United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Federal Circuit Explains Burden Shifting in IPRs

In re Magnum Oil Tools International, Ltd., __ F.3d __ (Fed. Cir. July 25, 2016) (Newman, O’MALLEY, Chen) (PTAB) (4 of 5 stars) The highly truncated nature of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings has led to concerns...more

PTAB Institution Decision Does Not Shift Burden from the Patent Challenger to the Patentee

The Federal Circuit previously clarified that a petitioner’s burden to prove unpatentability never shifts to the patent owner. See Dynamic Drinkware, LLC v. Nat’l Graphics, Inc. On July 25, 2016, the Federal Circuit’s In re...more

USPTO Issues Patent Eligibility Guidance In View Of CellzDirect and Sequenom

The USPTO issued a memorandum to the examining corps entitled Recent Subject Matter Eligibility Rulings (Rapid Litigation Management v. CellzDirect and Sequenom v. Ariosa) on July 14, 2016. The Patent 213 Blog has previously...more

Federal Circuit Holds Claims to Cell Freezing Methods to Be Patent-Eligible

On July 5, 2016, the Federal Circuit held that claims reciting methods for cryopreserving hepatocytes in U.S. Patent No. 7,604,929 ("the '929 patent") are eligible for patenting. The decision vacated a lower court's holding...more

LendingTree, LLC v. Zillow, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Claims of Another "Loan Application" Patent Invalidated under Section 101

In a nonprecedential opinion issued earlier today, the Federal Circuit invalidated claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101 that had survived the District Court in LendingTree, LLC, v. Zillow, Inc., Nextag, Inc., & Adchemy, Inc. This...more

PTO Cannot Raise & Decide Unpatentability Theories Never Presented by the Petitioner

In In re Magnum Tools International, Ltd., [2015-1300] (July 25, 2016) the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s determination that the challenged claims U.S. Patent No. 8,079,413 were invalid for obviousness. The Federal...more

In the Weeds Between Federal and State Law: Brand Name for Legal Marijuana Sales Denied Federal Registration

In a precedential opinion, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed a USPTO refusal to register the trademark HERBAL ACCESS on the basis the use of the mark in commerce was unlawful under the Controlled Substances...more

The Polyjuice Potion Is the Worst Prescription When Branding Marijuana Businesses: Lessons Learned From In re Morgan Brown

The recent Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision, In re Morgan Brown, (Herbal Access) denied registration for the Herbal Access mark for a retail store legally selling marijuana products in Washington state. The...more

Could the Flying Car Finally Take Off?

Autonomous vehicles have been hailed as the solution to overcrowded roads and their impact on America’s aging infrastructure. However, recent accidents involving automated vehicles have some wondering if having less cars on...more

Legal FAQ: Introduction to Patent Litigation

Who enforces a patent? When can a district court patent case be filed? What does the patent holder have to prove to win an infringement suit? Fenwick patent litigators Charlene Morrow and Dargaye Churnet cover these and other...more

2(c) or Not to See Political TM Speech?

That is the question, at least for the day. It’s also a question we hope the U.S. Supreme Court will address. In particular, does a careful focus on the USPTO’s routine application of Section 2(c) of the Lanham Act,...more

Patent Office Provides New Option for Addressing Final Rejections

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently initiated a Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (P3) to enhance prosecution during the time period after a final rejection and prior to the filing of a notice of appeal....more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - July 2016 #2

WBIP, LLC v. Kohler Co. (No. 2015-1038, -1044, 7/19/16) (Moore, O'Malley, Chen) - Moore, J. Affirming denial of JMOL that patent was invalid as obvious and lacked an adequate written description, affirming finding of...more

The Federal Trademark Statute Assumes Hillary Can’t Win

Today’s example of unintentional sexism comes to us from Section 2(c) of the Lanham Act. On its face, the language of the statute assumes that someone other than Hillary will win the 2016 presidential election – and it won’t...more

Revenge of the Present Invention

Patentees suing alleged infringers have learned from a long history of federal district court and Federal Circuit rulings that (paraphrasing the Miranda warning given to criminal suspects) “anything you say [in the patent or...more

USPTO offers a new tool for responding to Final Office Actions – Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program

On July 11, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced a new program, the Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program, for responding to a Final office action rejection in a patent application. The goal of...more

USPTO Implements Pilot Program to Support President's National Cancer Moonshot

Last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a notice in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 42328) regarding the implementation of a new pilot program that will provide for earlier review of patent applications...more

PTO Provides Additional Guidance on Patent Eligibility of Life-Sciences Method Claims

On July 14, 2016, the PTO sent a memorandum to the examining corps regarding the recent rulings in Rapid Litigation Management Ltd. v. Cellzdirect, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1570 (Fed. Cir. July 5, 2016), and Ariosa Diagnostics,...more

Patent Office Institutes Post-Prosecution Patent Program

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s new pilot program provides patent applicants with a valuable tool to efficiently and inexpensively advance prosecution after a final office action. The Patent Office...more

USPTO Releases Memorandum on Subject Matter Eligibility

On May 4th the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued its latest Guidance on how Examiners are to apply recent U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Circuit precedent related to subject matter eligibility (see "USPTO Issues Update...more

Patent Office Adds Another After Final Option for Applicants – P3

This week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced1 the Post-Prosecution Pilot Program (“P3”) for applicants to respond to a final rejection in a utility patent application. Under the P3, an applicant...more

Patent Office Propounds New Post-Prosecution Pilot Program

On Monday, July 11, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) launched its new Post-Prosecution Pilot Program, or “the P3.” The P3 is designed to test its impact on enhancing prosecution after a final office action but...more

#Trademarks?: Hashtags as Trademarks Revisited

Since our previous article on the emerging issue of trademark rights in hashtags, the use of hashtags in social media marketing has continued to grow. Described as the “ignition keys to a social media keyword search,”...more

Trademark Goods/Services Limitations, Why Not Exclude Any Federal Unlawful Activities?

Those involved in the cannabis industry — where certain activities are legal in some States, but unlawful under federal law — continue to search for creative strategies and solutions in protecting their trademarks and service...more

USPTO Patent Eligibility Guidance In View Of CellzDirect And Sequenom

On July 14, 2016, the USPTO issued a Memorandum to the Patent Examining Corps on patent eligibility in view of recent court decisions. The July 2016 Memorandum extracts more guidance for assessing patent eligibility from the...more

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