Patent Prosecution Patents

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New Amendments to SIPO's Guidelines for Patent Examination

The State Intellectual Property Office of China (“SIPO”) on March 1, 2017 finalized the amendment to its Guidelines for Examination; the amendments included patentability of business method patents, enhanced claiming options...more

Federal Circuit Reiterates That Patent Prosecution Disclaimers Must Be “Clear and Unmistakable”

On March 3, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reaffirmed, in a precedential opinion, that prosecution disclaimers may only limit the scope of a claim where the disclaimer is “both clear and...more

[Webinar] Understanding Patent Applications and Methods for Best Approaches in Europe and the U.S. - March 29th, 12 noon CST

For patent applications, the disclosure requirements differ among various countries. Two of the most important territories, the United States and the European Patent Convention, scrutinize parts of the patent disclosure...more

Disavowal is Not Limited to What is Necessary; A Patentee May Give Up More than Necessary

In Technology Properties Limited LLC v. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., [2016-1306, 2016-1307, 2016-1309, 2016-1310, 2016-1311] (March 3, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the case because the district court...more

The IP Legal Minute - Quarter #1 2017: Examiner Legal Training

The USPTO recently released materials for training patent Examiners on how to rebut legal arguments during prosecution. Titled “Responding to Legal Arguments (RLA),” these materials train patent Examiners about (i) the basics...more

Managing Patent Portfolios and Drafting Applications To Withstand IPR Challenges

Since implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, inter partes review (“IPR”) and other post-grant proceedings have been used successfully to challenge and invalidate thousands of patent claims. Over 2,000 IPR...more

Battle-Of-The-Stays - Chalk Up Another Victory to the Petitioners

The multiple flavors of review and prosecution at the Patent Office produce an environment where a patent family could be subject to inconsistent results. Conceivably, patents in a pre-AIA patent family could simultaneously...more

[Webinar] Best Patent Practices in a Transforming Environment | Part I: Evolving Strategies for Patent Procurement - Feb. 22nd,...

Today’s patent practice is rapidly transforming.  The practice is undergoing sea changes in patent eligibility, enforcement strategies, and damages.  Now more than ever, innovative companies need to adopt best practices to...more

An Examination “Off-Ramp” For Motions To Amend Still Raises Hopes and Questions

During the first three years of implementing the America Invents Act (AIA), Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision-making created a perception that a patent owner’s ability to amend claims during a post-grant...more

Top Stories of 2016: #11 to #15

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its tenth annual list of top patent stories. For 2016, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Expediting Patent Prosecution in South America

Although South America includes many large and commercially significant markets for U.S. and European businesses, patent prosecution is notoriously slow in most South American countries. Brazil, for example, averages...more

USPTO Releases Data on Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3)

By Michael Varco, Associate On December 13, 2016, at the USPTO’s Patent Quality Conference, the USPTO released statistics on its Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3). As of 12/8/2016, 995 P3 Pilot decisions have been...more

Om-what’s-man Program? USPTO’s Ombudsman Program

The USPTO’s Patents Ombudsman program is available to help applicants before, during, and after the patent examination process. The Patents Ombudsman program initially started as a pilot program in April 2010 and now is an...more

A Long Road Ahead: A Solo Entrepreneur's Perspective on the USPTO’s Roundtable I - Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

I am a solo entrepreneur. After twenty plus years in industry, I decided to take the risk and start my own business using my own capital. In the parlance of the law I am considered, almost affectionately, a micro-entity. ...more

Prosecution Disclaimer Has No Teeth

Statements made by patent practitioners to the patent office during patent prosecution can come back to bite you in related applications. Prosecution disclaimer allows a court to limit the literal scope of the claims in an...more

Federal Circuit Review | November 2016

Fraud-Detection Patent Claimed Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter - In FairWarning IP, LLC v. Iatric Systems, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1985, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that FairWarning’s patent...more

Friday Musings: Newton’s Laws of Claim Construction

When you stop and think about it, Newton’s Laws can be applied to the all-important issue of claim construction. Newton’s First Law of Claim Construction: A term in a claim has its ordinary meaning to a person skill in...more

Federal Circuit Applies Prosecution History Estoppel to Issued Claims Based on Amendments Made to Previously Canceled Claims

On September 8, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision from the Eastern District of Virginia in which the district court held that UCB, Inc.’s Cimzia® antibody does not infringe Yeda’s U.S. Patent No. 6,090,923 (“the...more

News from Abroad: Canada's Federal Court Questions No File Wrapper Estoppel on Claim Construction

The Supreme Court of Canada in Free World Trust v Électro Santé Inc, 2000 SCC 66 rejected the use of extrinsic documents such as file wrappers (patent prosecution histories) for claim construction, on the basis that allowing...more

Navigating 101 Eligibility - Waypoints from the Federal Circuit

Applicants embarking on the journey of preparing and prosecuting a patent application can have a difficult time navigating the ever changing legal waters. One struggle is answering the question, “Are my claims patent...more

Is Final Really Final? Alternative Patent Prosecution Routes after a Final Office Action

The prosecution of a patent application before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can be a prolonged and costly process. The patent prosecution process can include the issuance of an Office Action by the USPTO and...more

Judge Abrams Dismisses Case Based on Arguments Made to the PTO During Prosecution

On August 9, 2016, District Judge Ronnie Abrams (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendant Richloom Fabrics Group, Inc.’s motion to dismiss plaintiff Anchor Sales & Marketing, Inc.’s allegation of patent infringement based on the doctrine...more

USPTO Launches Patents 4 Patients

To support the National Cancer Moonshot initiative, the USPTO has launched the Patents 4 Patients program, also known as the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program. Under this program, applicants can obtain expedited examination...more

Patent Office Institutes Post-Prosecution Patent Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s new pilot program provides patent applicants with a valuable tool to efficiently and inexpensively advance prosecution after a final office action. The Patent Office...more

New After-Final Pilot Prosecution Program Allows Enhanced Patent Practice

Effective July 12, 2016, the PTO is initiating a Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3) to test its impact on enhancing patent practice during the period subsequent to a final rejection and prior to the filing of a notice of...more

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