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Korea Quarterly - September 2016

Controlling Costs in International Arbitration - Arbitration is an efficient means for resolving business disputes because it offers more flexibility than court proceedings and enables the parties to choose arbitrators...more

Yeda Research and Development Co. v. Abbott GmbH & Co. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Before the Supreme Court's recent forays into the topic of subject matter eligibility in patent law, the most contentious line of cases (from the Federal Circuit) concerned the written description requirement of Section 112. ...more

Federal Circuit Overturns PTAB Denial of Motion to Amend Claims in IPR Proceeding

Veritas Technologies LLC v. Veeam Software Corp., No. 2015-1894 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 30, 2016). On recurring controversy in AIA trials is the difficulty patent owners face meeting the PTAB’s strict requirements for amending...more

USPTO Announces Changes to EFS-Web Payments for Deposit Accounts and EFTs

In a Patent Alert email distributed earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that beginning on Monday, October 17, 2016, EFS-Web users who wish to use a deposit account or electronic funds transfer...more

Federal Circuit is In Sync with Patent’s Validity Under Section 101

The Federal Circuit overturned a District Court ruling that a patent directed to automated lip synchronization and manipulation of animated characters’ facial expressions was invalid under Section 101 as being an abstract...more

Federal Circuit: Go whole-hog on validity below if you want to contest an independent determination of invalidity on appeal

Think you’ve won on validity at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and your claims are safe on appeal? “Not so fast,” says the Federal Circuit in Software Rights Archive, LLC v....more

Federal Circuit Determines Lip-Sync Animation Software is Patent Eligible, and Not An “Abstract Idea”

On September 13, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in McRO, Inc. v. Bandai Namco Games America, that provides a favorable decision applicants and patentees can cite in seeking to obtain and defend claims directed...more

McRo: Preemption Matters After All

The Federal Circuit has released its long-awaited opinion in McRo v. Bandai, reversing the lower court’s decision that the claims were ineligible subject matter. McRo’s invention in U.S. 6,307,576 was a method used in 3D...more

A New Business Model: The IPR Troll

In my last post, I discussed new proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA) of 2012 which a company can use to challenge third party patents. One of the more popular of these procedures is the Inter Partes Review (IPR)....more

USPTO News Briefs - September 2016

USPTO Announces Interim Authentication Method for EFS-Web and Private PAIR - On September 13, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced via a Patent Alert e-mail that a new authentication option for EFS-Web and...more

CIMZIA Does Not Infringe Yeda’s Monoclonal Antibody Patent

In UCB, Inc. v. Yeda Research and Development Co., the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that UCB, Inc.’s Cimzia® (certolizumab pegol), a biologic medicine...more

USPTO Issues Notice of Roundtable and Request for Comments on Importing Prior Art Automatically and Streamlining Patent Issuance

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 59197) requesting written comments regarding two issues: (1) how the Office can better leverage other applications...more

Post-Prosecution Pilot Program: File yours while you still can

During its August Patent Quality Chat, the USPTO discussed the recently launched Patent Prosecution Pilot Program (P3). The P3 program is a hybrid of the After-final Consideration Pilot (AFCP 2.0), which has been available...more

Supplemental Examination: Potential Benefits vs. Guaranteed Risks

The America Invents Act of 2011 introduced supplemental examination of patents as a post-grant process intended to limit expensive and unpredictable inequitable conduct litigation and improve patent quality. As codified, 35...more

USPTO Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program

In July 2016, the USPTO launched the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program to provide a fast-track review for cancer immunotherapy-related patent applications without the need for applicants to pay a petition fee. Under this...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

Federal Circuit Will Review PTAB Rules for Claim Amendments in AIA Reviews

The full US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has issued an order granting en banc review of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’s or Board’s) rules governing amendments filed in the course of America Invents Act...more

Despite PTAB “Sweet Talk” Federal Circuit Reverses Invalidity Of Deicing Patent

The Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidity decision last week that had found a patent for a molasses-based, road deicing agent obvious over earlier patents on sugar-related inventions. The...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

Protect Your Intellectual Property or Else

With an increasingly competitive marketplace challenging traditional business models, protecting intellectual property in the automotive industry has never been more vital. Among a business's most valuable assets are the four...more

Federal Circuit Rebukes PTAB for Shifting Burden of Proof to Patentee in IPR

Reaffirming the petitioner’s burden of proof codified in 35 USC § 316(e), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) finding the patent owner’s...more

When Applying Alice, Evaluate the Invention as a Whole

Addressing for the first time eligibility issues under 35 USC § 101 for a method of preserving organ cells, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s ruling that the claims were directed to...more

Patents: Important Facts, Takeaways, and Pitfalls to Avoid

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

Federal Circuit Holds the PTAB Must Apply Narrower Phillips Claim Construction Standard to Patents that Expire During Pendency of...

In In re CSB-System Int’l, Inc., No. 15-1832 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 9, 2016), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently held that patents that expire during a pending re-examination before the Patent Trial and Appeal...more

Is Final Really Final? Alternative Patent Prosecution Routes after a Final Office Action

The prosecution of a patent application before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can be a prolonged and costly process. The patent prosecution process can include the issuance of an Office Action by the USPTO and...more

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