My Patent License Says What?

May, 16th, 2019

By: Benjamin N. Luehrs Generic forum selection clauses in patent license agreements can prevent licensees from trying to invalidate licensed patents at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A recent Federal Circuit Opinion, [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Obtains Allowance by Mere Filing of Appeal Brief

May, 13th, 2019

WHIPgroup obtained another patent allowance just by filing an Appeal Brief.  The application relates to a medical shaft instrument having a force transmission element that provides torsional and axial rigidity.  The Examiner had rejected the [Read More…]

Tech and Telecom Giants Take the Lead in the Self-Driving Vehicle Patent Race

May, 13th, 2019

By Patrick D. Duplessis These days it seems almost every article or news report about self-driving vehicles (SDVs) includes the prophecy that the automobile will soon resemble a “smartphone on wheels.”  That oft-repeated phrase alludes [Read More…]

Mere Filing of Appeal Brief Results in Allowance

May, 6th, 2019

WHIPgroup successfully obtained allowance of an application with the filing of an Appeal Brief.  The application relates to a medical manipulator with a working unit that provides a rolling operation with unlimited range of rotation.  [Read More…]

Stop Infringers At The Border

April, 18th, 2019

By Christopher J. Stankus Section 337 Investigations at the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) can be a vital weapon for patent owners to protect their U.S. intellectual property against infringing imports. Section 337 Investigations are resolved [Read More…]

Patents are Never Invalid

April, 16th, 2019

By Michael J. Kosma Patents are never invalid, only their claims.  This was quickly discussed by the Federal Circuit in Sophos Inc. v. RPost Holdings, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2019) in reviewing a district court’s Order granting [Read More…]

Now That You Have a Patent, What to Do With It

April, 11th, 2019

By Victor P. Lin Irrespective if you are a single inventor, a small startup, university, or an established company, the patenting process can be long and difficult.  The average time it takes to receive an [Read More…]

Claiming Software Patents in 2019

April, 4th, 2019

By Andrew P Siuta Rapid innovation makes it difficult to create a computer technology system that is not obsolete 20 years from its conception. However, with proper drafting techniques a patent attorney can write a [Read More…]

TC Heartland: The End of Patent Venue as We Know It (But Patent Owners are Doing Fine)

April, 2nd, 2019

By Benjamin N. Luehrs Odds are, if you work at all in the patent space, you’ve heard a bit about the Supreme Court’s 2017 decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, [Read More…]

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