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Post-Grant Patent Proceedings
November 19, 2018
Ancora Tech. v. HTC – Yet Another Federal Circuit Decision Finding A Computer-Based Invention Patent Eligible Under Alice/Mayo Step One
November 7, 2018
Is Uncle Sam a Person?
October 22, 2018
Online Arbitrage: Why Amazon Orders Sometimes Come from Walmart
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August 23rd, 2018
Overriding Patents – The Naloxone Dilemma
With no end in sight to the ongoing, and widening, opioid epidemic in the United States, politicians, public health officials,…
July 25th, 2018
Claiming an Economic Practice or a Mathematical Technique after SAP America, Inc., v. Investpic, LLC.
Alice rejections (rejections under 35 U.S.C. § 101) often relate to claims that are rejected as being directed to abstract…
July 18th, 2018
Patent Drafting Reminders Gleaned from the July 16, 2018 Federal Circuit Decision (Blackbird Tech. LLC v ELB Electronics Inc.).
On July 16, 2018, the Federal Circuit published its precedential decision in Blackbird Tech LLC v. ELB Electronics. Background: Blackbird…
June 20th, 2018
Non-Obvious by Design: Addressing Design Choice Rejections at the USPTO
The dream of many inventors is that their ideas and creations will receive immediate recognition as new and groundbreaking. How…
June 4th, 2018
Apple v. Samsung – Are Components Worth More than the Whole?
In a much-awaited decision, on Thursday, May 24, 2018, a jury in the Northern District of California awarded Apple $539…
April 24th, 2018
Is Alice Coming Home From Wonderland? Finally Finding Direction in the Fairy Tale of 101 Jurisprudence
In its 2014 decision, Alice v. CLS Bank, the Supreme Court dramatically reshaped the application of 35 U.S.C. § 101,…
April 12th, 2018
In Re: Power Integrations, Inc.
The broadest reasonable interpretation of a claim term cannot be uncoupled from the specification or render the term meaningless in…
March 12th, 2018
Finjan Your Claims to Patent Eligibility
On January 10, 2018 the Federal Circuit (hereinafter the ‘Court’) released its decision in Finjan v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc.…
March 6th, 2018
The “Quick & Dirty” Provisional – And Other Mythical Creatures
Frequently, after discussing the potential costs associated with pursuing patent protection, a potential new client will ask: “Can’t we just…
February 20th, 2018
Making Amendments to Range Limitations in Patent Claims
A patent claim that includes a numerical range may be rejected based on prior art that discloses the range. For…
February 5th, 2018
Core Wireless Licensing v. LG Electronics: User Interfaces & Patent-Eligible Subject Matter
On January 25, 2018 the Federal Circuit released its decision in Core Wireless Licensing v. LG Electronics. One of the…
January 3rd, 2018
Claim Drafting Strategy for Filing in the US and Europe
Although obtaining a patent in Europe is similar to the process of obtaining a patent in the US, there are…
December 29th, 2017
Broadening Your Issued Patent – A Chance to Fix the Past
Patent owners considering enforcement frequently wonder what they can do to strengthen their patent, more commonly to add claims that…
December 5th, 2017
Patent Term: When will a patent die?
Patent owners, licensees, and applicants alike may wonder: How long is a U.S. patent enforceable? Business owners mindful of patents…
November 27th, 2017
USPTO Fees on the Rise
The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) issued and published final rules for patent fees. While some fees increase…
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