United States Patent and Trademark Office Patents

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PGR Report -- The Attack of 35 U.S.C. § 112

Last week, on September 2, 2014, Accord Healthcare, Inc. ("Accord") filed what appears to be the second-ever Post-Grant Review ("PGR") (see Petition). This PGR was for U.S. Patent No. 8,598,219 ("the '219 Patent"), which is...more

The Importance of the One-Year AIA Timeline

Rackspace US, Inc. v. Personal Web Techs., LLC - Addressing the one-year time frame for completing inter partes review (IPR) in the context of a stay request, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial...more

Using the US Patent and Trademark Office to Neutralize Invalid Patents

How do you deal with a patent that may cover a product or service that you plan to make, use, sell, or import? What happens if one of your competitors controls that patent? Or if you receive a letter threatening a patent...more

Injunction and Civil Contempt Remedy Vacated After PTO Cancels Claim in Reexamination

ePlus, Inc. v. Lawson Software, Inc. - Addressing whether an injunction and civil contempt were proper after the sole claim on which the injunction was based was cancelled, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

Patent Owner Bears Burden of Proving Proposed Claims Patentable

Harmonic, Inc. v. Avid Tech., Inc. - Addressing the patent owner’s burden of showing non-obviousness in an inter partes review (IPR), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB, or...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

United States: IP and Antitrust

United States antitrust law seeks to encourage free and open competition by preventing exclusionary conduct that threatens the competitive process. Intellectual property rights (IPR) laws, by contrast, are designed to...more

Analysis of Preliminary Examination Instructions in view of the Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank.

On June 25, 2014, just six days after the Supreme Court decided Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the USPTO issued its Preliminary Examination Instructions (“Guidance”) in view of the case. ...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

Post-grant review, continued: Inter partes, covered business methods

In my last post, I detailed some of the most common frustrations with patent litigation and how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offers alternative ways to challenge issued patents. I provided descriptions of two of the...more

USPTO to Host America Invents Act Roadshow in Seven Cities Nationwide

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it will host seven roadshow events across the country to increase public understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act. The...more

A Powerful Tool: Challenging Assertion during Patent Prosecution

Patent claims can be rejected, during patent prosecution, for a very large variety of reasons. A proper rejection is factually based. Examiners for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and patent practitioners...more

Utility Patent Trends Gleaned from the IPO’s 2014 IP Record

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) recently released its 2014 IP Record, an annual report detailing intellectual property trends in the United States and the top five patent offices from around the world. The...more

10 Important Points to Note When Filing a Utility Patent Application in the United States

The inventor(s), the applicant (if not an inventor) and his or her attorney and others involved in preparation or prosecution of the application have a duty of candor in dealing with the United States Patent and Trademark...more

Claim Scope Based on Claim Construction Submitted in IDS

Golden Bridge Tech., Inc. v. Apple Inc. - Addressing the doctrine of prosecution disclaimer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s summary judgment of non-infringement, finding...more

An Inexpensive Alternative to Patent Litigation

The America Invents Act (AIA), passed in September 2011, provides additional procedures to challenge the validity of patents in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). These “post grant” procedures are far less...more

Federal Circuit Review (August 2014)

Post Grant Review of Patent Favors Stay of Litigation - In VIRTUALAGILITY INC. v. SALESFORCE.COM, INC., Appeal No. 14-1232, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court's denial of a motion to stay pending a post...more

Will the USPTO Respond to Public Feedback of Its Eligibility Guidance?

Periodically, the USPTO holds open meetings with the public to discuss its thinking on current topics relating to the patent procurement process. Late last week, the Biotechnology, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Customer...more

Beware of the CIP—Parent Applications Can Be Prior Art

Companies file patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to protect promising innovations. Often, however, improvements, additional uses and refinements surface after filing a patent...more

H-W Technology, L.C. v. Overstock.com, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Proofread your claims before you sue! - Even obvious clerical errors in patent claims can doom your lawsuit if not corrected before suit is filed. This was evident in H-W Technology, L.C. v. Overstock.com, Inc.,...more

PTO post-grant review: Patent issuance is not end of the line

So, you find yourself a defendant in a patent infringement suit. Some patent holder has filed a lawsuit claiming that your company is infringing on their patented technology. The patent holder threatens to shut your business...more

Final office action rejecting claim sufficient to support stay pending appeal

In 2013, a jury found the four defendants liable for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,841,146 (“Reflector”). The defendants appealed to the Federal Circuit and filed for a reexamination of the patent. In the instant action,...more

Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- AUTM, COGR, AAU, and APLU

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

Judge Crotty denies attorney and expert fees

In a matter related to Case no. 1:13–cv-01358–PAC, Abbvie requested attorney and expert fees following the court’s determination that U.S. Patent No. 7,846,442 (“Methods of treating rheumatoid arthritis with an anti-TNF-alpha...more

Yamanaka iPSC Patent Challenged

Dr. Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Dr. John B. Gurdon for their respective discoveries that mature, specialized cells can be reprogrammed to become immature...more

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