patent office

25 Jun: Avoid the Patent Pit of Despair: Drafting Claims Away from TC 3600

I’ve recently hosted two webinars on patent classification, taking a look at how contractors for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) determine where to route each patent application within the Office after filing. One webinar dealt with classi…

16 Jun: PTAB Says Collateral Agreements Must Be Filed in Decision Designated Precedential

On June 11, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) designated DTN, LLC v. Farms Technology, LLC as precedential. The case involved the parties’ joint motions to terminate two inter partes review (IPR) proceedi…

16 Jun: PTAB Rulemaking: Past, Present, and Future

Recently, the USPTO published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to change the “Trial Practice at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board,” which is contained in Part 42 of Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This is the fifth rule change since …

13 Mar: EPO Applications Up 4%, Led by Digital Communication and Computer Technology, 5.5% Rise in U.S. Applicants

Patent applications filed at the European Patent Office (EPO) rose 4% to 181,406 in 2019, driven by substantial increases from Chinese, Korean and U.S. applicants, according to a report published by the Office yesterday. The United States was the numbe…

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…

17 Feb: Six Years After Alice: 61.8% of U.S. Patents Issued in 2019 Were ‘Software-Related’—up 21.6% from 2018

As an update to my posts from 2017 and 2019, it has now been more than six years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision. Still, the IP bar awaits a clear and reliable test to determine when exactly a software (or computer-…

30 Jan: PTAB Refuses to Apply SAS Institute on Remand as Ordered by Federal Circuit, Federal Circuit Denies Rehearing

The Federal Circuit recently denied a petition by BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. (BioDelivery) for a rehearing en banc following a refusal by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to apply the Supreme Court’s decision in SAS Institute Inc….

28 Jan: EPO Provides Reasoning for Rejecting Patent Applications Citing AI as Inventor

Earlier this month, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) each rejected two patent applications that designated an artificial intelligence named DABUS as the inventor. While the UKIPO published a decision sett…

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 …