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Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

PATENT CASE OF THE WEEK - Droplets, Inc. v. E*TRADE Bank., Appeal No. 2016-2504 (Fed. Cir. 2018)?- In an appeal from an inter partes review, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the PTAB invalidating a patent...more

MPEP Update: New Guidance Regarding Effective Prior Art Dates Under § 102(e)

On April 5, 2018, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) revised MPEP § 2136.03 to provide additional guidance regarding the effective prior art dates of references cited under pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. § 102(e). Pre-AIA §...more

PTAB Designates Informative Decisions on Discretionary Denial of Institution for Prior Art Previously Presented to the Office

by Knobbe Martens on

On March 21, 2018, the PTAB designated two decisions as “informative” that denied institution for presenting prior art that had been previously presented during prosecution. Becton, Dickinson & Co. v. B. Braun Melsungen AG,...more

French Cour de Cassation Clarifies Requirement of Plausibility

by Jones Day on

The Decision: The French Cour de cassation, in a case concerning a dosage regime patent, recently clarified the "plausibility" requirement, an element of sufficiency of disclosure or inventive step. The Result: The wording...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC, Appeal No. 2017-1118, -1202 (Fed. Cir. 2018) - In an appeal from a jury trial, the Federal Circuit reversed the District Court’s decision denying Oracle’s motion for JMOL and remanded...more

Drafting Effective Blockchain Patents

As the number of blockchain-based patents and patent applications increases, more companies have become interested in pursuing these patents. Other companies still think that blockchain-based inventions are not patentable....more

Knee Brace Patent Application Gets a Leg Up

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Finding that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) erred in rejecting patent claims after improperly construing an apparatus claim element by ignoring what it deemed to be a recited method step, the US Court of Appeals for...more

Federal Circuit Provides Guidance on Obviousness of a Claimed Range of Values

by Jones Day on

Patent applicants often draft claims to cover various ranges of physical or chemical characteristics. Of primary concern during prosecution are prior art documents that disclose similar, but not overlapping, ranges. In In re...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

PATENT CASE OF THE WEEK - SimpleAir, Inc. v. Google LLC, Appeal No. 2016-2738 (Fed. Cir. 2018) - In SimpleAir, Inc. v Google LLC, the Federal Circuit vacated a district court’s motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule...more

PTAB Reversed For Giving Process Step In Product Claims No Weight

by Jones Day on

Whether a process step in product claims is afforded patentable weight has been an issue gaining more attention recently. The Federal Circuit weighs in on the topic in In re Nordt Dev. Co., LLC, No. 2017-1445, 2018 WL 774097...more

Using Provisional Patent Applications in Invalidity Challenges

While provisional patent applications are never published and cannot become prior art, recent decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit illustrate that parties can nonetheless make effective use of...more

Reverse or Remand: What is the proper remedy on appeal where the Board fails to carry its burden?

Is there a growing split in the Federal Circuit on the proper remedy where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) fails to carry its burden? The recent precedential decision of In re Hodges, __ F.3d __, 2018 WL 817248...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Arendi S.A.R.L. v. Google LLC, Appeal No. 2016-1249 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 20, 2018) - In Arendi S.A.R.L. v. Google LLC, the Federal Circuit upheld the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) obviousness determination following...more

Making Amendments to Range Limitations in Patent Claims

by Workman Nydegger on

A patent claim that includes a numerical range may be rejected based on prior art that discloses the range. For example, prior art is considered to anticipate a range if it discloses (1) “a specific example … which is within...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Berkheimer v. HP Inc., Appeal No. 2017-1437 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 8, 2018) - In Berkheimer v. HP Inc., the Federal Circuit reviewed the District Court’s summary judgment finding that certain claims of a patent were invalid as...more

No Rehearing Because of Hindsight Declaring

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied a petitioner’s request for rehearing of its decision declining institution of inter partes review of a patent owned by Bose Corporation (“Patent Owner.”) The PTAB upheld its...more

The Broad Institute has a Patent Revoked by the EPO on Technical Grounds

The CRISPR/Cas9 landscape continues to evolve around the world. On January 17, 2019, the EPO’s Opposition Division revoked Broad’s patent EP2771468 on the grounds it lacked novelty. The revocation will not be take effect...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

When Your Background Dooms The Invention

37 CFR 1.77(b)(7) suggests that a patent application should include a “Background of the Invention.” The Background of the Invention, however, can cause trouble if the drafter is not careful....more

Berkeley Files Opening Brief in CRISPR Appeal

The University of California/Berkeley filed its opening brief to the Federal Circuit last week, asking that Court to overturn the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's decision that there was no interference-in-fact between...more

The United States Patent Office Totally Rejected Your Claims? Don't Panic!

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In my almost 17 years of practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO"), by far the most common telephone call I receive from inventors is a frantic inquiry about an Office Action received from the PTO...more

New Fed Circuit decision bolsters on-sale bar

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Patent litigators will tell you that there are many ways to invalidate a patent. One of their favorites is a self-inflicted ground of invalidity known as the “on-sale bar.” Under patent law, if you sell (or offer to sell)...more

Prior Art that Must be Distorted from its Obvious Design Does Not Anticipate

In In re Chudik, [2016-1817] (March 27, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s determination that claims 1, 15, 18, and 33–40 of U.S. Patent Application 11/525,631 on an implant for shoulder replacement surgery were...more

AliceStorm Update February 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

As many of my readers noticed, I didn't publish any of my own blogs in January and February. As it turned out, I suffered from a peculiar form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), what I would call SMIAD: Subject Matter...more

Not Intuitively Obvious: Federal Circuit Remands for Explicit Rational to Combine

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a rebuke of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB’s) obviousness analysis, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a PTAB obviousness determination, explaining that the PTAB failed to...more

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