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Did you hear about the statistician who drowned in a lake with an average depth of two feet?

by Fenwick & West LLP on

I was reminded of this question, often posed by my dad to remind me not to become a slave to statistics, by two dramatic things that happened last week. On the one hand, at the IAM 2017 Patent Law and Policy conference in...more

The Board Gives Section 325(d) Sharp Teeth—Part II – The Petitioner's Criticality to Selecting and Using The Right Prior Art

This is the second of a three-part series discussing developments around Section 325(d). Part one appeared in our October 2017 newsletter and part three will appear in our December 2017 newsletter....more

Jumping into the Deep End: Amendment Practice Post-Aqua Products

by WilmerHale on

In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s recent en banc decision in Aqua Products, a deeply fractured court provides a glimpse into the perspectives that some of the judges have on post-grant practice at the...more

District Court Denies Motion to Stay Pending Supreme Court Decision in Oil States

In June, we covered the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC, 137 S. Ct. 2239 (2017). The Court will decide whether inter partes review – an adversarial process...more

Remands From the Federal Circuit Back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board: Are They a “Redo” or Something More Limited?

by WilmerHale on

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit), the reviewing court for the decisions issued by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board), has handled over 1,000 appeals from the Board on patent trials...more

PTAB Issues New Standard Operating Procedure Addressing Remands from Federal Circuit: The New Standards and How They May Affect...

On November 16, 2017 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office posted a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) addressing the conduct of cases remanded from the Federal Circuit to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). New “SOP...more

Perspectives on the PTAB Newsletter - November 2017

The Perspectives on the PTAB 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 sides...more

USPTO Publishes New Rule Governing Privilege for Patent Attorneys and Agents

Earlier this week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published a new rule governing when privilege exists for communications between clients and their domestic or foreign patent attorneys and patent...more

District Courts Split on Admissibility of Patent Owner IPR Victories

by Jones Day on

In an opinion dated October 12, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted a motion in limine to exclude evidence that a challenged patent had survived twenty post-issuance proceedings,...more

USPTO Issues New Regulation On Scope Of Attorney-Client Privilege In PTAB Proceedings

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the USPTO published its final rule clarifying the situations in which the Office will recognize the existence of the attorney-client privilege in proceedings before the PTAB. ...more

The PTAB Reverses Original Decision After the Federal Circuit Reverses Key Findings and Limits Issues for Review

by Knobbe Martens on

On October 17, 2017, the PTAB issued a final written decision in an IPR holding all claims unpatentable after the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the PTAB’s previous final written decision. The PTAB reversed their...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017

NOSB Votes to Continue Allowing Hydroponics - The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has reportedly voted to continue allowing food grown in water-based nutrient solutions to be labeled “organic,” rejecting a...more

Oil States Energy and SAS Institute: SCOTUS to Review Inter Partes Reviews

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As we recently discussed with respect to the proposed STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, legal debate continues to swirl around inter partes reviews. The US Supreme Court has entered the ring recently by accepting certiorari on...more

Limited Exclusion Order Does Not Require Specific Findings as to Components

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a limited exclusion order issued by the International Trade Commission (ITC) against infringing “network devices, related software and components thereof,” finding no...more

PTAB Grants Rare Request for Additional Discovery In IPR

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Mylan v. Allergan (IPR2016-00127, Paper No. 73), the PTAB granted a rare request for discovery filed be Petitioner in response to summaries of data presented in a Patent Owner Response used to rebut obviousness. In...more

4 Out of 5 IPRs Ain’t Bad: Judge Oetken Grants Motion to Stay Pending Resolution of IPR Proceedings Despite Advanced Stage of...

On October 27, 2016, District Judge J. Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendant Comcast Corp.'s ("Comcast") motion to stay the case pending resolution of inter partes review ("IPR") proceedings instituted by the Patent Trial...more

Rx IP Update - October 2017

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Pfizer obtains orders of prohibition on polymorphic form patent - On September 22, the Federal Court, in a pair of decisions, granted Orders of prohibition under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations...more

Federal Circuit Reigns in PTAB on Broadest Reasonable Interpretation

For patent owners, the PTAB’s use of the “broadest reasonable interpretation” or “BRI” is often frustrating and sometimes fatal. That appeared to be the case for the patent owner Smith International, Inc., the owner of U.S....more

Nonprofit Group Files IPR Petition Seeking to Invalidate Hepatitis C Drug Patent

by Knobbe Martens on

In an effort to lay the groundwork for generic entry and reduced drug prices, the non-profit group Initiative for Medicines, Access and Knowledge, Inc. (I-MAK), with the support of the Laura and John Arnold foundation, has...more

Second Chances for Secondary Considerations - Hiding the "Novelty Ball"

Like Johnny Cash’s famous tune “A Boy Named Sue,” “secondary considerations” of non-obviousness suffer for their name. Courts have historically relegated this 4th Graham factor to a “secondary” status, considering objective...more

Uniloc USA v. Sega of America: Evaluating the Priority Date of a Means + Function Claim

Uniloc USA owns US 5,490,216 (‘216), with claims directed to “[a] registration system for licensing execution of digital data in a use mode….” Sega petitioned for Inter Partes Review of the ‘216 patent, arguing that Claims...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies the Requirements for a Teaching Away by the Prior Art

In a precedential opinion issued on October 11, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent Trial and Appeals Board’s (“PTAB”) finding of non-obviousness where the prior art taught...more

Federal Circuit Review - September 2017

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IPR Appellants Must Satisfy Article III Standing - In Personal Audio, LLC v. Electronic Frontier Foundation, Appeal No. 2016-1123, the Federal Circuit held that standing for an appeal to a federal court is based on the...more

The Board Gives Section 325(d) Sharp Teeth

This is the first of a three-part series discussing developments around Section 325(d). Part two will appear in our November 2017 newsletter and part three will appear in our December 2017 newsletter. Congress granted the...more

PTAB Designates as Precedential the General Plastics Decision on Follow-On Petitions

by Knobbe Martens on

On October 18, 2017, the PTAB designated as “precedential” a major portion of its prior decision in General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Canon Kabushki Kaisha. The decision was previously designated “informative,” but now,...more

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