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ON Semiconductor’s PTAB Win Canceled by Federal Circuit
June 17, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on June 13, 2019, vacated and remanded a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) decision which had invalidated Power Integrations’ Patent No. 6,212,079 (the ’079 patent) because the inter partes review (IPR) was time-barred under § 315(b).
‘Capsule’ Merely Descriptive for Cell Phone Cases
June 12, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on June 11, 2019, held that the word “capsule” is “merely descriptive” of cell phone cases and cannot be registered as a trademark. Uncommon, LLC v. Spigen, Inc., 7th Cir., No. 18-1917, 6/11/19.
Supreme Court Says Government Can’t Challenge Patents Through AIA Proceedings
June 11, 2019A federal agency is not a "person" who may petition for post-issuance review under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) of 2011, the Supreme Court held June 10, 2019. Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service, U.S., No. 17-1594, 06/10/2019.
Supreme Court Says Government Can't Challenge Patents Through AIA Proceedings
June 11, 2019
AIPLA President-Elect Barbara Fiacco Testifies on Section 101 Reform
June 6, 2019AIPLA President-Elect Barbara Fiacco presented the views of the Association at the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property's second of three hearings on “The State of Patent Eligibility in America.”
Indefinite PKI Outage for EFS-Web and Private PAIR
June 5, 2019The USPTO announced that PKI authentication for EFS-Web and Private PAIR will be unavailable starting on Wednesday, June 5, at 12:01 a.m. ET, until further notice.
Brunswick Dodges $5 Million Boating Patent Infringement Award
June 4, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on May 31, 2019, reversed a $5,396,250 patent infringement verdict against Brunswick Corp., owner of many popular boating brands. Cobalt Boats, LLC v. Brunswick Corp., Fed. Cir., No. 2018-1376, unpublished 5/31/19.
Senate Hearings on Section 101 Reform
June 3, 2019This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property will hold its first two hearings on “The State of Patent Eligibility in America.”
Juniper Evades Finjan Malware Protection Patent Claims
June 3, 2019The US District Court for the Northern District of California on May 29, 2019, held that Juniper Networks Inc., an American networking products developer, did not infringe Finjan Inc.’s malware protection patents.
PKI Outage for EFS-Web and Private PAIR
May 30, 2019The US Patent and Trademark Office announced that PKI authentication for EFS-Web and Private PAIR will be unavailable starting 12:01 a.m., Thursday, May 30, and ending at 11:59 p.m., Friday, May 31 ET. There is the potential for further outages as well.
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