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Another Friendly Reminder from the CAFC – Use of “the Present Invention” is Clear and Unequivocal Evidence of Disavowal

Disavowal can occur when a patent holder disavows the full scope of claim terms in the specification or during prosecution (e.g., through the doctrine of prosecution history estoppel). In either event, disavowal requires...more

Case shows ever-changing nature of patent law

The America Invents Act (AIA), passed almost five years ago, continues to substantially change patent law in the United States — and questions about the law’s effects are still being litigated. One important question...more

Contributing to a patent claim might not make you a co-inventor

A decision by the Full Federal Court of Australia has found that even if you have contributed to an invention and your contribution has led to a patent claim, you may not be a co-inventor for that claim. The case...more

10 Strategies For Aggressively Building A Patent Portfolio

Knobbe Martens Partner Ron Schoenbaum hosted an hour-long seminar on September 29 at Plug & Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA. He covered how patent rights are commonly lost and 10 strategies startup companies need to know to...more

Improper Inventorship Defense is Allowed

April 24, 2015 was the deadline to amend pleadings. An amended schedule provided that facto discovery was to close March 11, 2016 and expert discovery by July 1, 2016. On June 15, 2016 defendants moved to include a defense...more

District Court Correctly Added Inventors Who Contributed to at least one Claim Element

In Vapor Point LLC. v. Moorhead, [2015-1801, 2015-2003] (August 10, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s correction of inventorship, dismissal of the infringement action, and denial of a attorneys’ fees....more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - August 2016

ScriptPro LLC v. Innovation Associates, Inc. (No. 2015-1565, 8/15/16) (Moore, Taranto, Hughes) - August 15, 2016 10:41 AM - Moore, J. Reversing summary judgment of invalidity of claims for lack of written...more

District Court Excludes Evidence of Lost Profits Where Inventor Did Not Make Products That Practiced the Patent Even Though a...

In this patent infringement action, the defendants filed a motion in limine to exclude evidence of any claimed lost profits damages alleged by the plaintiff, the inventor of the patent-in-suit. The defendants asserted that...more

Hudson Institute Report Refutes UN Panel Stance on Impact of Patents on Access to Medicines

In June, the Hudson Institute released a research report that analyzes several positions taken by the United Nations (UN) High Level Panel on Access to Medicines (HLP) on the impact of patents on global access to medicines. ...more

Intellectual Property in Medicine: Initial Considerations

Physicians are well-positioned to generate new inventions and thereby improve the treatment of their patients. As a result, physicians have historically been some of the best and most active inventors in the United States. ...more

LendingTree, LLC v. Zillow, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Claims of Another "Loan Application" Patent Invalidated under Section 101

In a nonprecedential opinion issued earlier today, the Federal Circuit invalidated claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101 that had survived the District Court in LendingTree, LLC, v. Zillow, Inc., Nextag, Inc., & Adchemy, Inc. This...more

CardiAQ’s Inventorship Challenge Survives

Neovasc began its business relationship with CardiAQ in June, 2009, by providing services and supplies for the development of CardiAQ’s TMVI heart valve device. Though the relationship lasted only 10 months, the parties...more

Sale of Manufacturing Services Does Not Trigger On Sale Bar Under Pre-AIA §102

In The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc., [2014-1469, 2014,1504] (July 11, 2016), the en banc Federal Circuit reversed a panel decision finding that U.S. Patent Nos. 7,582,727 and 7,598,343 were invalid under the on-sale bar...more

Japan Patent Act Amendment: How to Compensate Inventors Now?

The most recent amendment to Japan's Patent Act, effective April 1, 2016, modifies the right of an employee inventor to "reasonable" compensation in response to calls for change from companies, but falls short of creating a...more

Intellectual Property Issues for Government Contractors

OVERVIEW - - Intellectual property - Types of intellectual property - Trademarks - Trade secrets - Copyrights - Patents - Data right Please see full Presentation below for more...more

Intellectual Property Law - June 2016

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: An Overview - Why it matters: The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) was signed into law on May 11, 2016 and gives trade secret owners a federal cause of action for injunctive...more

Can a Computer Be an Inventor?

On March 15, DeepMind’s AlphaGo, a computer powered by a self-learning artificial intelligence computer program, defeated Go grandmaster Lee Sedol. As the AI community celebrates this major milestone in making machines smart,...more

Here’s Another Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Me Into: Best Practices for Employee, Contractor and Consulting Agreements.

In This Presentation: Overview of Messes to Avoid: • Split Ownership • Agreements to Agree • Agreements with Unclear/Improper: – relation to prior agreements – term – royalty rate –...more

It’s Never Too Late to File an Inventorship Dispute

Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit revisited the issue of inventorship disputes and iterated in a nonprecedential opinion that proving nonjoinder of inventors in an issued patent is a difficult threshold for a challenger...more

Blog: Who Owns What: Patent Assignment and Ownership

A patent is a government-granted property right that can be used to exclude others from making, using or selling an invention for a specified time (how long depends on the type of patent). Patents can provide important...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

In Re Smith: A Raw Deal for Inventors?

The recent decision in In re Smith (Fed. Cir. 2016), in which the Federal Circuit affirmed the rejection of claims 1-18 as being ineligible for patent under 35 USC § 101, represents another example of the shrinking scope of...more

Divided Federal Circuit Panel Creates Patent Agent Privilege

[W]e find that the unique roles of patent agents, the congressional recognition of their authority to act, the Supreme Court’s characterization of their activities as the practice of law, and the current realities of patent...more

Proper Inventorship Still Matters, Even With a Proper Assignment

In a few recent cases, we see that failing to properly name inventors in a patent application can lead to unnecessary troubles for a company. This is true whether the assignment document is an employment agreement or an...more

Federal Circuit Holds (Some) Patent Agent-Client Communications Are Privileged

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held this week in In re Queen’s University that some communications between patent applicants and non-attorney patent agents are legally privileged, recognizing, for...more

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