Posts Tagged: prior art


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 applies ‘rule of reason’ to find inventor testimony credible in IPR

The Court found the Board’s reliance on Woodland Trust to be "misplaced" because in that case there had been continued public use for a period of …

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 …

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 …

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
2 months ago 7

Inherency in Obviousness – What is the Correct Standard?

Although the distinction between inherency in obviousness and anticipation is sometimes blurred, the two concepts are quite different and a claim may be inherently anticipated without being …

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
4 months ago 4

CAFC Interprets AIA On-Sale Bar: Invention details need not be public for sale to be invalidating

Earlier today the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a major decision interpreting provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA), specifically the AIA …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 6

From filing to challenge, modern patent practice is all about prior art

The patent process can be expensive, so the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money preparing and filing an application when there …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 0

Samsung Succeeds in Reducing Damages for Infringement of Two Rembrandt Patents

Rembrandt sued Samsung for patent infringement in the Eastern District of Texas and convinced a jury that Samsung infringed its two asserted patents, awarding $15.7 million in damages. …

Is It Really That Obvious? A Tale of Two Decisions

On January 3, 2017 the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the court) handed down two decisions relating to obviousness under § 103 – In re: Marcel Van Os, Freddy Allen …
By William Gvoth & Paul Gurzo
6 months ago 3

CAFC: A reference that requires significant modification will not anticipate and invalidate that claim

The Federal Circuit noted that precedent requires a prior art reference to disclose the invention without modification in order to anticipate. “[A] prior art reference that must …

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
8 months ago 2

Could or should the USPTO adopt the EPO problem-and-solution approach for assessing obviousness?

There is a plausible case that the US law on obviousness is indeed compatible with the EPO problem-and-solution approach. It could even be said that the steps …
By Brian Cronin
9 months ago 13

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
10 months ago 1