Inventors

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Administrative Changes Will Create Opportunities for Startups

As we recently reported, on November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions broadly covering immigration law. One such action relates to the implementation of a parole system for inventors,...more

Make Sure You Own the Patent You Think You Do.

The biotechnology industry has a long history of successfully licensing and litigating university technology. That trend looks to be continuing, even as other industries have taken aim at limiting patent enforcement. Ten U.S....more

Practitioner Guilty of Inequitable Conduct: Considerations and Takeaways From the American Calcar v. Honda Decision

In its 2011 Therasense, Inc. v. Becton Dickinson & Co. decision, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit set forth a more forgiving "but-for" causality standard for determining whether a patent is unenforceable due to...more

IPR Patent Owner Succeeds in Antedating Key Prior Art

A witness credibility battle erupted in Dynamic Drinkware LLC v. National Graphics, Inc., IPR2013-00131, where the Board found that Patent Owner antedated a key prior art reference…despite the fact that the inventor testified...more

Legal Brief: Financial Dreams--Four Legal Risks of Crowdfunding Your Best Ideas

When Sunny T. wanted to launch a new line of titanium accessories, he did not get out his credit cards or call his rich uncle for a loan. He launched a Kickstarter campaign where people could contribute money to his venture,...more

EERE-Funded Projects Recognized by R&D 100 Awards

On November 7, 2014, R&D Magazine announced its 52nd R&D 100 Awards, which are widely recognized as the "Oscars of Invention." Major technological breakthroughs made over the past year were honored and included work from...more

Why We Need Our Patent System: Masimo, Orange County’s Shining Example

Did you ever wonder how people can call for the end of our patent system? The answer is simple. They have no experience with great inspiring inventors. We at Knobbe Martens have the honor of frequently working with great...more

Beware of IP Scams-Invention Development

Information about patent and trademark applications, processes and maintenance requirements is much more accessible to the public than it used to be. In particular, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has...more

Inventor Testimony Without Corroborating Evidence Is Insufficient to Prove of Reduction to Practice

K-40 Electronics, LLC v. Escort, Inc. - Addressing the sufficiency of corroborating evidence to prove earlier reduction to practice, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found that an inventor’s testimony regarding...more

Who is the Inventor?

Enthusiastic entrepreneurs consult with patent agents about the protection of their new product. Often a successful team for an entrepreneurial business includes someone with technical skills, someone with marketing skills,...more

The Troubles with Patent Inventorship

Determining inventorship is answering the question: who contributed enough to an invention to be named as an “inventor” on the patent application? It’s critical, as reviewed by my colleague Shohini Bagchee in her article...more

The Mis-“Conception” Of Being An Inventor

Scientists often confuse “authorship” in a manuscript with “inventorship” in a patent application or a patent. More often than not, scientists will list everyone involved with an invention or a manuscript describing the...more

Post-Therasense: Federal Circuit Divided on Inequitable Conduct

Am. Calcar, Inc. v. Am. Honda Motor Co., Inc. - In a post-Therasense decision, addressing the issue of inequitable conduct the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a district court’s finding that the...more

“Why, I declare” … Proper Use of Evidentiary Declarations under New (Post-AIA) Rule 37 C.F.R. 1.130

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law on September 16, 2011. While the AIA alters U.S. patent practice in several ways, perhaps the most significant change brought about by the law is the switch from a...more

Supplemental Information Authorization Hard to Come By

International Business Machines Corporation v. Intellectual Ventures II LLC - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB, the Board) denied a motion by a petitioner to file a motion for supplemental information to...more

IP Newsflash - October 2014

Federal Circuit Affirms Inequitable Conduct Based On “Intentionally Selective” Disclosure - On September 26, 2014, a divided Federal Circuit panel affirmed the unenforceability of three American Calcar patents,...more

Patent Infringement Complaint Dismissed for Lack of Standing Where Co-Inventor Had Not Assigned Rights to Plaintiff

Plaintiffs Alpha One Transporter, Inc. and American Heavy Moving and Rigging, Inc. (collectively "Alpha One") filed a complaint against Defendant and Third-Party Plaintiff Perkins Motor Transport, Inc. ("Perkins"). Perkins...more

PTAB Rejects “Unusual” Inventor Testimony That His Own Invention Was Not Reduced To Practice and Finds His Claims Not Unpatentable

In a final written decision, the PTAB found the petitioner failed to prove challenged claims unpatentable and rejected “unusual” inventor testimony about reduction to practice that was opposite the typical situation where...more

Federal Circuit Sidesteps Constitutionality of AIA First-to-File Provision

MadStad Eng’g, Inc. v. USPTO - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit faced an issue of first impression when a named inventor on three patents challenged the first-inventor-to-file provision of the America...more

Inventor Testimony Irrelevant

In International Business Machines Corporation v.Intellectual Ventures II LLC, IPR2014-00180, Paper 22, (July 3, 2014), the Board denied petitioner’s request to file a transcript of the inventor’s testimony as supplemental...more

Purported Inventor Fails to Prove Inventorship

General Electric Co. v. Wilkins - Addressing a claim to inventorship of an individual not listed as an inventor on two patents, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that a...more

Objective Baselessness and Subjective Bad Faith for Exceptional Case Determination Are Still Applicable Even After Octane Fitness

Bianco v. Globus Medical, Inc. - Interpreting recent Supreme Court of the United States precedent that arguably relaxed the legal test for determining whether a case is “exceptional” to warrant an award of attorneys’...more

IP Newsflash - June 2014 #3

Federal Circuit Reinforces the Requirement to Disclose the Corresponding Algorithm for a Computer-Implemented Means-Plus-Function Term: On June 13, 2014, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Western District of...more

Potential Inventor Declarations Excluded for Claim Construction Where Specific Inventors and Their Proposed Testimony Were Not...

In this patent infringement action, a dispute arose over whether the defendant B/E Aerospace could rely on declarations from one or more of the inventors of the asserted patent in support of its claim construction position....more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2014

Right of Publicity? First, Let Me Take a Selfie - “Oh, he wants to do a selfie,” President Barack Obama observed with amusement before gamely posing with Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. Ortiz snapped the...more

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