United States Patent and Trademark Office Administrative Procedure Act

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Federal Circuit Tosses PTAB Decision

The Federal Circuit vacates a decision by the PTAB for relying on facts raised for the first time at oral argument. Executive Summary - On March 15, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated...more

Federal Circuit Weighs in on 3 Aspects of IPR Proceedings in Synopsis v. Mentor Graphics

On February 10, 2016, in Synopsys Inc. v. Mentor Graphics, the Federal Circuit answered several new questions about the PTAB’s duties and the Federal Circuit’s powers of review during and after an inter partes...more

Overview of Comments on the USPTO's July 2015 Update to the Interim Examination Guidance

In late July, the USPTO issued its July 2015 Update to the 2014 Interim Section 101 Patent Eligibility Guidance (IEG). The July 2015 Update addresses a number of the issues and concerns raised in the public comments to the...more

Special Circumstances Justify USPTO Release of Confidential Information About Pending Patent Applications - Hyatt v. Lee

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can release confidential information about pending patent applications under special circumstances the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided. Hyatt v. Lee, Case No....more

Patent Term Adjustment of Parent Application Does Not Extend to Continuation Applications - Hossein Mohsenzadeh v. Michelle K. Lee

Addressing for the first time whether a patent term adjustment in a parent application is applicable to continuing applications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s summary judgment...more

Daiichi Sankyo Co. v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Earlier this month, in Daiichi Sankyo Co. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision by the District Court for the District of Columbia granting summary judgment to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office...more

Federal Circuit Upholds USPTO Post-Wyeth Patent Term Adjustment Procedures

In Daiichi Sankyo Co. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit upheld the USPTO’s post-Wyeth Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) procedures, and found that the USPTO did not abuse its discretion when it limited the Interim Procedures to...more

PTO Refusal to Terminate Ongoing Proceeding Is Not Immediately Reviewable - Automated Merchandising Systems, Inc. v. Lee

Addressing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) refusal to terminate four inter partes reexaminations after a corresponding district court action was terminated, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

PTO Revival Rulings Are Not Subject to Collateral Attacks by Third Parties - Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC v. Lee

Addressing whether third parties have the right to challenge a patent revival ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

No Collateral Challenge of Patent Application Revival

In Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC v. Lee, the Federal Circuit held that the USPTO’s decision to revive a patent application “is not subject to third party collateral challenge” under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). In so...more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2015

RAND Commitment Relevant to Damages - In ERICSSON, INC. v. D-LINK SYSTEMS, INC., Appeal Nos. 2013-1625, -1631, -1632, and -1633, the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part the district court’s judgment...more

Patent Watch: Pregis Corp. v. Kappos

[A] third party cannot sue the PTO under the APA to challenge a PTO decision to issue a patent. On December 6, 2012, in Pregis Corp. v. Kappos, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Prost, Clevenger,...more

Kappos v. Hyatt (2012)

That rarest of rara aves issued from the Supreme Court yesterday, an affirmance of a Federal Circuit opinion in Kappos v. Hyatt. Perhaps it is because, as in Stanford v. Roche one of the parties was the government (here,...more

Kappos v Hyatt

Kappos v Hyatt

There are no limitations on a patent applicant’s ability to introduce new evidence in a §145 proceeding beyond those already presentin the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. If new evidence is...more

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