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District Court sua sponte raising dispositive issues not enough for case to be reassigned

While TecSec had urged the panel to reassign the case to a different judge on remand in part because the district court judge repeatedly held against TecSec, …
By John M. Rogitz
1 month ago 2

Andrew Albertson, Melanie Mayer and Jonathan Millard elected new partners at Fenwick & West

Fenwick & West recently announced the election of three attorneys to the partnership, effective January 1, 2017. The new equity partners are Andrew Albertson and Melanie Mayer, Ph.D., based …
By Press Releases
1 month ago 0

Maria Pallante fired as Register of Copyrights in Policy Power Grab

In a fast moving story that developed late last week, Maria Pallante is now the former Register of Copyrights. According to The Register, critics believe this was …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 3

It’s Time to Fix the Global Patent System Before It Breaks Under the Weight of New Applications

Patent offices are failing to keep up with the growth of the innovation economy and the resulting increase in patent applications. Unfortunately, the problem could easily get …
By Mark Schultz & Kevin Madigan
2 months ago 6

Evolution of Tech: Roger Bacon’s high-performance carbon fibers find widespread use for thermal, mechanical properties

October 25th, will mark the 56th anniversary of the issue of the seminal patent for high-performance carbon fibers, which were invented by Roger Bacon, a 2016 inductee into …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 0

Michael Best is seeking Electrical Patent Prosecution Associates or Patent Engineers/Agents for D.C. Office

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, and preferably, 2+ years of patent prosecution experience. Admission to the Patent Bar is preferred, but not required. Candidates …

Winning the Drug Development Debate

We create two new companies around academic inventions every day of the year. The critical role such companies play in drug development is clear. The successful integration …
By Joseph Allen
2 months ago 0

FREE WEBINAR: Creating Big Value from Big Data: Competitive Intelligence vs. In-House Intelligence

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 2pm ET, please join Gene Quinn (IPWatchdog) and Monty Wright (VP of IP Assets for GE Ventures Licensing) for a discussion on how …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

Negating Hindsight Reconstruction: A Logical Framework

It is well known that hindsight reconstruction is an insidious error that infects patent prosecution. The Federal Circuit has noted that it is a difficult task to …
By Peter Kramer
2 months ago 32

What makes a good IP renewals provider?

IP portfolios are business assets. The payment of patent annuities is an important part of ensuring a valuable IP portfolio is primed for monetisation. Efficient IP management …
By Ian Johnson
2 months ago 0

The Inventors’ Dilemma: Drafting your own patent application when you lack funds

Before you decide to embark on the path of preparing your own patent application, even a provisional patent application, there are a few questions about your invention …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 10

Qualcomm unveils virtual reality headset platform powered by Snapdragon 820

Not only do virtual reality devices sometime present too much information to users, they do a poor job of prioritizing the space available in augmented reality (AR) …
By Benjamin Joe
2 months ago 0

Claim differentiation does not broaden claims beyond their meaning in light of the patent as a whole

Claim differentiation does not broaden claims beyond their meaning in light of the patent as a whole, and cannot override clear statements of claim scope found the …

Claims broad enough to encompass mental processes are unpatentable abstract ideas

The Court reasoned that the claims were limited to straightforward steps that a skilled artisan could perform mentally and that the inventors admitted to doing so. The …

Disclaimers of Claim Scope Viewed in Context of the Entire Prosecution History

The Federal Circuit agreed with the district court that this evidence did not demonstrate a “clear and unmistakable” disclaimer in claim scope. The Court emphasized that disavowals …