheld by Narrow Federal Circuit Majority

On July 8, 2015, the full Federal Circuit decided not to reconsider en banc (before all the judges) the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) standard to construe patents broadly for inter...more

A Flurry of PTAB Activity

Since the passing of the America Invents Act, a number of already issued patents have come under new scrutiny through various post-grant procedures. One of the more prominent post-grant procedures is the Inter Partes Review...more

Contract Manufacturing Makes Angiomax Patents Invalid Under On Sale Bar

In The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc., the Federal Circuit held that a transaction with a contract manufacturer gave rise to an on sale bar that invalidated The Medicines Company’s Angiomax® patents. Are the facts of this...more

Allergan Fights Back, Files Complaint Against Venture Fund That Filed IPR Petition

Last month, Allergan, Inc. and Allergan Sales, LLC filed suit against Ferrum Ferro Capital, LLC and Kevin Barnes ("FFC") in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging that FFC attempted to extort...more

Patent Pending: The Outlook for Patent Legislation in the 114th Congress

The field of patent law is in a state of flux. Just four years after the America Invents Act (“AIA”) went into effect, Congress is taking up the issue once again, this time seeking to pass legislation to curb abusive patent...more

No Rehearing En Banc for In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies -- PTAB Update

Earlier this week, the Federal Circuit issued an order denying a petition for rehearing en banc in the In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC case. As we have previously reported, this case was the first appeal of the first...more

Federal Circuit Will Not Review PTAB’s Use of the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Claim Construction Standard in Post-Grant...

Yesterday, the Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided not to review the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) practice of construing patent claim terms under the broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI)...more

Federal Circuit Judges Disagree On Correct Claim Construction Standard For AIA Post-Grant Proceedings, But Decline En Banc Review

Practice Points: - Federal Circuit denies en banc review of a key issue arising in AIA inter partes review proceedings. - In an unusual step, judges issued opinions sparring over whether the PTAB should construe...more

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