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What Rights Will I Lose if I Pitch My Invention to Investors Before I File a Patent Application?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Did you know that the individual often credited with popularizing karaoke did not reap the financial rewards of his invention to the extent possible? It's true—Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue invented karaoke in Kobe, Japan...more

New Fed Circuit decision bolsters on-sale bar

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Patent litigators will tell you that there are many ways to invalidate a patent. One of their favorites is a self-inflicted ground of invalidity known as the “on-sale bar.” Under patent law, if you sell (or offer to sell)...more

When Is Telling Someone You Have A Secret Revealing Too Much?

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Of course, telling someone that you have a secret is not the same as telling them what the secret is. Still, someone now knows that you have a secret. This has turned out to be an important concept for the “on-sale bar rule”...more

Track One: Still the One for Accelerating Patent Examination in the US?

Speed is everything in the business world. The fastest company to market wins a competitive advantage. However, investors are often reluctant to back new products that do not have patent protection, and backlogs at the US...more

In Helsinn Healthcare, the Federal Circuit Offers Guidance on the On-Sale Bar under the AIA

by Knobbe Martens on

The sale of a product prior to filing a patent application, or “on-sale bar,” has long been a potential barrier to obtaining a patent in the United States. Especially in the biotechnology space, which can involve a long...more

Will Courts Consider Evidence of Patent Eligibility?

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent enforcement by Texas-based DataTreasury Corp. (“DataTreasury”) was a key motivation for the creation of Covered Business Method Review (“CBM”) proceedings. Senator Charles Schumer of New York, referring to...more

Evidence to Negate PGR Eligibility Based on Filing Date May Not Be Sufficient to Establish Filing Date for Purposes of Antedating...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing for the first time the sufficiency of evidence needed to establish an earlier priority date for purposes of post-grant review (PGR) eligibility versus the evidence required to antedate a prior art reference, the...more

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

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

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

Top Five Stories of 2016

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

Not Just a Formality? USPTO Sequence Rules May Impact Existing Biotech Portfolios

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent applications containing nucleic acid or protein sequences are required to include an electronic sequence listing using a required format and standard symbols. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in...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

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

Case shows ever-changing nature of patent law

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The America Invents Act (AIA), passed almost five years ago, continues to substantially change patent law in the United States — and questions about the law’s effects are still being litigated. One important question...more

What are the USPTO’s Patent Plans for Fiscal Year 2017?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) explains several patent prosecution trends, goals, and programs to justify proposed spending of its collected fees in its recently-issued Fiscal Year 2017 Congressional...more

USPTO Issues Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2015

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently released its Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. In describing the USPTO's strategic and performance-planning framework, the 2015 report begins by...more

URGENT: Change to Correction of Claims for Foreign Priority Dates

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) provides that the filing date of an earlier foreign patent application may now be the effective prior art date for subject matter disclosed in a U.S. patent or a U.S. patent...more

Wertheim, Dynamic Drinkware and the AIA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Dynamic Drinkware, LLC v. National Graphics, Inc., the Federal Circuit held that in order for a patent to qualify as prior art as of its provisional application filing date, the provisional application must support the...more

USPTO Announces Change in Practice for Correcting Foreign Priority Claims

In a Federal Register notice published earlier this month (80 Fed. Reg. 60367), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced a change in practice for the correction of errors in foreign priority claims. Under the change in...more

Takeaways from Chisum’s Washington, D.C. September 2015 Seminar

On September 24-25, 2015, the Chisum Patent Academy held a two-day seminar at the offices of Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington, DC to discuss and debate current developments in U.S. patent law. The roundtable seminar group was...more

Progressive Obtains No Insurance at Federal Circuit - Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a non-precedential decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed several formal written decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) invalidating the appellant’s patents, while also...more

Did Recent Changes in the Patent Laws Turn the Page on the Need for Accurate Laboratory Notebooks?

by BakerHostetler on

With the enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. patent system moved to a “first inventor to file” approach for examining all applications having an effective filing date on or after March 16, 2013....more

Patenting: A Guidebook For Patenting in a Post-America Invents Act World

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Patenting - Patenting generally offers a superior means for legally protecting most inventions, particularly since: • copyright, when available, does not provide a broad scope of protection; and • the...more

Faster Is Not Always Better: Dangers of Quickly Filed Patent Applications

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The United States switched to a “first-inventor-to-file” patent system in 2013. Ever since, articles and client alerts have stressed the importance of filing your patent applications as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the...more

Final "Ministerial" Rule Amendments for Practice Before the PTAB

On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published its first "Final Rules" package of amendments to the Rule of Practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). Keeping with Director Lee's...more

Does the AIA Have a Prior Art Exception You Can Use?

U.S. patent applications filed after March 16, 2013, when the “First-Inventor-to-File” portion of the America Invents Act (AIA) took effect, have started to be published. Thus, it is a good time for applicants to consider...more

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