Posts in Patents


CAFC Vacates Board for Moving Target Rejections, Failure to Consider Reply Brief

The moving target rejections were largely due to the fact that the examiner's first clear explanation that she was relying on structural identity, and not inherency, appeared …

Federal Circuit: PTAB Improperly Relied on Unsupported Expert Opinion

Ericsson petitioned for inter partes review of the ’408 patent, and the PTAB upheld its validity. Without separately analyzing the challenged dependent claims, the PTAB held that claim 1 …

Google Changes Its Code of Conduct After Years of Being Evil Towards Patent Owners

However, in intellectual property circles, it would be easy question whether Google has lived up to the goal of not doing, or being, evil... Google’s efforts …
By Steve Brachmann
11 days ago 22

Federal Circuit Continues to Develop Patent Venue Law with Recent Trio of Decisions

The Federal Circuit’s recent venue decisions represent important developments in the interpretation of the patent venue statute. The application of these decisions will have immediate effects …
By Mark Deming
11 days ago 0

Patent Office asks Federal Circuit to Allow Board to Reconsider Eligibility Rejections

Yesterday I wrote about the United States Patent and Trademark Office filing a Director’s Unopposed Motion to Vacate and Remand in In re Intelligent Medical Objects, …
By Gene Quinn
12 days ago 10

EDTX says leased retail space can be a regular and established place of business for patent venue

The recent Tinnus opinion further defines the meaning of “regular and established place of business.” See Tinnus Enters. v. Telebrands Corp., Case No. 6:17-CV-00170-RWS (E.D. …
By Thomas Dunlap
12 days ago 2

USPTO asks Federal Circuit to Vacate, Remand 101 Case to Board in Light of Berkheimer

Yesterday the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filed a Director's Unopposed Motion to Vacate and Remand in In re Intelligent Medical Objects, Inc. After the …
By Gene Quinn
12 days ago 8

Structural Bias at the PTAB: No Dissent Desired

This FOIA response confirms that dissents and concurring opinions are not desired by PTAB supervisors. In fact, Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) of the Patent Trial and Appeal …
By Gene Quinn
13 days ago 30

Federal Circuit Vacates, Remands After PTAB Fails to Consider Arguments in Reply Brief

On Friday, June 1st, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision in In re: Durance striking down a decision by the Patent Trial …
By Steve Brachmann
13 days ago 6

Federal Circuit Reverses District Court’s Invalidation of Patents Asserted Against Apple

On appeal to the Federal Circuit, Zeroclick argued that the district court erred in construing those two terms as means-plus-function limitations, an argument with which the Federal …
By Steve Brachmann
14 days ago 0

Federal Circuit confirms validity of patent for UCB’s Vimpat®

Appellants were generic drug manufacturers who filed Abbreviated New Drug Applications ("ANDAs"), seeking approval for generic versions of Vimpat®. As a result, the Federal Circuit affirmed the …

New Reports says Engine, EFF are Shills for Google on Patent Reform

Google’s efforts to decimate the U.S. patent system to protect its own interests is a fact of life that is becoming more clear day by …
By Steve Brachmann
15 days ago 33

The Collapse of U.S. Patent Policy by a Supreme Court preoccupied with Patent Trolls

U.S. patent policy has collapsed at the hands of a Supreme Court preoccupied with a boogeyman not present in a single dispute they were asked to …
By Gene Quinn
15 days ago 28

Lofgren Supported Eliminating BRI Before She Was Against It

Congresswoman Lofgren seems quick to forget that she was one of the original co-sponsors of the Innovation Act when it was introduced into the House back in …

China Acquires Nineteenth Century U.S. Patent Models for Traveling Innovation Museum

In recent weeks we've learned that U.S. patent models are beginning to find a new audience in China’s growing inventor class. The Chinese expect the …
By Steve Brachmann
18 days ago 1