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US Supreme Court to Review Patent Exhaustion Doctrine

On December 2, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States granted cert in a key case regarding the scope of the patent exhaustion doctrine, or “first sale doctrine,” as it relates to (1) sales of a patented item subject to...more

The Federal Circuit Confirms That It Will Review PTAB’s CBM Determinations … To A Certain Extent

The Federal Circuit has again addressed which types of patents are eligible for Covered Business Method (“CBM”) review before the Patent Trial & Appeals Board. Approximately one week after issuing the recent Unwired Planet v....more

IP holding companies offer potential added protection benefits

Protecting intellectual property — from theft or misappropriation, infringement, or even from potential creditors and judgments — is a chief concern among businesses large and small and can be accomplished in a variety of...more

IPR Update -- Is Reviewability of Time-Bar Institution Decisions Headed En Banc?

"It appears to me that en banc consideration is warranted." -- Judge Taranto (concurring in Click-To-Call Technologies, LP v. Oracle Corp.). "I write separately, however, to note that I believe the Supreme Court's...more

Scotus Grants Cert To Review Lexmark V. Impression

On December 2, 2016, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the en banc decision of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Lexmark v. Impression. The Federal Circuit held that, unlike the situation...more

Top Takeaways: Best Ways to Address Section 101 Patent Eligibility

Kilpatrick Townsend partners Megan Chung and Thomas Franklin recently participated in a panel at the 2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention in San Diego. Panelists, which included Jay Choi from Uber...more

Sunrise’s Infringement Complaint Gets the Green Light

In a recent opinion out of the District of Massachusetts, the court ordered that a patent infringement dispute between two Massachusetts-based competitors in the lighting systems industry would be allowed to proceed. This...more

Celgene Asks PTAB to Reconsider Adverse Final Written Decision

On October 27, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued four final written decisions invalidating claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,045,501 (“the ’501 Patent”) and U.S. Patent No. 6,315,720 (“the ’720 Patent”) covering...more

USPTO's Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable on Dec. 5, 2015

On December 5, 2016 the USPTO will hold its second Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable to discuss issues in patent eligibility. The USPTO published a list of eighteen questions in anticipation of the event, dealing...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

Changes to the “But-For” Standard For Materiality at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office?

On October 28, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing revisions to the materiality standard for the duty to disclose information in...more

Apple, Inc. v. Ameranth, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Computerized Restaurant Ordering Menu Patents Found to Be Directed to Unpatentable Subject Matter - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reviewed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision in three...more

Busting the Myth of the Unlimited RCEs

In June, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued a performance audit of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), “Patent Office Should Define Quality, Reassess Incentives, and Improve Clarity.” The report was...more

The Difficulty in Implementing an Idea Does Not Mean the Idea is Not Abstract

In Apple, Inc., v. Ameranth, Inc., [2015-1703, 2015-1704] (November 29, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part the PTAB’s subject matter eligibility determination of claims of U.S. Patent Nos....more

Future and Unreleased Products Can’t Drive Litigation

In a recent decision out of the District of Massachusetts, Judge Talwani provided litigants with insights into patent subject matter jurisdiction in declaratory judgment actions. Here the patent owner, US Carburetion, had...more

Perfect Surgical Techniques, Inc. v. Olympus America, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Diligence is a patent concept whose applicability was severely restricted under the changes in U.S. patent law created under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Diligence is important when determining whether an invention...more

Claim Terms Are Construed In Erythropoietin Case

Andrews, J. Claim construction opinion issues regarding two terms from one patent. A Markman hearing took place on September 21, 2016. The disputed technology relates to pharmaceutical compositions containing isoforms...more

Summary Judgment Motions Are Resolved

The court finds that the right to sue for infringement prior to the assignment of the patents was transferred to plaintiffs. Plaintiff’s motion regarding unclean hands is denied. The invalidity motion is denied due to issues...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Octane Fitness Trend for Trademark Cases

In 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Octane Fitness (IP Update, Vol. 17, No. 5), in which it examined the fee-shifting provision of the Patent Act and clarified the types of “exceptional” cases...more

News from Abroad: Not One But Two Decisions Fine Tune the Australian Patent Office's Approach to Life Science Technologies

Two recent Australian Patent Office decisions have provided clarity as to the patentability of isolated nucleic acid sequences following the High Court's decision in D'Arcy v Myriad Genetics ('Myriad'). The first decision is...more

PTAB Reverses Obviousness Finding After Remand

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) reversed its previous decision invalidating claims of a patent covering a coaxial cable connector after the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the PTAB...more

Employers Don’t Own Your Brain; They Merely Rent it

New Jersey is apparently about to join the list of states with statutes that protect the rights of inventors. Generally, inventions made by employees belong to the employee, unless (1) that employee was specifically hired to...more

Attorney-Client Privilege Held Not to Apply to Nonreporting Employee/Expert

Many years ago, we represented a client in a quandary. (We know, we know: that’s pretty much always the case.) The product had been sold for many decades, the early history was important in marshalling a defense, and there...more

UK To Continue Steps Towards Ratification Of Unitary Patent Convention Despite Brexit

The EU’s Unitary Patent Convention and the associated EU patent had originally been expected to come into effect in 2017. This was, however dependent on ratification of the agreement by thirteen EU countries of which three...more

The Alice Effect on 3D Printing

3D printing technology evolves through advances in software, hardware, and materials. Inventions in 3D printing hardware and materials are eligible for U.S. patent protection. Software is a different story. The U.S. Supreme...more

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