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Federal Circuit Grants En Banc Review of PTAB Amendment Practice

On August 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted rehearing en banc to appellants in In re Aqua Products, Inc to consider the procedures used by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to...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

En Banc Federal Circuit To Review Standards for Amending Claims During AIA Proceedings

In a rare grant of a petition for rehearing en banc, the court decided that an appeal “warrants en banc consideration” of who bears what burden when amending in an IPR. In re: Aqua Products, No. 15-1177, slip op. at 2 (Fed....more

Electric Power Group, LLC v. Alstom S.A. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Patent owner Electric Power Group asserted U.S. Patent Nos. 7,233,843, 8,060,259, and 8,401,710 against Alstom S.A. and various other parties in the Central District of California. The District Court granted Alstom's motion...more

No Rehearing on Dual Use PTAB Panels

Confirming that the same panel of judges at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) has the authority to institute America Invents Act (AIA) reviews and make a final determination on the merits, the US Court of...more

Claim Terms with No Specialized Meaning in the Art Always Linked to Specification

Emphasizing the public-notice function of a patent’s specification, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s construction of four patent claim terms based entirely on intrinsic evidence....more

PTAB Institution Decision Does Not Shift Burden from the Patent Challenger to the Patentee

The Federal Circuit previously clarified that a petitioner’s burden to prove unpatentability never shifts to the patent owner. See Dynamic Drinkware, LLC v. Nat’l Graphics, Inc. On July 25, 2016, the Federal Circuit’s In re...more

Burden on Motion to Amend in IPR

Applying its own precedent, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that the burden remains on the patent owner to demonstrate the patentability of substitute claims over the art of record in an inter partes...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Denies Employee's Claim to Patent Ownership Based on Pay Dispute with Employer

Under the “hired to invent” doctrine, employees who develop intellectual property during the course of their employment generally have no ownership rights to such innovations. Earlier this month, the North Carolina Supreme...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

Post-Grant Review Roils Patent Litigation Waters

The America Invents Act (AIA) has had a profound impact on patent litigation, particularly surrounding inter partes and other post-grant proceedings. Below, Manish K. Mehta, who handles patent litigation across an array of...more

Trade Secrets and Lies (Silicon Valley – Episode 21)

Episode 21 is a delightful maze of plots, plot twists and omens. At Pied Piper, Richard fails in his attempt to go over CEO Action Jack’s head and have Laurie, the investor, force Jack to scrap his Box and build the consumer...more

Principles of Equity: Denying Inventors their Constitutionally Promised Exclusivity

Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, empowers the United States Congress: - ..To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors 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

Courts Analyze the Common Interest Doctrine's Application in a Patent Context

Courts recognizing the common interest doctrine limit its non-waiver effect to participants' common legal rather than financial interests. It can be difficult to apply this abstract principle to communications between a...more

Unenforceability Due to Client Failure to Correct Counsel’s Misrepresentations to PTO - The Ohio Willow Wood Company v. Alps...

In the ongoing saga between two manufacturers of liners for prosthetic limbs, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed a finding of inequitable conduct committed by the patent owner while the patent at issue...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

New Party Has No Cause of Action to Appeal PTAB Decision (Agilent Technologies, Inc. v. Waters Technologies Corp.)

Addressing the statutory cause of action requirement to appeal a reexamination decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dismissed an appeal, finding that the appellant was not a third-party requester of the...more

Diversity in Intellectual Property

Ladas & Parry LLP would like to take this time during Black History Month and Women’s History Month to take a stroll back in time and look at some pioneers in the field of intellectual property law. We value and are enriched...more

Lismont v. Alexander Binzel Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Laches Bars Claim to Change Inventorship on Issued U.S. Patent - On February 16, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in a case captioned Hedwig Lismont v. Alexander Binzel Corp. This appeal arises from an...more

Federal Circuit Issues a Rare Reversal on Behalf of Patent Owner in IPR

On February 22, 2016, the Federal Circuit decided five appeals from as many IPR’s filed by Patent Owner PPC Broadband involving claim construction issues, most of which were decided in PPC’s favor. In a first appeal...more

February 13, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 13, 1906, Alfred Einhorn was issued U.S. Patent No. 812,544 on Alkamin Esters of Para-Aminobenzoic Acid or Procain, which was marketed under the brand NOVOCAIN....more

February 12, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 12, 1884, Louis E. Waterman was issued U.S. Patent No. 293,545 on the Fountain Pen....more

February 11, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 11, 1969, A.S. Hermann and Herbert “Zeppo” Marx — yes that “Zeppo” were issued U.S. Patent No. 3,426,727 on a Method and Watch Mechanism for Actuation by a Cardiac Pulse...more

February 10, 2016 - Patent of the Day

On February 10, 1948, Edwin H. Land was issued U.S. Patent No. 2,435,720 on the Polaroid “Land” Camera....more

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