On December 11, 2012, Osha Liang, representing the patent holder in an Inter-Partes Reexamination, secured an affirmance from the Federal Circuit that the patent at issue was valid. Inter-Partes Reexamination is a process (now replaced by Inter-Partes Review, after the passage of the American Invents Act) by which a third party can challenge the validity of a patent that the PTO, then at the PTAB...
AUSTIN, Texas, November 7, 2012 – The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed a $3.2 million award to an Austin, Texas firm in an architectural copyright case. Last year, a federal jury returned a $3.2 million verdict for Kipp Flores Architects. The jury found that Hallmark Design Homes infringed Kipp Flores Architects’ copyrights by constructing hundreds of houses from copyrighted...
Exelixis, Inc. v. Kappos
Intellectual Property Strategy at an International Level Brett Heller presented at the Austin IBM Innovation Center in Austin, Texas.
In a recent Federal Circuit decision, the court once again illustrated the dangers associated with seeking unduly broad claim constructions. In MagSil, the plaintiff had a claim which required a change in resistance of at least 10 percent at room temperature. The specification showed examples up to 11.8 percent, but no greater. During litigation, however, the plaintiff sought a claim construction that would encompass from...
In a recent District Court decision, a judge allowed a lawsuit to proceed against the PTO, under the auspices of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). This case is particularly interesting, because it involves a defendant in a patent litigation bringing suit against the PTO to challenge the PTO’s decision to allow the plaintiff in the litigation to late claim priority to a prior application.In Exela...
Intellectual Property Considerations for Businesses Using Social Media Aly Dossa presented in Houston, Texas
U.S. Litigation (Strategic Preparations and Statistics) Tom Scherer presented on the U.S. Litigation to a group of attorneys and intellectual property department personnel in Tokyo, Japan.
Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups Aly Dossa presented at the National Business Incubator Association Conference, Houston, Texas.
Correction of Patents Seema Mehta and Kelly McKinney presented at the 67th Southwest Regional ACS Meeting in Austin, Texas.
An Introduction to Intellectual Property and Patent Law Aron Griffith gave an intellectual property primer presentation at the 3rd Annual AIChE Regional Process Technology Conference in Galveston, Texas.
America Invents Act U.S. Patent Reform of 2011 Tom Scherer presented on the America Invents Act to a group of attorneys, patent agents, and paralegals at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas.
Long-awaited U.S. Patent Reform Legislation passed Congress today, September 8, 2011. In June, the House of Representatives passed a bill substantially similar to a bill passed in March by the Senate. The major difference between the bills relates to the handling of Patent Office fees, while the primary points of reform proposed in the bills, e.g., changing to a first-to-file system, amending patent litigation practices,...
Apple v. Amazon.com Trademark Infringement Lawsuit John Osha spoke to June Grasso of Bloomberg Law about the Apple v. Amazon.com trademark infringement lawsuit for "App Store." "What the CAN-SPAM Act Now Covers" Aly Dossa and Tim Smith presented to a group of web developers, graphic designers, and social media marketers at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas. "United Stated Information Disclosure Statements, Patent Laws and Regulations, and Consequences for Failure to Meet Such Requirements" Chyau Liang hosted an AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Assocation) webinar to the All China Patent Agents Association.
"Therasense: Inequitable Conduct Update" Tom Scherer presented an update on inequitable conduct law in Japan. "Status of U.S. Patent Reform 2011" Tom Scherer spoke on the current status of U.S. Patent Reform Reform in Japan. "Practical Applications of Intellectual Property in the Wind Industry" Robert Lord and Tim Smith gave a poster presentation at Windpower 2011 in Anaheim, California. "An Introduction to Intellectual Property and Patent Law" Lisa Margonis spoke to engineers at ASME's South Texas Section in Houston, Texas. "No Mirage: How to Attain an Emerging or High Tech Patent in Less Than One Year" Robert Lord and Tim Smith hosted a seminar at Osha Liang's office in Silicon Valley, California.
On April 4, 2010, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published in the Federal Register a final rule to implement the prioritized examination that guarantees a final disposition of a patent application within one year from filing. Under the new system, utility and plant applications filed to USPTO will be examined classified as one of the following three Tracks: Track I: prioritized examination;...
"Fast Tracking Patents for Emission and Renewable Technologies" Robert Lord and Tim Smith presented at the Electric Utilities Environmental Conference (EUEC) 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. To view the presentation, please click here.
"I Agreed to What? Understanding Terms of Service/Use on the Web" Aly Dossa, Tim Smith, and Scott Bell presented to a group of web developers, graphic designers, and social media marketers at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas.
"Buyer Beware: The 24 Month Patent Application Pilot Program" Carlyn Burton spoke at the American Chemical Society's SWRM/SERMACS annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. "The Patent Process Explained" Laura Witbeck presented at the American Chemical Society's SWRM/SERMACS annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
"Timing is Everything: When to File a Patent Application" Carlyn Burton was a presenter at the American Chemical Society's Fall 2010 National Meting and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts. "Negotiating a Licensing Agreement" Laura Witbeck presented at the American Chemical Society's Fall 2010 National Meting and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts. "Introduction to Trademarks" Lucas Mikeska spoke at the American Chemical Society's Fall 2010 National Meting and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts.
"Strategically Securing and Protecting Intellectual Property in the Wind Industry" Robert Lord was a presenter at the WindPower 2010 Conference in Dallas, Texas, on May 25, 2010. "A Primer on Patents" Robert Lord held a three day intellectual property seminar and workshop in Cairo, Egypt May 10-12, 2010.
"PTA Calculations after Wyeth" Tom Scherer presented on the America Invents Act to a group of attorneys, patent agents, and paralegals at Osha Liang's office in Houston, Texas. To view this presentation, please click here.
"Introduction to Intellectual Property" Lisa Margonis and Seema Mehta spoke to the Houston chapter of the Society of Women Engineers on November 18, 2009. "Patent Law: A Primer for Engineers and Scientists" Leela Madan spoke to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers students at Rice University in Houston, Texas, on November 3, 2009. "IP Seminar: US Patent Law" Seema Mehta presented on US Patent Law to future MBA graduates at HEC International Business School in Paris, France, on November 4, 2009.
"Enablement in the Chemical Arts" Carlyn Burton spoke at the American Chemical Society's 61st Southwest Regional Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 21, 2009. "I signed WHAT?: What to Consider when Entering into Consulting or Other Agreements" Carlyn Burton and Laura Witbeck spoke at the American Chemical Society's Division of Small Businesses' symposium on small business startups in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 21, 2009.
"Perpendicular Legal Perspectives on Parallel Import Presentation" Robert Lord spoke at the Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement (AGMA) quarterly meeting in Palo Alto, California, on July 15, 2009. To view this presentation, please click here.
"Using IP To Fuel Your Business" Carlyn Burton and Kristen Gruber presented at the American Chemical Society's 13th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in College Park, Maryland, on June 25, 2009. "IP Checklist for New Media" Aly Dossa spoke to new media enthusiasts and professionals including podcasters, bloggers, and social networkers at PodCamp Houston 2009 at the Houston Technology Center on June 13, 2009.
"Intellectual Property: A Manufacturer's Perspective" Jeff Bergman and Lee Huddleston spoke to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers about intellectual property at their Houston chapter's monthly meeting on May 21, 2009. "Using IP To Fuel Your Business" Jeff Bergman and Carlyn Burton presented their white paper on using intellectual property to help grow business at the American Chemical Society's Great Lakes Regional Meeting in Lincolnshire, Illinois, May 14, 2009. "Strategically Securing and Protecting Intellectual Property in the Renewable and Emission Technology Space" Robert Lord and Tim Smith presented their paper on acquiring intellectual property in the alternative energy industry at the Clean Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, May 5, 2009.
"Intellectual Property: A Primer on Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets" John Osha gave the Houston section of IEEE an introduction to intellectual property presentation at their monthly meeting on April 23, 2009, at the Hess Club. "Managing Risk: Recent Developments Regarding IP Enforcement in the United States" John Osha was a guest lecturer at the Fukami Patent Office in Osaka, Japan, on April 9, 2009, for their 40th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture Event.