Posts in Patent Prosecution


Incorporation By Reference Does Not Establish Priority

In an IPR brought by E*Trade in response to an infringement suit by Droplets, the Board found that the Droplets ‘115 patent was invalid due to obviousness. …

Patent Practitioner Training: Everything Patent Practitioners Need to Know

You’ve passed the patent bar exam. Now what? We have heard that question too many times to count over the years as we have collectively spent …
By Gene Quinn & John White
25 days ago 8

USPTO memo explains changed Alice Step 2B to examiners

Yesterday the USPTO issued subject matter eligibility guidance to its examining corps in a memorandum that changes how examiners approach their Alice Step 2B analysis. Specifically, the …
By John M. Rogitz
1 month ago 3

USPTO issues 101 guidance limiting examiner ability to merely conclude elements are well-known, convention or routine

The Notice is significant because in a 101 rejection, an examiner cannot simply assume that elements or a combination are "well understood, routine or conventional." Examiners will be …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 22

Are fewer continuations the sign of a healthy patent system?

Hirshfeld explained to me that he is well aware of all of the portfolio reasons why continuations are very important, but the Office does really want to …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 39

Innovative Use of Patent Examiner Statistics Improves Efficiency and Strengthens Portfolios

We recently handled an application in which the examiner rejected the independent claims as obvious in view of six references from a variety of different fields. Submitting …
By Robert Jensen
1 month ago 1

Claimed and prior art ranges must have meaningful difference for nonobviousness

Patent claims can recite a numerical range and a patent can be awarded based on the novelty and nonobviousness of the claimed range. Normally, compositions are claimed …
By James Yang
1 month ago 3

Federal Circuit Decisions Breathe New Life Into Alice Responses by Patent Prosecutors

While most commentary to date has focused on the implications for litigation, two recent Federal Circuit decisions have promising implications for patent prosecutors struggling to overcome conclusory …

Prosecution Disclaimer 101: Argument relied upon by examiner results in prosecution disclaimer

The PTAB found the claims in question obvious for two reasons. First, in its primary ruling the PTAB held that there was no prosecution disclaimer, finding the "…
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 2

The Unpredictable Prospects of Patenting Cancer Innovation

Art Unit 1618 and 1621 are both identified as relating to “organic compounds – part of the class 532-570 series.” However, the patenting probability for cancer related applications is markedly …
By Kate Gaudry & Rodney Rothwell
3 months ago 5

Admissions as Prior Art in a Patent: What they are and why you need to avoid them

So what is an admission? A statement made during patent prosecution identifying the work of another as prior art is called an admission. Admissions can and will …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 11

Patent Cannot Retroactively Be Filed As Divisional Application to Avoid Obviousness-Type Double Patenting

To fall within the safe-harbor protection against obviousness-type double patenting, a patent application must be properly designated as a divisional application before the patent issues. Attempts to …

Strengthening Patent Value Throughout the Patent Prosecution Flow

Patents allow you to protect your inventions, license the use of the inventions of others, and introduce additional revenue streams to your business. Patents also require investments …
By Mike McLean
6 months ago 0

A Primer on Indefiniteness and Means Plus Function

Means plus function claiming allows the drafter to claim the invention based on functionality rather than the more traditional (and preferred) claiming technique that employs structure within …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 2

Amendments in IPRs? Welcome back to the future

The industry reaction to Aqua Products v. Matal has been swift. In IPWatchdog’s Industry Roundup blog post, there was broad acclaim. However, for those involved with …
By Van Lindberg
7 months ago 10