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PTAB Strategies and Insights - January 2018

The PTAB Strategies and Insights Newsletter is designed to be a valuable resource for all stakeholders in the global patent arena throughout the patent life cycle. To that end, articles will provide perspectives from both...more

PTAB Designates Informative Decisions on Timeliness of IPR Petitions

by Knobbe Martens on

In wake of the Federal Circuit’s Wi-Fi One decision, the PTAB has designated two of its decisions as informative on the issue of IPR petition timeliness under § 315(b). This statute provides that an IPR may not be instituted...more

How Much is That Issue Fee Payment in the Window?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A new USPTO fee schedule took effect on January 16, 2018, which usually means that all fees must be paid at the new (higher) rate. However, thanks to revisions to 35 USC § 151 effected by the Patent Law Treaties...more

Timeliness Determinations for Inter Partes Review Now Subject to Appellate Review

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On January 8, 2018, the en banc Federal Circuit, in Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp., held that a PTAB decision upon institution as to whether a petition for inter partes review is timely under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) is...more

The China Food and Drug Administration pushes forward on conditional approval and compassionate use of new drugs

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 20, 2017, the China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA“) released two draft documents for public comment: (1) Conditional Approval for Urgently Needed Drugs Technical Guidance (the “Draft Conditional Approval...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

The Supreme Court is taking another patent case, granting certiorari in WesternGeco v. Ion. A divided panel of the Circuit had ruled that the plaintiff was not entitled to lost profits as a result of the sale of components of...more

Wi-Fi, One v. Broadcom: En Banc Federal Circuit Held The Time-Bar Determinations (§ 315(b)) Appealable

n its first en banc decision of 2018, the Federal Circuit held that “judicial review is available for a patent owner to challenge the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s determination that the petitioner satisfied the...more

PTAB Designates Two 35 U.S.C. §315(b) Cases Informative

by Jones Day on

On January 10, 2018, the PTAB designated two decisions weighing on 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) as informative: Luv N’ Care, Ltd. v. McGinley, IPR2017-01216, Paper 13 (P.T.A.B. Sept. 18, 2017) (AIA § 315(b), insufficient funds at...more

US Federal Circuit Rules That PTAB Timeliness Rulings for IPR Petitions Are Subject to Judicial Review

by Dechert LLP on

In a 9-4 split, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc ruled that Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) determinations as to whether an inter partes review (IPR) petition was timely filed are reviewable on appeal, overruling a...more

Federal Circuit Holds That IPR Time-Bar Determinations Can Be Appealed

Earlier this week, the Federal Circuit issued an en banc opinion in Wi-Fi One v. Broadcom that holds the PTAB’s determinations of whether an IPR petition was timely filed under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) are appealable. In reaching...more

Anticipation Requires More Than A Reference That Discloses All The Elements

by Jones Day on

In Microsoft Corp. v. Biscotti, Inc., Nos. 2016-2080, -2082, -2083, 2017 WL 6613262 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 28, 2017), a divided Federal Circuit panel affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that Microsoft failed to...more

Federal Circuit Overrules Prior Decision, Holding Time-Bar Determinations Under § 315(b) Reviewable

Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp., Nos. 2015-1944, -1945, -1946 (Fed. Cir., issued Jan. 8, 2018) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, held for the first time that time-bar determinations in...more

The USPTO’s Nautilus

The Office rejected claims to a “water leakage detector” under 35 U.S.C. § 112, second paragraph, as indefinite. In particular, the Office found that the water detector “configured to be reliably installed by an untrained...more

Federal Circuit Lifts Bar on Judicial Review of PTAB Time-Bar Determinations

by Morgan Lewis on

The Federal Circuit recently reversed course and expanded judicial review of PTAB institution decisions to include time-bar determinations, potentially clearing a path for petitioners and patent owners to appeal other...more

The Ever-Shrinking IPR Estoppel

The District of Massachusetts’s January 2, 2018 order in Koninklijke Philips NV et al v. Wangs Alliance Corporation d/b/a WAC Lighting Co., 1-14-cv-12298 provides another example of Courts narrowly defining §315(e) estoppel...more

Continuing Uncertainty on Scope of IPR Petitioner Estoppel

The inter partes review procedure includes an estoppel provision that prohibits an IPR petitioner from later raising before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a district court or U.S. International Trade Commission any...more

Federal Circuit Rules That PTAB Rejection Of IPR Time-Bar Defense Is Reviewable

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

In an en banc decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the appeals court may review the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s determination, in connection with a decision to institute inter partes...more

Federal Circuit PTAB Appeal Statistics – December 2017

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

Through December 15, 2017, the Federal Circuit decided 289 PTAB appeals from IPRs and CBMs. The Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB on every issue in 216 (74.74%) cases, and reversed or vacated the PTAB on every issue in 32...more

Director’s Time-Bar Determinations under § 315(b) are not Exempt from Judicial Review

In Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp., [2015-1945, 2015-1946] (January 8, 2018) the Federal Circuit, en banc, held that the bar on judicial review of institution decisions in 35 U.S.C. §314(d) does not apply to time-bar...more

Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2018) (en banc)

On Monday, January 8, 2018, the en banc Federal Circuit held in Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp. that PTAB time-bar determinations under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) are appealable because they do not fall within the scope of the...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Majority Rules Time-Bar Determinations By PTAB Are Appealable

by Jones Day on

In yesterday’s en banc decision in Wi-Fi One v. Broadcom Corp., Nos. 15-1944, -1945 & -1946 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 8, 2018), the en banc Federal Circuit addressed issues regarding judicial review of the PTAB’s time-bar...more

Trademark Law Update: Federal Circuit Strikes Down Lanham Act’s Ban on “Immoral” or “Scandalous” Marks

by K&L Gates LLP on

In June 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in Matal v. Tam struck down as unconstitutional a provision of section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which had permitted the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to refuse to register...more

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB’s Decision of No Anticipation in Microsoft v. Biscotti

In Microsoft Corporation v. Biscotti, Inc., Nos. 2016-2080, 2016-2082, 2016-2083 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 28, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB’s decisions finding Microsoft failed to prove the challenged claims were...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

The big news of today is the Circuit’s en banc decision in Wi-Fi One v. Broadcom in which a majority of the court holds that, given the strong presumption in favor of judicial review, the Circuit should hear appeals of the...more

Wi-Fi One: PTAB’s Time-Bar Determinations are Reviewable; Achates Overruled

The tide continues to turn for Patent Owners in IPR proceedings. Wi-Fi One v. Broadcom Corp. is their latest victory — an en banc reversal of the 2015 decision in Apple v. Achates, opening the door for judicial review of...more

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