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Do You Know How to Protect What’s Yours?

In the wake of recent judicial and legislative developments, protecting “what’s yours” has become even more complex. Many businesses and intellectual property lawyers have appropriately favored …

Should I File a Patent Application Before Licensing the Invention?

I am frequently asked by inventors whether they should file a patent application before seeking to license their invention. Some even ask whether they should first obtain …
By Gene Quinn
5 days ago 27

Edwardsville Pierogi Festival alleges tortious interference over trademark allegations made by Whiting Pierogi Fest

In order to keep operating under the “Pierogi Festival” name, the Edwardsville committee has filed a suit against the coordinators of the Whiting Pierogi Fest in the …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 0

US Inventor sets patents on fire as part of PTAB protest at USPTO

Despite going on with the protest after the USPTO denied a use permit application for the event, a source from the event reports that all planned aspects …

Federal Circuit says non-profit EFF has standing in IPR appeal

In an IPR brought by Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Personal Audio appealed a Board determination that invalidated its patent for storing and distributing episodic media files. Personal …

Where parties dispute proper scope of claims, Board must provide an explicit claim construction

The Board declined to provide a construction of “settling speed” and determined that the claims were not invalid as anticipated. Homeland appealed... When parties dispute the proper …

Board’s analysis internally inconsistent, Federal Circuit vacates inter partes reexam

At the Federal Circuit, Honeywell argued that the Board erred in (1) finding a motivation to combine the references with a reasonable expectation of success, (2) rejecting Honeywell’s …

USPTO denies permit to US Inventor for PTAB protest

US Inventor had planned on staging an event at which the organization would stage a peaceful protest of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). However, a …

PPAC meeting comes and goes with no discussion of PTAB conflicts of interest

At the May PPAC meeting Ruschke deferred questions on issues relating to possible conflicts of interest and specifically indicated the topic of conflicts would be discussed at …
By Gene Quinn
6 days ago 5

Solutions for Inter Partes Review: Restoring patent rights and respect for the presumption of validity

In order to begin restoring patent rights and respect for the presumption of validity changes must be made to constrain the PTO post grant procedures... Patent holders …
By Neal Solomon
7 days ago 5

Inherent obviousness necessitates specific motivation to modify lead compound in pharma process due to surprising, unexpected results

Inherent obviousness cannot be based on what the inventor thought, and, in addition, the results in a particular case may not be inherently obvious depending on what …
By Jay S. Pattumudi
7 days ago 2

The Immunotherapy Patent Landscape: Types of patent claims for immunotherapeutic inventions

Immunotherapy has emerged as one of the most promising mechanisms to combat diseases like cancer and microbial infections. Since 2000, multiple antibody drugs have reached blockbuster status, including …

ITC opens patent infringement investigation after Qualcomm files complaint against Apple

On Tuesday, August 8th, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it was opening up an investigation on claims that Cupertino, CA-based consumer electronics behemoth …
By Steve Brachmann
7 days ago 0

Federal Circuit invalidates another patent upheld at PTAB after IPR

The Federal Circuit issued a decision in Homeland Housewares, LLC v. Whirlpool Corporation, which ought to be completely unnerving to every owner of a U.S. patent …

High patent quality standards have caused U.S. to lose technological advantages

The U.S. inventor pool is now limited to corporate inventors and a very few resilient professional inventors. The number of professional inventors will rapidly decrease with …
By Jianqing Wu, Ph.D.
8 days ago 83