United States Patent and Trademark Office Appeals

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves a fundamental role in the U.S. intellectual property system by issuing patents and registering trademarks.... more +
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Williamson Decision Will Encourage Patent Defendants to Challenge Software Claims

In Williamson v. Citrix Online, announced on June 16, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in a partially en banc opinion that claims expressed in terms of functionality can be subject to statutory requirements...more

New USPTO Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot Program

On June 15, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued Notice in the Federal Register announcing a new pilot program, the Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot. Under the program an appellant may have an ex...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

Summary of Recent Precedential Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions

In the past two months, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has issued three opinions citable as Board precedent. The following is a brief summary of each opinion and its precedential impact....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

No Special Rules Regarding Consideration of Expert Declarations in IPR Proceedings - In re International Business Machines Corp.

In a non-precedential opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to direct the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to create a particularized written standard for consideration of inter partes...more

Fairchild v. Power Integrations: Because of Right to Appeal, District Court Precludes Reference to Pending Reexamination...

Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. and Fairchild (Taiwan) Corp.'s (collectively, "Fairchild") moved in limine to preclude any reference to any pending reexamination proceeding or any completed reexamination proceeding of any...more

TTAB Appeal at USDC – Win or Lose – You Pay the USPTO Costs

On April 23, 2015, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (2-1) in the case of Shammas v. Focarino, that, win or lose, a party who files a U.S. district court appeal from a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board...more

The High Price of Challenging a Refusal to Register a Trademark in District Court

Applicants who challenge in a federal district court a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision that upholds a PTO refusal to register a trademark may be required to reimburse the government for PTO attorney fees, even if...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

Licensees Not Required to Do Due Diligence Where Inventor Falsely Claimed Exclusive Ownership - Yazdianpour v. Safeblood...

Addressing the grant of summary judgment dismissing a fraud claim where the licensee failed to check the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) website regarding rumors of the inventor’s previous dealings with another...more

Delay in Filing IDS Reduces Patent Term Adjustment - Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee

Addressing the issue of whether the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) properly calculated the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) based on an applicant’s filing of a supplemental information disclosure statement (IDS), the U.S....more

Recent IPR Guidance From a Trio of Forums

As inter partes review (IPR) practice continues to develop and practitioners feel their way around the edges, the last month brought helpful guidance from a trio of forums: the Federal Circuit, the Central District of...more

Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2015) - Filing of IDS after Response to Restriction Requirement Constitutes Failure to...

Last week, in Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granting summary judgment to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

Broadest Reasonable Interpretations for Inter Partes Review Proceedings Affirmed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently issued the first decision in an appeal of a final decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the "Board") under the America Invents Act ("AIA"). In the 2-1...more

Federal Circuit Upholds PTO Refusal to Withdraw Unauthorized Terminal Disclaimer - Japanese Found. for Cancer Research v. Lee

Addressing for the first time the issue of whether a terminal disclaimer filed without the client’s actual authority can be withdrawn, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s ruling...more

The US Department of Justice Seeks to Intervene in the Washington Redskins’ Trademark Suit to Defend the Constitutionality of the...

The Washington Redskins professional football team will soon not only be battling Native Americans over the registrability of the REDSKINS trademark, but will also have to cross swords with the US Government. Last week, the...more

Natural Products Whiplash

What you need to know: Two important developments in the last week have exacerbated confusion around patent protection for natural products and technologies that implicate laws of nature, calling into question the...more

Do-Gooders Won’t Take “No” For An Answer

About a month ago we posted an article on the dismissal of Consumer Watchdog’s appeal at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit following a loss at the USPTO in an inter partes reexamination. Consumer Watchdog, Inc. had...more

Tips for Writing Effective PTAB Appeals Briefs

Your patent application has been rejected – again. You are ready to file an appeal brief with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and tell three Administrative Patent Judges that the examiner is wrong. ...more

In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC Federal Circuit Argument -- The Patent Office Asks to Have Its Cake and Eat It Too

Last week, the Federal Circuit heard the first oral argument for the first appeal of an inter partes review ("IPR") final written decision for the first IPR ever filed (IPR2012-00001). ...more

Do-Gooders Need Not Apply

According to its mission statement, Consumer Watchdog is a non-profit entity “dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and...more

Kappos v. Hyatt Applies Broadly to Raising New Issues in District Court Actions

Troy v. Samson Mfg. Corp. - Addressing the scope of permissible new issues and evidence admissible in 35 U.S.C. § 146 district court proceedings, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a...more

Federal Circuit Sidesteps Constitutionality of AIA First-to-File Provision

MadStad Eng’g, Inc. v. USPTO - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit faced an issue of first impression when a named inventor on three patents challenged the first-inventor-to-file provision of the America...more

Patent Owner Cannot Assert a Claim That Is Missing a Material Limitation

H-W Tech., L.C. v. Overstock.com, Inc. - Addressing an attempt by a patent owner to assert a patent claim that was missing a material limitation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a summary...more

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