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America Invents Act United States Patent and Trademark Office

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 -

Federal Circuit’s Amicus Brief in Oil States

Although the Federal Circuit already passed on the constitutionality of Inter Partes Reviews, considering some of its recent decisions, it appears that the Federal Circuit questions the competence of the PTAB to conduct...more

USPTO Maintains Standard for Indefiniteness in Rare Precedential Opinion

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Decision on Appeal, Ex parte McAward et al., No. 2015-006416 (P.T.A.B. August 25, 2017) (Judges Linda E. Horner, Annette R. Reimers and Nathan A. Engels) - The Supreme Court’s decision in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig...more

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

Today the Circuit agreed to hear en banc Nantkwest v. Matal,in which the panel had reversed a district court decision that had rejected the PTO’s position that applicants who appeal a district court must pay the PTO’s legal...more

In re McAward (PTAB 2017)

Patent law can be apparently inconsistent, particularly where claim construction is concerned. For example, claim construction standards that apply in district court are not the same standards that the U.S. Patent and...more

[Webinar] Prior Art: Understanding and Attacking Prior Art Rejections - September 6, 10:00am ET

Join us for a compare and contrast discussion on what constitutes prior art in the United States and in Europe, and how to respond to rejections over that art. Relying on over sixty years combined prosecution experience...more

3 Key Takeaways: Navigating the Post-Grant Landscape

Kilpatrick Townsend’s John Alemanni, Allison Dobson, Matthew Holohan, and Wab Kadaba recently presented on navigating the Post-Grant landscape. Here are three key takeaways from their presentation. The STRONG Patents Act...more

To Be or Not to Be a Micro Entity

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When filing a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), certain applicants have the option to designate “small entity status” or “micro entity status.” Claiming either small or micro...more

Cloud9 Technologies LLC v. IPC Systems, Inc. (PTAB 2017)

Petitioner Cloud9 requested covered business method (CBM) review of IPC's U.S. Patent No. 8,189,566 before the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Due to the claims of the '566 patent not reciting a financial element, the...more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Likely Too Heavy Lift for Congress

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

It may be late July, but the impending Congressional recess has not lessened potential interest by lawmakers in patent reform. On June 21, 2017, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Delaware) introduced Senate Bill 1390, entitled the...more

STRONGER Patents Act Proposes Substantial Changes to AIA Trial Proceedings

On September 21, 2017, Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 in the Senate. STRONGER is an acronym for “Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience.” The...more

Supreme Court’s Ruling on AIA Patent Reviews Could Reverberate Across Patent Law Landscape

Supreme Court’s Ruling on AIA Patent Reviews Could Reverberate Across Patent Law Landscape - Key Takeaways - The impact of the Court’s grant of Oil States’s petition for certiorari, and their subsequent decision on...more

Supreme Court to Decide the Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review

In a move that could drastically change the patent law landscape, the United States Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC, No. 16-712, to answer the question...more

Earthquake Coming? Supreme Court to Weigh Constitutionality of IPRs (2nd Article)

On June 12, the Supreme Court took certiorari on probably the biggest IPR case possible: a case challenging the constitutionality of IPRs on separation-of-powers and seventh amendment grounds. This comes just a few weeks...more

Supreme Court to Review Whether PTAB Must Address All Issues Raised in IPR Petition

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Echoing Judge Newman’s dissent in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision in SAS Institute, Inc. v. ComplementSoft, LLC, Case Nos. 15-1346; -1347 (Fed. Cir., Nov. 7, 2016) (per curiam) (Newman, J,...more

Earthquake Coming? Supreme Court to Weigh Constitutionality of IPRs

It’s no secret that patentees have been generally unhappy with both the process and outcomes of AIA reviews. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the entire AIA review system will be eliminated on...more

Supreme Court to Determine the Future of the PTAB’s Post-Grant Reviews

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The key question for the Court is whether an agency or only an Article III court may cancel an issued patent - The Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No....more

Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of AIA Inter Partes Review Proceedings

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The Supreme Court has granted a writ of certiorari challenging the constitutionality of inter partes review proceedings conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office under the America Invents Act. The Court’s...more

Justices to Consider if AIA Reviews Are Unconstitutional

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, 16-712, to consider “[w]hether inter partes review—an adversarial process used by the Patent and...more

Supreme Court Will Decide Whether IPRs Are Unconstitutional

by Knobbe Martens on

The Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari to address whether inter partes review – an adversarial process used by the Patent Office to determine the validity of existing patents – is unconstitutional in Oil...more

High Court to Address Constitutionality of Inter Partes Reviews

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, No. 16-712 (U.S. June 12, 2017) granted certiorari to decide next term if certain American Invents Act (AIA) review proceedings,...more

Is The Handwriting On The Wall For IPR's? Supreme Court To Decide…

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a grant of cert for Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, on appeal from the Federal Circuit....more

Oil States v. Lee Brings Mother of all IPR Cases to Supreme Court

On June 12, the Supreme Court took certiorari on probably the biggest IPR case possible: a case challenging the constitutionality of IPRs on separation-of-powers and seventh amendment grounds. This comes just a few weeks...more

Supreme Court Agrees To Review Challenge To Constitutionality Of AIA Inter Partes Review Proceedings

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

In a somewhat surprising decision, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari on June 12, 2017 to hear a challenge to the legality of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings implemented by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in...more

Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of AIA Reviews

It’s no secret that patentees have been generally unhappy with both the process and outcomes of AIA reviews. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the entire AIA review system will be eliminated on...more

Supreme Court to Review the Constitutionality of AIA Patent Review Proceedings

Yesterday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in a case that may have profound implications for U.S. patent law by abolishing inter partes reviews at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). In Oil States Energy...more

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