Category Archive for "Patent Law"

How the disavowal exception trashed a patent infringement claim

Courts in infringement cases construe terms in patent claims by their plain and ordinary meaning — usually. As the patentee in Poly-America, L.P. v. API Industries, Inc., learned the hard way, the Federal Circuit doesn’t take that approach when the disavowal of claim scope applies.

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Can you hear me? Court turns deaf ear to wireless radio patent-holder

Cases regarding the patent eligibility of abstract ideas continue to pile up at the Federal Circuit, which hears all patent-related appeals. In its recent ruling in Affinity Labs of Texas, LLC, v. DIRECTV LLC, the court found that two patented inventions failed both parts of the patent eligibility test.

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Client Profile: Sunburst Chemicals

Sunburst Chemicals has been innovating our cleaning process since 1920. We know today how important it is to clean food, laundry and every day items and Sunburst is on the forefront of that mission. They supply a number of cleaning products for a variety of every day use:

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New Year IP Resolution

New years resolutions are one of the world’s longest standing traditions. Throughout January, people will reflect on their personal and professional goals and ambitions to set forth on a new journey—often making a list of what they hope to accomplish. This year, we recommend adding one small piece to that list—protecting your ideas.

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Inter Partes Review: Best Practices and a Look Into the Data

Brad Pedersen will be discussing inter partes review with David Kappos in this webinar hosted by Gene Quinn of IPWatchdog. In addition to taking questions from the audience, they will discuss: (1) Whether there really is an inherent bias at the PTAB; and (2) Patentee estoppel – what is it and how can it be used by challengers to put patent owners at an even more serious disadvantage.   Register here!  

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New Year, New Ideas

New Year, New Ideas The New Year has finally arrived and we are ready for 2017! We wanted to outline some important IP advice for your company this year.

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The Top 10 Trademark Rulings of 2016

Trademark rulings often miss the front headlines of the news outlets every year, but little do people know, these decisions often affect their everyday lives more than some of the cases that receive national attention.

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Former IPLM Group Founder Joins Patterson Thuente

David Cleveland, a patent attorney with decades of experience as patent counsel for corporations and in private practice, has joined Patterson Thuente IP’s growing team of intellectual property lawyers.

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When is a sale not a sale?

Federal Circuit narrow on-sale bar to patents The full panel of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears all patent-related appeals, has delivered a ruling in The Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc. that’s sure to be welcomed by patent holders. In a unanimous decision, the court provided guidance on what constitutes a sale for purposes of the on-sale bar to patent validity.

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Patent Office Update

A message from Michelle K. Lee–the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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