Posts Tagged: patents


Women and patents: why we need to close the gender gap

We have known for decades that economies grow when the women in them work. The more that women find ways to contribute their ideas and inventions to …
By Laurie Self
14 hours ago 0

Comparing and Contrasting European 2-part claims with US Jepson claims

European practice requires a strict distribution of the features before and after "characterizing", where those prior art features that are common with the definition of the invention …
By Brian Cronin
18 hours ago 0

Supreme Court overturns $400 million Apple verdict against Samsung in smartphone design patent infringement case

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple which found by a unanimous 8-0 vote that a damages …

Advice for the Trump Administration and New Congress: Protect Bayh-Dole and Restore the Patent System

Bayh-Dole is running on autopilot without Executive branch oversight and U.S. patents are no longer the world's gold standard. Without a course correction, we could be …
By Joseph Allen
2 days ago 1

Wilbur Ross: Zero Tolerance of IP Theft

Wilbur Ross, Trump's nominee to run Commerce, has a zero tolerance for IP theft, which indicates a possible change in direction for US patent policy... Ross has …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn
2 days ago 7

A Patent Year in Review: Looking back on 2016, Forecasting for 2017

It is that time once again when we look back on the previous year in preparation to close the final chapter on 2016 and to look ahead toward 2017. …
By Gene Quinn
2 days ago 1

Patent infringer lobby pushes Trump Transition Team to aggressively pursue patent reform

Several weeks ago Internet Association President Michael Beckerman sent a letter to President Elect Donald Trump and the Trump Transition Team. The Internet Association is made up …
By Gene Quinn
3 days ago 30

Chinese patent office receives over one million patent applications, 96 percent are domestic office only

Of the 2.9 million patent applications which were filed in patent offices across the world in 2015, more than one million of those applications were filed with the State …
By Steve Brachmann
3 days ago 5

Videos as a Printed Publication in Inter Partes Review

In a handful of IPRs, the Petitioner has relied on a video, and asserted that the video constitutes a printed publication... One factor raised in these cases …

Regime Change – USPTO

The PTO then drifted towards being a very user unfriendly operation that has become a center of suspicion and cynicism. I do not think Director Lee necessarily …
By John White
4 days ago 17

Federal Circuit’s En Banc Review in Aqua Products Could Upend PTAB Amendment Practice

On December 9, 2016, the en banc Federal Circuit will hear argument in In re Aqua Products, Inc. on an issue that has long been troubling patent owners involved …
By Paul Margulies
4 days ago 4

Federal Circuit Affirms in Part and Reverses in Part “Means Plus Function” Indefiniteness

In an indefiniteness analysis, particularly for a “means plus function” claim, the patent must particularly disclose the corresponding structure for performing the claimed function. It is not …

CAFC says Antedating a Reference under Section 102(g) Focuses on Critical Period as a Whole

In an IPR decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated several claims from U.S. Patent No. 6,030,384 as anticipated or obvious over Japanese Publication No. H1033551…

Prior Art Combination that Sometimes Provides Results of Broadly Claimed Method Can Make that Method Obvious

In 2013, Google, Inc. (“Google”) filed inter partes review and covered business method petitions challenging the validity of Unwired Planet, LLC’s (“Unwired”) patent, at issue on appeal. …

Federal Circuit Vacates PTAB Decision Applying Incorrect Definition for CBM Patents

Claimed methods incidental or complimentary to financial services are not necessarily reviewable as CBM patents. The claims as they were written must be directed to methods and …