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Avoiding Estoppel Is Not Good Cause To Withdraw Grounds After Institution

by Jones Day on

We recently reported some early observations about possible trends at the PTAB in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu. See Observations: Three Weeks After Supreme Court’s SAS Institute...more

PTAB Strategies and Insights - May 2018: “Addendum – Lack of Motivation to Combine – Avoid Declarant Weaknesses”

As follow up to last month’s article on lack of motivation to combine, another just released Board decision in IPR2016-00972 (Paper 18) again found for patent owner because the petition failed to provide a proper motivation...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Praxair Distribution, Inc. v. Mallinckrodt Hospital Products IP Ltd., Appeal Nos. 2016-2616, -2656 (Fed. Cir. May 16, 2018) - In an appeal from a inter partes review, the Federal Circuit reviewed a PTAB obviousness...more

Patent Related Changes To Bayh-Dole Act Regulations

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Several important changes to Bayh-Dole Act implementing regulations took effect on May 14, 2018, that will apply to funding agreements executed after that date and may apply to existing funding agreements modified after that...more

Potential Issues for “Not Yet Practicing” PTAB Petitioners: Constitutional Requirements for Appealing PTAB Decisions

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Reversing-In-Part, Vacating-In-Part, and Remanding, Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Paragon Bioteck, Inc., Appeal No. 2017-1487 (Fed. Cir. May 2, 2018) (Judge Evan J. Wallach) - Occasionally, a company may file a...more

Additional Discovery: Must Be More Than Mere Possibility

by Jones Day on

The PTAB recently denied a motion for additional discovery that sought the production of documents argued to be relevant to inventorship. In Watson Laboratories, Inc. v. United Therapeutics, Corp., Case IPR2017-01621 and...more

Federal Circuit Addresses Standing in Decision on Appeal from PTAB

by Goodwin on

Last week, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Paragon Bioteck, in which the court held that Altaire had standing to appeal the PTAB’s final written decision in a post-grant review...more

USPTO Seeks to Change BRI Patent Claim Construction Standard

by Polsinelli on

The United States Patent Trademark Office announced on May 8 that it proposes to replace the broadest reasonable interpretation (“BRI”) standard for construing unexpired patents with the same standard used in Federal district...more

PTAB Strategies and Insights - May 2018

The PTAB Strategies and Insights newsletter is designed to increase return on investment for all stakeholders looking at the entire patent life cycle in a global portfolio. This month, we are please to introduce our new...more

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Paragon Bioteck, Inc.

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summary - Before Wallach, O’Malley, and Schall. Appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: PGR petitioner has standing to appeal PTAB decision, where petitioner intended to file an ANDA for...more

Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Iancu (Fed. Cir. 2018)

On Monday, May 14, 2018, the Federal Circuit affirmed the determination by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeal Board in an inter partes review that claim 6 of U.S. Patent No. 7,582,621 is...more

USPTO Proposes Change In Claim Construction Standard For PTAB Proceedings Under The AIA

by Weintraub Tobin on

Currently, the standard for claim construction is different in AIA reviews before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (“USPTO”) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB) than in proceedings in federal district courts...more

The Supreme Court Rules that Patents are a “Public Right”:  A Review of Oil States v. Greene’s Energy Group

by Workman Nydegger on

Just last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, 584 U.S. 2018)... In sum, the Supreme Court considers patents to be a “public right,” and...more

Supreme Court Issues Two Patent-Related Opinions; One Causes Turmoil at the Patent Office

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 24, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, held that inter partes review (IPR) proceedings conducted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) do not violate Article III or implicate the Seventh Amendment. ...more

U.S. + Germany Patent Newsletter

by Hogan Lovells on

Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of IPRs, Requires PTAB to Decide Validity of All Challenged Claims - Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group & SAS Institute v. Iancu (24 April 2018)....more

Observations: Three Weeks After Supreme Court’s SAS Institute Decision

by Jones Day on

Anyone reading this post is likely well aware that on April 24 the Supreme Court put an end to the PTAB’s practice of instituting inter partes review (IPR) on less than all claims challenged in an IPR petition in SAS...more

Ex Parte Reis (PTAB 2018)

The Patent Trial and Appeal Broad (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has often been criticized for being particularly harsh when reviewing appeals of claims rejected by an examiner of grounds of patent-ineligibly...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

PATENT CASE OF THE WEEK - WesternGeco LLC v. Ion Geophysical Corp., Appeal Nos. 2016-2099, -2100, -2101, -2332, -2333, -2334 (Fed. Cir. May 7, 2018) - In an appeal from an inter partes review, the Federal Circuit...more

Federal Circuit Review - April 2018

by Knobbe Martens on

Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Encompasses All Embodiments in the Absence of Support Specifically Excluding an Embodiment - In Steuben Foods, Inc. v. Nestle USA, Inc., Appeal No. 2017-1290, the Federal Circuit...more

USPTO Patent Public Advisory Meeting - Highlights

by Polsinelli on

The USPTO's PPAC Quarterly Meeting took place on May 3 at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Various topics affecting the USPTO, prosecution practice, and PTAB proceedings were discussed as an effort to open dialog...more

USPTO Director’s Alleged Conflict Not Imputed to PTAB Administrative Patent Judges

by Jones Day on

The Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) recently denied a Motion to Dismiss asserting the presence of a conflict of interest of USPTO Director Andrei Iancu. In St. Jude Medical, LLC. v. Snyders Heart Valve LLC, the Patent...more

New Proposal Would Create Consistent Standard Between USPTO and District Courts for Interpreting Patent Claims

On May 8, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a proposed change to how it will handle challenges to patents. In essence, the proposal would result in a consistent claim construction standard...more

USPTO Proposes Phillips-Type Claim Construction For Post Grant Proceedings at the PTAB

by Knobbe Martens on

The USPTO published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on May 9, 2018 seeking to change the claim construction standard for PTAB trials from the current broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) to the claim construction standard...more

USPTO Proposed Rule Change to Adopt the Same Standard for Interpreting Claims in AIA Trials as the US District Courts and ITC

The big news of this week in the U.S. patent world is the publication of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on May 9, 2018, for “Changes to the Claim Construction Standard...more

Westerngeco LLC v. Ion Geophysical Corporation

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summary - Before Wallach, Chen, and Hughes. Appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: A party may not be time-barred from instituting an IPR despite having a business relationship with a...more

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