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Clarifying or Conforming? The EPO Bows to the European Commission

by Jones Day on

In December, we reported that the European Commission ("Commission") had issued an Interpretive Notice (2016/C 411/03) stating products produced by essentially biological processes should not be patentable. The notice came as...more

The United States Patent Office Totally Rejected Your Claims? Don't Panic!

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In my almost 17 years of practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO"), by far the most common telephone call I receive from inventors is a frantic inquiry about an Office Action received from the PTO...more

Why Inventions Fail

by Snell & Wilmer on

I. Introduction. U.S. and worldwide patent filings are at all-time highs. About 620 thousand patent applications were filed in the United States in 2016, and about 2.9 million patent applications were filed worldwide in...more

[Webinar] Drafting the “Global” Patent Application - June 14th, 10:00am ET

It all starts with drafting. A poorly drafted patent application, more often than not, leads to poor patent protection. The goal of providing enforceable claims starts and ends with a well drafted application. And what may be...more

The (Nuts and Bolts) of Application Formalities in China

China is in the midst of a tremendous patent boom. Worldwide, total patent application filings were up 7.8% in 2015, with China accounting for 84% of the total growth[1]. In 2015, the State Intellectual Property Office of the...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

Federal Circuit Invalidates Claim to Generating “Financial Risk” Reports

In the recent decision of Clarilogic v. Formfree Holdings, the Federal Circuit invalidated the patentee’s (Formfree) claim to a “computer-implemented method for providing certified financial data indicating financial risk...more

AliceStorm Update February 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

As many of my readers noticed, I didn't publish any of my own blogs in January and February. As it turned out, I suffered from a peculiar form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), what I would call SMIAD: Subject Matter...more

2016 – a year at a glance

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

What is a human? When is your best method not good enough? When is an inventor not an inventor? What happens when your patent application fails to deliver on its promise? These are just a few of the questions that the...more

Don’t Take Your Eye Off the Ball or Your Patent Assignment Will End Up in the Dirt

In Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Erie Indemnity Company, [2016-1128, 2016-1132] (March 7, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded in part the district court’s decision finding all claims of...more

"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" - Patents directed to deuterium modified drugs

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

In this the fourth instalment of our series of articles looking at the hot topic of the patenting of radiopharmaceuticals, we are taking a small side-step away from the radioactive isotopes to look at the area of deuterated...more

PTAB Finds Claims Directed to an MRI Machine Patent-Ineligible

by Knobbe Martens on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently held in Ex parte Itagaki and Nishiara (PTAB 2016) that claims reciting a magnetic resonance imaging apparatus are directed to ineligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. §...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

Spex Technologies Inc. v. Apricorn (C.D. Cal.)

Computer-Related Data Security Patents Found to Recite Patent Eligible Subject Matter - Spex sued Apricorn for infringing U.S. Patent Nos. 6,088,802 and 6,003,135 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of...more

Year in Review: The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

As 2017 begins and IP strategies are being developed for the new year, it is a good time to reflect on what IP issues were prominent in 2016. According to the many readers of Global IP Matters, hot topics included navigating...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

Guest Post -- USPTO Charting the Way for Subject Matter Eligibility

On November 2, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued an important and forward-looking memo on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions for patent applications that offered guidance for drafting...more

Palate Pleasing Zucchinis Dominate Squash Patenting

With Halloween over and Thanksgiving looming, recipes for butternut squash soup abound while caved-in pumpkin faces rot away in back alleys. For all their exotic shapes and colors, winter squashes remain tethered to autumnal...more

Boilerplate – New Consideration in View of Patent Subject Matter

by Knobbe Martens on

Can boilerplate language describing possible variations to an invention ever impact validity of a patent? Many software patents include standard “boilerplate” text describing many ways to implement an invention, such as by...more

Navigating 101 Eligibility - Waypoints from the Federal Circuit

by Knobbe Martens on

Applicants embarking on the journey of preparing and prosecuting a patent application can have a difficult time navigating the ever changing legal waters. One struggle is answering the question, “Are my claims patent...more

Roadmap to Software Patent Eligibility

Recent Federal Circuit cases provide direction on how to satisfy the PTO or the federal courts that software is eligible for a patent. Some key points include: - New ways of organizing data - New connections between...more

Patents: Important Facts, Takeaways, and Pitfalls to Avoid

by Snell & Wilmer on

1. Broad Claim Scope is Key. Merely getting a patent is not the goal. The goal is to maximize the scope of meaningful patent protection to which your invention is entitled. Put yourself in a competitor’s shoes - how would you...more

Netsirv v. Boxbee, Inc. (PTAB 2016)

A post grant review (PGR) is an administrative reconsideration of a recent-granted U.S. patent. The proceeding is held in the USPTO, before that body's Patent Trial and Appeal Board. A petition for PGR is timely if it is...more

Revenge of the Present Invention

by Knobbe Martens on

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

Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Continuation Application Filed on Same Day Parent Issues Satisfies § 120...

Last week, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., the Federal Circuit reversed the decision of the District Court for the District of Delaware that U.S. Patent No. 7,148,875 ("the '875 patent"), assigned to Immersion Corp....more

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