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Olympian Patent Champions
June 30, 2016
Post by Kirk M. Hartung

Post By Kirk M. Hartung The final judges scores are in, and the champions have been named for most utility patents received in 2015.  IBM took home the gold medal with 7440 utility patents issued for the year. This software company, based in New York, has led the patent grant field for 23 consecutive years. The silver medal in 2015 went to Samsung Electronics (5059 issued utility patents), and the....... Read More


Sequenom and the Future of Patentable Subject Matter
June 30, 2016
Post by Blog Staff

Post By Blog Staff On June 27, the Supreme Court denied Sequenom’s petition from the Federal Circuit’s 2015 decision in Ariosa v. Sequenom. The relevant patent claimed methods of measuring cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) in maternal plasma and serum in order to identify fetal characteristics. The Federal Circuit assessed whether the claimed methods were directed to a naturally-occurring phenomenon, and thu....... Read More


The Effects of Brexit on IP Protection
June 24, 2016
Post by Blog Staff

Post By Blog Staff This morning, the world woke to the news that the UK has voted to leave the European Union. While we will continue to see the far reaching consequences of this decision in the days to come, there are a few certainties concerning European intellectual property rights. The Effects Will Not be Immediate The Lisbon Treaty provides for a two year transition period for all countr....... Read More


Existing IPR Procedure Will Likely Stay the Same
June 23, 2016
Post by Xiaohong Liu, Ph.D.

Post By Xiaohong Liu, Ph.D. The Federal Circuit yesterday, in a ten-to-one decision, rejected Ethicon’s petition for en banc rehearing on the question of whether the USPTO Director improperly delegated decision-making authority for the institution of inter partes review (IPR) to a PTAB panel. This decision confirms another existing USPTO practice, the function of PTAB panels to both institute and hold a....... Read More


Supreme Court Upholds Broadest Reasonable Interpretation and No Review for Institution in PTAB Proceedings
June 20, 2016
Post by Daniel M. Lorentzen, Ph.D.

Post By Daniel M. Lorentzen, Ph.D. The Supreme Court has issued its opinion in the case of In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC. In re Cuozzo initially began as an inter partes review (IPR) with the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) where Garmin challenged the validity of Cuozzo’s patent relating to an interface that uses GPS technology to display a vehicle’s speed as well as the speed limit on the ba....... Read More


Under Pressure: The State of Sampling in the Music Industry
June 20, 2016
Post by Blog Staff

Post By Blog Staff Earlier this month, Madonna won the appeal of a copyright infringement lawsuit before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The plaintiff, VMG Salsoul LTD., alleged that a tiny (0.23 second!) sample of the horns from the song “Love Break” was used in Madonna’s song “Vogue.” The majority held that the sample was too small to be considered infringement. Circuit Judge Susan Graber wrote....... Read More


Derivative Works and Remastered Sound Recordings
June 16, 2016
Post by Brandon W. Clark

Post By Brandon W. Clark A recently decided court case regarding remastered versions of pre-1972 sound recordings could have significant legal and practical implications for musicians, recording artists, sound engineers, and record labels. Judge Perry Anderson, of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, recently granted Summary Judgment for CBS Radio Inc. in a case brou....... Read More


Supreme Court Issues Decision on Treble Damages
June 13, 2016
Post by Blog Staff

Post By Blog Staff On the subject of willful infringement, 35 U.S.C. § 284 provides that, “[T]he court may increase the damages up to three times the amount found or assessed.” On its face, the statute allows for broad discretion by the district courts, but the Federal Circuit set out a stricter standard for awarding of enhanced damages, as In re Seagate Technology LLC. This test required clear and conv....... Read More


Court-Mandated Claim Limitation: The Complexity of Simplification
June 02, 2016
Post by Blog Staff

Post By Blog Staff Patent cases often present many complex issues because a given case can feature a patent portfolio where each patent within the portfolio has a high number of litigable claims. Parties filing a patent suit on the basis of a patent portfolio and/or a large number of claims should be aware and prepared to respond to the court’s potential use of a simplification technique called mandated....... Read More


Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB Obviousness Decision for the Board's Failure to Adequately Articulate an Obviousness Rationale
May 25, 2016
Post by Jonathan L. Kennedy

Post By Jonathan L. Kennedy In Black & Decker, Inc. v. Positec USA, Inc., a non-precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent and Trial Appeal Board's (PTAB) finding of obviousness of two claims.  The appeal arose from an Inter Partes Review (IPR) of U.S. Patent No. 5,544,417 owned by Black & Decker directed to a string trimmer.  The PTAB had instituted the IPR on tw....... Read More


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