Posts in USPTO


Lessons from Five Years of PTAB Trials

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the effective date of Patent Trial and Appeal Board trials on September 16, we find that the early years of the …
By Jennifer Bush
9 days ago 40

The only solution for the transgressions of the PTAB is to disband this runaway tribunal

Hiring senior associates to be Administrative Patent Judges was a mistake, hiring so many senior associates from the same firm was an even bigger mistake. Making it …
By Gene Quinn
10 days ago 51

Nintendo to appeal $10.1M jury verdict of infringement after invalidating 5 of 6 iLife patents at PTAB

A jury verdict recently entered into a patent infringement case in the Northern District of Texas found that Japanese gaming giant Nintendo infringed upon a patent asserted …
By Steve Brachmann
13 days ago 5

CAFC Vacates and Remands Inconsistent Rulings by the Board on Validity of two SynQor Patents

The Board failed to address all grounds for proposed rejections under the APA by ignoring certain arguments made by Vicor during the reexamination. Additionally, the Board failed …

PTAB fails to decide IPR within 1-year statutory deadline

According to 35 U.S.C. § 316(a)(11), the PTAB is required to issue a final determination in an inter partes review not later than 1-year after the date …
By Gene Quinn
14 days ago 12

A Patents as Property Rights History Lesson

Several of the briefs address the absurdity currently being advanced, claiming patents are so-called “public rights.” This novel notion — more in line with Karl Marx than John …
By James Edwards
14 days ago 17

USPTO issues statement on Hurricane Irma

From USPTO: "We will publish a notice designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the areas affected by Hurricane Irma, as …
By Gene Quinn
15 days ago 0

Ignorance of the Law is No Excuse for Cost of the USPTO’s High ex parte Appeal Reversal Rates

As the old saying goes: Ignorance of the law is no excuse. So there seems to be no good reason that the Examining corps’ inability to apply …
By Adam Stephenson
15 days ago 8

USPTO files brief at CAFC supporting patent-infringing respondent Telebrands

Tinnus argues in its appeal that the PTAB panel applied standards for inter partes review (IPR) proceedings to a trial that was instituted as a PGR. “In …
By Steve Brachmann
15 days ago 5

USPTO, PTAB refuse to follow Supreme Court Nautilus decision

The PTAB is openly refusing to follow the Supreme Court’s decision in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., it has found a term previously determined definite …
By Gene Quinn
16 days ago 79

Inquiry into Unexpectedness is Essential Even for Determining Obviousness in Inherency

The Federal Circuit reversed. Indeed, it found that the Board committed legal error by improperly relying on inherency to find obviousness and in its analysis of motivation …

Board cannot shift burden of proving patentability to applicant, must articulate reasoning

The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the Board’s decision, finding that it “failed to adequately articulate its reasoning, erroneously rejected relevant evidence of nonobviousness, and improperly …

Uncertain legal status of financial transactions in marijuana industry lead to bitcoin, cryptocurrency development

Increasingly, bitcoin and related cryptocurrencies are becoming the choice for most financial transactions within the nascent marijuana industry as the sector increases in value. North American marijuana …
By Steve Brachmann
19 days ago 11

USPTO declaring postal emergency due to Hurricane Harvey

The USPTO is in the process of publishing a notice designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the areas affected by …
By Gene Quinn
20 days ago 0

Federal Circuit upholds CBM instituted in conflict with Unwired Planet decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Services (USPS), which affirmed a finding …
By Steve Brachmann
21 days ago 5