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ZERO-ing in on the Right Legal Test for Genericness
June 27, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
In Royal Crown Co. v. The Coca-Cola Co., the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) vacated a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) dismissing Royal Crown’s opposition to the registration of Coca-Cola’s trademarks for soft drinks and sports drinks with the term ZERO. The CAFC concluded that the TTAB used the wrong legal test to determine whether ZERO is generic, o.......
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Is your Confidential Sale Prior Art Against You? The Supreme Court has Decided to Weigh In.
June 26, 2018
Post by Patricia A. Sweeney - Of Counsel
You have a new idea and have found an interested buyer. If you sell your product or process to the buyer prior to filing a patent application, have you created your own prior art? If it is prior art, it would bar a later filed patent under 35 USC §102. Prior to the change in patent law that moved from first to invent to first to file for a patent application, such a sale would be a bar to patenting. Howe.......
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U.S. Patent Number 10 Million
June 26, 2018
Post by Kirk M. Hartung
Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reached a new milestone, with issuance of patent number 10 million. This patent is entitled Coherent LADAR Using Intra-Pixel Quadrature Detection, and relates to a laser detection system for various industries, such as medical imaging and autonomous vehicles. The patent is owned by Raytheon Company, of Waltham, Massachusetts. An unusual aspect of th.......
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Patent Rights are NOT Monopoly Rights
June 25, 2018
Post by Luke T. Mohrhauser
Luke T. Mohrhauser There has been a long believed and conveyed statement that patent rights provide a "legal monopoly". While this may be a simple way to explain the rights held by one issued patent, this is simply not true. Monopolies, at their core, attempt to control a market or an aspect of a market. Patents provide protection and can offer incentives for inventors to disclose their inventions publicl.......
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Protecting Your Nanotechnology Inventions - Part 1: Defining Your Space
June 21, 2018
Post by Jonathan L. Kennedy
In a recent post, I discussed the increasing focus on nanotechnology research including the growing number of patents issued and government funding in nanotechnology research. Obtaining the strongest and broadest protection for your nanotechnology should be a focus of any research and intellectual property (IP) strategy. There are things that can be done during research to support stronger and broade.......
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Federal Circuit Defines “manufactured” Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1498
June 20, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
In FastShip, LLC v. United States, decided on June 5, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) defined the term “manufactured” pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1498. The statute states that a patent owner can sue the U.S. government for infringement when “an invention [covered by a U.S. patent] is used or manufactured by or for the United States without proper license . . . or lawfu.......
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A Commentary on Women in the Profession and MVS
June 19, 2018
Post by Heidi S. Nebel
A recent article appeared in the Lexis Nexis news piece “Law360”, describing the dismal results of their annual “Glass Ceiling Report”. The article concluded that there had been “limited progress” for female attorneys in a male-dominated profession. Women have represented over 40% of law school students for decades, according to the American Bar Association, yet, only one in five equity partners (in over.......
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PTAB to Consider When Conference Materials are Prior Art
June 11, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
In a consolidated appeal from two related Patent Trial and Appeals Board (“PTAB”) decisions, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) affirmed-in-part and vacated-in-part the PTAB’s findings. The CAFC affirmed the PTAB’s conclusion that challenged claims would not have been obvious over two specific references. However, the CAFC vacated the PTAB’s determination that certain other references .......
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Patent Eligibility of Bioinformatics Innovations
June 09, 2018
Post by Sarah M. Dickhut
Bioinformatics has increasingly become of interest in the last decade. Bioinformatics generally refers to the use of computational methods used to compile, analyze, visualize effects, and predict trends or outcomes for oftentimes large data sets. Bioinformatics tools can be applied to gene regulation, immunology, drug repositioning, drug identification, and virtually any other application where a large d.......
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Federal Circuit Clarifies Means-Plus-Function Limitations
June 06, 2018
Post by Blog Staff
On June 1st, in Zeroclick, LLC v. Apple Inc, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) vacated and remanded a district court decision that several patent claims asserted against Apple Inc. were invalid. The district court held that the claims contained means-plus-function limitations and that the specifications did not disclose sufficient structure. The patent claims in question c.......
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