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District Court may consider burden of litigation in deciding whether to stay a patent case

Murata argued that the district court should have relied on the traditional three-factor test, which does not consider the burden of litigation on the court and the …

CAFC: Software means plus function claims Indefinite for failure to disclose algorithm

The Court also affirmed that the this means-plus-function term was indefinite. In the case of computer-implemented functions, the specification must disclose an algorithm for performing the claimed …

Opposition to Venue Reform Misses Target

There is simply no reason for so many patent cases to wind up in a district with so little relation to those cases. Basic principles of equity …
By Matt Levy
20 days ago 21

Finding the Best Patents – Comparative Patent Ranking Systems – Citations Still Matter

Over the past 18 months, our clients have begun to show greater interest in international patents (e.g. non-US). Increasing client interest in international patents corresponds with the …

2016 Rio Olympics will see plenty of U.S. innovations from Nike, Comcast and Cisco

One way in which innovation has already touched the games before it has even begun is in the figure of the famed Olympic torch, which travels the …
By Steve Brachmann
20 days ago 0

How head impacts challenge the NFL to improve helmet innovation

The harder and more unbreakable the helmet the better it is to protect from a cosmetic standpoint, but the more likely the helmet will transfer the power …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
21 days ago 0

White House announces $400 million NSF research initiative for 5G networks

There are challenges that must be overcome through innovation before 5G becomes commercially feasible. Device-to-device communications, which allow mobile device owners to communicate directly without a base …
By Steve Brachmann
21 days ago 0

Ryan Straus and Dan Friedberg Join Fenwick, Launching Payment Systems Practice

Fenwick & West announced that Ryan Straus and Dan Friedberg have joined the firm as counsel launching its Payment Systems practice. The addition of Straus and Friedberg adds …
By Press Releases
21 days ago 0

Steps the PTO must take to address low quality patent examination

While any system should always aspire to provide better quality, the patent system included, patent quality is a two way street that requires the Office to look …
By Gene Quinn
22 days ago 14

Ex Parte Appeals in the Post-Alice World

Amongst the appeals involving patent-eligibility rejections, the most recently filed appeal brief was filed in November 2015. Thus, all of the appeal briefs and most of the PTAB …
By Kate Gaudry & Samuel Hayim
22 days ago 17

Partnership to bring GE’s industrial Internet platform Predix to Microsoft’s growing Azure cloud

One of the companies which has positioned itself strongly in the industrial Internet sector is American conglomerate General Electric (NYSE:GE) of Fairfield, CT. This company has …
By Steve Brachmann
22 days ago 0

Public Health and Bioscientific War on Superbugs is Hobbled by IP Uncertainties

How will our patent system treat this wonderful new discovery? How long will it take before its curative benefits can be deployed ? We can only hope that …
By Chris Gallagher
23 days ago 5

The Patent Gender Gap: Less than 20% of U.S. patents have at least one woman inventor

Although women have more than quintupled their representation among patent holders since 1977, a pronounced patent gender gap remains. In 2010, according to a new briefing paper by the …
By Gene Quinn
23 days ago 7

iPhone sales slump as Apple continues to churn out smartphone patents

The third quarter continued Apple’s declining iPhone sales, eating into the company’s most profitable sector. iPhone revenues dropped from $31.3 billion in 2015’s third quarter down …
By Steve Brachmann
23 days ago 0

Governments banning use of brands is a troublesome trend

We understand governments have a responsibility to protect the health of their citizens and therefore, should regulate harmful products. However, there is no compelling evidence that restricting …