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PATENT LAW, PATENT LITIGATION, and the 2008 FEDERAL CIRCUIT YEARBOOK, gives you a solid grounding in fundamental legal and litigation issues, including seminal doctrines, while helping you to stay up to speed with case law developments that can subtly or starkly change the law and the way you represent clients as an adviser, enabler, and litigator.
FABER ON MECHANICS OF PATENT CLAIM DRAFTING and HOW TO WRITE A PATENT APPLICATION are as practical, sensible, and essential as their titles indicate, bringing you the experienced step-by-step instruction and advice. HOW TO WRITE A PATENT APPLICATION has also just been updated as of March 2009 and now includes discussion of the following topics:
- In re Bilski: The Federal Circuit in In re Bilski provides its latest test for patentable subject matter of a process: a process is patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 if (1) it is tied to a particular machine or apparatus, or (2) it transforms a particular article into a different state. Analyzing the case, the author notes that the CAFC does not answer the question whether the first alternative is satisfied by citation of a general purpose computer, or rather requires some other machine or apparatus; then states guidelines for the application of the transformation alternative; and extracts twelve basic principles from the court’s opinion. See new § 12.2.1. The Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences has begun to apply Bilski, taking what the author calls a “stringent” view of the ruling. Several BPAI decisions are discussed. See new § 12.2.2. And the author offers some suggestions for satisfying the Bilski test. See new § 12.2.3.
- Patent Prosecution Highway: This PTO program for fast-tracking claims found patentable in certain other countries also extends to Singapore, the European Patent Office, and Denmark. See § 2.10.
- Identifying the inventors: A general point to keep in mind when identifying the inventors and drafting the claims is that each owner of a patent will have the right to license the patent and practice the patented invention; accordingly, it will sometimes make sense to divide up an invention into two applications. See § 3.3.
Novelty search: Sample letter to client reporting “neutral” results of patentability study, that is, the invention is novel but there is only a 50/50 chance of persuading the PTO that the invention is unobvious. See new Exhibit 4-5.
- Indefiniteness: Federal Circuit’s Star Scientific case restates the standard for indefiniteness, noting that only a claim not amenable to construction will be indefinite, however difficult that construction may be. But the PTO applies a different standard during the examination of a patent: if a claim is amenable to two or more plausible constructions, the PTO is justified in requiring the applicant to more precisely define the metes and bounds of the invention to avoid a rejection for indefiniteness. See § 6.2.1.
- “About” in claims: Federal Circuit’s Cohesive Technologies notes how the use of “about” can preclude use of the doctrine of equivalents as to the limitation for which “about” is used. See § 6.5.12, at note 162.1.
- Design patents: To find infringement of a design patent, the courts apply the “ordinary observer” test, as described in the Federal Circuit’s Egyptian Goddess case. See § 9.1.4.
- Biotechnology inventions-written description requirement: A problem commonly arises when there is a claim to a broad genus, but only a single species is disclosed. To satisfy the written description requirement for a claimed genus, the specification must describe the claimed invention in such a way that a person skilled in the art would understand that the genus that is being claimed has been invented, and not just the species of the genus. See § 14.4.2.
- Disclosure of nucleotide or amino acid sequences: It is possible to submit nucleotide or amino acid sequence listings as an ASCII-compliant text file, if certain requirements are met. Submitted electronically, the ASCII-compliant text file serves as both the paper copy and the computer-readable form required by the regulations. See § 14.4.6, at note 80.1.
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These treatises enhance your ability to help companies obtain and defend their patents, while providing insight into how entrepreneurs can use their patent portfolios to grow their enterprises and achieve greater commercial success.
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