Posts Tagged: obviousness


Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB’s Invalidity Decision Regarding a Wireless Communications Patent

In November, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion reversing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (the PTAB or the Board) decision that claim 8 of IPR Licensing …

CAFC Reverses PTAB Obviousness Finding as Unsupported by Substantial Evidence

On November 23, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) ruling in a pair of inter partes …
By Randy Nguyen
19 days ago 2

CAFC Upholds PTAB Decision on Time-Bar and Obviousness of Gaming Patent Claims

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reviewed an appeal of the PTAB's final decision that Game and Technology Co. Ltd.…
By Butch Laker
21 days ago 1

CAFC Finds Columbia Patent Claims Invalid, Reverses Infringement Verdict

On November 13, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) heard an appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in …
By Nancy Braman
27 days ago 2

Google Fails to Overturn PTAB Decision Upholding Koninklijke Philips Patent Claims at Federal Circuit

On October 23, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) that Google failed …
By Nancy Braman
2 months ago 1

Patent Eligibility of Diagnostic Tools: Utility as the Key to Unlocking Section 101

A petition for certiorari was filed on October 1 in the case of Athena Diagnostics v. Mayo Collaborative Services asking the question: "Whether a new and specific method …
By N. Scott Pierce
2 months ago 26

Nonprecedential CAFC Decision Presents Questions of Standing

In Knauf Insulation, Inc. v. Rockwool International, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s …
By Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 1

Standard Essential Patents: Statistics and Solutions to the Real Party in Interest Problem

As I noted in part one of my talk at the IPWatchdog Patent Masters Symposium, the validity statistics for SEPs do not look very good at first …
By David Cohen
2 months ago 1

‘Substantially Equivalent’ Disclosure May Satisfy Written Description Requirement Under Certain Circumstances

The Federal Circuit recently affirmed in part and reversed in part a district court decision holding that Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc.’s (“Actavis’s”) generic Abbreviated New …

Are All Safety-Related Inventions Obvious After Celgene?

The case of Celgene Corp. v. Peter, Nos. 2018-1167 et al. (Fed. Cir. July 30, 2019) has drawn attention for its decision that inter partes review (IPR) may be …
By Daniel Hanson
4 months ago 17

Don’t Let Experts Testify as to Obviousness

When obviousness of a patent claim is at issue, some experts may opine along these lines: "Therefore, the subject matter of claim 1 would have been obvious before …
By Daniel Hanson
5 months ago 16

Distinguishing Colloquial Obviousness and Legal Obviousness

Have you ever worked with a lay inventor who had a hard time dealing with obviousness under U.S. patent law? Many patent lawyers have. It is …
By Daniel Hanson
7 months ago 8

Pinning False Blame of Lack of Enablement In Issued Patents On the USPTO

Last week, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with …
By Ron Katznelson, Ph.D.
7 months ago 20

Federal Circuit Again Reverses PTAB’s Finding of Unpatentability in Apple IPR Challenge

The Federal Circuit recently reversed a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) finding claims of a patent owned by PersonalWeb Technologies, LLC to be …

Top Five Takeaways From a Deep Dive Into Obviousness at the PTAB

Since the America Invents Act ushered in a series of sweeping changes to the U.S. patent system in 2011, IP stakeholders have been grappling with Inter Partes …
By John Abramic
9 months ago 4