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Patent Office Provides New Option for Addressing Final Rejections

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently initiated a Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3) to enhance prosecution during the time period after a final rejection and prior to the filing of a notice of appeal....more

HP Inc. v. Big Baboon, Inc. (PTAB 2016) - Business Method Patent Not Invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101

HP Inc. and SAP America, Inc. filed a Petition seeking a covered business method (CBM) patent review of claims 15 and 20–34 of U.S. Patent No. 6,343,275 owned by Big Baboon, Inc. The PTAB, however, determined that the...more

I Win? No Fair!

In SkyHawke Technologies, LLC v, Deca International Corp., [2016-1325, 2016,1326] (July 15, 2015), the Federal Circuit granted Deca’s motion to dismiss SkyHawke’s appeal of a PTAB Decision in a reexamination on the grounds...more

A Different Route: Challenging Orange Book Patents Via Inter Partes Review

Since the passage of the America Invents Act (AIA) in 2012, and the corresponding implementation of the inter partes review (IPR) process, patent challengers have been utilizing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) as an...more

Patent Office Propounds New Post-Prosecution Pilot Program

On Monday, July 11, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) launched its new Post-Prosecution Pilot Program, or “the P3.” The P3 is designed to test its impact on enhancing prosecution after a final office action but...more

Patent Due Diligence and Evaluation After the AIA

Many factors must be considered for due diligence and valuation of a patent portfolio. The patent owner’s desire to have broad claims that capture a large number of infringements must be tempered against its need for claims...more

Alert: USPTO P3 Program: What You Need to Know

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a new pilot program for responding to final rejections. This program, called the Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3), combines the three-examiner panel of the Pre-Appeal...more

USPTO Introduces Enhanced After Final Procedure

On July 11, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) initiated the Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program. Under the P3 Program, applicants can request a panel of examiners to participate in a conference with the...more

Evidence Alley: Lightweight Fabric: Admissibility versus Weight at the PTAB

Many parties in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) struggle with the handling of evidentiary issues. This struggle is heightened when expert evidence is the focus. In Tietex International, Ltd. v. Precision...more

IPR Tracker: IPR2016-00408 & IPR2016-00409 (U.S. Patent No. 8,889,135) (Boehringer Ingelheim Int’l GMBH) – IPRs Instituted

The Board has instituted IPR2016-00408 and IPR2016-00409 on AbbVie Biotechnology’s U.S. Patent No. 8,889,135, which covers methods of treating rheumatoid arthritis with a human anti-tumor necrosis factor a antibody. This...more

IPR Tracker: IPR2016-01373 (U.S. Patent No. 6,331,415) (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.) (Cabilly II Patent) – Petition for IPR

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. has filed an IPR petition on U.S. Patent No. 6,331,415. This patent has been challenged several times over the past year with mixed results: IPR2015-01624 (instituted); IPR2016-00383 (not...more

Status Quo At The PTAB For Now: Supreme Court Makes No Changes to IPR Practice

Recently, the Supreme Court declined to make any changes to IPR procedure in its opinion in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, 579 U.S. ___ (2016). Relying primarily on statutory language and concepts of agency rulemaking...more

Hot Topics: AIA Estoppel Provisions Clarified

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Shaw Industries Group, Inc. v. Automated Creel Systems, Inc., has shed some light on the estoppel provisions in America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings. Like the estoppels in...more

Intellectual Property Law - July 2016

Supreme Court: Status Quo in Cuozzo - Why it matters: On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee, where it rejected challenges to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) inter partes...more

Perspectives On The PTAB - Inaugural Issue

We are pleased to share this Perspectives on the PTAB newsletter. Its content is directed toward providing information and analysis of the decisions made by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. We hope that this newsletter...more

PTAB Provides Procedural Guidance, Designates Five Opinions as Precedential

On May 10, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) designated five post-grant trial decisions as precedential, bring the total number of precedential decisions in inter partes review (IPR) and covered business...more

And in the Alternative . . .

The older among us have “unlearned” the prohibition of the word “or” in patent claims, and have reasoned that if “or” is acceptable, its cousin “and/or” is acceptable in patent claims as well. A few years ago, the USPTO...more

Burden on Motion to Amend in IPR

Applying its own precedent, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed that the burden remains on the patent owner to demonstrate the patentability of substitute claims over the art of record in an inter partes...more

PTAB Still Divided Over What Patents Qualify for CBM Review

Last month, we noted two recent Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decisions that appeared to signal a more exacting standard for defining what patents may qualify as covered business method patents, focused on finding a...more

PTAB Grants Late Motion to Amend, But Amended Claims Fail to Breathe Life into Patent

Addressing the standards for a motion to amend claims during an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) granted a motion to amend the claims in an IPR, but ultimately denied...more

Supreme Court’s Cuozzo Decision Endorses AIA Trial Proceedings, But Preserves Key Roles for both the PTAB and Federal Courts in...

In Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC v. Lee,[i] the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the patent owner’s challenge to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s implementation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act’s new post grant proceedings....more

The Start of Something Big? PTAB Issues First PGR Final Decisions

Post Grant Review (“PGR”) is a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) proceeding established under 35 U.S.C. § 321 that permits the PTAB to review the patentability of claims in a patent based on any grounds under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Supreme Court Decides Two Key Aspects of IPR in Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC v. Lee

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 20, 2016 in Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC v. Lee that: (1) the statutory authority of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) in instituting an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding is...more

Inter Partes Review Institution Decisions Not Appealable, Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Remains Standard

In Depth - The Supreme Court of the United States (Justice Breyer writing for the majority) affirmed a US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision barring judicial review of most decisions regarding institution...more

Status Quo at the PTAB for Now: Supreme Court Makes No Change to IPR; Judicial Review and Claim Construction Standard Remain the...

The Supreme Court’s decision will not likely change much in the near term — especially in light of the fact that it made no express changes to PTO procedure for and regulations governing IPR. Last week, the U.S. Supreme...more

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