Posts in USPTO


Supreme Court Eliminates Key Defense in Many Patent Infringement Suits

In a strong reversal of the Federal Circuit, the US Supreme Court held in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 15-927 (March 21, 2017), …
By Rob Kramer & Joel Bock
10 hours ago 0

Taking stock of the health of the American patent system, a system in crisis

“In our time together today we are going to try and take stock of the health of the American patent system,” Michel began. “It is important to …
By Gene Quinn
1 day ago 26

University of California seeks assignment of nanopore patents from former grad student

At the center of the legal spat is the proper assignation of a series of patents covering DNA sequencing technologies, which UC alleges were developed while the …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 1

Progressive house DJ deadmau5 targeted in trademark suit by Meowingtons cat-themed apparel retailer

Meowingtons is seeking to prevent Zimmerman from using a series of marks employing the term “MEOWINGTONS” as well as the destruction of all physical and digital goods …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 0

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB Anticipation Decision and Clarifies Kennameta

Anticipation can arise when the disclosure of a limited number of alternative combinations discloses the one that is claimed. However, a reference does not anticipate because an …

CAFC upholds invalidation of patent application covering patient data management tech under Alice

On Monday, March 13th, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision upholding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) finding …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 22

Other Barks for Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The highest federal court in the United States declines to hear an appeal from tech giants on applying common sense to patent validity challenge proceedings. A group …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 0

Supreme Court Decides SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products

On Tuesday, March 21st, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, a case which looked …

How is the PTAB Handling Remands from the Federal Circuit? A Survey and Some Practical Takeaways

As of March 17, 2017, the Federal Circuit has remanded 23 post-grant proceedings back to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for further consideration. But there are no rules …

Trump FY 2018 budget cuts $1.5 billion from Commerce, how much will come from the USPTO?

With a proposed budget of $7.8 billion and $1 billion in cuts to identify, questions arise about where those cuts will come. Is the USPTO budget safe?Will the …
By Gene Quinn
8 days ago 8

Examining USPTO Business Method Patent Eligibility Examples

On December 15, 2016, the USPTO published three subject matter eligibility examples focusing on business method claims. The purpose of these examples is to give guidance on how claims …
By Kris Rhu & Paul Gurzo
8 days ago 1

PTAB denied institution of CBM against automotive feature consolidation patent under Unwired Planet standard

In a surprisingly restrained decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) released a decision denying institution of a covered business method (CBM) review proceeding on a …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 0

Teaching Away Requires Discouragement or Implying the Combination Would Not Work

Michael Meiresonne (“Meiresonne”) appealed from the final inter partes review (“IPR”) decision of the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”). The Board held that certain …

How tech’s ruling class stifles innovation with efficient infringement

Efficient infringement causes distress and agony for innovators struggling to survive,, and widespread efficient infringement absolutely stifles innovation... Innovators today patent their technologies in the hopes of …
By Steve Brachmann
11 days ago 95

Federal Circuit reverses PTAB anticipation holding because not every element present in prior art

The PTAB held that anticipation can be found even when a prior art reference does not disclose each and every claim element as long as one of …
By Gene Quinn
12 days ago 8