Posts Tagged: ex parte reexamination


Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB’s Unreasonably Broad BRI of term

In Re: Smith International, the Federal Circuit reversed, finding that the Board’s construction of “body” was unreasonably broad. While the claims do recite “body” without further …

Patentee Fails to Prove Equivalents did not Ensnare the Prior Art

Crafting a proper hypothetical claim is a prerequisite to whether a theory of infringement under the doctrine of equivalents would also ensnare the prior art. The burden …

Federal Circuit reverses Board on erroneous application of the broadest reasonable interpretation

The Federal Circuit concluded that the Board's construction of the term 'body' was unreasonably broad even given proper usage of the broadest reasonable interpretation claim standard... This …
By Gene Quinn
25 days ago 8

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
26 days ago 4

A Look Back at the Legislative Origin of IPRs

Those now familiar with IPR proceedings will already have recognized how little resemblance current IPR proceedings have to what most supporters of the AIA envisioned upon its …
By Phil Johnson
1 month ago 30

I hope Trump’s ‘America first’ will apply to inventors

I believe it’s not a good thing to be an inventor in the US and I hope that Trump’s “America first” will apply to inventors. …
By Jean Paul Castille
9 months ago 1

In non-precedential decision CAFC reverses PTAB finding of obviousness in reexamination

In re: Natural Alternatives, LLC, 2015-1911 (opinion and errata) is a non-precedential but still notable case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit …
By John M. Rogitz
1 year ago 1

Phillips Claim Construction Standard Applies to Ex Parte Reexam After Patent Expires

The Court held that the Board improperly continued to apply the BRI standard following the expiration. While the examiner properly applied the BRI prior to expiration, the …

SCOTUS asked to consider proper scope of ex parte reexamination proceedings at USPTO

Pactiv, LLC v. Lee presents a question fundamental to all ex parte reexaminations: whether, after the PTO initiates an ex parte reexamination, that proceeding is limited in …
By Paul Hughes
1 year ago 6

Judgment With Prejudice is Res Judicata and not Vacated Even if Mooted by Later Reexamination

Cardpool, Inc., v. Plastic Jungle, Inc., NKA Cardflo Inc. (Fed. Cir. Apr. 5, 2016) (Before Newman, Reyna, and Wallach, J.) (Opinion for the court, Newman, J.)(Federal Circuit held …

How the AIA requires the USPTO to be a patent system arms dealer

Not only does the Patent Office handsomely charge for the acquisition and maintenance of a patent, they also handsomely charges for the right to challenge those patents …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 35

Teaching Away Insufficient to Overcome Motivation to Combine References

While Dome’s argument against obviousness based on Tanaka teaching away was plausible, it was not sufficient to overcome the district court’s factual findings that a …

Patent Strategy: Building a patent portfolio with meaningful rights

Last week I wrote about adopting a patent strategy in order to lay the foundation for success. What the article did not touch upon, however, is how …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 1

Part 2 – The AIA: A Boon for David or Goliath?

Our inter partes challenge data from pre- and post-passage of the AIA clearly show that of the relatively few initial denials made by the USPTO of an …
By Steve Moore
4 years ago 2

Kappos on Patent Trial and Appeal Board Trial Proceedings

Kappos explained that the PTAB has started and will continue, in at least some cases, to issue shorter per curiam decisions, which will allow them to decide …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 1