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Covered Business Method Patents

Federal Circuit: Pre-IPR Institution Disclaimer of Claims Insufficient to Avoid Adverse Judgment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

At this point, several cases have examined the appealability of the Board’s institution decisions in inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings. See, e.g., Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC v. Lee, 136 S. Ct. 2131, 2142 (2015) (holding...more

2017 and Early 2018 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

Have you ever used a one-click ordering process online? Then you indirectly paid Amazon.

If you purchased anything from a website using a one-click purchase button, you indirectly paid Amazon for that ability, at least up until September 11, 2017 when Amazon’s patent to this technology expired. As a result,...more

Providing Conditions May Help Establish Patent Infringement

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

In Travel Sentry, Inc. v. David Tropp (Fed. Cir. 2017), the Federal Circuit clarified two or more parties can commit patent infringement of a method patent if one of the parties is conditioning the other(s). This ruling...more

Skeptical St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Requests Discovery Regarding Panel Selection Circumstances

The creation of adversarial procedures before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (post-grant review, inter partes review, and covered business methods review) has raised a number of...more

Portion of PTAB’s Facebook Decision Addressing Pre-Institution Statutory Disclaimers Designated as Precedential

True to its ongoing effort to increase the number of precedential decisions, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“P.T.A.B.”) designated, on December 21, 2017, a portion of its Decision on Petitioner’s Request for Rehearing in...more

Top Stories of 2017: #15 to #19

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its 11th annual list of top patent stories. For 2017, we identified nineteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

PTAB Denies CBM Institution Based on Technological Invention Exception

by Jones Day on

On December 1, 2017, the PTAB denied institution of a covered business method (“CBM”) petition because the challenged patent is directed to a “technological invention” and therefore is ineligible for CBM review under section...more

Innovation on the Blockchain: Protect your IP Assets in 2018 and Beyond

by Polsinelli on

Blockchain-based patent applications started as a trickle, beginning with a few applications being filed in 2014. It has now exploded, with a few big filers jumping into the market in hopes of creating licensing opportunities...more

Updated USPTO Patent Fee Schedule Includes Significant Increases and Additions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week established an updated patent fee schedule, effective January 16, 2018. The updated schedule provides for a modest increase for most fees—but also more significant...more

USPTO Finalizes Rule For Privileged Communications In Trials Before The PTAB

by Weintraub Tobin on

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) provided for trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) in inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, the...more

2017 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit, With Some Significant Cases from 2016

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

PTAB Makes Precedential Its Multi-Factor Approach To Assessing Follow-On Petitions

by Jones Day on

Serial IPR or CBM petitions challenging the same patent claims have been a recurring issue for the PTAB. On October 18, 2017, the PTAB designated as precedential a portion of a decision by an expanded panel that addressed...more

Guide to the U.S. Patent Office’s Materials on Subject Matter Eligibility

by Knobbe Martens on

Since 2014, the USPTO has periodically issued examination guidance, analysis examples, and other insights to guide evaluation of patent subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. These documents are available on the...more

Expanded Panel Ratifies Post-Petition Disclaimer As Legitimate CBM Eligibility Strategy

by Jones Day on

An expanded panel at the PTAB has found that post-Petition claim cancellation is a legitimate strategy for patent owners to avoid CBM jurisdiction. In deciding petitioner’s Institution Decision Rehearing Request in Facebook,...more

Government Agencies Have Standing to Petition for CBM Review

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that federal government agencies have standing to challenge a patent in covered business method (CBM) review under the America Invents Act (AIA). Return Mail, Inc. v....more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Activity in the First Five Years+

by Knobbe Martens on

September 16, 2017 marked five years since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was created. Some of the notable statistics and trends of the previous 5 years are shown here....more

Surviving Alice with an Appeal

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This third article in the “Surviving Alice” series examines how the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 Alice decision. It also shows how applicants can use the PTAB’s...more

Securus Technologies, Inc. vs. Global Tel*Link Corp. (PTAB 2017)

Telecommunication Call Processing System Held to Be Eligible for Covered Business Method (CBM) Patent Review - On August 3, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a decision...more

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

Today the Circuit agreed to hear en banc Nantkwest v. Matal,in which the panel had reversed a district court decision that had rejected the PTO’s position that applicants who appeal a district court must pay the PTO’s legal...more

Preventing Identity Theft—A Tale as Old as Time According to Judge Palermo When She Invalidated Patent Claims for Identity Theft...

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Granting Summary Judgment in favor of Defendants, Mantissa Corp. v Ondot Systems, Inc., et al, S.D. Tex. (August 10, 2017) (Magistrate Judge Dena Palermo) - Litigants continue to use Alice and its progeny as a...more

Interplay Between “Technological Invention” and “Significantly More” in PTAB CBM Review

by Knobbe Martens on

On July 18, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) instituted a covered business method (“CBM”) patent review for U.S. Patent No. 8,955,029 (“the ’029 patent”) on grounds of...more

A Court Divided: Judges File Widely Varying Opinions on CBM Review Eligibility

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The standards used by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for determining what qualifies as a covered business method (CBM) patent under AIA § 18(d)(1) and 37 CFR 42.301(a) have not always been consistent (see, for...more

Patent Holders Can Evade CBM by Disclaiming CBM Claims

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing petitioner’s urging that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) import the district court “time of filing” rule to institution decisions for covered business method (CBM) reviews, the PTAB once again held that...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - June 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s IP litigation team has published its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter covers a wide range of current IP topics: the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland patent-venue decision, the constitutionality of inter...more

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