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EP Opposition and US Inter Partes Review Decisions Go Hand In Hand

It is often desirable to obtain patent protection for inventions both in Europe and the United States. As a result, competitors frequently look to Europe and the US as important jurisdictions for challenging the validity of a...more

Earthquake Coming? Supreme Court to Weigh Constitutionality of IPRs (2nd Article)

On June 12, the Supreme Court took certiorari on probably the biggest IPR case possible: a case challenging the constitutionality of IPRs on separation-of-powers and seventh amendment grounds. This comes just a few weeks...more

Supreme Court to Review Whether PTAB Must Address All Issues Raised in IPR Petition

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Echoing Judge Newman’s dissent in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision in SAS Institute, Inc. v. ComplementSoft, LLC, Case Nos. 15-1346; -1347 (Fed. Cir., Nov. 7, 2016) (per curiam) (Newman, J,...more

A Comparison of US and EPO Post Grant Practices

Challenging the validity of a patent through the courts of Europe and the United States can be a time-consuming and expensive process. Oppositions at the European Patent Office (EPO) and US post-grant cancellation...more

Earthquake Coming? Supreme Court to Weigh Constitutionality of IPRs

It’s no secret that patentees have been generally unhappy with both the process and outcomes of AIA reviews. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the entire AIA review system will be eliminated on...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 2

Preparing patent applications for examination at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires proficient writing, detailed knowledge of the requirements of the Patent Act, and technical acumen. Once a patent...more

Supreme Court to Determine the Future of the PTAB’s Post-Grant Reviews

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The key question for the Court is whether an agency or only an Article III court may cancel an issued patent - The Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No....more

When Final is Not So Final: Strategies for Overcoming Final Rejections

Typically, during prosecution of a U.S. application, a second or subsequent Office Action could be made final by the patent examiner at which time prosecution of the application is essentially closed. For an applicant who...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - June 2017

Revocation Proceedings Around the World - Mechanisms to challenge the validity of granted patents are available in many countries throughout the world. The June 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler’s Global Patent Prosecution...more

Patent Prosecution Data Analytics

Preparing patent applications for examination at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires proficient writing, detailed knowledge of the requirements of the Patent Act, and technical acumen. Once a patent...more

IPO Releases List of Top 300 Patent Holders for 2016

Life Sciences Top 55 - Last week, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) announced the release of its 34th annual list of the top 300 organizations receiving U.S. patents (see "Top 300 Organizations Granted...more

Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of AIA Inter Partes Review Proceedings

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The Supreme Court has granted a writ of certiorari challenging the constitutionality of inter partes review proceedings conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office under the America Invents Act. The Court’s...more

Justices to Consider if AIA Reviews Are Unconstitutional

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, 16-712, to consider “[w]hether inter partes review—an adversarial process used by the Patent and...more

Supreme Court Will Decide Whether IPRs Are Unconstitutional

by Knobbe Martens on

The Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari to address whether inter partes review – an adversarial process used by the Patent Office to determine the validity of existing patents – is unconstitutional in Oil...more

High Court to Address Constitutionality of Inter Partes Reviews

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, No. 16-712 (U.S. June 12, 2017) granted certiorari to decide next term if certain American Invents Act (AIA) review proceedings,...more

Is The Handwriting On The Wall For IPR's? Supreme Court To Decide…

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a grant of cert for Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, on appeal from the Federal Circuit....more

Oil States v. Lee Brings Mother of all IPR Cases to Supreme Court

On June 12, the Supreme Court took certiorari on probably the biggest IPR case possible: a case challenging the constitutionality of IPRs on separation-of-powers and seventh amendment grounds. This comes just a few weeks...more

Supreme Court Agrees To Review Challenge To Constitutionality Of AIA Inter Partes Review Proceedings

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

In a somewhat surprising decision, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari on June 12, 2017 to hear a challenge to the legality of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings implemented by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in...more

Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of AIA Reviews

It’s no secret that patentees have been generally unhappy with both the process and outcomes of AIA reviews. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the entire AIA review system will be eliminated on...more

Supreme Court to Review the Constitutionality of AIA Patent Review Proceedings

Yesterday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in a case that may have profound implications for U.S. patent law by abolishing inter partes reviews at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). In Oil States Energy...more

Supreme Court to Hear Constitutional Challenge to IPRs and Other Post-Grant Patent Reviews

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The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether inter partes review, the procedure that allows a Patent and Trademark Office tribunal to invalidate patents, is unconstitutional. A decision agreeing with the constitutional...more

Supreme Court to Review Constitutionality of IPR Proceedings

by Fish & Richardson on

Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No. 16-712 (U.S. cert. granted June 12, 2016) (Fed. Cir.: Per curiam (Moore, O’Malley, Hughes)) (PTAB) (5 of 5 stars). The Supreme has granted certiorari to...more

Examiner Citations of Smartgene, Cyberfone Drop After McRo Memo

by Fenwick & West LLP on

After Alice, the USPTO's various guidance memoranda included references to non-precedential Federal Circuit decisions, particularly Smartgene, Cyberfone, and Planet Bingo, as examples of patent-ineligible subject matter. ...more

Are Inter-Partes-Review Proceedings Constitutional? Supreme Court Will Weigh In

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Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of inter partes review...more

USPTO Management Changes – Who’s on First?

After USPTO Director Michelle Lee resigned quite suddenly on Tuesday, rumors and speculation have been the only constant. Early speculators bet that Drew Hirschfeld, current Commissioner of Patents, would get the job. (He is...more

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