Posts in USPTO


Broad List of References by PTAB Not Adequate Notice of Specific Combinations of Prior Art

The Court warned that by holding that EmeraChem did not have adequate notice or opportunity to respond, it was not holding that the Board is constricted in …

Lex Machina PTAB report highlights top petitioners, patent owners and law firms appearing in cases

Some of the reports most interesting findings involve which entities are most active at the PTAB as well as the law firms representing parties most frequently during …
By Steve Brachmann
2 days ago 0

Apple, APJ Clements and final written decisions: a lethal cocktail for patents

When just looking at the subset of final written decisions resulting from Apple petitions where APJ Clements was on the panel, 24 final written decisions deem all claims …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 9

Industry Reaction to SCOTUS First Amendment Decision in Matal v. Tam

Lauren Emerson, Baker Botts, LLP: "Today’s decision, while not surprising, is momentous, as any decision striking a longstanding legislative provision based on freedom of speech would …
By Gene Quinn & Renee C. Quinn
5 days ago 8

Sovereign Immunity of Patents: While a Strong Benefit to Patent Owners, These Patents Remain Subject to Traditional Challenges

The United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently dismissed another inter partes review (“IPR”) based on an assertion of 11th Amendment sovereign immunity.  This decision …

Where is the Federal Circuit on Aqua Products?

More than six months have passed since the en banc rehearing in Aqua Products without a decision from the Federal Circuit. It could be an indication that …

IPR Settlements: A pyrrhic victory for patent practitioners, a loss for patent owners

Howard further explained, however, that it is a mistake to think that characterizing IPR settlements as a "win" is the only way to look at it... In …

Federal Circuit Affirms CBM Unpatentability Holding; Finding Estoppel Did Not Apply

In Credit Acceptance Corp. v. Westlake Servs. the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) in a Covered Business Method (“CBM”) …

Capitulation Settlements in IPR are No Win for Patent Owners

Unified Patents challenges patents by filing inter partes review proceedings. They tout on their website that they are "the only entity that challenges bad patents and never …
By Gene Quinn
9 days ago 40

Are more than 90 percent of patents challenged at the PTAB defective?

At least 84 percent of patents reaching a final written decision in a PTAB validity challenge are adjudicated to have at least one invalid claim (usually many more …

On the Next USPTO Director, Patents as a Private Property Right

Above all, LES recommends appointing a Director dedicated to protecting intellectual property, generally, and patents in particular, as the private property right our nation’s founders envisioned. …
By Brian O’Shaughnessy
11 days ago 5

Industry Reaction to SCOTUS Granting Cert. in Oil States

Russ: Slifer: ''Clearly the Supreme Court is not done with its intellectual property obsession. By granting certiorari in Oil States vs. Greene’s Energy Group, et al. …
By Gene Quinn
11 days ago 45

Supreme Court to decide if Inter Partes Review is Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court granted certiorari only on the first question, whether inter partes review violates the U.S. Constitution by extinguishing private property rights through a non-Article …
By Gene Quinn
12 days ago 54

Next PTO Director must have management experience, patent savvy, and leadership skills

The future of America's innovation economy hangs in the balance. It is time for the patent community to call on the Administration to select someone with the …
By Judge Paul Michel
12 days ago 6

Next head of the USPTO should believe patents are property rights and not public rights

An ideal candidate for the next head of the USPTO would be someone who understands that patents are property not public rights, that issued patents are valid …