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Lessons on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility from Dropbox v. Synchronoss

Since the Supreme Court decided Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International et al. on June 19, 2014, the number of patent application rejections by the U.S. …
By Christopher Hall
13 days ago 8

Bilski and Its Expansion of the Abstract Idea Exception: A Failure to Define

The Supreme Court's Bilski v. Kappos decision—which celebrated its 10th birthday this past weekend—still matters, even in the age of Mayo-Alice. For one thing, the …

Supreme Court Declines to Consider PTAB Authority to Overturn Article III Decisions

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari to Chrimar Systems, Inc., thereby letting stand a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the …
By IPWatchdog
13 days ago 3

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB’s Conclusion of Obviousness on Grounds of Common Sense

On June 26, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a final written decision of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent …
By Rebecca Tapscott
14 days ago 2

The Consumer is King: High Court Sides with Booking.com, Rejecting Per Se Test for Generic.Com Trademarks

The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with Booking.com, ruling that a generic term paired with .com “is a generic name for a class of goods …
By Eileen McDermott
14 days ago 7

Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy: The IP Value Proposition that Startups Should Not Overlook During Financial Distress

The international economic disruption caused by COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges. Thriving tech startup companies worth millions in January might find themselves struggling to stay afloat today. This …
By Kevin Kuhn
14 days ago 0

Eighth Circuit Finds ‘Hot Pocket’ Patents Were Not Fraudulently Obtained

On June 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (the circuit court) affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in Inline Packaging, …
By Rebecca Tapscott
15 days ago 0

Copyright Office Begins Period of Petitioning for Exemptions to Section 1201 of the DMCA

On June 22, the U.S. Copyright Office published a request for petitions in the Federal Register, which officially kicked off the eighth triennial rulemaking process for temporary …
By Steve Brachmann
15 days ago 2

This Week in Washington: Digitized Payment Systems, Operation Warp Speed and Changing American Tech

This week in our nation’s capital, the Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on introducing decentralized ledger technologies into government payment systems while the Senate Labor …
By IPWatchdog
15 days ago 0

Federal Circuit Agrees with PTAB that Firebug’s Footwear Claims Are Obvious

On June 25, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed an appeal from two final written decisions of the United States Patent and …
By Rebecca Tapscott
16 days ago 1

Ten Years From Bilski: The Beginning of the End, with No Improvement in Sight

Ten years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down what at the time was one of the most important patent decisions in decades. It signaled …
By Kim Jordahl
16 days ago 13

Illegal Circulation of E-Newspapers Online and Through Messaging Apps: Implications for Copyright and Contractual Violations

On March 25, 2020, the Indian government declared lockdown throughout the country, and we could not have anticipated the number of issues across all sectors that would surface in …

Other Barks & Bites for Friday, June 26: SCOTUS Denies Cert to PTAB Challenges, CAFC Issues Three New Precedential Patent Decisions, and Ninth Circuit Revives The Shape of Water Copyright Case

This week in Other Barks & Bites: the House of Representatives approves a bill by voice vote which would enable the sale of acceleration certificates for patent applications …
By IPWatchdog
18 days ago 1

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB Finding that Adidas Did Not Prove Nike Patent Claims Unpatentable as Obvious

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) yesterday affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision that certain claims of Nike, Inc.’…
By Eileen McDermott
19 days ago 0

Avoid the Patent Pit of Despair: Drafting Claims Away from TC 3600

I’ve recently hosted two webinars on patent classification, taking a look at how contractors for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) determine where to …
By Gene Quinn
19 days ago 18