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Reading The Cuozzo Tea Leaves: Best Practices Pending The Supreme Court's Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument today on claim construction in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings and the reviewability of institution decisions. On the claim construction issue, the Justices...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - April 2016

Mankes v. Vivid Seats Ltd. (No. 2015-1909, 4/22/16) (Taranto, Schall, Chen) - Taranto, J. Vacating judgment on the pleadings dismissing cases for inadequately pleading divided infringement and remanding for...more

Amended PTAB Rules to Take Effect on May 2, 2016

On May 2, 2016, amended rules governing post-grant proceedings before the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (“PTAB”), including inter partes review (“IPR”), post-grant review (“PGR”), and covered business methods (“CBM”), will...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In First Appeal From AIA Post-Grant Proceeding: Justices Focus on Practical Consequences of...

On April 25, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in its first appeal from a decision by the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”) in an inter partes review proceeding (“IPR”) under the...more

Functional Features in Design Patents

The treatment of functional features in design patents was discussed in the recent Federal Circuit case for Sport Dimension, Inc. v. The Coleman Company, Inc., Case No. 15-1553 (Fed. Cir. 2016). The Court rejected the...more

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Cuozzo Case

We should soon find out whether the Federal Circuit will again face reversal at the hands of the Supreme Court in a patent case. On April 25, 2016, the Court heard oral arguments in the case of In re Cuozzo, the first IPR...more

Intellectual Property Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee. Two important issues are presented to the Court: 1. Whether the court of appeals erred in holding that, in IPR proceedings, the...more

Patent Office Issues Final Rule Amending the Rules of Practice for Trials at the PTAB

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Office) has issued a final rule that addresses aspects of trial practice for America Invents Act (AIA) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), takes effect May...more

It’s Not the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation, but the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation in Light of the Specification

In In re Man Machine Interface Tech. LLC, [2015-1562] (April 19, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part, vacated-in-part, and remanded the PTAB’s affirmance of the rejection of claims of U.S. Patent No....more

Legislative Developments in Post-Grant Proceedings

Amidst a spate of high-profile IPR filings in the life sciences space by hedge fund financiers, the biotechnology industry has mobilized behind two chief legislative strategies designed to limit or eliminate its exposure to...more

Court Permits Additional Discovery Relating To Collateral Estoppel Defense

At issue in this case is a reissued patent. It was obtained during the appeal in a related matter where the court had ruled for defendants (including the defendant in this case). The appellate court reversed a claim...more

It is Error to Ignore Functional Structures Entirely in a Design Patent Construction

In Sport Dimension, Inc. v. The Coleman Company, [2015-1553] (April 19. 2016) the Federal Circuit vacated the stipulated judgment of non-infringement of U.S. Patent No. D623,714 on a personal flotation device, and remanded...more

Key Lessons from Patent Litigation for Drafting and Prosecuting Utility Patent Applications

In almost every U.S. patent suit, the patentee’s counsel considers how the case could have been facilitated had the patent at issue been drafted and prosecuted differently. These considerations demonstrate that patents...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

Fish & Richardson Obtains Full Federal Circuit Reversal for Cutsforth, Inc. After Faulty Inter Partes Review

Decision is first-ever full reversal of an IPR decision of non-patentability; clears way for infringement lawsuit to proceed against MotivePower, Inc. Fish & Richardson’s appellate and post-grant teams won a major victory for...more

IP Newsflash - April 2016 #2

DISTRICT COURT - Expert’s Failure to Disclose Certain Materials Relied upon in Forming Opinion Warrants Mistrial - On February 29, 2016, Judge Robert Payne of the Eastern District of Virginia declared a mistrial as...more

Judge Bianco Holds EasyWeb’s “Publishing Patent” Is Not Infringed Even Though It Broadly Claims an Abstract Idea

On March 30, 2016, District Court Judge Joseph F. Bianco granted defendant Twitter Inc.’s (“Twitter”) motions for summary judgment of invalidity and non-infringement against plaintiff EasyWeb Innovations, LLC (“EasyWeb”),...more

Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the PTAB Take Effect May 2, 2016

The US Patent and Trademark Office has announced amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that will take effect on May 2, 2016. The amendments generally adopt the rules proposed...more

Presumptions Can Apply in Inter Partes PTAB Proceedings - PPC Broadband, Inc. v. Corning Optical Commc’n RF, LLC

Addressing issues of claim construction and obviousness, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed, vacated and remanded in part the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’s or Board’s) obviousness conclusion,...more

Preliminary Injunction on Flameless Candle Extinguished - Luminara Worldwide, LLC v. Liown Electronics Co. Ltd.

Addressing whether the district court erroneously granted a preliminary injunction, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court, finding that the injunction rested on an incorrect claim...more

BRI Should Not Depart from What the Claim Language and Specification so Clearly Mean

In Pride Mobility Products Corporation v, Permobil, Inc., [2015-1585, -1586] (April 5, 2016), the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s construction and cancellation of claim 7, but affirmed cancellation of all the other claims...more

Yet Another Bite at this Apple: Damages in Design Patent Cases - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Apple Inc.

The Supreme Court of the United States has now agreed to review a 2015 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding the proper measure of damages in cases of design patent infringement. Samsung...more

A Plea for a Charitable and Common-Sensical Claim Construction

All manner of boiler plate can be found in patent applications and issued patents, placed there by applicants and their counsel hoping to influence the future construction of their specification and claims, but the language...more

PTO Issues Final Rule Changes to IPR Proceedings

The PTO issued its long-anticipated rule changes for IPR and PGR proceedings. These rules follow up on immediate changes to the rules that were implemented about a year ago. Generally considered pro-Patent Owner changes to...more

The New AIA Rules May Help Patent Owners Avoid Trial

On May 2, 2016, the amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board go into effect, and apply “to all AIA petitions filed on or after the effective date and to any ongoing AIA...more

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