Category Archive for "Patent Law"

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How ranges described in prior art trigger obviousness presumption

Some patents specify ranges to account for variability — for example, a range of temperatures in which a process occurs. These types of patents can run into obviousness issues that can invalidate them if the range overlaps with ranges detailed in so-called “prior art.” Patentees in such cases aren’t totally out of luck, though, as they have the opportunity to rebut the presumption of obviousness.

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USPTO recognizes attorneys, firms who give back

Patterson Thuente IP was one of just 21 law firms to receive the USPTO 2018 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Award. USPTO Director Iancu said of the award recipients, “Their work not only helps inventors fulfill their dreams, it facilitates advancements in science, technology, and economic growth.” See the list of honored firms here > bit.ly/patentprobono2018
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Print still matters > Trade show catalog bars patent

It’s easy to get excited when you come up with a new invention. But the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office won’t consider an invention novel enough to qualify for a patent if a publicly available printed publication “anticipated” it. With a recent ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which hears all appeals concerning patents), provided some guidance on how it determines whether a publication was publicly available on the relevant date.

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Supreme Court denies petition to decide patent damages issue about entire market value rule

Recently, the Supreme Court denied a petition from Power Integrations, Inc. to decide a question about patent damages, the “entire market value” rule, and what parties must prove to recover or avoid large damages awards in patent infringement lawsuits. As an exception to the general rule, the entire market value rule allows a patent holder to recover damages on patented and unpatented features of an infringing product. 

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Ideas on Intellectual Property Law – April/May 2019

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the April\May issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.

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Read all about it! Printed publication bars patents on drug tracking system

How often do you browse the Federal Register? For most people, the answer probably is never. But if you want to patent an invention that falls within the regulations of a federal agency like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Register might trip you up. For one patent applicant, it did just that.

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Ideas on Intellectual Property Law – February/March 2019

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the February/March issue of Ideas on Intellectual Property Law. We encourage you to read through it for ideas on how to best protect your intellectual property.

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Supreme Court allows patent owner to recover lost foreign profits

A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling brings welcome news to patent holders who have found their inventions infringed overseas. The Court held that plaintiffs can recover lost foreign profits generated by the unlawful shipping of U.S. parts abroad for assembly into an infringing product.

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The Ophthalmologist: In Black and White

The Ophthalmologist published an article by patent attorney, Paul Onderick, about intellectual property considerations for innovators in the ophthalmology industry. In Black and White identifies several situations where an M.D. could use the help of a J.D. to make sure IP rights are protected and related disputes avoided.  Read more…
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New Weapon for Tech Companies to Fend Off Trolls

Hennepin Lawyer published an article by our litigation chair, Eric Chadwick, on the status of patent litigation involving trolls or nonpracticing entities (NPEs). A New Weapon for Tech Companies to Fend Off Trolls, concludes that the tide may have shifted in favor of technology companies in recent years through inter partes review challenges (IPRs) and now with invalidation of abstract patented “ideas” after the Supreme Court decision in Alice vs. CLS. Read more…
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