Patent Ownership

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Rule 11 Sanctions Are Rare and Reserved for the Most Egregious of Violations - Predator Int’l, Inc. v. Gamo Outdoor USA, Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed an order sanctioning an attorney under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, holding that the district court abused its discretion in finding the attorney’s tactical...more

No Lost Profits for Extraterritorial Lost Contracts - WesternGeco L.L.C. v. ION Geophysical Corp.

Addressing whether a patentee could recover lost profits for foreign uses of a product manufactured domestically, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s lost profits award, holding...more

What Is the Latest on Amendments in PTAB Proceedings?

Among other topics, a recent web conference hosted by George Quillin and Jeff Costakos tackled the latest developments in amendment practice before the PTAB. The conference addressed the very recent Federal Circuit...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

Post-Grant Proceedings: The Top Seven Things You Should Know About the Proposed Rule Changes

On August 20th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published proposed rules that would amend the consolidated set of rules currently governing Inter Partes Reviews, Post-Grant Reviews, Covered Business Method Reviews, and...more

Applying for a Waiver From U.S. Manufacturing Requirements For Federally Funded Intellectual Property

Countless ideas and inventions are developed at U.S. universities every year, often with federal funding. Many of these important ideas could not be commercialized for the public’s benefit without the Bayh-Dole Act, which...more

USPTO Announces Second Round of AIA Rule Changes

On August 20, 2015, the Patent and Trademark Office published, in the Federal Register, a set of “Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board” that would amend 37 CFR Part 42. Among...more

Lumigan Patents Upheld by Unexpected Results

In Allergan, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court decision that upheld the validity of the Allergan patents relating to Lumigan® 0.01% glaucoma eye drops. This decision shows that it is still...more

Inventorship, Ownership Issues Cause Dismissal of Suit

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed a long standing patent infringement suit brought by StemCells, Inc. against Neuralstem, Inc., on the ground that all those with an ownership...more

CBO Provides Cost Estimate to Government to Implement Innovation Act

Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a cost estimate for the Innovation Act (H.R. 9). The bill, which was introduced in February, was reported by the House Committee on the Judiciary in June. The...more

Doubling Down on Idle Free

In Masterimage 3D, Inc. v. Reald Inc., IPR2015-00040, Paper 42 (July 15, 2015), the Board instructed that patent owners seeking to amend their applications should still follow all of the requirements set forth in Idle Free...more

PTAB Issues Representative Order Clarifying Motion to Amend Analysis in Idle Free Systems

Yesterday the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) added a recent order to its list of Representative Orders, Decisions, and Notices. See MasterImage 3D, Inc. v. RealD Inc., IPR2015-00040, Paper 42 (PTAB July 15, 2015). ...more

PTAB Designates New “Informative Opinion”

When the PTAB considers one of its own decisions to be “informative,” it is always worth taking note. On Friday, July 17th, the Board designated its opinion in Arris Group, Inc. v. C-Cation Techs., IPR2015-00635 as...more

Innovative Collaboration – IP Considerations

It is common for medical device makers to partner with doctors, universities, designers, manufacturers, R&D labs, or salespeople in the development of medical devices. To reap the intended benefits of such efforts,...more

Board Denies Petition For Failure to Identify All Real Parties-In-Interest

Many Patent Owners have attempted to divert IPR challenges by arguing that all real parties-in-interest were not identified in the Petition. Almost all of those efforts have failed. That is what makes Paramount Home...more

Employee Ownership of Patentable Inventions

A startup in the oil-and-gas service sector sought to improve downhole well stimulation technology. After a few years, differences between the three founders culminated in the ouster of Mr. Groves, one of the founders. Mr....more

April Court Decision Round-Up

Note: Beginning this month, IP Law Tracker will highlight significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan and...more

Understanding Post-AIA Power of Attorney Procedures

Applicants identified upon a U.S. patent application’s filing can impact the ownership rights to the patent application throughout prosecution. Prior to implementation of relevant aspects of the America Invents Act (AIA) on...more

5 Intellectual Property Considerations for Startups - Part II

Time and time again, many startups tout their solution as better, faster or more user friendly than their competitors’, not realizing that the competitors also make the same claims. By doing so, they sound like every other...more

IP|Trend: Starting Up Your Protection of Intellectual Property [Video]

Start-ups are justifiably focused on getting products to market and ensuring that their financial runways are long enough to make it happen. But, failing to pay attention to long-term protections of intellectual property...more

The Troubles with Patent Inventorship

Determining inventorship is answering the question: who contributed enough to an invention to be named as an “inventor” on the patent application? It’s critical, as reviewed by my colleague Shohini Bagchee in her article...more

PTAB Discusses Nexus in Secondary Considerations Argument

There have been many attempts by Patent Owners to rebut a prima facie case of obviousness by pointing to secondary considerations of non-obviousness. To date, such efforts have been unsuccessful....more

Rights of Co-Owners to License Patent Rights

It is sometimes tempting when entering into a joint research agreement to agree that both parties will jointly own any patent rights arising from the collaboration. However, unless the rights of each party are clearly set out...more

Petitioner Can’t Stop Patent Owner from Getting More Patents

In A.C. Dispensing Equipment Inc. v. Prince Castle LLC, IPR2014-00511, Paper 18, (October 17, 2014), the Board denied petitioner authorization to file a motion to stay prosecution of Patent Owner’s continuation patent...more

Federal Circuit Decision Highlights Risk of Co-owning Patents

Co-owning any piece of property can lead to unwanted and unexpected headaches. And as demonstrated by the Federal Circuit in STC.UNM v. Intel Corp., Fed. Cir. No. 2013-1241, this is especially true with respect to...more

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