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Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Continuation Application Filed on Same Day Parent Issues Satisfies § 120...

Last week, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., the Federal Circuit reversed the decision of the District Court for the District of Delaware that U.S. Patent No. 7,148,875 ("the '875 patent"), assigned to Immersion Corp....more

Federal Circuit Recognizes New, but Limited, Privilege for Patent Agent Communications

Introduction - Patent agents are licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), and perform the same duties as patent attorneys in proceedings before the USPTO, including preparing...more

CAFC Upholds Same Day Continuation Applications

The Federal Circuit decided not to disturb the “longstanding administrative construction” of 35 USC § 120 that permits the filing of a continuation application on the same day its parent application grants as a patent. The...more

Federal Circuit Rules That “Same-Day Continuations” Are Proper

The Federal Circuit yesterday issued a decision that will make many patent owners and IP practitioners breathe easier. In Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. the Court reversed a district court holding that a continuation...more

Strategic Patent Portfolios with Continuing Value

The value of a company’s patent portfolio can be increased significantly if the portfolio strategically uses continuing applications (i.e., continuation, divisional, and continuation-in-part applications) to extract valuable...more

Two Years After Alice: A Survey of the Impact of a "Minor Case" (Part 2)

AliceStorm at the USPTO - While AliceStorm's effect is most visible in the courts, because of their public nature, the real impact is largely unseen: it is the widespread rejection of patent applications by the USPTO. ...more

And That’s Final . . .

A second Office Action on the merits should be final, except where the examiner introduces a new ground of rejection that was not necessitated by either amendment or an information disclosure statement. This is in accord...more

USPTO Selects Topics for Quality Case Study Pilot Program

In December, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invited stakeholders to submit patent quality-related topics that could be used as case studies in a new Enhanced Patent Quality Initiative (EPQI) pilot program. At the time,...more

Applicant Cannot Bypass the PTAB to get to Federal Circuit

In In re Arunachalam, [2016-1560] (May 27, 2016), the Federal Circuit dismissed Arunachalam direct appeal to the Federal Circuit from the final rejection of his claims in prosecution following a new ground of rejection...more

How an object statement can bring down your patent

An Australian Court has just ruled that for a given patent claim to be valid, every promise about the invention in the specification must be delivered by enacting that claim....more

Quicker, easier and cheaper? New Rules for patent prosecution in India

Several notable amendments to India’s patent Rules came into effect on 16 May 2016, following the publication of draft Rules in November last year. The new Rules, which seek to fast track applications and introduce a number...more

Due May 24 — Comments On Improving Patent Quality Metrics

Many patent attorneys received a notice recently, copied below, alerting them to efforts by the US Patent Office to improve patent quality....more

The “teacher’s PET” of radionuclides – patents directed to Fluorine-18

This is the second in a series of articles looking at the hot topic of the patenting of radiopharmaceuticals. Fluorine-18 (18F), a radioactive isotope of fluorine, is the most common positron-emitting radioisotope used in...more

USPTO Issues New Patent Eligibility Examples

The USPTO has issued new patent eligibility examples, including several examples relating to diagnostic methods and “nature-based” products. Surprisingly, most of the claims are said to satisfy 35 USC § 101. The USPTO also...more

Summary Judgment Motions Regarding Written Description And Enablement Are Denied

Plaintiff filed this action to review the final decision and judgment of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment that its priority date with respect to the count is no later...more

An Illuminating Discussion About Design Patents

Design patents protect the aesthetic appearance of a product or portion of the product. The aesthetic appearance is affected by a number of things, including whether the product is illuminated. However, how does one capture...more

Provisional Patent Applications - The Right Way and the Wrong Way

In 1995, the United States Patent and Trademark Office first offered the provisional patent application. The goal was to provide patent pending status at lower costs and to assist with preserving foreign patent filing rights....more

Disputes Regarding Prosecution Bar In A Protective Order Are Resolved

The court adopts defendants’ proposal as to the scope of the subject matter that a prosecution bar shall cover. The bar extends to qualified persons who are “regularly involved in (directly or by means of supervision) the...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

An Animated Review of Design Patents

Design patents protect the appearance of articles of manufacture, and this includes articles of manufacture whose appearance changes over time. In particular, animated displays on computers and other electronic devices can...more

Iconography

It is pretty well known that icons can be protected with design patents, however we continue to adhere to the fiction that it is not the icon we are protecting, but the substrate decorated with the icon that we are...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

Does this bug you? When your food crawls...

In many countries, the consumption of insects is widely accepted. However in the Western world, edible insects are not a popular feature on many people’s menus or shopping lists – yet. Cricket-chip cookies, Bee-LT...more

Patent Term Adjustment In South Korea

According to this bulletin from Lee International IP & Law Group in South Korea, Korean patents filed on or after March 2012 may be entitled to Patent Term Adjustment if they issued more than 4 years after the filing date and...more

Addition Through Subtraction, Broadening Reissue Upheld in Zoltek Corp. v. U.S., 2014-5082 (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The Zoltek versus the United States case might be characterized as if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…and then try one more time. Zoltek took three trips to the Federal Circuit before having the validity of its...more

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