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Supreme Court overturns $400 million Apple verdict against Samsung in smartphone design patent infringement case

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple which found by a unanimous 8-0 vote that a damages …

Advice for the Trump Administration and New Congress: Protect Bayh-Dole and Restore the Patent System

Bayh-Dole is running on autopilot without Executive branch oversight and U.S. patents are no longer the world's gold standard. Without a course correction, we could be …
By Joseph Allen
4 days ago 3

Wilbur Ross: Zero Tolerance of IP Theft

Wilbur Ross, Trump's nominee to run Commerce, has a zero tolerance for IP theft, which indicates a possible change in direction for US patent policy... Ross has …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
4 days ago 7

A Patent Year in Review: Looking back on 2016, Forecasting for 2017

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter on 2016 and to look ahead toward 2017. …
By Gene Quinn
4 days ago 1

Schedule I status for marijuana prompts TTAB to deny trademark registration for JUJU Joints

A decision to deny trademark registration for two marks to be used on marijuana related goods was handed down in late October by the USPTO’s Trademark …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 0

Patent infringer lobby pushes Trump Transition Team to aggressively pursue patent reform

Several weeks ago Internet Association President Michael Beckerman sent a letter to President Elect Donald Trump and the Trump Transition Team. The Internet Association is made up …
By Gene Quinn
5 days ago 50

Chinese patent office receives over one million patent applications, 96 percent are domestic office only

Of the 2.9 million patent applications which were filed in patent offices across the world in 2015, more than one million of those applications were filed with the State …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 7

Videos as a Printed Publication in Inter Partes Review

In a handful of IPRs, the Petitioner has relied on a video, and asserted that the video constitutes a printed publication... One factor raised in these cases …

Lathrop & Gage LLP seeks Patent Agent/Associate in Boulder, CO

Lathrop & Gage LLP, a national firm with 10 offices and over 300 attorneys is actively seeking a Patent Agent/Associate to join our Chemistry Intellectual Property Group in Boulder. …

Regime Change – USPTO

The PTO then drifted towards being a very user unfriendly operation that has become a center of suspicion and cynicism. I do not think Director Lee necessarily …
By John White
6 days ago 17

Federal Circuit’s En Banc Review in Aqua Products Could Upend PTAB Amendment Practice

On December 9, 2016, the en banc Federal Circuit will hear argument in In re Aqua Products, Inc. on an issue that has long been troubling patent owners involved …
By Paul Margulies
6 days ago 4

21st Century Cures Act passed overwhelmingly by House, major health reform bill moves to Senate

The 21st Century Cures Act has broad bipartisan support having been passed in the U.S. House by an overwhelming 344-77 roll call vote. It also has …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 17

Federal Circuit Affirms in Part and Reverses in Part “Means Plus Function” Indefiniteness

In an indefiniteness analysis, particularly for a “means plus function” claim, the patent must particularly disclose the corresponding structure for performing the claimed function. It is not …

Federal Circuit Denies Mandamus Relief and Orders Disclosure of Documents

As a threshold matter, the Court considered whether it had jurisdiction over the writ of mandamus. The Court noted the America Invents Act broadened its jurisdiction to …

CAFC says Antedating a Reference under Section 102(g) Focuses on Critical Period as a Whole

In an IPR decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated several claims from U.S. Patent No. 6,030,384 as anticipated or obvious over Japanese Publication No. H1033551…