Posts in Reissue & Reexamination


Rethinking Article III Standing in IPR Appeals at the Federal Circuit

In 2011, as part of the American Invents Act (“AIA”), Congress significantly restructured the way in which previously issued patents could be challenged.   In some cases, existing post-issuance …

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB’s Rejection of Claims Despite Earlier CAFC Validation

Although the majority opinion was silent with respect to a prior claim construction by the Federal Circuit relating to the patent, Judge Newman wrote in dissent that …

Disputed Claim Construction Not Suitable for Resolution on a Motion to Dismiss

Nalco asserted that the only difference between its patented method and the Chem-Mod Process was the location of the injection. The district court dismissed Nalco's complaints for …

CAFC says PTO Reexamination Should Not Preclude Validity Challenges at District Court

Along with the willfulness finding, the Federal Circuit also overturned findings of no invalidity on a patent that had already survived multiple reexaminations at the U.S. …
By Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 10

CAFC Denies Enhanced Damages and Lost Profits, Competitor Proves Intervening Rights

In determining indefiniteness of a claim based on a testing method referenced in the patent, courts will evaluate whether the method is well known in the art …

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
9 months ago 10

PTAB Invalidation Affected by Random Errors, Legal Uncertainties and Judicial Bias

The PTAB invalidation procedure violates due process because it drags patent owners into endless assaults by patent infringers and patent thieves. Due process requires compliance with standard …
By Jianqing Wu, Ph.D.
9 months ago 14

PTAB Erred Finding Claims Nonobvious in IPR, Federal Circuit Reverses Without Remand

In Owens Corning v. Fast Felt Corp, Fast Felt sued Owens Corning for infringement, and Owens Corning filed a petition with the PTO seeking inter partes review …

Patentee Fails to Prove Equivalents did not Ensnare the Prior Art

Crafting a proper hypothetical claim is a prerequisite to whether a theory of infringement under the doctrine of equivalents would also ensnare the prior art. The burden …

Federal Circuit reverses Board on erroneous application of the broadest reasonable interpretation

The Federal Circuit concluded that the Board's construction of the term 'body' was unreasonably broad even given proper usage of the broadest reasonable interpretation claim standard... This …
By Gene Quinn
10 months ago 8

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 …

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
10 months ago 8

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 …

PTAB’s Claim Construction Regarding Means-Plus-Function Limitation Was Erroneous

The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the Board’s finding of obviousness of certain challenged claims based on a means-plus-function limitation, affirmed the Board’s finding of …

A section-by-section look at the STRONGER Patents Act introduced in the Senate

In late June, the Support Technology and Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act of 2017 was introduced into the U.S. Senate …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 8

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