Posts in USPTO


Patent Filings Roundup: Robot Vacuum Wars, PTAB Filings Dip, Pharma Litigation Abounds

This week’s District Court filings were robust, with a dip in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings--a big chunk of which were related to a …
By Jonathan Stroud
6 days ago 1

What Happens at The Board Does Not Stay at The Board: How Patent Owners Can Leverage IPR Proceedings in Litigation

Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) often occur in parallel to district court cases. Patent owners whose patent rights survive …

USPTO Urges Supreme Court to Reverse in Now-Delayed Booking.com Case

On March 13, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filed a reply brief urging the Supreme Court on to reverse a judgment of the U.S. …
By IPWatchdog
11 days ago 7

Facebook v. Windy City Settles It: The CAFC Does Not Care About the PTAB’s Opinions

The Supreme Court in SAS (SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu) was quite clear that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) has to follow the …
By Brad Close
12 days ago 11

PTAB Designates Two Opinions Precedential on Discretion to Grant or Deny IPRs

Yesterday, the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board designated two opinions as precedential. In one case, Advanced Bionics, LLC v. MED-EL Elektromedizinische Geräte GmbH, the Board …
By Rebecca Tapscott
13 days ago 0

Patent Filings Roundup: Medtronic Hit with Seven IPRs, Huawei Fields Multiple District Court Complaints

In the age of electronic filing, working from home and sheltering in place appears to have accelerated—or at least not slowed down significantly—district court and …
By Jonathan Stroud
13 days ago 5

The IP Bar Weighs in on CAFC Denial of Arthrex Rehearing

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied rehearing en banc in Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew. Five of the 12 Federal Circuit judges wrote …
By Eileen McDermott
14 days ago 3

Federal Circuit Will Not Reconsider Arthrex Appointment Clause Ruling

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied rehearing en banc in Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew, a decision that made the Patent Trial …

‘Now We Know’ – Lessons in Preserving Constitutional Error Before the USPTO

In 2019, the issue of preservation of constitutional arguments before the USPTO, which had basically been dormant for a decade, was abruptly and dramatically revived. Now the subject …
By Daniel Hanson
16 days ago 5

UPDATED: Global IP Offices Respond to COVID-19

We live in interesting times. No corner of professional or personal life seems untouched in at least some way by the latest coronavirus (named SARS-CoV-2) and the …
By Gene Quinn
19 days ago 1

Facebook v. Windy City: CAFC Strikes Down PTAB’s Approach to Joinder in IPRs

In Facebook v. Windy City Innovations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit earlier today ruled that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) …
By IPWatchdog
20 days ago 2

Patent Filings Roundup: Uptick Despite COVID-19, Theranos Patents Reemerge

With Coronavirus delaying prosecution, preventing courts from empaneling juries, and keeping attorneys home with the kids, you would think filings would have dropped; instead, we saw a …
By Jonathan Stroud
20 days ago 0

Judge Paul Michel to Patent Masters Attendees: It’s Time to Wake Up to Preserve Our Patent System

Retired Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Paul Michel told registrants of IPWatchdog’s Virtual Patent Masters program taking place …
By Eileen McDermott
22 days ago 14

CAFC Partially Reverses PTAB on Claim Construction Analysis, Says Prosecution History Matters

The Federal Circuit on Friday reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision holding certain claims of Personalized Media Communications, LLC’s (PMC’s) U.S. …
By Eileen McDermott
23 days ago 0

Trademark Modernization Act Would Restore Presumption of Irreparable Harm in Trademark Cases

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and Representatives Hank Johnson (D-GA), Doug Collins (R-GA), Martha Roby (R-AL) and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) yesterday introduced legislation to …
By Eileen McDermott
26 days ago 0