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Hands Tied: Patenting Diagnostic Inventions Remain a Difficult Task

What does the Federal Circuit really think about the Supreme Court’s recent § 101 jurisprudence? The denial of the petition for rehearing en banc in Ariosa Diagnostics v. Sequenom in November of 2015 answers that question....more

4 Types of IP Your Startup Must Protect

Intellectual Property (IP) is often an early stage venture’s most valuable asset. But who really “owns” the IP a startup uses? In many cases the answer isn’t clear, and problems frequently aren’t identified until an investor...more

GUEST POST: David Lisch on the Basics of Intellectual Property Law for Start-Ups (Part 2-Patents)

A patent protects “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof” 35 U.S.C. § 101. Unlike trademarks, which protect a brand name and recognition, a...more

Claimed to a “T”

Describing and claiming complex shapes can be very challenging. An easy and effective method used by patent attorneys for years is to describe and claim a complex shape by analogy to a familiar shape. The letters of the...more

Rugous – the Right Word for the Right Shape

Today’s word, rugous (also rugose) is a new wrinkle on accurately describing an invention, and means something having many wrinkles or creases; ridged or wrinkled...more

Comments on the USPTO's Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance -- The ABA

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office updated its subject matter eligibility guidance ("July Update"). The update provided recommendations and resources for examiners in addition to those in the Office's...more

Nanotechnology Startup Challenge for Cancer Will Bring Nanotechnology Inventions to Market

On October 29, 2015, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) published a blog item concerning the Nanotechnology Startup Challenge for Cancer (NSC2), “an open-innovation competition designed by the...more

Drawing a Line in the Floor—Courts Are Struggling With the Overlap Between Design Patent and Copyright

In 2003 the U.S. Supreme Court in Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. emphasized that “[t]he rights of a patentee or copyright holder are part of a ‘carefully crafted bargain,’… under which, once the patent or...more

CLAIM CONSTRUCTION “GAMESMANSHIP”? Quantum Corporation’s Expert Ordered To Sit For Further Deposition On Claim Construction

Order Re Crossroads’ Motion To Strike, Quantum Corporation v. Crossroads Systems Inc., Case No. C 14-04293 WHA (Judge William Alsup) - Expert witnesses are often used during patent claim construction to offer extrinsic...more

Applying for a Patent? Tell a Good Invention Story!

What do Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, and a well-drafted patent application have in common? They all tell good stories, of course! Telling a good story in a patent application is especially important for inventions in...more

Trade Secrets or Patents – Why Software Presents No “One Size Fits All” Solution

There are many ways to obtain intellectual property protection for software creations. Many keep the software code confidential and maintain the software as a trade secret....more

A Dose of Reality Can Treat Infectious Hindsight

In Ivera Medical Corp. v. Hospira, Inc., [2014-1613, 2014-1614] (September 8, 2015), the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s summary judgment of invalidity of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,780,794, 7,985,302, and 8,206,514,...more

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc: IPO

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

What Do Early Investors Really Expect of an Emerging Technology Company?

Emerging technology companies – at their core – will usually have a great scientific or engineering breakthrough or improvement coupled with at least one stellar individual talent. The company will usually have credible proof...more

Patenting: A Guidebook For Patenting in a Post-America Invents Act World

Patenting - Patenting generally offers a superior means for legally protecting most inventions, particularly since: • copyright, when available, does not provide a broad scope of protection; and • the ability...more

Delaware Judges Are Finding Patent Claims Indefinite Post-Nautilus

It has been a little more than a year since the Supreme Court rendered its decision in Nautilus, lowering the standard for finding patent claim terms indefinite. Many commentators at that time predicted the decision would...more

Applying for a Waiver From U.S. Manufacturing Requirements For Federally Funded Intellectual Property

Countless ideas and inventions are developed at U.S. universities every year, often with federal funding. Many of these important ideas could not be commercialized for the public’s benefit without the Bayh-Dole Act, which...more

Abolition of the Australian Innovation Patent?

The Australian patent system currently provides for two different patent rights: standard patents and innovation patents. In May this year Australia’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) released a statement...more

Federal Circuit Provides Plain Language Test for Analogous Art

Whether or not a prior art reference constitutes “analogous art” for purposes of an obviousness inquiry under 35 U.S.C. § 103 has been the subject of debate in many instances. On July 28, 2015, the Federal Circuit, in Circuit...more

Deerfield Management Launches $550 Million Healthcare VC Fund

The firm indicated the new fund will invest in advancements in science that may lead to therapeutic interventions in genetic diseases, cancer and orphan diseases, as well as back new technologies focused on the development of...more

Nichia Corporation v Arrow Electronics [2015] FCA 699

The key issue - The key issue considered in this judgment was the criteria under which a single claim could be considered to define multiple forms of an invention, with each form of the invention attributed its own...more

Planning for Potential Significant Tax Breaks

On July 29, 2015, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced draft legislation for public comment that would provide U.S. companies with a significant tax break on profits derived from qualifying intellectual...more

What’s the Secret to Successful Medical Device IP?

Every medtech inventor is looking for the same things—to make a difference for patients, fill an unmet medical need…and maybe, just maybe, become a successful public company or an in-demand acquisition target....more

European M+A News, Summer 2015

IP Pitfalls in Tech M&A Transactions - Technology and IP-driven deals accounted for over 30 percent of M&A deal volume in Europe in 2014. This trend is bound to continue, with many deals involving strategic or financial...more

Simultaneous Invention as Secondary Evidence of Obviousness

I do not usually write about non-precedential Federal Circuit decisions, but I could not let the discussion of “simultaneous invention” in Columbia University v. Illumina, Inc., go without comment. As if protecting patents...more

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