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CRISPR: How will it change our lives?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

CRISPR One giant breakthrough; a mass of complexities - The discovery and successful harnessing of the gene editing technology, CRISPR, promises to be one of the most significant breakthroughs of our age. But a complex...more

How to Lose an IPR but Amend Your Claims in Reexam and Keep Your Patent

by Knobbe Martens on

On August 30, 2017, the PTAB issued a Final Written Decision in M & P Golf, LLC (d/b/a Cool Clubs) v. Max Out Golf, LLC, IPR2016-00784, Paper 43 (P.T.A.B August 30, 2017), entering adverse judgement on the original patent...more

Follow-on IPR Petitions are Unfair to Patent Owners and an Inefficient Use of the Process

In General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, IPR2016-01357, Paper 19, (September 6, 2017), and IPR2016-01358, IPR2016-01359, IPR2016-01360, and IPR2016-01361, an expanded panel of the PTAB denied...more

Secondary Considerations Win Again

by Jones Day on

As we have previously discussed (on February 1, March 1, March 30, and May 19), reliance on secondary considerations of non-obviousness has been hit or miss for patent owners trying to convince PTAB panels that the secondary...more

Lower Threshold for Indefiniteness Confirmed by PTAB in Ex Parte McAward

The courts have long stated that one goal of patent law is to provide certainty to both inventors and the public regarding the law that is applied in determining the metes and bounds of a patent claim....more

Federal Circuit Concurring Opinion Asks Whether the Exception To One-Year Time Bar For Filing Inter Partes Review Petitions Via...

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

In Nidec Motor Corp. v. Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor Co., No. 2016-2321 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 22, 2017), a concurring opinion by Judges Dyk and Wallach questioned whether petitioners may use joinder to circumvent time bar...more

PTAB Requires Identification of Structure for Function for Means-Plus-Function Terms

by Jones Day on

In a decision dated August 17, 2017, the Board denied institution of Kingston Technology Company, Inc.’s petition requesting inter partes review of claims 1-3, 6-8, 11-15, 23-28, and 36-39 of U.S. Patent No. 6,088,802 (“the...more

A Foolish Consistency may be the Hobgoblin of Little Minds, but it is the Hallmark of a Successful Applicant/Patent Owner

In In re Walter, [2016-2256] (August 21, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decision in ex parte reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 7,513,711 that all twelve claims of the patent lack adequate written description...more

Handling Improper Coaching of Witnesses During PTAB Deposition Proceedings

by Jones Day on

Many attorneys have encountered an opposing party’s witness that provides very concise, supportive responses to the questions of the witness’s own attorney after a recess in a deposition. Often, these helpful responses occur...more

Federal Circuit Criticizes PTAB Reliance On Routine Testing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Honeywell International, Inc. v. Mexichem Amanco Holdings S.A. DE C.V., the Federal Circuit vacated the decision of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board that invalidated Honeywell’s patent in an inter partes...more

Check Each Link in the Chain of Title; The Time to Find Out Your Assignor Does Not Exist is Before you Sue

In In re Certain Thermoplastic-Encapsulated Electric Motors, 337-TA-1052, (August 11, 2017), Administrative Judge Dee Lord dismissed Intellectual Ventures II LLC complaint asserting infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,154,200;...more

PTAB Denies Discovery on Chipsets Purportedly Related to Proper Interpretation of Reference

by Jones Day on

In Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC v. Power Integrations, IPR2016-00809, Paper 65 (PTAB Aug. 4, 2017), the PTAB denied the patent owner’s request for authorization to serve requests for production seeking documents...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

This was a busy week for precedential cases at the Circuit. In AIA v. Avid, the Circuit rules that there is no right to a jury trial as to requests for attorney fees under § 285. In Romag v. Fossil, a majority rules that the...more

The Sport of Kings: Federal Circuit Affirms $3.9 Million Fee Award for Two Week Trial on Patent Ownership

In AIA America, Inc. v. Avid Radiopharamaceuticals, [2016-2647] (August 10, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the award of attorneys fees because: (1) the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial does not apply to requests...more

2013 Decision on Assignor Estoppel Designated as Precedential by PTAB

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board designated as precedential its October 25, 2013, decision to institute inter partes review and declined to apply the doctrine of assignor estoppel as an exception to 35 U.S.C.§311(a). Section...more

Is the Pendulum About to Swing Back?

In 2012, the American Invents Act created Inter Partes review (“IPR”) and related proceedings that allowed parties to request that the Patent Office institute a trial to determine the patentability of issued claims. Over the...more

Assignor Estoppel is Not a Defense in Inter Partes Reviews

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently designated as “precedential” a PTAB opinion issued in 2013 finding that assignor estoppel is not a defense for patent owners in inter partes review proceedings (“IPR”). ...more

PTAB Designates As Precedential A Decision Finding Assignor Estoppel Is Not A Defense in IPRs

by Knobbe Martens on

The PTAB recently designated as precedential its 2013 decision that assignor estoppel is not a defense for patent owners in IPR proceedings in Athena Automation Ltd. v. Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., IPR2013-00290,...more

PTAB Grants Contingent Motion to Amend on Remand from Federal Circuit

On July 17, 2017, the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (the “Board”) granted in-part, Patent Owner’s conditional motion to amend on remand from an appeal to the Federal Circuit. In a final written decision issued in April 2015,...more

What To Expect in the Future with the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

In late June 2017, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) co-sponsored and introduced in the U.S. Senate the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s...more

Patent Owner Must Receive Notice of References Against Each Challenged Claim

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In remanding a case back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit explained that it was procedurally improper for the PTAB to find claims obvious during inter partes review...more

A CRISPR patent pool – one step closer to reality?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

In a press release on 10 July 2017, the Broad Institute announced that is has, with joint patent owners Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Rockefeller University, entered discussions about a...more

The STRONGER Patents Act: Swinging the Pendulum in Favor of Patent Owners

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

While the House Judiciary Committee conducts hearings today on "The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses," a movement is afoot in the Senate to revitalize the U.S. patent system. On June 21, 2017, a bipartisan group...more

Attempted End Run Around Wisconsin’s Exclusive Remedy of Worker’s Compensation Fails in Asbestos Litigation in the Seventh Circuit

by Ruder Ware on

Wisconsin’s exclusive remedy of worker’s compensation has long been a bulwark against civil suits brought by employees (subject to a few narrow exceptions not applicable here). This bulwark has survived a creative attack in...more

Federal Circuit Review - June 2017

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Inter Partes Reexamination Estoppel Attaches On Claim-by-Claim Basis for New Requests and Pending Proceedings - In In re Affinity Labs Of Texas, LLC, Appeal Nos. 2016-1092, 2016-1172, the Federal Circuit held that the...more

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