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Federal Circuit Judge Calls for a Fix to the “Abstract Idea” Mess: Part 1

By Kirk M. Hartung

I will be posting for the next several weeks in a series regarding the infamous “Abstract Idea” Mess. Stay tuned for next week’s series follow-up! In a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) dated July 20, 2018, and including AOL, Apple, Google and Yahoo as defendants, Judge Plager […]

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What is an Abstract Idea?

By Blog Staff

In January of 2018, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published its latest revision of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). With regard to patent eligibility, especially on the issue of abstract ideas, the MPEP was extensively updated. The January revision lays out a similar process as was previously used to determine […]

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AIAA Presents 2017 Daniel Guggenheim Medal to Inventor Paul M. Bevilaqua

By Gregory Lars Gunnerson

The AIAA chose to honor Paul M. Bevilaqua by presenting him with the 2017 Daniel Guggenheim Medal. The Daniel Guggenheim Medal was established in 1929 for the purpose of honoring persons who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics. The Medal is jointly sponsored by AIAA, ASME, SAE, and AHS. The medal is considered […]

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10 MONTH CONVERSION DEADLINE?? New Bayh Dole Regulations a Trap for the Unwary

By Heidi S. Nebel

Under the Bayh-Dole Act, businesses and nonprofit organizations that receive federal government funding, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), or Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, may retain ownership of inventions and patent applications that have been made with such funding. The requirements to retain ownership […]

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Federal Circuit Offers Guidance on the Legal Standard for CBM Patents

By Blog Staff

On July 11, 2018, in Apple Inc. v. ContentGuard Holdings, Inc., the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) clarified what the proper legal standard is for determining whether a patent qualifies as a covered business method (CBM) patent. The CAFC vacated and remanded a decision made by the Patent Trial and […]

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Federal Circuit Addresses Patentability in Terms of Non-Statutory Subject Matter

By Blog Staff

On June 20, 2018, in In re Wang, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held that patent application claims describing a phonetic symbol system were not patentable because it was directed to non-statutory subject matter. Patentable subject matter is laid out in 35 U.S.C. § 101, which states that patentable […]

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CRISPR Technologies: Overcoming Patentability Challenges in an Increasingly Difficult Patent Landscape

By Sarah M.D. Luth

The term “CRISPR,” which is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, generally refers to RNA-guided genome editing technology used to engineer the genetic material of organisms with high accuracy and precision. It has wide applications in a variety of fields including genetics, biology, agriculture, medicine, and digital data storage, to name a […]

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Patent Owners can Recover for Lost Foreign Profits

By Blog Staff

On June 22, 2018, in WesternGeco, LLC v. ION Geophysical Corporation, the Supreme Court held that patent owners can recover for lost foreign profits based on 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(2). The statute states that “[W]however without authority supplies or causes to be supplied in or from the United States any component of a patented invention […]

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Inter Partes Review Proceedings (IPRs) Survive First Constitutional Challenge, But Court Opinion Opens Door to Further Challenges

By Jonathan L. Kennedy

On April 24, 2018, I had posted regarding the U.S. Supreme Court being held in a 7-2 decision (Justice Gorsuch and Chief Justice Roberts dissenting),Oil States Energy Servs. v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, that the Inter Partes Review proceedings, commonly referred to as IPRs, do not violate Article III or the Seventh Amendment of the […]

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U.S. Patent Number 10 Million

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 […]

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