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New Fed Circuit decision bolsters on-sale bar

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Had Congress meant to change the scope of the on-sale bar or was the language an inconsequential update? The case of Helsinn Healthcare SA v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. allowed the Federal Circuit to weigh in on this new language. READ MORE

Boundaries of America Invents Act review procedures still being defined


With the America Invents Act (AIA), the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) was tasked with creating a new administrative process for challenging certain business method patents. READ MORE

Case shows ever-changing nature of patent law


The America Invents Act (AIA), passed almost five years ago, continues to substantially change patent law in the United States — and questions about the law’s effects are still being litigated. READ MORE

5 tips for cutting patent litigation costs

Jason Schwent, CIPP/US November 17, 2015

Careful preparation, consideration, cooperation, and evaluation can help lower the costs of this litigation significantly. And by doing so, those accused of infringement can give themselves a better chance of success. READ MORE

Has the war on patent trolls caused collateral damage?

Jason Schwent, CIPP/US March 19, 2015

Patent trolls were one of the major impetuses behind 2011’s Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which brought major changes to the patent system and patent enforcement practice. And even today, efforts continue in both houses of Congress to reign in the dastardly patent troll. READ MORE

Post-grant review, continued: Inter partes, covered business methods

Jason Schwent, CIPP/US September 2, 2014
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Undertaking a post-grant review is not something to be taken lightly. But these vehicles do provide significant advantages. They provide a venue with patent expertise. They come with a lower burden of proof. And they do, in most circumstances, provide the best opportunity available for invalidating patents. READ MORE

PTO post-grant review: Patent issuance is not end of the line

Jason Schwent, CIPP/US August 25, 2014
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A patent holder threatens to shut your business down with an injunction, obtain millions of dollars in damages, and make you pay hefty legal fees to defend yourself. So what do you do? READ MORE

Patent fundamentals for researchers, manufacturers


Patent laws function much the same way no matter the technology at issue. But there are some aspects of patent law that affect particular industries in specific ways. READ MORE