Posts Tagged: constitution


Patent Trial and Appeal Board Procedures for IPR Fail to Satisfy the Fifth Amendment

Due process is an essential condition for a fair proceeding involving a matter in which property rights are in dispute. Unfortunately, there is no interpretation of PTAB …
By Neal Solomon
4 days ago 14

McCormick and the Separation of Powers Constraints of Patent Invalidation

The argument that patents are private rights is supported by over two centuries of jurisprudence. Patent rights derive from Article I, section 8, clause 8 of the U.S. …
By Neal Solomon
6 days ago 6

Private Rights and the Sanctity of an Independent Judiciary

There appears to be a consistent pattern of public rights cases from Murray’s Lessee to Stern. Congress may establish a public right, separate from actions that …
By Neal Solomon
11 days ago 3

The Modern Public Rights Doctrine

The modern public rights jurisprudence flows from Atlas Roofing in 1977 to Stern in 2011. Although the case law does not provide a straight line, there is a consistent …
By Neal Solomon
13 days ago 38

The Classical Public Rights Doctrine: Growth of the Administrative State

The Crowell Court distinguishes between matters of common law adjudicated in the federal courts and matters that may be reviewed in administrative agencies. However, the Court is …
By Neal Solomon
18 days ago 1

Patent Review in an Article I Tribunal is Unconstitutional Under the Public Rights Doctrine

This experiment in patent validity review an executive agency by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, an Article I tribunal in the PTO, has been unsuccessful...The …
By Neal Solomon
20 days ago 11

Oil States: Examining Scenarios, Outline Effects on Portfolio Management Strategy

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition for Certiorari in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, which will result in the Court …
By Art Monk
25 days ago 15

Ruminations on Licensing: IP as a Private Property Right

An exclusive right is more than a mere right of remuneration – it is the right to control the use and disposition of one’s property, and to …
By Brian O’Shaughnessy
27 days ago 1

A Summary of the Constitutional Issues Raised by the Respondent in Oil States

The respondent immediately takes issue with the argument that patents are not public rights, summarily citing MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 812 F.3d 1284 (Fed. Cir. 2015), cert. …
By John M. Rogitz
28 days ago 4

A Summary of the Constitutional Issues Raised by the Petitioner in Oil States

In arguing that inter partes review (IPR) violates the U.S. Constitution, the petitioner in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC advances …
By John M. Rogitz
29 days ago 4

A Patents as Property Rights History Lesson

Several of the briefs address the absurdity currently being advanced, claiming patents are so-called “public rights.” This novel notion — more in line with Karl Marx than John …
By James Edwards
2 months ago 18

Placing limits on innovation may exclude great inventions before it’s known what has been excluded

Since U.S. patents are granted with exclusive right to exclude, the only way to realize values of inventions is licensing, suing for damages or both. This …
By Jianqing Wu, Ph.D.
2 months ago 34

A quiet title is an absolute prerequisite to enjoyment of an exclusive right

A quiet title seems an absolute prerequisite to the enjoyment of an exclusive right guaranteed by the Constitution. Unfortunately, a quiet title in a patent today simply …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 37

Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door to Additional Constitutional Challenges to the Lanham Act

The Supreme Court ruled that the anti-disparagement clause in the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause in the First Amendment. Matal v. Tam. As a result, …
By Damian R LaPlaca
4 months ago 0

Supreme Court Rocks the Trademark Office in ‘Slants’ Case

After a streak of six patent decisions uniformly overruling the Federal Circuit, and for the first time all term, the Supreme Court finally handed the Federal Circuit …