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Failure to prove obviousness revives patent application

A patent applicant’s first round of appeals is to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). But if a patent applicant receives a negative ruling from the PTAB, it isn’t necessarily the end of the road. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals made that clear in a case where it faulted the Board for failing to adequately lay out just whyan invention was obvious and therefore unpatentable.

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Whose home is it? House designs avoid copyright infringement.

If you thought the most competitive designers around are found on reality shows, think again. A recent case decided by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates that the claws can come out in the world of affordable home design, too. And, as the plaintiff learned, copyright law provides only limited protection.

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Jim Patterson – Client Choice Award Winner

The winners of the 2018 Client Choice Awards were announced today and Jim Patterson was named among the 384 winners across 66 jurisdictions worldwide. Jim was also named a Client Choice Award winner in 2016.

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Christian Girtz Named Partner

Patterson Thuente IP has named patent attorney Christian Girtz as a partner in the firm.  An experienced intellectual property attorney, Christian counsels clients on best practices for developing strong patents and valuable IP assets domestically and internationally.

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Ideas on Intellectual Property Law – February/March 2018

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to present the February/March 2018 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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Lauren Pierotti Joins Patterson Thuente IP

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to announce that Lauren Pierotti has joined the firm as a staff attorney. Lauren has been part of the team since 2015 as a participant in our law clerk program. She assists both the firm’s patent and litigation departments, and her experience is concentrated in the chemical and life sciences industries. Learn more about Lauren!  
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Defining “seller” for copyright infringement liability

What’s a copyright holder to do when counterfeit products show up on the massive online marketplace Amazon.com? Well, one thing it will have trouble doing is successfully suing Amazon for infringement, as seen in Milo & Gabby LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc.

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China & India take steps to make software patenting easier

China and India recently revised their patent office guidelines for the examination of software-related inventions. In both cases the guidelines broaden the scope of patent eligible subject matter and generally create a positive climate for patenting software-related inventions.

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Charlie Nelson Joins Patterson Thuente IP

Patterson Thuente IP welcomes patent attorney Charlie Nelson who joins the firm as an associate. Charlie has been part of the team since 2015 as a participant in out law clerk program. He will support our clients in the medical device and consumer products industries. Learn more about Charlie!  
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A road map for patent obviousness

It probably comes as no surprise that inventions that are obvious aren’t eligible for patents. Yet arguments over obviousness land in the court all the time. A recent ruling by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (which hears all patent-related appeals) in Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. illustrates several arguments that can arise when the obviousness of an invention — and therefore the validity of its patent — is at issue.

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