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PTAB Holds Oral Hearings In Tecfidera Patent IPR and Interference

On November 30, 2016, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) held oral hearings in two different inter partes proceedings involving the Biogen Tecfidera® patent with the latest expiation date. First, it heard...more

Double-Checking the PTAB

By Bryan K. Wheelock, Principal The Federal Circuit’s docket is burgeoning with Patent Office appeals.  Three years ago there were 118 appeals from the USPTO pending before the Federal Circuit. Today there are 578.  The bulk...more

Disputes Regarding Objections To Admission Of Deposition Designations At Trial Are Overruled

Stark, C. J. Defendants’ objections to deposition testimony to be used at trial are overruled; plaintiffs’ objections to counterdesignations are likewise overruled. The parties have not presented their disputes as...more

USPTO's Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable on Dec. 5, 2015

On December 5, 2016 the USPTO will hold its second Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable to discuss issues in patent eligibility. The USPTO published a list of eighteen questions in anticipation of the event, dealing...more

Changes to the “But-For” Standard For Materiality at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office?

On October 28, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register proposing revisions to the materiality standard for the duty to disclose information in...more

Busting the Myth of the Unlimited RCEs

In June, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued a performance audit of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), “Patent Office Should Define Quality, Reassess Incentives, and Improve Clarity.” The report was...more

Federal Circuit Firmly Rejects PTAB Criteria For Covered Business Method Review - Brooks Kushman Post-Grant

In a recent panel decision that deviates from the Federal Circuit’s current tendency to defer to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s interpretation of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the court vacated a final written...more

A Patent Does Not Become a CBM Patent Because its Practice Could Involve a Potential Sale of a Product or Service

In Unwired Planet, LLC, v. Google, Inc., [2015-1812] (November 21, 2016) the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the PTAB’s final written decision in Covered Business Method Patent Review No. 2014-00006, that found the...more

PTO Releases New Memo on Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Decisions

In a memorandum to patent examiners dated November 2, 2016, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) addressed recent subject matter eligibility decisions. The memorandum was spurred by two precedential US Court of Appeals...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

Holiday Horror Series: Part 1- Could You Patent Christmas?!

The holidays are upon us. Given that everything seems to be protected by intellectual property rights, could someone protect Christmas? The most likely candidate to try to patent Christmas would be Santa Claus. But...more

Federal Circuit Reins in PTAB’s Use of CBM Reviews

In Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., Case No. 2015-1812 (Fed. Cir. November 21, 2016), the Federal Circuit rejected the PTAB’s broad application of CBM reviews to claims that are merely “incidental” or “complementary” to...more

Swearing Behind A Reference With Reasonably Continuous Diligence

In Perfect Surgical Techniques, Inc. v. Olympus America, Inc., the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision in an Inter Partes Review proceeding, finding that the PTAB imposed too...more

How Much Did the Federal Circuit Narrow Eligibility for Covered Business Method Review?

Earlier this week, the Federal Circuit narrowed the types of patents eligible for covered business method (CBM) review. In Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc., Case No. 15-1812, (Fed. Cir. Nov. 21, 2016) (“Unwired Planet”),...more

A Compelling Invention Story May Support Patent-Eligibility

The Mayo/Alice two-step patent-eligibility framework focuses on the patent claims. Nevertheless, recent Federal Circuit decisions have relied on patent specification statements to support holdings that the claims are...more

Magistrate’s Recommendation That The Case Be Dismissed For Lack Of Subject Matter Jurisdiction Is Adopted

Stark, C. J. Plaintiff’s objections are overruled and magistrate’s report and recommendations adopted in full. This case involves a challenge to the result of a PTO interference declared after September 15, 2012....more

Alert: Federal Circuit Narrows the Types of Patents That Can Be Challenged in a Covered Business Method Review

In many ways, inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) review are equivalent proceedings to challenge an issued patent efficiently. CBM proceedings have a key benefit in that they are not limited to...more

Federal Circuit Narrows Availability of CBM Patent Review

In a key decision that both patent owners and accused infringers need to be aware of, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has significantly narrowed the availability of "covered business method" (CBM) patent...more

Determining Patent Eligibility Pre-Claim Construction May Be Premature

For the third time in two months, the Federal Circuit took on patent subject-matter eligibility in Amdocs (ISRAEL) Ltd. v. Openet Telecom, Inc. In a divided opinion, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and held...more

Unwired Planet, LLC v. Google Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Federal Circuit Narrows USPTO's Definition of "Covered Business Method" - The America Invents Act (AIA) defines a covered business method (CBM) patent as "a patent that claims a method or corresponding apparatus for...more

Motion to amend complaint is denied for lack of diligence

Stark, C. J. Plaintiffs’ motion for leave to amend the complaint following issuance of a certificate of correction in the PTO. The motion was filed on September 6, 2016 and briefing was completed on September 16. The...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Fall 2016

Mean Girls v. The Right of Publicity: Lessons Learned From the Lohan and Gravano Lawsuits - On September 1, 2016, a New York appellate court ended two closely watched right of publicity lawsuits brought by Lindsay...more

USPTO Holds First Roundtable on “Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines”

On November 14th, the PTO hosted a roundtable discussion in Alexandria on s. 101 issues in which both industry reps and practitioners were invited to dissect the current Office guidelines. The structure was unique as there...more

10 Key Intellectual Property Issues for M&A Deals

Intellectual property (IP) issues are increasingly important factors in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. Of the various industry sector transactions included in recent American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law...more

USPTO Proposes Revisions to Materiality Standard

On October 28, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 9451), proposing revisions to the materiality standard for the duty to disclose information...more

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