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Omitted Inventors May Have Standing To Seek Patent Correction Based On “Reputational” Injury

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently ruled that a plaintiff not named as a joint inventor on several patents and pending patent applications has standing to maintain an action to correct inventorship...more

Structure and Connectivity in Patent Claims

Patent claims are commonly understood to define the structure of an invention, and claim limitations should delineate the connections and relationships among claim elements. Occasionally, claims are rejected during...more

Patentee’s Admission that Certain Technology Is Prior Art, Without More, Is Not a Ground of Unpatentability in IPR Petition -...

Addressing the statutory requirements for prior art in an inter partes review (IPR) petition, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) dismissed the IPR petition, finding that written admissions in the challenged...more

Special Circumstances Justify USPTO Release of Confidential Information About Pending Patent Applications - Hyatt v. Lee

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can release confidential information about pending patent applications under special circumstances the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided. Hyatt v. Lee, Case No....more

Progressive Obtains No Insurance at Federal Circuit - Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

In a non-precedential decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed several formal written decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) invalidating the appellant’s patents, while also...more

In re Steed (Fed. Cir. 2015) - Swearing Behind Reference Still Requires Proof of (Timely Filed) Evidence

Thomas Steed, Sourav Bhattacharya, and Sandeep Seshadrijois (collectively "Steed") filed a patent application entitled "Web-Integrated On-Line Financial Database System and Method for Debt Recovery," on April 6, 2004, with...more

An Inventor Walks Into a Bar: Risks of Filing a “Bar Napkin” Provisional Patent Application

Inventors come up with ideas at the strangest moments. For example, an inventor in 1937 wrote down concepts for what is considered one of the first modern computers on the back of a cocktail napkin. After a bourbon, he came...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

Logic, Arguments and Patents

Patent prosecution involves one side arguing for, and another side arguing against, the validity of claims in a patent application. This takes the form of a written discourse, in which an Examiner for the USPTO (United...more

7 Essential IP Law Considerations for Startup Entrepreneurs

Ask any startup veteran: intellectual property can make or break a successful exit. Here are seven things every startup should know about intellectual property law....more

Blog: What You Should Know About the UK Patent Process

Patents provide inventors exclusive rights in their discoveries. Entrepreneurs in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, medical device and many other fields look favourably upon the benefits of patents, including...more

Improving Patent Quality With International Collaborative Search Pilot Programs

The USPTO has launched two new programs aimed at improving patent quality by joining forces with the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) or the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) at the initial stages of the patent...more

Did Recent Changes in the Patent Laws Turn the Page on the Need for Accurate Laboratory Notebooks?

With the enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. patent system moved to a “first inventor to file” approach for examining all applications having an effective filing date on or after March 16, 2013....more

Comparing U.S. and Australian Provisional Patent Applications

The United States and Australia each offer the option of filing a provisional patent application before filing a national or PCT non-provisional patent application. The U.S. provisional patent system and the Australian...more

Claims Are Construed After Interference Proceedings

The court first determines that when a party is challenging a claim’s compliance with the written description requirement during an interference, the originating disclosure provides the meaning of the pertinent claim...more

Inline Plastics Corp. v. EasyPak, LLC (Fed. Cir. 2015) - Claim Terms Not Limited to Specific Embodiment

In Inline Plastics Corp. v. EasyPak, LLC, the Federal Circuit offered some bits of wisdom for patent application specification drafting, while applying well-known case law to conclude that claims are not limited to a specific...more

Nautilus Standard Sinks Dow Patents

Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) lost a ruling that competitor NOVA Chemical Corporation and NOVA Chemicals Inc. (collectively “NOVA”) infringed claims of two Dow patents when the Federal Circuit applied the U.S. Supreme Court’s...more

What a Difference a Few Letters Make – Judge Donato Strikes Patent Claim over Ambiguous Typo, While Sparing Another Through Claim...

Order Re: Claim Construction and Invalidity, Altera Corp. v. PACT XPP Tech., AG, Case No. 14-cv-02868-JD (Judge James Donato) - When filing a patent application, make sure to cross your t’s and dot your i’s—and also...more

Contract Manufacturing Is a Commercial Transaction for Purpose of “On-Sale” Bar - The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc.

Addressing the application of the on-sale bar under § 102(b), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the claims of an asserted patent were invalid based on an agreement, dated more than one year prior to...more

Going Global: Tips on Building a Patent Portfolio Outside the United States

I occasionally hear an inventor or businessperson talk about how his or her company has a “global patent” or an “international patent.” Unfortunately, there is no such thing. While some companies have filed patent...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

He Fought the Law, and the Law Won

The most remarkable thing about Hyatt v Lee, [2014-1596], (August 20, 2015), is that the plaintiff Mr. Hyatt has 400 pending patent applications that were filed before June 8, 1995. This means that any patent that issues on...more

IPO Files Amicus Brief in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp.

Last week, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) filed a brief as amicus curiae in support of Plaintiff-Appellant Immersion Corp. In that case, the District Court for the...more

USPTO News Briefs - August 2015

USPTO to Replace EFS-Web and PAIR - In an article posted on the Director's Forum blog, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Deputy Director Russ Slifer announced that the Office would begin implementing a new system that...more

Expediting Patent Prosecution with the New Collaborative Search Pilot Program

Two new Collaboration Search Pilot Programs are or will soon be available to patent applicants. The Collaboration Search Pilot Program (CSP) between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Japan Patent...more

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