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What Is the Latest on Amendments in PTAB Proceedings?

Among other topics, a recent web conference hosted by George Quillin and Jeff Costakos tackled the latest developments in amendment practice before the PTAB. The conference addressed the very recent Federal Circuit...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

July 2015 Update on Subject Matter Eligibility

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office updated its subject matter eligibility guidance ("Eligibility Update"). This update provides recommendations and resources for examiners in addition to those in the...more

Sequenom’s En Banc Petition

For any of us practitioners encountering increasing numbers of s. 101 rejection rejections of diagnostic claims based on Mayo and the March 2014 PTO Guidance – and that is pretty much any life sciences patent attorney – this...more

Protecting Diagnostic Innovation – Two Actor Infringement Liability

In Akamai Techs. Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., (August 13, 2015 Fed. Cir.) an en banc Federal Circuit unanimously held that direct infringement under Section 271(a) can occur...more

Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings Based on Unpatentability Under Section 101 Denied Where Patents Were Not Directed to an...

Defendants Motorola Mobility, LLC, Amazon.com, Inc., Apple Inc., Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Huawei Device USA, Inc., HTC Corp., HTC America, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and...more

Patent Trial & Appeal Board Finds Obscure Russian Doctoral Thesis Qualifies as Prior Art

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) recently provided important guidance for prior art “printed publications” asserted in invalidity challenges under the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) concerning a doctoral...more

Sequenom Requests Rehearing En Banc

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

Sequenom Seeks Rehearing En Banc

Sequenom, Inc. has filed a petition for rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit decision that held its diagnostic method claims invalid under 35 USC § 101. (You can read my synopsis of that decision here). Stakeholders in...more

Intellectual Property Alert: The USPTO Announces Additional Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C....

On July 30, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued additional guidelines for use by USPTO personnel in determining subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These additional guidelines follow the...more

Objections To Report And Recommendation Are Overruled In Part

Stark, C. J. The court rules on objections to the magistrate judge’s Report and Recommendation. Magistrate Burke issued a report and recommendation on April 28, 2015 and the parties filed objections. The court ruled as...more

Judgment On The Pleadings For Lack Of Patentable Subject Matter Is Granted

The disputed technology relates to the use of control and information signals embedded in electronic media content to generate output for display that is personalized and relevant to a user. The court finds that one...more

Court Recognizes Alice Decision Potentially Impacts Case by Allowing Late Motion for Judgment on Pleadings

Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC (“Mobile”), initiated a patent infringement case against United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”), in 2012 on U.S. Patent No. 5,786,748 on a method and apparatus for giving notification...more

Federal Circuit Continues to Nix Financial Patents

Patents covering software for use in the financial industry are increasingly being invalidated by the courts. Because of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), district...more

The USPTO Offers Additional Clarifications on Patent Eligibility

Since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its most recent ruling on patentable subject matter in June 2014, examiners, applicants, and practitioners have had a difficult time determining what is patentable subject matter. In Alice...more

In an IPR, Issue Preclusion Does Not Attach Until Appeal Rights Are Exhausted - SDI Technologies, Inc., v. Bose Corp.

Addressing issue preclusion in the context of an inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) allowed the patent owner to present patentability and admissibility arguments from a related IPR,...more

A Kinder, Gentler PTAB Allows Claim Amendments - REG Synthetic Fuels LLC v. Neste Oil Oyj

In a final written decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) agreed with the petitioner that the original challenged claims were unpatentable but at the same time granted the patent owner’s motion to amend,...more

Covered Business Patents Jurisdiction Continues to Develop - Apple Inc. v. Smartflash LLC

In three parallel decisions, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) determined that patents directed to validating payment and then granting access to data were eligible for covered business method (CBM) review and...more

PTAB Institutes Very First Post-Grant Review (PGR) - American Simmental Association v. Leachman Cattle of Colorado, LLC

Representing the first decision of its kind, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) instituted the first post-grant review (PGR) under the American Invents Act (AIA). American Simmental Association v. Leachman...more

Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Earlier this week, we noted that parties wishing to challenge IPR Final Written Decisions from the PTAB on appeal to the Federal Circuit would face an uphill challenge. However, even if that challenge is extremely difficult,...more

USPTO publishes a midyear supplementary update to interim guidance on subject matter eligibility

On July 30, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a midyear update to the 2014 Interim Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility (IEG). While, the IEG sheds a little more light on the topic, the...more

PTAB Decisions Add Some Clarity to Estoppel in AIA Post-Grant Proceedings

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) created three new mechanisms for members of the public, including competitors, to challenge the validity of an issued U.S. Patent. As of June 30, 2015, 3,160 petitions for inter...more

USPTO Issues Newly Updated Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility that Further Clarifies Examination Standards under 35 U.S.C....

Over the past few years, the Supreme Court’s decisions in Alice (Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S.Ct. 2347 (2014)) and Mayo (Mayo Collaborative Servs. v. Prometheus Labs., Inc., 132 S. Ct. 1289 (2012)), and other cases...more

Fetal DNA Test Cannot Give Birth to a Patent - Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., et al. v. Sequenom Inc., et al.

Addressing the issue of patent eligibility of a pre-natal testing invention, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed the district court’s judgement of invalidity under 35 U.S.C. § 101 with...more

Eisenberg Analyzes the 101 Exception for Patents Claiming Diagnostic

PatentlyO recently posted a nearly final draft of a paper writer by Professor Rebecca Eisenberg that will be published in the Journal of Science and Technology Law (note to author – fix fn 23). (A copy can be found at the end...more

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