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Ready to Release a New Pharmaceutical? What to Think About When Selecting Your Drug Name

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Pharmaceutical name clearance in the United States can be complicated. This post aims to provide insight into the regulatory safety review process and the trademark registration process for candidate drug names. This...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

USPTO Revised Patent Fees, Oh My!

On November 14, 2017, the USPTO issued and published the final rule, “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees during Fiscal Year 2017.” The final rule set or adjusted certain patent fees, as provided by the Leahy-Smith America...more

PTAB Issues Guidance on Remand Procedures

On November 15, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) published a revised Standard Operating Procedure 9 (“SOP 9”) to provide guidance on the PTAB’s procedures for handling cases that have been remanded from the U.S....more

PTAB Issues Revised Procedure For Decisions Remanded From The Federal Circuit

by Jones Day on

On November 16, 2017, the PTAB announced its revised Standard Operating Procedure for decisions remanded from the Federal Circuit for further proceedings. In SOP 9, the PTAB provides guidance to panels and parties that...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

USPTO to increase IPR fees by 33% and PGR fees by 27% in 2018

by Knobbe Martens on

The USPTO announced that the official fees for IPR and PGR will increase significantly starting on January 16, 2018. See 82 Fed. Reg. 52780, 52807 (Nov. 14, 2017). ...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

Statistics on the Backlog Problem and "Fast-Track" Options in Brazil

The recent proposal of automatically granting pending applications without examination is nothing but a desperate measure against a problem that has been haunting applicants and practitioners for decades. Apart from the...more

New USPTO Fee Schedule Increases Fees For Challenging Granted Patents, Adds Streamlined Reexamination Option

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The USPTO recently published an adjusted fee schedule for certain patent fees. The new schedule significantly increases the fees for challenging the validity of a patent in inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR)...more

IPR and CBM Statistics for Final Written Decisions Issued in October 2017

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued 44 IPR and CBM Final Written Decisions in October, cancelling 623 (70%) instituted claims while declining to cancel 267 (30%) instituted claims. Patent owners did not concede any...more

USPTO Adjusts Fees for PTAB IPR Proceedings

by Jones Day on

On November 14th, the USPTO issued a final rule setting and adjusting patent fees during fiscal year 2017. The new fees, set to take effect January 16, 2018, include upward adjustments of fees for requesting Inter Partes...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

Patents in the burgeoning cannabis industry

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

With cannabis legal in 29 states for medical use and in eight states for recreational use, there is a surge of entrepreneurism and an influx of capital into the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. Although cannabis remains a...more

Proposed Emergency Patent Grant Measures in Brazil

The Brazilian Government may soon launch an emergency measure to eliminate the Patent Office's backlog by automatically granting 231,000 pending non-pharmaceutical applications. The proposed rules for implementing the new...more

Threat of TTAB Cancellation Proceeding Insufficient To Establish Case or Controversy

The District of Maryland ruled that the mere threat of a TTAB cancellation proceeding is not sufficient to create a case or controversy to allow the trademark owner to bring a declaratory judgment action for trademark...more

Would Glue Maker’s Trademark Claim Stick Against Pot Strain

by Weintraub Tobin on

According to cannabis folklore, cannabis cultivators in 2010, Josey Whales and Lone Watie created a strain of marijuana that was so sticky, Mr. Whales, during a phone call, commented that the plant made his hands “stick to...more

What if IPRs are Found Unconstitutional in Oil States?

On November 27, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC. The issue is: - Whether inter partes review, an adversarial process used by the Patent and Trademark...more

Reversed! Failure To Assert Robust Nonobviousness Arguments During IPR Led To Reversal By The Federal Circuit

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Owens Corning v. Fast Felt Corporation, Fed. Cir. (October 11, 2017) - During inter partes review proceedings, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) is required to give claims their broadest reasonable construction in...more

USPTO Fee Increases Impact IPR Filing Costs

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Much like death and taxes, USPTO fee increases are a sure thing. On November 14, 2017, the USPTO issued a new final rule raising many of the fees charged by the Office. The Office also provided a chart that shows the...more

Design Patent PTO Litigation Statistics (through OCTOBER 15, 2017)

Since July 2017, there have been no new design institution decisions, and a pair of final written decisions that resulted in cancelled claims. No new design patent petitions have been filed since April 2017. The statistics...more

USPTO Announces Fee Increases Effective January 16, 2018

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

United States Patent and Trademark Office has published final rules increasing certain fees relating to patent examination and post grant proceedings (Please click here to see the USPTO’s table showing the fee changes...more

Federal Circuit Provides Guidance on Probative Value of “Patent Dance” Letters and aBLA Parameters in an Infringement Analysis

by Fish & Richardson on

On November 13th, in an opinion drafted by Judge Taranto, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Southern District Court of Florida’s judgment that Apotex’s biosimilar versions of Neulasta® and Neupogen® do not infringe Amgen’s...more

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