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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves a fundamental role in the U.S. intellectual property system by issuing patents and registering trademarks.... more +
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that serves a fundamental role in the U.S. intellectual property system by issuing patents and registering trademarks.    less -

Chief Judge Stark Dismisses Without Prejudice U.S. Patent No. 6,229,366 From Pending Patent Infringement Action Following...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By Memorandum Order entered by The Honorable Leonard P. Stark in Power Integrations, Inc. v. Fairchild Semiconductor Int’l, Inc. et al., Civil Action No. 04-1371-LPS (D.Del., December 8, 2017), the Court dismissed without...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Oil States Regarding Constitutional Challenge to Inter Partes Review

We first 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), a case with the potential to substantially alter the patent litigation landscape,...more

[Webinar] Roadblocks Ahead: Refusal/Rejection and Options for Further Action - December 13th, 10:00am ET

If you come up against a brick wall during examination at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a number of options and strategies may still be available to you. Please...more

Patentability of Natural Products in Europe

There is currently a significant divergence in practice between Europe and the United States when considering the patentability of naturally-occurring products. Since the Myriad decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, the USPTO...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument in SAS Institute, Inc. v. Complementsoft, LLC

Perhaps overlooked in the widespread assessments of the Supreme Court's questioning of the parties in Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC is the argument before the Court in SAS Institute, Inc. v....more

Federal Circuit Review - November 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Fractured Federal Circuit Holds Patent Owner Does Not Bear Burden of Persuasion in IPR Motions to Amend - In Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal, Appeal No. 2015-1177, the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, held that a patent...more

New USPTO Mega-Sequence Listing Fees

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On November 14, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a rule on “Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017.” (82 FR 52780) This rule includes fee adjustments that take effect on...more

Patent Quality Chat: How Is A USPTO Examiner’s Work Product Reviewed?

In patent prosecution, the feedback loop between interested parties including patent prosecutors, inventors, and in-house counsel helps to provide the best patent applications and office action responses for a high quality...more

IP+T Intelligence Newsletter - December 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

If you own trademark registrations in the United States, you are required to make certain filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to keep your trademark registration(s) alive. In particular, prior to the sixth...more

Addressing intellectual property requires careful estate planning

Intellectual property (IP), such as copyrights and patents, can hold enormous value. Whether IP rights are a significant source of wealth or only a small fraction of an estate, it’s critical that it be properly addressed in...more

Federal Circuit Slams PTAB Amendment Policy

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, overruled an earlier panel decision and found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) had been impermissibly placing the burden of...more

Intellectual Property Law Series: Common Trademark Pitfalls Even the Pros Make

We’ve all heard of trademarks. But, what exactly do they do? And how do you select your trademarks, protect them, and then properly use them in commerce?...more

PTAB Issues Guidance On Claim Amendments Caused By Aqua Products Decision

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

In a November 21, 2017 memorandum, David P. Ruschke, the PTAB’s Chief Administrative Patent Judge, issued new guidance affecting pending and future motions to amend claims in inter partes review proceedings. The guidance...more

Supreme Court Reviews Constitutionality of PTAB Proceedings

by Jones Day on

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of PTAB post-grant trials in Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No. 16-712 (U.S.). The question posed to the Court is...more

US: Supreme Court hears argument on constitutionality of inter partes review

by Hogan Lovells on

On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will determine the constitutionality of inter partes review, a proceeding before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and...more

PTAB Underscores Reasons for Denying Institution Under 35 USC § 325(d)

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) designated as informative three decisions denying institution of inter partes reviews. CULTEC, Inc. v. Stormtech LLC, Case No. IPR2017-00777 (Grossman, APJ) (Aug. 22, 2017);...more

The Importance of Obviousness

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Over a number of years, the Federal Circuit has stated the conditions for an obviousness rejection: the cited references must teach or suggest all the limitations of the claim, there must be a reason to combine the...more

US Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on the Constitutionality of IPR Proceedings

by White & Case LLP on

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC over whether inter partes review (IPR)—an adversarial process used by...more

Is a Patent a Private or Public Right? -- Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's...

Leading up to the Supreme Court oral argument for Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC on November 27, 2017, there was a lot of discussion regarding whether patents were a private or public right. ...more

Banding Together Part II: Expanded Collaborative Search Pilots Launched Between USPTO, JPO, and KIPO

In May of 2016, we first documented the launch of the Collaborative Search Pilots (CSPs) between the USPTO, Japanese Patent Office (JPO), and Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) in the blog entitled: Banding Together....more

Canada Provides More Guidance On Patent Eligibility Of Diagnostic Method Claims

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While the patent eligibility of diagnostic method claims remains questionable in the United States, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has issued updated guidance on the types of diagnostic method claims that can–and...more

Beer Brand Battles: David Takes on City Hall (with Goliath on the sidelines)

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The City of Portland is known as a hub for craft beer, and its local government couldn’t be prouder. The Travel Portland website proudly proclaims that Portland is “home to more breweries than any other city on earth.” Yet...more

PTO Implements Attorney Discipline Diversion Program

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) initiated a two-year Diversion Pilot Program to align its attorney discipline program with the practices of more than 30 states. The program is designed to give patent and trademark...more

New PTO Rule on Attorney-Client Privilege Before the PTAB

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a new rule on attorney-client privilege for trials before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) on November 7, 2017. The new rule takes effect December 7, 2017. The new rule...more

Win or Lose, Trademark Applicants Must Pay USPTO’s Attorney Fees in District Court Appeals, Says Eastern District of Virginia

On October 26, 2017, the Eastern District of Virginia became the latest court to weigh in on the USPTO’s position regarding whether trademark applicants who appeal adverse TTAB decisions directly to a district court for de...more

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