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STRONG Patents Act of 2015 -- An Alternative Patent Reform Bill

Yesterday, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced the "Support Technology and Research for Our Nation's Growth (STRONG) Patents Act of 2015." What is unique about...more

Legislative Update – STRONG Patents Act Takes Aim at IPR and PGR

With the new Congress firmly seated and various legislative efforts gaining momentum, another effort to reform patent system is taking its share of the spotlight. In early February, the House of Representatives took the first...more

IP Newsflash - February 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Declines to Extend Patent Exhaustion Doctrine - In a February 10, 2015 decision, the Federal Circuit reversed a grant of summary judgment of non-infringement under the...more

More Misinformation Regarding the Patent System and Non-Practicing Entities

The press has been all too eager to decry the so-called "broken" U.S. patent system and the alleged "scourge" of non-practicing entities (NPEs). However, few if any articles attempt to provide an even-handed analysis of...more

PTAB Exercises Discretion When Rejecting Follow-On Petition Filed More Than One Year After Service of the Complaint with...

The AIA sets a one-year deadline to file a petition for IPR of a patent from the date a complaint for patent infringement is served. 35 U.S.C. § 315(b). There is an exception: the bar does not apply when joining a second...more

PTAB Update -- A Review of the First Round of Comments -- Part 2

As we have previously reported, the USPTO has been seeking feedback on the PTAB trial proceedings established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. A Federal Register notice from June 27, 2014, contained a "Request for...more

Deputy Directory Lee Announces the Request for Written Comments to Help Improve PTAB Proceedings

In a post from yesterday entitled "Help Improve our AIA Trial Proceedings," Michelle Lee, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, announced on...more

USPTO Issues Final Rule to Implement PTA Provisions of AIA Technical Corrections Act and Provide Optional Procedure for Requesting...

On May 15, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Federal Register notice (79 Fed. Reg. 27755) to adopt as final changes to the rules of practice implementing the patent term adjustment (PTA) provisions of section...more

IP Newsflash - May 2014

Improper Submission of New Evidence Undermines Patent Challenge - In its final written decision, a PTAB panel granted a patent owner’s (owner) motion to exclude evidence submitted by a petitioner in support of its...more

House Passes Patent Reform Legislation

The U.S. Congress continues to focus on patent reform legislation with House passage of the Innovation Act, a bill primarily addressing the conduct of patent litigation. While much attention has been paid to litigation...more

New IPR Ruling Further Clarifies Burden on Patentees to Amend Claims

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its second Final Written Decision in a contested case under the AIA's inter partes review process on January 7, 2014. As with the PTAB's first decision, the petitioner...more

The Year Ahead in Patent Law

2014 promises to be an eventful year in patent law. On the legislative front, several patent reform initiatives have been introduced, including House and Senate bills to broaden the definition of CBM patents and crack down on...more

TC's inside IP - Winter 2013: The AIA: Reviewing the First Year of Inter Partes Review

September 16, 2013, marked the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the America Invents Act, and with it, the introduction of an important tool for challenging the validity of an issued patent at the U.S. Patent and...more

Yet Another "Patent-Troll" Bill – Senator Leahy Introduces Patent Transparency and Improvements Act

There has been a flurry activity recently in both the House and Senate aimed at addressing the perceived patent-troll problem. We have recently reported on the introduction of both the "Innovation Act," from Rep. Bob...more

U.S. PTAB Issues First Final Decision in an Inter Partes Review

On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its first final decision in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding brought by Garmin under the new administrative procedures established by the...more

No Assignor Estoppel in AIA Inter Partes Review

The popularity of IPR proceedings will likely increase as assignor estoppel does not apply to IPRs. Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings have become a very popular method of challenging patent validity for actual and...more

Precedential Impact of Patent Trial & Appeal Board Decisions in Post-Grant Proceedings [Video]

In this video, Robert Greene Sterne, founding director of the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, discusses a critical topic in the current patent office litigation landscape -- the precedential...more

Business Litigation Report -- September 2013

In This Issue: ..Private Antitrust Litigation in the UK ..First Decision by PTO Under America Invents Act Invalidates Business Method Patent ..September 2013: Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation...more

First Decision by PTO Under America Invents Act Invalidates Business Method Patent

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”) recently issued its first decision under the transitional program for covered business method (“CBM”) patents—a creation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”)—in...more

The impact of inter partes review on patent litigation

The America Invents Act (AIA) created a new post-grant review proceeding in the USPTO, the inter partes review or IPR. On September 16, 2012, the USPTO stopped accepting petitions for inter partes reexamination and the IPR...more

A Quick Look at the First Patent Trial and Appeal Board Decision in a Covered Business Method Patent Proceeding, SAP America, Inc....

On June 11, 2013, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its first final decision in a covered business method patent (CBM) proceeding, in SAP America, Inc. v. Versata Development Group, Inc. (CBM2012-00001)....more

Intellectual Property Alert: First Decision In New AIA Process Invalidates Software Business Method Patent As Unpatentable Subject...

On June 11, 2013, the first decision in the new post grant review (PGR) process created by the 2011 America Invents Act (AIA) was issued. ...more

SAP America, Inc. v. Versata Development Group, Inc. (P.T.A.B. 2013)

In an example of judicial reasoning rolling downhill, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has struck down claims directed to a computer-implemented business method as failing to meet...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Issues First Final Written Decision Under America Invents Act Proceeding

On June 11, 2013, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued the first final written decision in one of the new proceedings created by the America Invents Act...more

USPTO Patent Trial And Appeal Board Completes The First Patent Invalidity Trial Under The America Invents Act

In its first “final” decision under the America Invents Act (AIA), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has invalidated and cancelled all five challenged claims of U.S....more

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