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New Examination Guide on Specimen Examination
July 16, 2019The United States Patent & Trademark Office published a new examination guide titled, "Examination of Specimens for Use in Commerce: Digitally Created or Altered and Mockup Specimens."
Federal Circuit Says No Standing for GE Without Specific Injury
July 15, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 10, 2019, held that General Electric Co.‘s position as a patent owner’s competitor was insufficient to establish standing to appeal a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision.
PTAB Designates Decision as Precedential
July 12, 2019The US Patent and Trademark Office on July 10, 2019, designated as precedential Focal Therapeutics, Inc. v. SenoRx, Inc., Case IPR2014-00116 (PTAB July 21, 2014) (Paper 19).
IP Practice in China 2019 Trip
July 11, 2019The IP Practice in China Committee delegation kicked of this year's trip with a dinner with Dennis Duncan, the USPTO IP Attache based in Beijing, who provided a briefing of current developments in China.
Federal Circuit Sends Reissue Patent Tiff Back to PTAB
July 10, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on July 5, 2019, held that the Patent Trial & Appeal Board must reexamine Global IP Holdings LLC’s bid to broaden the scope of its patent.
Medical Diagnostics Patent Eligibility Still Unsettled
July 8, 2019A split US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, on July 3, 2019, refused to revisit their February decision to invalidate a patent licensed to Quest Diagnostics Inc.’s Athena unit for a way to diagnose a severe neurological disorder.
New USPTO Trademark Examination Guidance
July 5, 2019The US Patent and Trademark Office on June 3, 2019, published an examination guide explaining how the USPTO will examine trademark applications following the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Iancu v. Brunetti.
USPTO Rule Requires US Attorney for Foreign Trademark Applicants
July 3, 2019The US Patent and Trademark Office on July 2, 2019, issued final rules requiring foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings to be represented by an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the United States.
New TBMP Available
July 1, 2019The June 2019 update of the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Manual of Procedure (TBMP) is now available on the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board webpage under "Policies and procedures.
Federal Circuit Finds Cellspin Data Transfer Patents Abstract but Valid
July 1, 2019On June 25, 2019, the Federal Circuit held that a trial court wrongly dismissed Cellspin Soft, Inc.’s (Cellspin), patent infringement lawsuits after determining that the four disputed patents were invalid and covered an abstract idea.