United States Patent and Trademark Office Patents

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USPTO Holds Patent Quality Symposium

On April 27th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a Patent Quality Community Symposium at the Office in Alexandria, VA (consistent with its efforts to disseminate its workforce into regional offices, the offices in...more

An Illuminating Discussion About Design Patents

Design patents protect the aesthetic appearance of a product or portion of the product. The aesthetic appearance is affected by a number of things, including whether the product is illuminated. However, how does one capture...more

Federal Circuit Review | April 2016

Federal Circuit Upholds Broad Scope of CBM Review and Explains that an Internet Reference Must be Indexed by a Search Engine to Qualify as a Prior Art Publication - In Blue Calypso, LLC v. Groupon, Inc., Appeal Nos....more

USPTO Seeks Comments on New Patent Quality Metrics

In a notice published in the Federal Register (81 Fed. Reg. 16142) last month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that new patent quality metrics were being designed for use in FY2017 and that the Office was...more

The Fantastical World of Justice Stephen Breyer

In a recent book entitled Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, author Adam Cohen examines the case of Buck v. Bell, where Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that "[t]hree...more

New Analyses of AIA Trial Data by Technology

The United States Patent & Trademark Office published new analyses along with its most recent update of AIA Trial Statistics. The update includes data through end of March 2016 and shows “Percent of Petitions Instituted by...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - April 2016

The 2015 Changes to the Federal Rules Matter for Your Patent Case and Tech Business: Getting in the Courthouse Door Just Got Tougher - It used to be that a complaint for patent infringement would survive a motion to...more

"After Period of High Invalidation Rates, New US Patent Challenge Procedures May Slow Down to Moderate Pace"

When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) began hearing post-issuance patent challenge proceedings under the America Invents Act in September 2012, the PTAB became one of the...more

Blog: Who Owns What: Patent Assignment and Ownership

A patent is a government-granted property right that can be used to exclude others from making, using or selling an invention for a specified time (how long depends on the type of patent). Patents can provide important...more

Court Can't Review Policy Behind Patent Term Adjustment Statute

In Singhal v. Lee, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a complaint that challenged the Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) awarded to two patents, because the complaint failed to state a claim upon...more

Estoppel is Not Invoked Simply Because Prior Art is Cumulative

After an Inter Partes Review (IPR) at the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is completed, validity and/or infringement of the patent may subsequently be determined by a U.S. district court. This situation...more

USPTO Publishes Substantive Changes to PTAB Rules

On April 1, 2016 the USPTO published the final rules that make substantive changes to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trial practice rules for inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM), and post-grant...more

Obtaining and Recording IP Assignments

The earliest-acquired and most valuable assets of a typical startup company are the elements of that company’s intellectual property, which may include copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Failure to...more

Estoppel Does Not Attach When Petitioner’s Grounds Are Denied As Redundant

Under 35 U.S.C. 315(e)(1), a petitioner in an inter partes review of a claim in a patent that has resulted in a final written decision by the Board may not request or maintain a proceeding before the Patent Office with...more

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Announces Rule Amendments for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

In an April 1, 2016 Federal Register Notice (“Notice”),1 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“Office”) finalized amendments to rules governing trial practice for inter partes review, post-grant review, transitional...more

USPTO Publishes New PTAB Trial Rules

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published in the Federal Register a final rule to amend the existing rules of practice for inter partes review, post-grant review, the transitional program for covered...more

New PTAB Trial Rules Will Apply to AIA Proceedings Effective May 2

Early last year, the USPTO released a set of “quick fix” changes to AIA trial procedures before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). On August 20, 2015, the USPTO proposed a second set of rule changes that addressed more...more

USPTO Releases Major AIA Rule Changes to Take Effect Soon

On March 31, 2016, the US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) filed a notice in the Federal Register adopting the amendments to AIA Proceedings that it proposed in August 2015 and subsequently opened for public...more

Amended PTAB Rules Give Patent Owners a Boost

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has unveiled a series of new rules that provide for significant changes to the procedures followed in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings, including inter partes...more

New Final Rules for Post-Grant Proceedings Published by USPTO on April Fools Day

The USPTO has gone ahead and finalized new rules for post-grant proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA) – despite heavy criticism that the rules do little to alter the lopsided nature of these proceedings. The new...more

Federal Circuit Carves Out Exception to IPR Estoppel Provisions

The Federal Circuit recently held that petitioners will not be estopped from raising in subsequent proceedings any noninstituted grounds deemed “redundant” by the Board or otherwise denied without meritorious consideration....more

Bass Continues Fishing; Pharma Seeks Sanctuary

It’s time for an update on Kyle Bass’s efforts to rid America of the pharmaceutical patents that support high priced drugs. Between February and September 2015, at least eleven investment funds organized by J. Kyle Bass and...more

Update: USPTO Finalizes New AIA Review Rules

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office finalized new America Invents Act (AIA) review rules on March 31, 2016 that will take effect in 30 days....more

Quality, Quantity and Comments: USPTO’s New Patent Quality Metrics

On Friday March 25, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office introduced its new patent quality metrics and requested comments from stakeholders on how to further improve the proposed changes (“2017 Proposed Changes”). The...more

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