CAN MY INVENTION BE PATENTED?
UNDERSTANDING 35 U.S.C. § 101 AND THE ALICE DECISION Overview Section 101 sets forth the type of inventions which are entitled to be patented (assuming they meet the other requirements for patentability, such as novelty (under Section 102) and non-obviousness (under Section 103)). [...]
January 2019: On Sale Bar
In the case of Helsinn Healthcare S.A., v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., et al., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that changes to Section 102 of the America Invents Act did not change the meaning of the “on-sale” bar as it was previously interpreted. [...]
January 2019: USPTO Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance
The USPTO has issued modified subject-matter eligibility (“Section 101”) guidance. The new guidance recognizes the need for increased clarity and consistency in how Section 101 is applied. Under current Section 101 case law, an invention may not be patented if it is [...]
January 2019: Firm News
Weide & Miller issued 88 patents in 2018, leading Nevada based firms.
November 2018: Inventor Challenges to Assigned Patents
In the case of Arista Networks, Inc. v. Cisco Sys., Inc. (Federal Circuit, November 9, 2018), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed the issue of whether assignee estoppel applies to prevent an inventor/assignor from later challenging a patent in an [...]
July 2018: Firm News
Weide & Miller issued 34 patents in the first half of 2018.
June 2018: Foreign Lost Profits for Infringement of US Patents
In the case of WesternGeco Ltd. v. Ion Geophysical Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s rule against extraterritorial lost profits for infringement of U.S. Patents. The Supreme Court ruled that 35 U.S.C. § 271(f), permits a patent owner to recover [...]
April 2018: PTAB Partial Decisions in AIA Reviews
In a close 5-4 decision in SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu, the Supreme Court found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s previous practice of agreeing to review some challenged claims and deny review of others in America Invents Act patent reviews, is [...]
April 2018: Constitutionality of IPRs
The America Invents Act created a new vehicle for challengers to attach patents: the Inter-Parties Reexamination or “IPR”. In the case of Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, Oil States contended that the newly created IPR was unconstitutional because [...]
February 2018: Firm News
Weide & Miller is listed among the best law firms in the United States by U.S. News. Weide & Miller is ranked Tier 1 for Patent Law and Patent Litigation for 2018.