Patent Prosecution

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Patents In the Shark Tank

My family and I enjoy watching Shark Tank. It’s a mix of business, technology, humor and, in some cases, is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of people. Of course, we realize it is mainly about entertainment. It...more

Drafting Software Patents In A Post-Alice World [Video]

It has been a challenging year for software patent owners following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. Since that ruling was handed down, a large number of software patents have been...more

Navigating Protective Order and Prosecution Bar Issues in BPCIA Litigation

Protective orders preventing litigation counsel from participating in the prosecution of litigation-related patents are commonplace. The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), for example, provides a...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

Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2015) - Filing of IDS after Response to Restriction Requirement Constitutes Failure to...

Last week, in Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granting summary judgment to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Patent Term Adjustment Deduction for IDS Filed After Restriction Requirement

In Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit upheld the USPTO’s interpretation of the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) statute as permitting the USPTO to charge “Applicant Delay” when an Information Disclosure Statement...more

Rep. Goodlatte Introduces His Patent Reform Bill (Again)

As expected by almost everyone (and anticipated by several groups who urged him not to do so; see "Pro-Patent Coalition Writes Letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees" and "Big Ten Lobbies Congress to Tread...more

Points & Authorities - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups - California’s Water Anxiety Prompts Landmark Groundwater Legislation - Points from the President - Factor Beware: A Judgment Lien...more

Judge Griesa finds a patent prosecution bar does not preclude litigation counsel from assisting in an IPR, and would have reached...

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al. Case Number: 1:12-cv-08060 - Patentee Endo asked the court to rule that the protective orders in the patent infringement cases it filed...more

Checking It Twice: Verify Facts and Arguments on Prior Art to Avoid Inequitable Conduct in Patent Prosecution

In the case Apotex, Inc. v. UCB, Inc., released in August 2014, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's finding of inequitable conduct on the part of an inventor-drafter, as the court found clear and convincing...more

Federal Circuit Frames Test for Patent-Eligibility

Personalized medicine relies on diagnostics to analyze a patient for individualized therapy and for monitoring a patient’s health status. Some diagnostic tests use natural products, for example gene sequences, either as the...more

IPR Update – Prosecution Bars

Are proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board ("PTAB") more like prosecution or more like litigation? This might appear to be a purely academic question, except for one significant issue -- litigation prosecution...more

A Powerful Tool: Challenging Assertion during Patent Prosecution

Patent claims can be rejected, during patent prosecution, for a very large variety of reasons. A proper rejection is factually based. Examiners for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and patent practitioners...more

The Dire Consequences of Misleading Patent Examiners and the Court During Patent Prosecution and Litigation

As the summer winds down, vacations recede in the rear-view mirrors, and the “school” year begins, two recent cases offer a refresher course in the dire consequences awaiting inventors who misrepresent prior art during...more

Lean Six Sigma - It’s not just for manufacturing

Motorola developed Six Sigma in 1986 to provide techniques and tools for process improvement. It subsequently used Six Sigma in all of its manufacturing operations. The name comes from the world of statistical modeling, where...more

Track One and the Patent Prosecution Highway [Video]

Michael V. Messinger, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., discusses new patent acceleration tools available to create patent portfolios quickly. He provides an overview...more

What is Patent Term Adjustment and Why Does It Matter?

For patents granted on applications filed on or after June 8, 1995, the enforceable patent term begins on the day the patent issues and generally expires 20 years from the earliest effective filing date of the application. ...more

A Prosecution History Without Express Disclaimers Still Informs Claim Construction

Shire Development, LLC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Addressing the impact of statements made during prosecution on claim construction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a lower...more

IP & Technology Newsletter (Spring 2014)

In this issue: - Special Report: US Supreme Court Will Decide Key IP Cases in 2014 - Patent Litigation: Strategies to Battle NPEs: Lessons from the Front Lines - Design Patents: The Federal Circuit...more

Echoes from the Gunn? Aggravated States and Demand Letters

A gunshot that cracks the silence of an old west desert canyon creates an echo coming from all directions. A Supreme Court decision can make similar reverberations throughout the legal world. Last year, just such a sound...more

Defensive Publication: An Alternate Way of Maintaining Your Turf in a Competitive Marketplace

It is common knowledge that the bread-and-butter of emerging startups lies in securing exclusive rights to key aspects of their implicated technology. Staking claims to valuable IP assets via direct ownership or exclusive...more

Some Practical Approaches to Prosecution of Patents for Computer or Software Implemented Inventions

The patentability of inventions implemented with a computer or based on software have come under increased scrutiny in recent years. One of the primary issues related to the increased scrutiny is whether the patent...more

Subject Matter Conflicts of Interest in Patent Prosecution – Training Your Team

This article series is focusing on subject matter conflict of interest issues that are a significant concern for attorneys. Patent practitioners have an additional layer of concern with respect to subject matter conflicts of...more

Singapore: New Positive Assessment Examination Procedure

On 10 July 2012 Singapore passed the Patent (Amendment) Bill and the Intellectual Property (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill. One of the biggest changes is that Singapore has moved away from a self-assessment system to a...more

IP: Subject Matter Conflicts of Interest in Patent Prosecution - The Practical First Step

This article series is focusing on subject matter conflict of interest issues are a significant concern for attorneys. Patent practitioners have an additional layer of concern with respect to subject matter conflicts of...more

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