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Contributing to a patent claim might not make you a co-inventor

A decision by the Full Federal Court of Australia has found that even if you have contributed to an invention and your contribution has led to a patent claim, you may not be a co-inventor for that claim. The case...more

Freedom to Utilize Genetic Resources? The Nagoya Protocol Two Years Later

Two years ago today, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (“Protocol”) entered into international...more

Eight Ways to Strengthen Your Patent Portfolio

Today, building a strong patent portfolio is critical for businesses wanting to create exclusive technology sectors to generate greater market share and profits. A strong patent portfolio also provides defensive leverage...more

Selecting a Patent Attorney and Avoiding Invention Marketing Companies

I. Considerations When Selecting a Patent Attorney. A. The Goal - The goal is to obtain a patent with valuable, broad claim scope. You want a patent potentially worth millions - not a worthless piece of paper...more

Revenge of the Present Invention

Patentees suing alleged infringers have learned from a long history of federal district court and Federal Circuit rulings that (paraphrasing the Miranda warning given to criminal suspects) “anything you say [in the patent or...more

How an object statement can bring down your patent

An Australian Court has just ruled that for a given patent claim to be valid, every promise about the invention in the specification must be delivered by enacting that claim....more

Patent Seekers for Card Games Get Dealt a Bad Hand

The U.S. Patent Office has long granted patents on new card games, but the path for patenting card games was narrowed by a Federal Circuit ruling last Thursday. In In Re Smith, the Federal Circuit Court ruled that patent...more

Building a Valuable Patent Family Using the Technique of Functional Deconstruction

There are several advantages to pursing protection for a key innovation in the form of a “family” of patents and pending patent applications. These include the possibility of obtaining protection in the form of claims...more

GUEST POST: David Lisch on the Basics of Intellectual Property Law for Start-Ups (Part 2-Patents)

A patent protects “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof” 35 U.S.C. § 101. Unlike trademarks, which protect a brand name and recognition, a...more

Applying for a Patent? Tell a Good Invention Story!

What do Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, and a well-drafted patent application have in common? They all tell good stories, of course! Telling a good story in a patent application is especially important for inventions in...more

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

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 ability...more

Nichia Corporation v Arrow Electronics [2015] FCA 699

The key issue - The key issue considered in this judgment was the criteria under which a single claim could be considered to define multiple forms of an invention, with each form of the invention attributed its own...more

Federal Circuit Holds Sequenom Diagnostic Method Patent Invalid Under 101

On Friday, June 12, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., affirming the district court's finding that Sequenom’s claims are invalid under 35 USC § 101. The court's...more

Think Twice When Writing About the “Invention” in a Patent Application

Two recent Federal Circuit decisions emphasize that characterizing the “present invention” by using that term in a U.S. patent application specification can limit the claims according to that characterization. See...more

Don’t call your invention “the present invention”?

AstraZeneca AB v. Hanmi USA, Fed. Cir. Case No. 2013-1490 (nonprecedential) - A specification and a claim have distinct functions; a specification “describes” the invention and a claim “defines” the invention. One of...more

Five Patenting Lessons Exemplified by Google’s Glucose-Sensing Contact Lenses

Google recently announced on its blog that its “Google-X” laboratory is testing a prototype “smart” contact lens that includes a miniaturized electronic sensor designed to measure glucose level in the wearer’stears. I...more

Galderma Laboratories, L.P. v. Tolmar, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

When does a prior art disclosure of a concentration range of a medicament render obvious the use of a species that falls within that range, when that same use was also known in the prior art? After all, common sense should...more

In re Adler (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Ever since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in KSR Int'l Co. v. Teleflex Inc., 550 U.S. 398 (2007), both the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the courts have found it easier to render a decision that a claimed...more

Don't Just Patent Everything, You Need To Have A Strategy

You can't patent it all. Inventors often want to patent every potentially novel detail of their technologies and patent attorneys are sometimes willing to help them do it. However, this type of unfocused, shotgun approach...more

Will Raising The Bar Changes Affect “Means-Plus-Function” Language In Australia?

The use of means-plus-function language has been a settled matter in Australia – such language allows a feature of an invention to be claimed, broadly, as being all ways to achieve some function or result. An article on this...more

The First-to-File Patent System is Coming - Optimize Your System Now

On March 16, 2013, the "first-to-file" provisions of the America Invents Act ("AIA"), will take effect, replacing the current first-to-invent system. Here we provide specific recommendations to optimize protection of your...more

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