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Beware of the CIP—Parent Applications Can Be Prior Art

Companies file patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to protect promising innovations. Often, however, improvements, additional uses and refinements surface after filing a patent...more

Sonos Forward-Publishes Patents: Strategic Upside, Limited Downside

Sonos' policy to forward-publish its patents seems to be more a calculated public relations move with some strategic upside and limited downside....more

Eastern District of Texas Adopts Model Order for Focusing Patent Claims and Prior Art

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Chief District Judge Leonard Davis, on behalf of the Eastern District of Texas, adopted a model "Order Focusing Patent Claims and Prior Art To Reduce Costs." The Model Order's goal is to reduce...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

USPTO Opposes Certiorari in Finjan v. USPTO

Last month, in an opposition brief filed by attorneys for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Department of Justice, the Office asked the Supreme Court to deny petitioner's writ of certiorari in Finjan, Inc. v. United...more

Maximizing the Value of Pre-AIA Patent Applications Using First-to-File Regime – Part III

In this final post of our trilogy, we present a third scenario where the first-to-file regime under AIA offers previously unavailable opportunities for disqualifying certain prior art references....more

Maximizing the Value of Pre-AIA Patent Applications Using First-to-File Regime – Part II

Our previous post discussed the need for invoking the first-to-file regime in order to maximize the value of certain pre-AIA applications that claim foreign priorities. Here, we present another scenario where the different...more

Patent Watch: Regents of the Univ. of Minn. v. AGA Med. Corp.

In disclaiming claim coverage in light of certain prior art, the applicant does not thereby act as a lexicographer, redefining individual words....more

More Changes to U.S. Patent Laws Coming From Implementation of 2012 Treaties Act

While much attention has been given to the recent, significant changes in U.S. patent law arising from the America Invents Act (“AIA”), lesser attention has been given to patent law changes brought about by further...more

How to File for a Patent

Knobbe Martens’ patent attorneys Russell Jeide and Scott Cromar hosted a seminar series on intellectual property basics for Temecula’s business community. Entrepreneurs, investors, startups, inventors and anyone interested in...more

A Cautionary Tale for Patent Applicants

When should a patent application be filed? Should it be filed prior to submission of a manuscript or abstract for peer-review or just prior to publication? In highly competitive technologies, it is prudent to file as soon as...more

Maximizing the Effect of Patent Applications as Prior Art Under the AIA

Now that we are less than one month away from implementation of the First-Inventor-To-File provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), stakeholders are considering whether to file new patent applications now, to secure...more

Major Changes to Australian Patent Law – Act Now to Benefit From Current Law

On 15 April 2013, the bulk of 'Raising the Bar' amendments to the Australian Patents Act come into effect. These amendments will change Australian patent law significantly by raising patentability and specification...more

USPTO Considers Best Practices to Improve Patent Application Quality

In a Federal Register Notice published January, 13, 2013, the USPTO asks the public to consider potential best practices aimed at improving patent application quality ”in order to facilitate examination and bring more...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

Top Ten Reasons To File Your Patent Applications Before March 16, 2013

The recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA) introduces major changes to the U.S. patent laws, with some significant provisions taking effect on March 16, 2013. These provisions provide several compelling reasons to file...more

Major Patent Law Changes First-to-File Provisions - Effective March 16, 2013

On Saturday, March 16, 2013, the “first-inventor-to-file” provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) go into effect. These provisions replace the current “first-to-invent” system. In addition to various other...more

America Invents Act of 2011: Major Changes in the Law

Patent litigation can be analogized to a game of chess. In chess each player has six distinct pieces – the king, queen, rook, bishop, knight, and pawn – each with its own strengths and weaknesses. In patent litigation,...more

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