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Evolution of Technology: Butyl rubber puts Sparks, Thomas into National Inventors Hall of Fame

William Sparks and Robert Thomas were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame earlier this year for inventing butyl rubber, which was patented on August 22, 1944. Starks …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 0

How do you know if you have a licensable product?

There are three major things that need to intersect to make a licensable product. First of all, you have the patentable side. Either it is patented or …
By Gene Quinn
7 days ago 2

Co-Inventors Must be Named, Even Those who Contribute to One Aspect of One Claim

On appeal, the Federal Circuit reviewed whether there was substantial evidence supporting the district court’s finding that Nathan and Matheson should be added as co-inventors. In …

Specification Focus on one Embodiment Cannot Limit the Invention if Specification Contemplates Other Embodiments

While much of the specification focuses on a scheme involving patient-identifying information, the Court held that a specification’s focus cannot be limited on one particular embodiment …

Phillips Claim Construction Standard Applies to Ex Parte Reexam After Patent Expires

The Court held that the Board improperly continued to apply the BRI standard following the expiration. While the examiner properly applied the BRI prior to expiration, the …

The Federal Circuit Will Not Re-Weigh Evidence Considered By The Board in IPR Appeals

The Court noted that all of Warsaw’s arguments related to the Board’s findings of fact, and were therefore reviewed for “substantial evidence.” The Board’s …

Federal Circuit Revisits Scope of Markush Group Claim Elements, Vacates Summary Judgment on Erroneous Construction

However, in spite of the Court’s determination that the Markush group was closed, the Court agreed with Multilayer that the use of the transitional phrase “consisting …

SCOTUS asked to consider proper scope of ex parte reexamination proceedings at USPTO

Pactiv, LLC v. Lee presents a question fundamental to all ex parte reexaminations: whether, after the PTO initiates an ex parte reexamination, that proceeding is limited in …
By Paul Hughes
9 days ago 6

Evolution of Technology: Roger Angel’s honeycomb mirrors enable extremely large telescopes

The use of larger mirrors enabled the creation of more powerful telescopes over time. However, by the 1970s the size of the mirror itself was becoming a …
By Steve Brachmann
9 days ago 0

Edward Kwok joins VLP Law Group as Partner in Intellectual Property Practice Group

VLP Law Group LLP has announced that Edward Kwok has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group as a partner based in Silicon Valley, California. Prior …
By Press Releases
9 days ago 0

USPTO Director Lee sued for declaring federal holiday, allowing IPR filing after statutory deadline

It was only going to be a matter of time before Director Lee declaring a federal holiday without any statutory authority came back to haunt the USPTO. …
By Gene Quinn
10 days ago 21

Benefit of the Secondary Patent Market to Startups

The validity of secondary markets for a variety of goods and services is never questioned. Securities are sold and resold many times after their initial offering, homes …
By Ken Stanwood
10 days ago 1

The Dynamics of Patentability Beyond §§ 102 and 103

It is the personal relationships and dynamics between those junior and senior examiners where the final, hidden gate to patentability stands. Between them, the junior examiners perform …
By Jason Perilla
10 days ago 3

Gibson Dunn Adds IP Transactions Partner John A. Squires in New York

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that John A. Squires has joined the firm as a partner in the New York office. Formerly a partner …
By Press Releases
10 days ago 0

Apple May Ultimately Regret its Success in Apple v. Samsung

With over 205 billion in cash reserves at last count, Apple certainly doesn't "need" the full nine-figure damage award. And, unless Congress steps in and amends the damage …
By Ronald Abrams
11 days ago 28