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

What Should A Jury Be Told About A Concurent PTO Trial?

By Anthony Pisano Patent owners enforcing their rights who seek to exclude testimony about a pending administrative challenge to the patent-in-suit may face a Hobson’s choice – at least in Nevada. Particularly, the price for excluding evidence of pending administrative challenges to a patent may be a loss of the presumption of the patent’s validity … Continue reading What Should A Jury Be Told About A Concurent PTO Trial?

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? – PTAB Puts Parallel Reviews By Central Reexam Unit on Hold

By Ben Snitkoff The regulations implementing Inter Partes Review (“IPR”), as well as Post-Grant Review (“PGR”), allow the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) to join or stay certain proceedings by motion or sua sponte. See 37 C.F.R. § 42.122 (IPR), and 37 C.F.R. § 42.222 (PGR). This provision seems to make a good deal … Continue reading Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? – PTAB Puts Parallel Reviews By Central Reexam Unit on Hold

Hold’em or Fold’em? – So Far Patent Owners Show Little Interest In Settling IPR Proceedings

By Tom Engellenner When Congress enacted the America Invents Act (AIA) and created the new administrative proceedings for challenging patents (Inter Partes Review, Post Grant Review and Covered Business Method Review), the AIA provided an incentive for the parties to resolve their differences by settlement.  However, less than five percent of the Inter Partes Reviews … Continue reading Hold’em or Fold’em? – So Far Patent Owners Show Little Interest In Settling IPR Proceedings

Stay of a Permanent Injunction Pending

By Ben Snitkoff  On June 27, 2013, Judge Zobel, in the District of Massachusetts, issued a post-trial order granting a permanent injunction, but stayed that injunction pending resolution of a co-pending reexamination before the Patent and Trademark Office. This case serves as an interesting study in balancing the factors for an injunction, and the effect … Continue reading Stay of a Permanent Injunction Pending