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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

Getting on the Patent Fast Track While Keeping Competitors in the Rearview Mirror

Rory Pheiffer, a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department, evaluated various patent prosecution options in Nutter Insights. Rory analyzed the five programs that can accelerate the process and their differentiators...more

Not Obvious to Combine for a Person of Ordinary Skill in the Art (POSITA)

Summary: Appellant appealed to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) an obviousness rejection to claims directed to a user interface that displays currency trading information. Appellant argued in the appeal that the...more

Four Reasons to File an RCE with a Request to Suspend Processing

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) allows a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) to be filed with a request to suspend processing of the RCE for up to 3 months, in accordance with 37 CFR 1.103(c). The suspension...more

No Mention Of Damages Is Permitted During Liability Phase Of Trial

Amgen Inc., et al. v. Sanofi, et al., C.A. No. 14-1317 – SLR (Consolidated), March 2, 2016 - Robinson, J. Order resolving pre-trial evidentiary issues. Plaintiffs seek to preclude defendants from relying on two...more

Strategies for Expediting the Patenting Process

Intellectual property protection, particularly patent protection, is important for many companies, and the ability to speed up the patenting process may be essential for a variety of reasons. For instance, one or more issued...more

A Substantially Pure Isomer Is Obvious in View of Both a Completely Pure Isomer and an Impure Mixture (Spectrum Pharmas. V. Sandoz...

Addressing an unusual twist on an obviousness case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held a substantially pure isomer obvious in view prior art disclosing both a completely pure isomer and an impure mixture....more

Reversal of Narrow Claim Construction Results in Satisfaction of Claim Element (Avid Technologies, Inc. v. Harmonic, Inc.)

Addressing the standard to establish a “clear and unmistakable” disclaimer of claim scope during prosecution, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s narrow claim construction and...more

Case Law Arguments for “Abstract Ideas” Rejection of Patent Claims

Ever since the Supreme Court ruling on Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al., patent practitioners have seen an historic increase in the number of 35 USC §101 “abstract ideas” rejections of patent...more

Update on Section 101 Rejections at the USPTO

In my June post, The One Year Anniversary: The Aftermath of #AliceStorm, I surveyed the frequency of Section 101 rejections at the USPTO. My analysis was based on approximately 300,000 office action and notices of allowance...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on term of data exclusivity for biological pharmaceuticals, not patent term

Five years of negotiations have culminated this week in the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (the “TPP”) agreement by 12 countries from the Pacific-rim region, including the US and Australia. While the partnership...more

Claims Not Limited to Preferred Embodiment - Inline Plastics Corp. v. Easypak, LLC

In correcting the district court’s claim construction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated the district court’s judgment of non-infringement and remanded, finding that the claims were improperly limited...more

Logic, Arguments and Patents

Patent prosecution involves one side arguing for, and another side arguing against, the validity of claims in a patent application. This takes the form of a written discourse, in which an Examiner for the USPTO (United...more

PTAB Clarifies Requirements for Claim Amendments - MasterImage 3D, Inc. and MasterImage 3D Asia, LLC v. RealD Inc.

In an order perhaps indicating that the tide is turning for patent owners seeking to amend claims in inter partes review (IPR), an expanded panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) provided clarification as...more

Court Finds Dow Claims Clearly Indefinite

In Dow Chemical Co. v. Nova Chemicals Corp., the Federal Circuit held claims reciting a limitation that could be calculated in several ways indefinite where the patent claims, specification, and prosecution history failed to...more

Federal Circuit Review | July 2015

Nunc Pro Tunc Assignments Insufficient To Confer Retroactive Standing - In ALPS SOUTH, LLC v. OHIO WILLOW WOOD CO., Appeal Nos. 2013-1452, 2013-1488, 2014-1147, and 2014-1426, the Federal Circuit reversed the denial of a...more

Attacking Patents on Written Description & Enablement Grounds in Inter Partes Review

Although Inter Partes Review (IPR) is limited to grounds of unpatentability based upon prior art references, it is nevertheless possible to raise issues of written description or enablement by applying intervening prior art...more

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