Posts Tagged: obviousness


Federal Circuit: Less Preferred Alternative is not Teaching Away

In an obviousness inquiry, material prior art references disclosing combinations of claimed limitations cannot be disregarded based on a drug product’s commercial viability or FDA approval. …

BRI and how it increases an obviousness determination

Owens Corning v. Fast Felt (Fed. Cir. 2017) illustrates an example of how the broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) standard increases the chances that an obviousness argument could successfully …
By James Yang
16 days ago 1

Merck Process for Stabilizing Antibiotic Compound Invalid as Obvious

The District of Delaware found that one of two patents asserted by Merck was not invalid and infringed, and the other patent, while infringed, was invalid as …

The Broad Institute files brief with CAFC answering U of California’s appeal in CRISPR-Cas9 patent interference

On Wednesday, October 25th, the Cambridge, MA-based medical research center The Broad Institute filed a brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in response …
By Steve Brachmann
19 days ago 1

Inherency Rejections: Combating Inherent Obviousness

An inherency rejection, whether it be inherent anticipation or inherent obviousness, can be extremely difficult to overcome. Indeed, at many times it seems there is a great …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 2

PTAB Invalidation Affected by Random Errors, Legal Uncertainties and Judicial Bias

The PTAB invalidation procedure violates due process because it drags patent owners into endless assaults by patent infringers and patent thieves. Due process requires compliance with standard …
By Jianqing Wu, Ph.D.
1 month ago 14

PTAB Erred Finding Claims Nonobvious in IPR, Federal Circuit Reverses Without Remand

In Owens Corning v. Fast Felt Corp, Fast Felt sued Owens Corning for infringement, and Owens Corning filed a petition with the PTO seeking inter partes review …

Federal Circuit Upholds the Board’s Invalidation of Southwire Patent

The Court found that the Board did not provide an adequate explanation for finding that the “30%” limitation was inherent in the reference, as a predicate for its …

Federal Circuit says Secondary Considerations Not Part of Prima Facie Obviousness Analysis

Objective indicia must be evaluated before drawing an ultimate conclusion on obviousness, but are not necessarily part of a prima facie “motivation-to-combine” analysis. To prove inequitable conduct …

CAFC Vacates and Remands Inconsistent Rulings by the Board on Validity of two SynQor Patents

The Board failed to address all grounds for proposed rejections under the APA by ignoring certain arguments made by Vicor during the reexamination. Additionally, the Board failed …

Inquiry into Unexpectedness is Essential Even for Determining Obviousness in Inherency

The Federal Circuit reversed. Indeed, it found that the Board committed legal error by improperly relying on inherency to find obviousness and in its analysis of motivation …

Board’s analysis internally inconsistent, Federal Circuit vacates inter partes reexam

At the Federal Circuit, Honeywell argued that the Board erred in (1) finding a motivation to combine the references with a reasonable expectation of success, (2) rejecting Honeywell’s …

Inherent obviousness necessitates specific motivation to modify lead compound in pharma process due to surprising, unexpected results

Inherent obviousness cannot be based on what the inventor thought, and, in addition, the results in a particular case may not be inherently obvious depending on what …
By Jay S. Pattumudi
4 months ago 2

Further Study Does Not Undermine Reasonable Expectation of Success; ‘Absolute Predictability’ is Not Required

A reasonable expectation of success in combining references to obtain the claimed invention does not require absolute certainty or predictability. As a result, an invention is not …

The Problem of Obviousness

The overly inclusive nature of obviousness interpretations has led to problems. First, with an overly broad view of obviousness, patent applicants are encouraged to flood patent examiners …
By Neal Solomon
4 months ago 14