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Decision Circumscribes Duty Circumvention

On April 5, 2016, a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) issued an opinion in Deacero S.A. de C.V. v. United States, Appeal Nos. 2015-1362, 2015-1363, 2015-1367, affirming the final...more

Novel Applications of Natural Laws Remain Unpatentable Under 35 USC §101

In Genetic Technologies (GTG), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held the line in the patent eligibility saga in the field of biotechnology. GTG asserted U.S. Patent No. 5,612,179 against Merial and...more

Estoppel Does Not Attach When Petitioner’s Grounds Are Denied As Redundant

Under 35 U.S.C. 315(e)(1), a petitioner in an inter partes review of a claim in a patent that has resulted in a final written decision by the Board may not request or maintain a proceeding before the Patent Office with...more

Supreme Court Ruling on at Least Five Patent-Related Cases

To date, the Supreme Court has granted certiorari (commonly referred to as cert) to five patent-related cases this term, which will result in three oral arguments likely to be decided before the end of the term. Two of the...more

Functional Claim Language Does Not Render Apparatus Claim Indefinite For Including Both Method And Apparatus

Patent applications involving electrical and/or computer related inventions often involve functional claim language. For example, software may be claimed in terms of its function. One or more components of an electrical...more

Fed. Cir. Decision Reiterates The Importance Of Raising All Bases For Invalidity In An IPR Petition

On March 15, 2016, the Federal Circuit vacated the PTAB’s final rejection of a claim, finding that the rejection was procedurally improper because the PTAB relied on a basis raised for the first time during the oral argument....more

In re Ray Smith: Gaming Art Patents Now a Bad Bet

In seven short pages the CAFC appear to have invalidated all patents directed to the gaming arts that do not utilize some form of new material objects (e.g., new type of cards or new physical playing board). The panel,...more

The CAFC Rules That It Lacks Jurisdiction To Review PTAB’s Denial Of Institution On “Redundant” Grounds

The Federal Circuit’s Harmonic Inc. v. Avid Tech decision last week is the latest in a string of decisions from the CAFC ruling that it lacks jurisdiction to review various aspects of PTAB institution decisions. In this...more

CAFC Vacates a PTAB Decision Due To Faulty Claim Construction

In a rare case of disagreeing with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) vacated and remanded a PTAB decision invalidating claims 10-25 of PPC Broadband, Inc.’s U.S....more

CAFC Partially Relaxes IdleFree Requirements for Amendments During IPR

On February 11, 2016, in Nike v. Adidas (Fed. Cir. 2016), the Federal Circuit partially relaxed the hurdle for a patent owner to amend claims during an IPR or other AIA proceeding. This follows the PTAB’s own earlier partial...more

Intellectual Property 2015 Year In Review

Introduction - As discussed in greater detail below, there were a number of notable developments in intellectual property law in 2015. Patent eligibility challenges to the validity of software, business methods, and...more

Potential Havoc at the PTAB - The US Supreme Court granted certiorari on issues that could wreak havoc with pending patent cases

Last Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) granted certiorari to consider two hotly contested issues that may have a very strong impact on inter partes reviews (IPR)[1] at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board...more

Will USPTO Director Michelle Lee’s Signature Adorn a SLANTS Certificate of Registration?

Let’s hope not, for a variety of reasons. In other words, let’s hope the Supreme Court straightens out the unfortunate ruling last week that the federal government is powerless to deny requests to federally register...more

The CAFC Reverses And Remands The PTAB’s IPR Decision Canceling All Claims Based On Erroneous Claim Construction

For the third time in November, the CAFC found legal error in a PTAB final written decision—this time based on an erroneous claim construction. In Straight Path v. Sipnet (Fed. Cir. Nov. 25, 2015), the PTAB instituted an IPR...more

Two Recent CAFC Opinions Closely Scrutinize PTAB IPR Decisions Upholding Claim Validity For Legal Error

Two opinions that came down this month illustrate the CAFC’s close scrutiny of potential legal errors in PTAB Final Written Decisions.  These decisions underline the benefits of appellants focusing their arguments on legal...more

Lessons Learned from a Rare CAFC Opinion on an IPR Matter

To date, the Federal Circuit has issued Rule 36 affirmances in over 80% of the cases it has heard. Thus, when a new, substantive opinion is issued by the Court, it is an opportunity to learn. On November 5th, the Federal...more

Federal Circuit Clarity on Key IPR Issues May Be on the Way

We are entering an interesting phase in the development of inter partes review proceedings as more and more of the contours of these proceedings are being heard by the Federal Circuit. To date, the Federal Circuit has made...more

On Slanted Arguments and Red Herrings

Last Friday, both slanted arguments and red herrings were present during the 90 minute en banc oral argument before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in In re Tam....more

Views from the Director's Office on Post-Grant Reviews by the PTAB

Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Under Secretary of Commerce Michelle Lee took the occasion of the release of the revised PTAB Guidances last Thursday to provide the patent community with some statistics...more

Fed. Cir. Rules Requirements for Direct Infringement by Multiple Parties

In Akami Technologies v. Limelight Networks, App. No. 2009-1372, -1380, -1416, -1417 (Fed. Cir., August 13, 2015), the court, sitting en banc after a remand from the S. Ct., set out the requirements for direct infringement...more

USPTO publishes a midyear supplementary update to interim guidance on subject matter eligibility

On July 30, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a midyear update to the 2014 Interim Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility (IEG). While, the IEG sheds a little more light on the topic, the...more

Netflix, Inc. v. Rovi Corporation (NDCA 2015): Five TV Guide Patents Dropped by Abstract Idea Ineligibility

How did we go from the claims in Alice being considered abstract, claims that clearly involved a well-known financial concept (e.g, intermediated settlement) merely implemented on a computer, to admittedly novel (and likely...more

“The White Sauce” Decision (International Custom Products, Inc. v. United States) Highlights Importance of Administrative...

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision, International Custom Products, Inc. v. United States, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 11170 (Fed. Cir. June 30, 2015), was ten years in the making and provides a stern lesson for...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR JULY 2015 TPA, TPP, TRADE POLICY, TRADE AND CUSTOMS

Because of the substantial activity in May, June and July with the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) negotiations, this blog post is being split into two parts. ...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

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