Patents

Case summaries and articles about  patents.

September 14, 2021
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Federal Circuit Denies Relief to USPTO From Prolific Inventor Gilbert Hyatt

The Federal Circuit clarified that, while an applicant is required to pay all the expenses of PTAB proceedings, this does not include expert witness fees.
August 30, 2021
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Top Questions We Get Asked About Provisional Patent Applications

Provisional patent applications are generally well known in the start-up community as an affordable way to protect patent rights, but it can be hard to locate practical information. Here are the questions that our clients most frequently ask us about provisional patent applications.
August 18, 2021
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Are We Ready to Name AI as an Inventor of Patents?

The Australian Federal Court recently recognized that an artificial intelligence can be listed as an inventor under the Australian Patent Act.
August 9, 2021
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Federal Court of Appeal Reaffirms Overbreadth as Grounds for Invalidity

The FCA held that overbreadth is not an “improper re-emergence of the promise doctrine”. Overbreadth is supported by bargain theory and s. 27 of the Act.
July 27, 2021
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Variations on Previously Approved Drugs Are Ineligible for Data Protection

On July 12, 2021, the Federal Court of Appeal issued a decision dismissing an application for judicial review of a decision of the Minister of Health denying data protection for a drug. Janssen Inc. had sought protection for its drug SPRAVATO but was rejected on the basis that it was not an “innovative drug” eligible for such protection.
July 21, 2021
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A Synergistic Combination: Patents and SR&ED

The trick is to efficiently resource patent and SR&ED initiatives while keeping product development on track. Here are a few tips that can help you do that.
July 15, 2021
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Amendments to Patent Rules Continue: Further Streamlining Canadian Patent Prosecution

Proposed changes to Canada’s patent system include excess claim fees and limits on office actions which will lay the groundwork for patent term adjustments.
July 7, 2021

CAFC Invalidates a Camera Patent, Blurring Lines in the Patent Eligibility Inquiry

The CAFC sided with Apple and Samsung, finding a patent for an “improved” digital camera to be an abstract idea and not patent-eligible subject matter.
May 19, 2021
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Promoting Diversity vs COVID-19 Patents: Why We Must Get It Right

As the pandemic rages and the vaccines roll out, we face a difficult question about whether to relax patents on COVID-19 technologies in order to accelerate global vaccine distribution. For intellectual property professionals, we must ensure that we help guide the right policy decision. History is going to judge us. 
December 2, 2020
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Written Description Particularly Important if Amending Claims in Response to Competitor

Fed. Cir. 2018-1779: A patent for testing fetal DNA was found to be unpatentable because the claims were not fully supported by the written description.