United States Patent and Trademark Office America Invents Act

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The Status of Business Method Patents

Business method patents have a checkered history. They were once very much in vogue—numerous such patents issued, and many of them were litigated. Then, about two years ago, Congress enacted a special procedure that made it...more

Newsflash, Politico: ‘Patent Death Squad’ Alive and Well

Politico, the popular political journalism publication, recently ran the story “Patent Reform Advocates: PTO Process Not Patent ‘Death Squad.’” The story was based on a blog post by patent reform advocate Unified Patents. ...more

Rebalancing Your IP Portfolio

Financial advisors often advise their clients to maintain a balanced investment portfolio. Occasionally these advisors recommend rebalancing the investments within a portfolio to account for changes in market...more

An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was...more

Federal Circuit En Banc Decision in Williamson v. Citrix Overrules Long Line of Precedent Regarding Functional Claiming and § 112,...

On June 16, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Williamson v. Citrix Online, overruling en banc a long line of precedent regarding functional claiming and affirming a District Court decision finding asserted...more

Congress Continues to Promote Patent Reform Efforts

In recent years, Congress has devoted a great deal of attention to patent reform. Those efforts led in 2011 to passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was the most extensive revision of the patent laws in...more

Life Sciences Litigation Update - May 2015

Trends in Post-grant Review of Orange Book Patents. The America Invents Act’s post-grant challenges (“AIA proceedings”) continue to grow as an option for companies challenging a patent’s validity. In the first full fiscal...more

Technological Invention Exception Key to Foiling CBM - Bloomberg Finance LP v. Quest Licensing Corporation; Apple Inc. v....

In four orders addressing the requirements for instituting a covered business method (CBM) review, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)) found the “financial product or service”...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Spring 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 2

In This Issue: - After B&B Hardware, What is the Full Scope of Estoppel Arising From a PTAB Decision in District Court Litigation? - When You Don’t Know What You Know: The Role of Unappreciated Inherency in the...more

Group of National and State Organizations Asks Congress to Enact Legislative Reforms to Maintain Strong Patent System

Last month, more than 90 national and state advocacy organizations sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, urging Congress to enact legislative reforms that will maintain a strong and...more

File inventor oaths/declarations early in US national stage applications

Since the implementation of the America Invents Act, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has allowed applicants in utility patent applications to postpone the filing of an inventor’s oath or declaration...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

Final "Ministerial" Rule Amendments for Practice Before the PTAB

On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published its first "Final Rules" package of amendments to the Rule of Practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). Keeping with Director Lee's...more

Payment Information Does Not Necessarily Make a CBM - SEGA of Am., Inc. v. Uniloc USA, Inc

Addressing the issue of what qualifies as a covered business method (CBM) under the America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution of...more

Patent Prosecution Updates

On April 14, 2015, the House of Representatives introduced a bill to amend the pre-filing grace period provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). The bill, entitled "Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015" (H.R. 1791),...more

USPTO Medical Device Technology Fair

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is hosting a Medical Tech Fair & Medical Device Partnership Meeting on June 2-3, 2015....more

Why the Grace Period Restoration Act Is a Bad Idea

Representatives Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Conyers (D-MI) have introduced the “Grace Period Restoration Act of 2015? (H.R. 1791) to “correct the drafting problem in the Leahy-Smith American Invents Act relating to the grace...more

Does the AIA Have a Prior Art Exception You Can Use?

U.S. patent applications filed after March 16, 2013, when the “First-Inventor-to-File” portion of the America Invents Act (AIA) took effect, have started to be published. Thus, it is a good time for applicants to consider...more

Federal Circuit’s Initial Reaction to Teva

In the nearly three months since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that subsidiary factual findings in claim construction proceedings must be reviewed for clear error, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has decided...more

USPTO makes changes to AIA post grant proceedings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be making a series of rule changes to America Invents Act reviews. Some will be effective immediately, others will be implemented in phases. The rule changes are a direct response to...more

New procedures available for invalidating patents before the USPTO

Business executives have long struggled with whether to defend a patent infringement suit in court, try to settle the dispute for less than the cost/risk of defending it, or seek to deal with the problem patent by requesting...more

USPTO Responds To Criticism By Promising PTAB Rule Changes That Should Benefit Patent Owners

Newly appointed USPTO Director Michelle Lee has responded to public criticism of the post-grant patent review mechanisms provided by the America Invents Act (AIA) by announcing in her blog last week that the government will...more

Federal Circuit Panel Blesses BRI Standard for Claim Construction at PTAB But Another Panel May Not

The Cuozzo v. Garmin case, discussed in our blog in January, has been decided in favor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A divided panel decided 2-1 to uphold the USPTO’s claim construction standard used by the...more

PTAB is Revising the AIA rules

On March 27, 2015, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) Director Michelle Lee announced on the agency’s website that a three-phase rule change for improving Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) trial proceedings is in...more

USPTO Announces Immediate Changes to AIA PTAB Page Limits

Responding to feedback from petitioners and patent owners, the USPTO disclosed a plan to revise the procedural rules governing post grant proceedings under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”). USPTO Director Michelle...more

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