This column highlights some of the more notable recent online notices, newsletters, and blogs dealing with IP prosecution issues.
IPWatchdog – a patents and patent law blog – IPwatchdog.com
* In a post on December 16, 2017, Robert Schaffer and Joseph Robinson discussed the Federal Circuit invalidating a patent on anticipation considerations in CRFD Research, Inc. v. Matal, 2016-2198 (Fed. Cir., Dec. 5, 2017) (http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/16-2198.Opinion.12-4-2017.1.PDF). The patent had claims covering starting a communication on one device and handing the communication over to another device. (http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2017/12/16/federal-circuits-invalidates-communications-system/id=91170/).
* On December 20, 2017, John M. Roqitz wrote regarding the Federal Circuit’s Inventor Holdings, LLC v. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc., 2016-2442 (Fed. Cir., Dec. 8, 2017) (http://www.ipwatchdog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/CAFC-Inventor-Holdings-LLC-v.-Bed-Bath-Beyond-Inc.-No.-2016-2442-2017-Fed.-Cir.-Dec.-8-2017-.pdf) case. Mr. Roqitz said that the Federal Circuit’s ruling “provided some very useful language that could be used by patent prosecutors and litigators alike in an attempt to overcome Alice. (http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2017/12/20/federal-circuit-curtails-alice-economic-arrangements-significant-determinative/id=91411/).
Patently-O – a blog written by Dennis Crouch – www.patentlyo.com.
* In a December 20, 2017 post, Professor Crouch discussed American Innotek, Inc. v. U.S., 2017-1178 (Fed. Cir., Dec. 19, 2017) (http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/17-1178.Opinion.12-15-2017.1.PDF), which held that no matter the number of combined references, secondary indicia of non-obviousness may still be sufficient to render the claims non-obvious. (https://patentlyo.com/patent/2017/12/integrating-objective-nonobviousness.html).
Patent Docs – A patent blog – patentdocs.org
* In the December 20, 2017 post, John Wizeman and Anthony D. Sabatelli provided hints for moving forward with inventions relating to diagnostics in the face of patent subject matter eligibility concerns. (http://www.patentdocs.org/2017/12/guest-post-diagnosing-patent-subject-matter-eligibility.html).
AIPLA – the profession’s national organization – see AIPLA.org
* AIPLA will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting October 25-27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. More information on this meeting and other events is available at https://www.aipla.org/learningcenter/Pages/Upcoming-Meetings.aspx.
* The Chisum Patent Academy holds upcoming patent law seminars in Houston, Texas on March 5-6, 2018 and Cincinnati, Ohio on March 8-9, 2018. There will be a Seattle, Washington seminar in the fall of 2018. There are a possible 18 CLE credits for these seminars. Each seminar is limited to ten attendees. More info at https://chisum-patent-academy.com/upcoming-patent-law-seminars/.
For more information about any of the patent topics mentioned consult Patent Application Practice. Trademark topics are discussed in Trademark Registration Practice. Both are published by West and updated twice a year. For patent prosecution or litigation questions, contact Fred Douglas at 949/293-0442 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.