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Vegas Golden Knights trademark challenged by U.S. Army at TTAB

The notice of opposition filed by the Army to challenge the “VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS” mark cites multiple grounds for opposition including priority and likelihood of confusion, dilution …

Why is PTAB spending precious resources killing good patents?

Patents that have withstood scrutiny in Article III federal courts are not bad patents, they are good patents, and they ought not to be struck down by …
By Gene Quinn
2 days ago 26

Inventor Appeal to CAFC Challenges PTAB Authority to Invalidate Claims on Remand

D’Agostino’s appeal challenges PTAB authority to entertain invalidity on remand as no part of the IPR statute found in the America Invents Act (AIA) permits …
By Steve Brachmann
4 days ago 0

Patent Killing Fields of the PTAB: Erasing Federal District Court Verdicts on Patent Validity

Supporters of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) continue to claim that the facts and figures showing the PTAB is overruling Article III federal district court …

Six Predictions for the 2018 Patent Environment

For patent practitioners, this year packed in a lot of activity: Fractured Federal Circuit en banc decisions resolving who bears the burden of proof on motions to …

En Banc Federal Circuit Reverses Achates, Time-Bar Determination is Appealable

Inter Partes Review proceedings (IPRs) are subject to statutory timing provisions. The Court, sitting en banc, reviewed whether PTAB decisions determining whether an IPR was timely filed …

Federal Circuit Remands PTAB Decision to Uphold Patent Claims Challenged By Nintendo

While the recent decision did uphold the PTAB’s finding of validity of some claims, the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded part of the decision in a …
By Steve Brachmann
8 days ago 0

St. Regis Tribe requests oral hearing, seeks discovery on political pressure at PTAB

The St. Regis tribe is seeking discovery on due process concerns posed by the potential of political or third-party pressure asserted to “reach an outcome inconsistent with …

PTAB Facts: An ugly picture of a tribunal run amok

69% of cases reaching a final decision by the PTAB have all claims invalidated. 82.5% of patents reviewed by PTAB in a final decision are found defective... As the …

Federal Circuit says IPR time-bar determinations under § 315(b) are appealable

Today, the Federal Circuit reversed Achates, and ruled that time-bar determinations under § 315(b) are appealable. "We find no clear and convincing indication in the specific statutory language …
By Gene Quinn
10 days ago 6

58 Patents Upheld in District Court Invalidated by PTAB on Same Grounds

When going through the list of patents that have been deemed valid in district court and then invalidated through PTAB proceedings, there are 58 cases where the patent …

PTAB Errors Fatal to Hundreds of Legitimate Patents

There have been 220 patents upheld as valid in real courts and also subject to a final written decision in the PTAB. The PTAB only agreed with the …

What is on the Horizon for Patent Owners in 2018?

One of the questions that gets asked this time of year, when the world is busy flipping the calendar from one year to the next, is “What …
By Steve Brachmann
12 days ago 8

Petitioner Must Prove Unpatentability of Patentee’s Substitute Claims in an IPR

Due to the recent decision in Aqua Products v. Matal, 872 F.3d 1290 (Fed. Cir. 2017), the Court disagreed with the Board’s decision to deny Bosch’s motion …

Combinations do Not Anticipate if Artisan Would Not Immediately Envision Claimed Combination

The Federal Circuit heard the case of Microsoft Corp. v. Biscotti, Inc. After Biscotti, Inc. (“Biscotti”) sued Microsoft Corp. (“Microsoft”) for patent infringement, Microsoft filed three unsuccessful …