Despite PTAB “Sweet Talk” Federal Circuit Reverses Invalidity Of Deicing Patent

By Tom Engellenner The Federal Circuit reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidity decision last week that had found a patent for a molasses-based, road deicing agent obvious over earlier patents on sugar-related inventions.  The Federal Circuit panel of Judges Pauline Newman, Raymond C. Clevenger and Kathleen M. O’Malley concluded that the U.S. … Continue reading Despite PTAB “Sweet Talk” Federal Circuit Reverses Invalidity Of Deicing Patent

In For a Penny – Are Fee Increases Reducing the Number of Ex Parte Reexamination Filings?

By Ben Snitkoff In September of 2012, the old inter partes reexamination system gave way to the new inter partes review proceedings. The America Invents Act (AIA) gave the US Patent Office authority to set the fees for IPR proceedings at level reasonable related to the anticipated costs of these new, more robust, proceedings. Not … Continue reading In For a Penny – Are Fee Increases Reducing the Number of Ex Parte Reexamination Filings?