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Jun 2017

Upheaval in the Patent World? Potential Impact of U.S. Supreme Court Consideration of Inter Partes Review

By: Suzanne Lecocke and Peter Schechter Expected within the next twelve months are two United States Supreme Court rulings that could, once again, significantly alter litigation strategies for both a patentee and an accused infringer in the United States. On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in the case of SAS Inst. Inc. v. Lee, 2017 U.S. LEXIS 3236 (U.S. May 22,…

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Jun 2017

Jordan Joins the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

As of June 9, 2017, Jordan has become the 152nd member state of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Any PCT application filed on or after this date will automatically include Jordan. Jordanian nationals and residents will be able to submit patent applications through the Jordanian Patent Office. The accession of Jordan to the PCT benefits both local and foreign applicants, which will contribute to the…

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07

Jun 2017

Osha Liang Ranked in 2017 IAM Patent 1000

For the first time, Osha Liang was recognized by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 as one of the top patent firms in Texas.  Osha Liang’s intellectual property practice achieved a “highly recommended” overall ranking and was recognized in the category of prosecution.  Additionally, Partner Jeff Bergman was also named a top individual in the practice area. IAM Patent 1000 has fast become the definitive…

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05

Jun 2017

U.S. Patent Rights End With The First Sale Anywhere

By: Peter Schechter From at least as early as the mid-19th century until the early 1990s, it was nearly uniformly understood that once a patented item was sold by or under the authority of the patentee, all patent rights as to the specific item sold were “exhausted.”  This exhaustion rule or “first sale doctrine” was a feature of English (and subsequently American) law since the…

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May 2017

Litigation Before The Unified Patent Court: What Will It Look Like?

By: Francesca Giovannini As is known, the UK and Germany have still to ratify the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement before it can enter into force. Germany is expected to ratify after the UK has completed the ratification process. If the UK’s intention to ratify the UPC Agreement declared last November is maintained, the UK could ratify it after the elections called for June 8, presumably…

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May 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Changes 30 Years of Patent Venue Law

By: Califf Cooper On May 22, 2017, in the long-awaited and much-anticipated decision of TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the patent venue statute holding that “a domestic corporation ‘resides’ only in its State of incorporation.”  The ruling curbs patent forum shopping and deals a big blow to the patent litigation hotbed of the Eastern District of Texas. Kraft Foods…

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May 2017

China’s Supreme Court Published New Guiding Cases in IP – Part I: Liability of E-Commerce Platform in Patent Infringement

By: Han-Mei Tso and Jude Yi In March 2017, the Supreme People’s Court of China (the Supreme Court) published its 16th set of guiding cases, including 10 intellectual property (IP) cases. It is worth noting that since the first set of guiding cases published in 2012, there were only five IP guiding cases until March 2017. This time, the Supreme Court published 10 IP related cases…

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Mar 2017

U.S. Design Patents: the Under Utilized and Overlooked Patent

By: Connie Pielech U.S. design patents cover the ornamental design for an article of manufacture, namely, the way something looks.  Some examples include smartphones, shoewear, electronics, tires, and consumer goods.  The top organizations granted design patents in the last 10+ years include Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Nike, Inc., Sony Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, LG Electronics Inc., Proctor + Gamble Company, and Goodyear Tire + Rubber Company….

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31

Mar 2017

SIPO Approved the Amendments of the Guidelines for Chinese Patent Examination

By: Han-Mei Tso and Jude Yi The patent office of China, the State Intellectual Property Office (“SIPO”), has approved the Amendments of the Guidelines for Patent Examination (“Guidelines”) on March 1, 2017. The Amendments cover subject matter relating to protection of business models and computer programs, supplementary experimental data, claim amendments in invalidation proceedings, patent examination information disclosure, as well as suspension procedure which will…

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Feb 2017

Petty Patents Around the World

By: Francesca Giovannini, Shinya Kimura, Han-Mei Tso and Jude Yi Utility models are intellectual property (IP) rights also known in some countries as utility innovations, utility certificates, short-term patents or petty patents. Independently from the specific wording used, a utility model is an exclusive IP right granted in some countries for a technical innovation, generally relating to a product or a device, for a limited period…

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27

Feb 2017

Influential U.S. Federal Court Revises Patent Local Rules

By: Monica Katthage An influential U.S. federal court has revised its Patent Local Rules.  The revised rules in the Northern District of California (covering courts in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Eureka) require early disclosure of financial information and contentions relating to damages by both the patent owner and the accused infringer.  The revised rules apply to all currently pending patent cases.  Both parties, and…

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Feb 2017

New Validation Agreement Between European Patent Organisation and Cambodia

By: Francesca Giovannini After the validation agreements signed with Morocco, the Republic of Moldova and Tunisia, on January 23, 2017 the European Patent Organisation, the intergovernmental organisation of which the European Patent Office (EPO) is the executive body, has signed its fourth validation agreement with a non-member state, Cambodia. This is the first validation agreement recognising European patents on the territory of an Asian country. According…

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Feb 2017

Pharmaceutical Patent Protection: the U.S. and Japan in Comparative Perspective

By: Shinya Kimura and Carlyn Burton Osha Liang attorneys Shinya Kimura and Carlyn Burton published an article in Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst in Feb. 2017 titled “Pharmaceutical patent protection: the United States and Japan in comparative perspective.”  The article discusses and compares pharmaceutical patent practices in the United States and Japan, such as patent protection of medical methods, interpretation of product-by-process claims, and patent eligibility of biotechnology…

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Jan 2017

Validation of English Language European Patents in Belgium: Translation of Specification No Longer Required

By: Francesca Giovannini Until recently, in order to validate a granted, English language European patent in Belgium, it has been necessary to file a translation of the specification in French, Dutch, or German.  In anticipation of accession of Belgium to the London Agreement, Belgium has revised its patent legislation with effect from January 1, 2017, to remove this requirement. Under the revised patent legislation, proprietors…

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28

Dec 2016

U.S. Supreme Court to Examine Patent Exhaustion Doctrine

By: Califf Cooper The U.S. Supreme Court has recently chosen to weigh in on the patent exhaustion doctrine.  In the United States, the patent exhaustion doctrine, also known as the first sale doctrine, prevents a patent holder from recovering for infringement after an authorized sale of the patented article.  In other words, the patent holder’s exclusive rights to control the use and sale of the patented…

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28

Dec 2016

Recent USPTO Roundtables Explore Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

By: David Rosenblitt and David Forman Patent law in the US has been shaken in recent years by Supreme Court decisions holding that several kinds of inventions are not eligible for patents[1], relying on the judicially created concept that laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas cannot receive patents. The result of these decisions is that it very difficult or impossible to patent computer…

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28

Dec 2016

Potential Game Changer On The Horizon: U.S. Supreme Court to Review Patent Venue

By: Califf Cooper The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the patent venue laws that govern where patent holders may file claims for patent infringement.  The Supreme Court’s ruling could put an end to patent owners seeking out and filing cases in certain districts that are perceived to be strategically advantageous, including most notably the Eastern District of Texas (where more than 40% of all…

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Nov 2016

Addressing Patentable Subject Matter Rejections in an Ever-Changing Legal Landscape

By: Aly Dossa Over the last several months there has been a steady stream of decisions from the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) related to 35 USC § 101.  The notable decisions include BASCOM Global Internet Services v. AT&T Mobility LLC, 827 F.3d 1341 (Fed. Cir. 2016), McRO, Inc. dba Planet Blue v. Bandai Namco Games America Inc., 120 USPQ2d 1091 (Fed. Cir….

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Nov 2016

SAS Institute v. ComplementSoft LLC – Partial IPR Institution Is a Mixed Bag for Both Patent Owners and Patent Challengers

By: Tammy Dunn and Peter Schechter The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) currently decides whether to review validity of patent claims challenged in petitions for inter partes review (IPR) on a claim-by-claim basis, often resulting in “partial institution” of the IPR trial proceedings.  While this practice has been criticized, it was most recently approved by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit…

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28

Oct 2016

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Laches Applies in Patent Cases

By: David S. Forman A key principle of our U.S. legal system is that it is unfair to defendants for a plaintiff to launch a suit after too much time has passed, when evidence may be lost, memories have faded, and witnesses may have disappeared.  One mechanism to promote fairness is a statute of limitations, a rule that a defendant will not be held liable…

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Sep 2016

The Patent-Agent Privilege: Progress Meets Continued Uncertainty

By: James Carlson Recently, a federal court in the United States recognized a patent-agent privilege in regard to communications between a non-attorney patent agent and the patent agent’s client.  While the ramifications of the patent-agent privilege are being felt by U.S. federal courts, a state court in Texas refused to extend the patent-agent privilege to emails in a contract dispute.  These contrasting outcomes illustrate the…

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Aug 2016

Kuwait has joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty

By: Francesca Giovannini Kuwait has joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) by depositing its Instrument of Accession to the PCT on 9 June 2016, thus becoming the 149th Contracting State of the PCT. Since the PCT will officially come into effect in Kuwait on 9 September 2016, a first consequence is that any PCT application filed on or after 9 September 2016 will automatically include the…

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23

Aug 2016

Partner Peter Schechter Quoted in Law360 on Texas Roils Recently Stilled Waters of Patent Agent Privilege

Partner Peter Schechter was quoted in the Law360 article “Texas Roils Recently Stilled Waters of Patent Agent Privilege.” Texas appellate ruling that an inventor’s emails with a nonlawyer patent agent aren’t privileged is causing consternation for patent lawyers who had hoped a Federal Circuit decision in March recognizing the privilege would be the final word on the issue and maintain continuity among different venues. The ruling,…

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Jul 2016

Opposition Proceedings Before the European Patent Office: A New, Streamlined Procedure

By: Francesca Giovannini The European Patent Office (EPO) has revised the workflow of opposition proceedings with the general aim of providing early certainty from opposition. More particularly, the goal of the revised workflow, which came into effect on July 1, 2016, is to reduce the total time needed for a first-instance decision in “straightforward cases” to 15 months starting from expiry of the nine month opposition period. According…

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25

Jul 2016

2016 Japan Patent Office Annual Statistics Report

By: Shinya Kimura On June 30, 2016, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) released the JPO Annual Report 2016.*  The annual report provides a comprehensive compilation of statistics on Japanese intellectual property (IP) rights, and introduces the JPO’s initiatives to improve the IP system in Japan.  The report also includes statistics on patent filings at the five largest IP offices known as IP5, which consists of the…

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Jun 2016

Brexit: Consequences on Patent Prosecution in Europe

By: Francesca Giovannini The UK’s decision of leaving the European Union has shocked global markets and unleashed uncertainty. Although this decision is likely to impact the date at which Europe’s Unified Patent Court (UPC) can begin operations, the current routes available to applicants for obtaining patent protection in Europe are unchanged. Multinational patent protection in Europe may still be obtained by filing European patent applications and…

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09

Mar 2016

Fed. Circ. Patent Agent Privilege Rule To Lower Legal Costs  

The Federal Circuit’s decision this week in the case involving Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. ruled that some communications between patent applicants and nonlawyer patent agents are privileged gives agents far greater freedom to do their jobs and should lower the cost of patent law services.  Partner Peter Schechter was quoted in Law360 commenting on why the ruling is good for patent law firms, as well as…

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