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18 Feb: Time to Close the Gap: Is the PTAB Looking at Prosecution Histories in IPRs?

If a recent decision denying institution of an inter partes review (IPR) is any indicator, the answer to the titular question seems to be no, the Board does not routinely review a challenged patent’s prosecution history—even when the history includes a…

28 Jan: PTAB Holds Packet Filtering Claims Unpatentable in Cisco/Centripetal Networks IPR

On January 23, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision holding all claims (1-20) of U.S. Patent No. 9,160,713 B2 (the ‘713 patent) unpatentable. The ‘713 patent, owned by Centripetal Networks, Inc. (CN), was challenged …

31 Oct: Federal Circuit Says PTAB Judges Are Not Constitutionally Appointed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in an opinion authored by Judge Moore, has ruled that the current statutory scheme for appointing Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) violates the Appointmen…

31 Oct: Panelists Warn Senate IP Subcommittee Against Drastic Measures on Patent Quality

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, headed by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), yesterday heard from five witnesses on ways to improve patent quality at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Suggestions ranged from…

29 Oct: Trading Technologies, ChargePoint Ask High Court for Help with Federal Circuit’s Conflicted Approach to Patent Eligibility

Trading Technologies International, Inc. (TT) has filed a second petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review a Federal Circuit holding that computer-implemented inventions that do not improve the basic functions of the computer itself are …

23 Oct: Chamberlain Petitions Full Federal Circuit to Correct Appellate Overstep on Patent Eligibility

As anticipated, the Chamberlain Group, Inc., in a corrected petition for rehearing filed today, asked an en banc panel of the Federal Circuit to reconsider its August 21 precedential decision, which in part reversed a district court’s finding that cert…

22 Oct: WIPO Report Validates Fears About U.S. Patent Decline

Each year the World Intellectual Property Organization releases a report titled World Intellectual Property Indicators. The latest edition of the report, the 2019 version, is a look back on the filing statistics for 2018. The report is eye-opening and …

21 Oct: Petition Seeks Rare En Banc Review to Clarify Whether PTAB Can Overrule Article III Courts

Chrimar Systems, Inc. filed a petition for en banc rehearing with the Federal Circuit on October 21 asking it to review the so-called Fresenius-Simmons preclusion principle. The petition has a high hurdle to meet, as the underlying Federal Circuit deci…

02 Apr: The Federal Circuit Just ‘Swallowed All of Patent Law’ in ChargePoint v. SemaConnect

In ChargePoint Inc. v. SemaConnect, Inc., (2018-1739) the Federal Circuit inexplicably stated in its opinion that “[i]t is clear from the language of claim 1 that the claim involves an abstract idea—namely, the abstract idea of communicating requests t…