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IP Buzz - June 2014

In this issue: - Patent Reform: It's Alive! - Nautilus: New Test, Same Application? - Supreme Court Opens Door to Food and Beverage Label Challenges Under Lanham Act - Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank:...more

Docs @ BIO -- Federal District Court vs. the PTAB

Yesterday, BIO 2014 presented a session entitled "Navigating Patent Challenges Under the America Invents Act" during which the presenters analyzed the differences between patent challenges in Federal District Court and before...more

BIO International Convention 2014 Preview -- Part III: Post-Grant Patent Challenges and Biosimilar Regulatory Pathways

The 2014 BIO International Convention has already begun in San Diego, but most of the sessions and forums get underway beginning on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Patent Docs has been highlighting a few sessions or other...more

IP Buzz - Post Grant Practice - June 2014

In this issue: - Terminal Disclaimer Cannot be Used to Circumvent IPR Review Standard - IPR Spotlight Series: Evaluating Whether to File a Preliminary Patent Owner Response - Unscathed by Review: Recent...more

What Australian companies need to know about ‘patent oppositions’ in the US

Many Australian companies will be familiar with the pre-grant patent oppositions that are available under Australian law. Similarly, many Australian companies will be familiar with post-grant patent oppositions before the...more

PTAB Denies Late Attempt to Alter the Applicable Claim Construction Standard in an IPR

A recent decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) highlights the different claim construction standards that are ordinarily applicable in post-grant review proceedings and in district court, and...more

Federal Circuit Finds Consumer Watchdog Lacks Standing to Appeal Reexamination Decision Upholding WARF Stem Cell Patent

In Consumer Watchdog v. Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Federal Circuit held that an inter partes reexamination requester must establish an injury in fact sufficient to confer Article III standing in order to appeal...more

Post-Grant Report - May 2014: Playing Offense As A Defendant: Using Covered Business Method Review To Turn The Tables In Patent...

New patent infringement lawsuits fill the dockets every morning. The asserted patents are often directed to a process involving financial services or products, electronic commerce, or monetary matters. The patents may...more

Post-Grant Report - May 2014: The Scope Of Discovery In Inter Partes Review Proceedings

A significant difference in the new inter partes review (IPR) proceedings versus the previous inter partes and ex parte reexamination proceedings is the availability of discovery to both petitioners and patent owners in IPR...more

A Primer On Claim Amendments in Post-Grant Review

Bloomberg Inc. et al. v. Markets-Alert Pty Ltd. - In the final written decision of a covered business method (CBM) review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) sided with the petitioner, canceling all claims under...more

Advertising News & Analysis - May 2014

In this issue: - Leave Your Claims at the Border - Delaware Suit Shows You Can’t Escheat the Tax Man - FDA Sets Limit on Fishy Omega-3 Nutrient Value Claims - Your Guide to Post-Grant Patent...more

IP Buzz - April 2014

In this issue: - Endo Pharmaceuticals v. Actavis: An Analysis from a Transactional Perspective - Supreme Court to Consider Federal Circuit De Novo Review of Claim Construction in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc....more

Snapshot Overview of Options for Post-Issuance Challenges Before the PTAB

There are three available types of post-issuance challenges to the validity of a patent: (1) Inter Partes review; (2) Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents; and (3) Post-Grant Review. Another option not...more

Federal Circuit to Review PTAB Post-Grant Review Proceedings in SAP v. Versata: PTAB Jurisdiction; Grounds on Which Invalidity May...

On September 16, 2012, post-grant proceedings became available as means to challenge patent validity pursuant to the America Invents Act. The post-grant proceedings take place before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board...more

First AIA Roundtable Hints at More Conservative Approach to PTAB Review

On April 15, 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) hosted the first in a series of eight scheduled roundtable discussions intended to share information about the new America Invents Act (“AIA”) trials, including...more

Cumulative Art Rejections v. Estoppel: Balancing Competing Interests In IPR Petitions

Inter Partes Review, or IPR, is one of the new procedures implemented through the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act that challenges a patent’s validity at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent...more

Enlarged Board of Appeal referral – Challenging clarity of post-grant amendments

Lack of clarity is not a ground for opposition before the EPO, but can be raised against amendments filed during the opposition proceedings. In accordance with Article 101(3) EPC, any amendments made to a granted patent...more

Prosecution History of Original Examination as Intrinsic Evidence in Post-Grant Proceedings - Tempo Lighting, Inc. v. Tivoli, LLC

In a case arising from an inter partes reexamination while pending district court litigation was stayed for more than eight years, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part, vacated-in-part and...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to...more

Federal Circuit Issues Remand In Ten Year Reexamination Proceeding

In Tempo Lighting, Inc. v. Tivoli, LLC, the Federal Circuit vacated the decision of the U.S. Patent Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board that had reversed the Examiner’s rejection of most of the claims of the patent at issue....more

12 Observations on Covered Business Method Review

CBM: When the America Invents Act (AIA) was passed in 2011, it ushered in a number of new post-grant options to challenge and defend patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Oce. One of these newly-created...more

Pending Patent Legislation—Round Two of Patent Reform

The U.S. Congress is once again poised to enact a new round of patents reforms. It is important to know the potential impact the legislation could have on your intellectual property portfolio and to be prepared to act....more

The Five Ps of Patent Reform: What You Need to Know About the Patent Litigation Reform Legislation Moving Through Congress

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was passed by Congress and enacted into law on September 16, 2011. Named for its lead sponsors, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Act changed the U.S. patent...more

The Latest In Patent Reform: The Innovation Act (H.R. 3309)

Over the past year, various lawmakers have floated a flurry of patent reform proposals aimed at curbing patent litigation abuse by so-called “patent trolls,” or non-practicing patent enforcement entities. President Obama...more

Is Inventive Step In New Zealand “Udderly” Ridiculous?...And Will It Improve Under The New Legislation?

Under the present regime in New Zealand, the objection that a patent application lacks an inventive step is not available during prosecution and the burden of proof required to show a lack of inventive step in an opposition...more

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