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A brief history of smartphones

On January 7th, 2007, legendary CEO of Apple Inc. and master of the product demo Steve Jobs announced the introduction of three revolutionary new products: a widescreen iPod …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 3

Allison Kerndt joins Nyemaster Goode as Shareholder

Allison Kerndt has joined the firm as a shareholder in its rapidly growing Intellectual Property Department. Her addition brings Nyemaster’s intellectual property legal talent to more …
By Press Releases
20 days ago 0

Inventing Strategy 101: Laying the Foundation for Business Success

Inventors know very well what they have invented and what they plan to do with their invention. But the typical inventor has a terrible sense of what …
By Gene Quinn
20 days ago 32

Allene Jeanes, HOF class of 2017, discovered life-saving dextran and food-thickening xanthan gum

65 years ago today, American chemical researcher Allene Jeanes was issued a patent for a polysaccharide innovation which had major implications for the U.S. military, helping to …
By Steve Brachmann
21 days ago 1

China relaxing barriers to software, business method patents with revised patent guidelines

Guidelines, set to go into effect on April 1st in China, continue to leave the window open for software and business method patents. For software patents, patent …
By Steve Brachmann
22 days ago 5

Federal Circuit reverses PTAB, says CBM patents must be financial in nature according to the claims

The CBM determination includes patents that are “financial in nature” according to the claims; not patents that are “complementary” or “incidental” to financial activity according to the …

CAFC affirms reliance on expert declaration, remands inter partes reexam over O’Malley dissent

Reliance on expert declarations is not per se deficient because the declaration utilizes a legal turn-of-phrase, i.e. “It would have been obvious.” The declaration is sufficient, …

Michelle Lee opens PPAC meeting at USPTO, introduced as Director at PTAB Bar luncheon

Lee has finally been publicly introduced at an industry event as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Indeed, earlier today Lee delivered a keynote …
By Gene Quinn
22 days ago 30

In precedential decision, Federal Circuit further clarifies what constitutes a covered business method patent for CBM review

When applying that definition to the present case, the majority opinion rejected as too limiting Secure Axcess’s proposal that CBM review should be limited to “products …
By John M. Rogitz
22 days ago 1

Can the Supreme Court’s erosion of patent rights be reversed?

The resulting decisions reveal the Supreme Court’s holistic outlook as a generalist court concerned with broad legal consistency rather than fidelity to patent law’s underlying …

Innovation is a Terrible Thing To Waste

Given the complexity of many technologies, the rapidly changing nature of global markets, and the legal complexities in establishing worldwide licensing programs, it should come as no …
By Sabina Brufani
23 days ago 0

Disney MagicBand wireless communication devices targeted by patent lawsuit filed in E.D. Tex.

Perhaps not your typical or average patent, the '443 patent has some 135 patent claims, which relate to a proximity authorization unit, a proximity service unit, a method …
By Steve Brachmann & Gene Quinn
23 days ago 1

Rule 36: The Ides of March for the Federal Circuit?

Based on how often the Supreme Court reverses the Federal Circuit, what percentage of the Court’s Rule 36 decisions are wrong? Perhaps 90% of them? Then again it …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
23 days ago 3

Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit, Confirms that One is Still the Loneliest Number

In yet another reversal of the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court yesterday held that liability under § 271(f)(1) of the Patent Act requires more than one component part …
By Clifford R. Lamar, II
24 days ago 7

Other Barks & Bites for Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Another covered business method review is overturned by the Federal Circuit because the Patent Trial and Appeal Board instituted a CBM on a patent that was not …
By Steve Brachmann
24 days ago 2