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By Amanda Murphy
On April 5, 2018, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") revised MPEP § 2136.03 to provide additional guidance regarding the effective prior art dates of references cited under pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. § 102(e).
By John Hornick
3D printing currently has two basic branches: 3D printing of inorganic mechanical parts and products, and 3D bioprinting of organic biological structures.
By John Paul, Brian Kacedon, Cecilia Sanabria
Defendants may try to avoid being sued for patent infringement in a district by closing their offices in that district so they have no physical presence there and venue is improper.
By Ji-Hye (Christina) Yang
In Knowles Elecs. LLC v. Iancu, No. 2016-1954, the Federal Circuit affirmed a PTAB decision in an inter partes reexamination, which affirmed the examiner's findings that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,018,049...
By Adriana Burgy
On April 10, 2018, the USPTO conducted another Patent Quality Chat; the topic of this month's chat was the Collaborative Search Pilot Program (CSP). A link to the CSP Patent Quality Chat...
By Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
In order to check on the status of a Certificate of Correction, contact the Certificates of Correction Branch at the USPTO via email (, mail (Commissioner for Patents...
By John Paul, Brian Kacedon, Robert MacKichan III
A patent license agreement with a field of use provision limiting the scope of the licensed activity did not contractually obligate the licensee to refrain from acting outside the scope of the field of use.
By John Paul, Brian Kacedon, Cecilia Sanabria
Standard-setting organizations may require participants in the standard-setting process to disclose patents in which they have an interest.
By David Seastrunk, Daniel Klodowski, Elliot Cook
Through March 15, 2018, the Federal Circuit decided 329 PTAB appeals from IPRs and CBMs. The Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB on every issue in 248 (75.38%) cases ...
By Barbara McCurdy, Thomas Irving, Stacey Lewis
The patent bar watched the en banc rehearing decision in Aqua Products Inc. v. Matal, 872 F.3d 1290 (Fed. Cir. 2017), with great interest.
By Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
On April 5, 1995, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Markman v. Westview Instruments, Inc., a decision that impacted patent litigation in the United States ...
By Shrey Pathak
As part of measures to improve efficiency and predictability of proceedings before the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO), the EPO has launched a consultation to revise the Boards' Rules of Procedure.
By Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
On the USPTO's website, the Patent Technology Centers Management page contains not only contact numbers for the director(s) ...
By Barbara Rudolph, Linda A. Wadler
It is axiomatic that, when construing patent claims, it is improper to read a limitation from the specification into the claims. Phillips v. AWH Corp. 415 F.3d 1303, 1323 (Fed. Cir. 2005)("to avoid the danger of reading limitations from the specification into the claim—is sound").
By Patrick Coyne
Intellectual Property is the global currency of innovation. Whether you are a start-up, development stage, or mature company, intellectual property is likely among your most valuable assets.
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