Posts Tagged: obvious


The Federal Circuit is Shirking Its Constitutional Duty to Provide Certainty for Critical Innovation

Here we go again! Another patent whose claims have been invalidated at the Federal Circuit—predictably, another medical diagnostic patent. Athena Diagnostics v. Mayo Collaborative (Fed. Cir. …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 26

Hospira Patent Claims that Previously Survived IPR Held Invalid

While the claims-in-suit had previously survived validity challenges in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and in a District …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

Federal Circuit Vacates PTAB Decision That Video Messaging Patent Claims Were Nonobvious

The Federal Circuit panel of Circuit Judges Timothy Dyk, Evan Wallach and Richard Taranto determined that the PTAB’s decision to uphold patent claims challenged by WhatsApp …
By Steve Brachmann
5 months ago 6

The Hunt for the Inventive Concept is the Flash of Creative Genius Test by Another Name

Today the flash of creative genius test has reared its ugly head once more, this time as a consideration under a patent eligibility inquiry and 35 U.S.…
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 18

Comcast Invalidates Rovi Patents at PTAB that Previously Secured Limited Exclusion Order at ITC

Perhaps Rovi will take the opportunity to test the waters with the newly created Precedential Opinion Panel (POP), which is intended to bring uniformity between examination procedures …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 2

Waymo Patent Asserted Against Uber Suffers Setback in Reexamination

he U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a final office action in an ex parte reexamination of a patent owned by Google self-driving car development subsidiary …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
6 months ago 0

Webinar: The Art of Responding to Obviousness Rejections

Join Gene Quinn, founder and president of IPWatchdog.com, for a free webinar discussion on responding to obviousness rejections and convincing examiners there is more to the …
By Gene Quinn
6 months ago 0

Conjecture and Speculation in Patent Obviousness: Trading Logic for Hindsight

Hindsight bias, the phenomenon that things seem more predictable and obvious after they have occurred, is one of the most widely-studied “decision traps” in psychology... Patent litigation …
By Hans Sauer & Melissa Brand
6 months ago 7

Federal Circuit Reverses, Finds Opioid Addiction Treatment Patent Nonobvious

The Federal Circuit reversed the District of Delaware’s decision to invalidate Orexo’s opioid treatment patent as obvious because obviousness was not proved by clear and …

Petition for En Banc Review Asks Federal Circuit for Clarity on Single Reference Obviousness

The focus of the appeal is the need for clarity with respect to hopelessly irreconcilable caselaw on the issue of single reference obviousness... Decisions from the Federal …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 6

Misapplication of Obviousness: What the MPEP gets wrong about obviousness rejections

MPEP 2141 actually cites to Arendi, but then quotes the case entirely out of context. This is a worrisome problem that can be found in many parts of …
By Gene Quinn
8 months ago 18

Google vs. the Luddites: A Patent Battle Neither Side Should Win

The idea that all software is obvious is a theoretical argument that doesn’t just border on the scattological, it wades right into the sewer. Consider artificial …
By Steve Brachmann
10 months ago 38

Federal Circuit expands printed matter doctrine to include information and mental steps

In Praxair Distribution v. Mallinckrodt Hospital Products, Praxair petitioned for inter partes review of claims 1-19 of the ’112 patent, which the Board instituted. The Board held that …

Prosecution Disclaimer 101: Argument relied upon by examiner results in prosecution disclaimer

The PTAB found the claims in question obvious for two reasons. First, in its primary ruling the PTAB held that there was no prosecution disclaimer, finding the "…
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 2

PTAB Ruling Tainted by Hindsight; Failure to Consider Undisputed Commercial Success

The Federal Circuit also remanded to the Board further consideration of the undisputed evidence presented by Polaris that its ATVs were a commercial success. Polaris presented undisputed …