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INVENTIONS OUT OF THIS WORLD: PATENT PROTECTION IN OUTER SPACE

Posted in Development & Commercialization of Technology, Intellectual Property, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Patent Prosecution

Outer space exploration has been expanding.  For instance, since 1998, the International Space Station has served as a platform for scientific research and discoveries in space within modules that are operated by the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan, and Canada[1].  Moreover, efforts are underway to build spacecraft that can transport astronauts… Continue Reading

USPTO Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program

Posted in Cancer Immunotherapy, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Technology News & Events

In July 2016, the USPTO launched the Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Program to provide a fast-track review for cancer immunotherapy-related patent applications without the need for applicants to pay a petition fee.  Under this program, patent applications pertaining to cancer immunotherapy are advanced out of turn for examination, resulting in accelerated review. The program aims to… Continue Reading

Is Final really Final? Alternative Patent Prosecution Routes after a Final Office Action

Posted in Development & Commercialization of Technology, Intellectual Property, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Patent Law, Patent Prosecution, Uncategorized

The prosecution of a patent application before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can be a prolonged and costly process. The patent prosecution process can include the issuance of an Office Action by the USPTO and the subsequent filing of an Office Action response by the applicant. While such communications can occur multiple times,… Continue Reading

Patent Law: Making On-Sale Bar Jurisprudence Coherent

Posted in Development & Commercialization of Technology, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Patent Prosecution, Technology Transactions, Uncategorized

“Rather than rest our decision on formalities, our focus is on what makes our on-sale bar jurisprudence coherent: preventing inventors from filing for patents a year or more after the invention has been commercially marketed, whether marketed by the inventor himself or a third party.”  The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc., No. 2014-1469, slip op…. Continue Reading

Unitary Patents, the Unified Patent Court, Opt-Out Timing, Pros and Cons

Posted in Biotechnology, Development & Commercialization of Technology, Intellectual Property Litigation, Nanotechnology, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Technology News & Events

Regardless of the June 23, 2016 vote on Brexit, all owners of European patents, and all applicants seeking patents in Europe, will have both new options, and a new set of important decisions to make.  Most commentators anticipate that the Unitary Patents (UPs) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will come into effect and patentees… Continue Reading

Functional Features in Design Patents

Posted in Intellectual Property, Patent Counseling & Strategies

The treatment of functional features in design patents was discussed in the recent Federal Circuit case for Sport Dimension, Inc. v. The Coleman Company, Inc., Case No. 15-1553 (Fed. Cir. 2016).  The Court rejected the district court’s claim construction, which completely removed functional features. As noted by the Court, “[a] design patent cannot claim a… Continue Reading

Sequenom v. Ariosa Diagnostics: A Supreme Court Petition that Requests Clarification on the Patent Eligibility of Diagnostic Methods

Posted in Development & Commercialization of Technology, Intellectual Property, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Patent Law, Patent Prosecution

Under the Patent Act, one can patent “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.”[1] Common exceptions to what can be patented include laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas[2].  In Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. (Sequenom), the United States Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

Virtual Patent Marking

Posted in Biotechnology, Development & Commercialization of Technology, Intellectual Property Litigation, Nanotechnology, Patent Counseling & Strategies

Patent Marking Under the patent marking statute, 35 U.S.C. § 287(a),  notice can be actual, or  constructive notice. Actual notice occurs when the alleged infringer is directly informed that its product infringes the patent. Constructive notice can be achieved by affixing a product with the word “patent” or abbreviation “pat.” along with the patent number…. Continue Reading

Patent Issues Arising from Consulting Agreements (TriReme Med., LLC v. Angioscore, Inc., No. 15-1504 (Fed. Cir. 2016))

Posted in Consulting Agreements, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Counseling & Strategies

In a recent dispute between two medical device companies, a consultant’s alleged contributions to Angioscore patents became a central issue (TriReme Med., LLC v. Angioscore, Inc., No. 15-1504 (Fed. Cir. 2016)). The dispute underscores several patent issues that can arise from consulting agreements. A brief summary is provided below: The consultant Dr. Lotan claimed an… Continue Reading

Still Alice: Not all software patents are being invalidated under Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l

Posted in Biotechnology, Development & Commercialization of Technology, Nanotechnology, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Uncategorized

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (Alice)[1].  In Alice, the Court held that several patents that pertained to a computerized platform for eliminating risk in conducting financial transactions between two parties were ineligible for patenting under 35 U.S.C. §101[2].  The Court reasoned… Continue Reading

The Impact of Ariosa Diagnostics v. Sequenom on the Patent Eligibility of Biomarker Detection Methods

Posted in Development & Commercialization of Technology, Intellectual Property, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Patent Law, Patent Prosecution

Under the Patent Act, one can patent “any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.”[1] Common exceptions to what can be patented include laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas[2]. In a recent decision in Ariosa Diagnostics v. Sequenom (Sequenom), The United States Court… Continue Reading

International Protection of Industrial Designs under the Hague System

Posted in Development & Commercialization of Technology, Intellectual Property, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Patent Law, Patent Prosecution

An industrial design generally constitutes the ornamental or aesthetic aspects of various articles, such as the three dimensional features (e.g., shapes) or two dimensional features (e.g., patterns, lines or colors) of packages, containers, furniture, household goods, lighting equipment, jewelry, electronic devices, and textiles. Industrial designs can be protected in many countries by a design patent…. Continue Reading

Standard of Review for Claim Construction on Appeal

Posted in Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Counseling & Strategies

On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court provided guidance on the standard of review for claim construction on appeal in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 12-854. The Court held “[w]hen reviewing a district court’s resolution of subsidiary factual matters made in the course of its construction of a patent claim, the Federal… Continue Reading

THE MIS-“CONCEPTION” OF BEING AN INVENTOR

Posted in Patent Counseling & Strategies

Scientists often confuse “authorship” in a manuscript with “inventorship” in a patent application or a patent.  More often than not, scientists will list everyone involved with an invention or a manuscript describing the invention, as inventors while filing a patent application.  These include individual(s) involved in determining whether the invention works, writing the analysis, or… Continue Reading

Alice in Wonderland: The Ongoing Impact of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l on Computer-Implemented Inventions

Posted in Biotechnology, Development & Commercialization of Technology, Nanotechnology, Patent Counseling & Strategies

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (Alice)[i].  In Alice, the Court held that several patents that pertained to a computerized platform for eliminating risk in conducting financial transactions between two parties were ineligible for patenting under 35 U.S.C. §101[ii].  The Court reasoned… Continue Reading

Are Computer-implemented Inventions Patent Eligible? Go ask Alice

Posted in Biotechnology, Development & Commercialization of Technology, Nanotechnology, Patent Counseling & Strategies

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (Alice)[i].  In Alice, the Court held that several computer-implemented patents were not eligible for patenting under 35 U.S.C. §101 because they were drawn to nothing more than an abstract idea[ii].  In response to the decision, the… Continue Reading

Financing with IP Collateral

Posted in Biotechnology, Development & Commercialization of Technology, Nanotechnology, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Technology News & Events, Technology Transactions, Venture Capital, Private Equity and Other Financings

In a recent guest post on the Patently-O blog by Dennis Crouch, http://patentlyo.com/, William Mann, an assistant professor of finance at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA, notes the explosion in USPTO filings that record a creditor’s security interest in a patent.  Secured debt can be a significant source of financing for many technology companies,… Continue Reading

Is Dolly the Sheep Dead Again?

Posted in Biotechnology, Development & Commercialization of Technology, Patent Counseling & Strategies

The exceptions to patent eligibility under 35 USC 101 always fell into three distinct categories: laws of nature, abstract ideas, and natural phenomena.  In deciding a case about whether claims of farm animals may be patented, according to some commentators, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit may have created a fourth judicial… Continue Reading

Early Assignment of your Invention as a Method to Maintain Priority Rights in a European Patent Application

Posted in Biotechnology, Development & Commercialization of Technology, Nanotechnology, Patent Counseling & Strategies

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been a desirable venue for seeking patent protection in Europe.  For instance, a patent application granted by the EPO can provide patent protection in many European countries, such as the United Kingdom, France, and Germany[1]. Many of the patent applications that are filed in the EPO seek the priority… Continue Reading

Intellectual Capital Development for Technology Companies, Cost Effective Adjunct to IP

Posted in Biotechnology, Development & Commercialization of Technology, Employment & Personnel Issues, Intellectual Property Litigation, Nanotechnology, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Technology News & Events, Technology Transactions, Venture Capital, Private Equity and Other Financings

 The term Intellectual Capital means different things to different people even in the technology space.  For business planning purposes, intellectual capital should be recognized as more than patents, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property, extending broadly to employee skills, knowledge, and problem solving abilities.  This is sometimes referred to as a company’s or its… Continue Reading

The Global Patent Prosecution Highway – Global Protection on a Budget

Posted in Intellectual Property, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Patent Law

Patent prosecution can be a slow and expensive process.  A business or an applicant may wish to accelerate the process of procuring a patent for a number of reasons including, engaging in enforcement activity and reducing investor’s or licensee’s perceived risks.  A decisive factor for businesses and applicants seeking patent protection in key global markets… Continue Reading

Patent Protection in the U.S. and Abroad

Posted in Patent Counseling & Strategies

With increasing globalization, it is important to consider patent protection outside of the United States.  In the United States, utility patents provide protection on inventions for a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement. When pursuing patent protection outside of the U.S., one option is filing… Continue Reading

Rebutting a Prima Facie Case of Obviousness

Posted in Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Patent Counseling & Strategies, Uncategorized

     Obtaining a patent for an invention requires the crossing of many statutory hurdles.  One of the main statutory hurdles is to rebut any contentions by a patent examiner that an invention may be obvious (i.e., rebutting a prima facie case obviousness).   Many strategies may be utilized to rebut a prima facie case of obviousness…. Continue Reading

Patent Searching Basics

Posted in Patent Counseling & Strategies

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintains a free, searchable database that is available at http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/search/index.jsp. Before applying for a patent, a search for similar inventions is recommended to determine whether a patent is viable. When starting a search, one of the first considerations should be determining the key features of your invention. … Continue Reading