Posts Tagged: novelty


Crocs loses inter partes reexam, will appeal rejection of design patent for ornamental footwear

Boulder, CO-based shoe manufacturer Crocs, Inc. (NASDAQ:CROX) had a design patent rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent struck by the USPTO …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 7

The Problem of Reducing Patentability to Novelty

Ironically, judicial decisions on patent eligibility tend to depend on inventiveness, with tests of originality that tend to refer to novelty, reducing the issue of patentability to …
By Neal Solomon
4 months ago 37

Patentability: The Novelty Requirement of 35 U.S.C. 102

Essentially, §102 requires the patent applicant to demonstrate that the invention is new. In essence, in order for a claimed invention to violate this "newness" requirement it must …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 4

Flexible problem-solution analysis for drafters with Europe in mind

The problem-solution paradigm has become a cornerstone of patentability in Europe. If the invention cannot be reduced to the format of a technical solution to a technical …
By Brian Cronin
9 months ago 2

The quest for patent quality: European inventive step and US obviousness

In Europe and the US, patentability depends on a showing of inventiveness that is based on similar legal requirements but practice differs substantially and the resulting patent …
By Brian Cronin
11 months ago 9

Is it Time To Amend 101?

Rather than the drastic measure of abolishing § 101, such as that proposed by previous USPTO Director Kappos, we think that a simple change to § 101 that removes the confusing …

What is a patent and where do patent rights come from?

A patent is a proprietary right granted by the Federal government pursuant to laws passed by Congress. The Congressional power to authorize patents is found in Article …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 2

First to File Means File First! The Risk of Not Immediately Filing a Patent Application

When people say that inventors do not need to start with a patent application and can wait to file I cringe. It is not that this is …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 1

The importance of a quality patent search for strategic monetization of innovation

Properly used, a qualified search can be one of the most cost-effective and valuable tools a company can have to not only capture and create innovation, but …

Why it is unnecessary to open the patent system

Chien argues that it is impossible for someone to donate their technology without fearing that another will get a patent on it and defeat the well-meaning donation …
By Gene Quinn
2 years ago 59

I Can’t Find Prior Art for My Invention

It is absolutely critical to understand that a reference, such as an issued patent or published patent application, does not need to be identical to an invention …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 12

Hamilton Beach Brands v. Sunbeam Products: CAFC Says Manufacturer Supplying Innovator Creates a pre-AIA 102(b) Sale

The issue of interest in this case centered around whether there was a pre-AIA 102(b) on-sale bar. You might expect such issues not to be worthy of …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 4

Patent Prosecution: 35 U.S.C. § 112(a) Must Be Raised Before a § 102 or § 103

Logically, if the application does not describe an invention in terms that allows one skilled in the art to make and use it, then the Patent Office …
By Dale B. Halling
5 years ago 20

The Impact of the America Invents Act on the Definition of Prior Art

While the search for prior art won't likely be impacted, the value of the prior art located will be dramatically impacted according to Ken Hattori, partner in …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 8

Patentability Overview: When can an Invention be Patented?

Unfortunately, the patentability requirements are frequently misunderstood, including by the United States Supreme Court. For many who are not well versed in patent law one of the …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 4