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Ex Partes Reexamination

Ex Parte Hafner Provides Clarity in Assessing Patent Subject Matter Eligibility for Software Patents

In Ex Parte Hafner, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) reversed the Examiner’s rejection that claims directed to an energy transaction plan were subject-matter ineligible. Ex...more

Post-Grant Proceedings Overview

by Morgan Lewis on

Post-Grant Proceedings Chart - Effect of concurrent proceedings - For Inter Partes Review (IPR) - ..No IPR may be filed by a party (1) that previously challenged the validity of a claim of the patent in a civil...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - May 2017

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Chen, J. The estoppel provision of pre-AIA section 317(b) did not serve as a bar to maintain an inter partes reexamination where district court invalidity claims had been dismissed without prejudice. On the merits, affirming...more

Dickinson Wright Successfully Stays Patent Action Pending Ex Parte Reexamination

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On April 26, 2017, Dickinson Wright attorneys Bryan Schomer and Frank Smith successfully obtained a stay on behalf of their client, Detroit Edge Tool Co. (DETCO), in a patent infringement matter filed by Genesis Attachments,...more

In re Apple Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Acting as Lexicographers Saves Patent from Being Found Invalid - In a recent Federal Circuit decision, the Court highlighted an old rule in that the inventors may act as their own lexicographers to create a claim term and...more

"In SCA Hygiene, Supreme Court Rules Laches Not a Defense to Damages Within Statutory Period in Patent Cases"

In a 7-1 decision issued on March 21, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC that laches cannot be invoked as a defense against a claim for damages in a patent...more

Patent Office Ethics Developments: Patent Agent Privilege and Duty of Disclosure

Seeking to end years of little clarity on two key ethical issues for practitioners, the Patent Office has proposed two new rules of practice. The first rule would allow parties to invoke privilege in inter partes proceedings...more

PTAB Puts Method Of Treatment Patents Under The 101 Knife

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While the Supreme Court decisions in Myriad and Mayo have been applied to diagnostic-type claims, method of treatment patents were thought to be safe from the recent judicial expansion of the patent-(in)eligibility doctrine....more

Beacon Navigation GmbH v. General Motors, LLC

by Dickinson Wright on

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

In re Schweickert (Fed. Cir. 2017)

USPTO's Conclusion of Obviousness Rendered Primary Reference Unsatisfactory for Intended Purpose - In a nonprecedential opinion, the Federal Circuit vacated a decision by the Board and remanded the case on appeal from...more

District Court Denies Motion to Stay Pending Ex Parte Reexamination Where Defendant Did Not Pursue Inter Partes Review

After filing an ex parte reexamination with the Patent Office, the defendant filed a motion to stay the action pending the ex parte reexamination. In analyzing the request to stay the action, the district court noted...more

An Examination “Off-Ramp” For Motions To Amend Still Raises Hopes and Questions

by Fenwick & West LLP on

During the first three years of implementing the America Invents Act (AIA), Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision-making created a perception that a patent owner’s ability to amend claims during a post-grant...more

District Court Denies Stay for Ex Parte Reexamination - Pro-Troll, Inc. v. Shortbus Flashers, LLC (N.D. Cal. 2016)

In an order issued last week, Judge Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion to stay filed by Defendant Shortbus Flashers, LLC. Shortbus Flashers sought the stay...more

PTAB Post-Grant Fees Slated To Increase

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The USPTO recently announced a proposed new fee schedule in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in search of revenue to recover its projected $3 billion aggregated operating costs for the 2017 fiscal year. If enacted, it...more

Judge Oetken Holds that Amendments Made During Ex Parte Reexamination Are not Effective Until Grant of Reissue Patent

On September 26, 2016, District Judge Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) denied defendant Jay Franco & Sons’ (“Franco”) motion to dismiss, granted plaintiff Infinity Headwear & Apparel’s (“Infinity”) motion for leave to amend to assert...more

Post-Grant Patent Amendment – Canadian and US Options

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On the long and sometimes bumpy road of patent prosecution, a Notice of Allowance can be a welcome sign that you are nearly at your destination: a granted patent. But the journey is not over yet. At the time of grant, what if...more

BRI Does Not Apply if Patent Expires Any Time During Reexamination Proceeding

In In Re CSB-System International, Inc., [2015-1832] (August 9, 2016), the Federal Circuit held that the PTAB erred in applying a broadest reasonable interpretation claim construction, instead of a Phillips claim...more

Federal Circuit Review | May 2016

Federal Circuit Construes Claim Term in a Manner that Rendered Claim Language Superfluous - In SimpleAir, Inc. v. Sony Ericsson Mobile Commc’ns AB, Appeal No. 2015-1251, the Federal Circuit vacated the district court’s...more

Are Ex Parte Reexaminations An Overlooked Method of Challenging Patents?

by Jackson Walker on

In the wake of the September 16, 2011, enactment of the America Invents Act (“AIA”), many third-party individuals and organizations began utilizing the newly created post-grant proceedings to challenge the validity of issued...more

It’s a Jungle Out There: A Reexamination Certificate Containing Amended Claims May Be Insufficient to Vacate a Prior Judgment of...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a case with a unique procedural history the Federal Circuit addressed whether claims amended during an ex parte reexamination proceeding required vacating a prior judgment of invalidity (on patent eligibility grounds) on...more

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

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

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

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

USPTO Seeking Comment on Proposed Amendments to Trademark Rules of Practice

by Fish & Richardson on

On April 4, 2016 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Federal Register notice asking for comments to proposed amendments to Trademark Rules of Practice. Specifically, the rules to practice before the Trademark...more

Invalidity Determination Would Not Apply to Reexamination Claims That Did not Exist at Time of Judgment

In Cardpool, Inc. v. Plastic Jungle, Inc., [2014-1562] (April 5, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of vacatur, because the denial was within the district court’s discretion and also because the...more

Unenforceability Due to Client Failure to Correct Counsel’s Misrepresentations to PTO - The Ohio Willow Wood Company v. Alps...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In the ongoing saga between two manufacturers of liners for prosthetic limbs, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed a finding of inequitable conduct committed by the patent owner while the patent at issue...more

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