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Supreme Court Sanctions Patent Attorney

The Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in a patent case and then asked the attorney why he shouldn’t be sanctioned for his poorly-written brief. Continue reading

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Patent Document Kind Codes

Each patent is published with a patent number upon issuance.  The patent number is frequently followed with a kind code, which conveys information about the patent or its prosecution history.  Other patent documents include kind codes as well.  In 2001, … Continue reading

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Obviousness Standards under Joint Inventorship

How is obviousness of a patent claim considered when several individuals contribute to the claimed subject matter?  Much analysis in patent law focuses on a person having ordinary skill in the art, or a “PHOSITA.”  The PHOSITA is the touchstone … Continue reading

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Inventor’s Eye Features Prosthetic Patents

Inventor’s Eye, the Patent Office’s monthly online publication, features the intersection of technology and sport, a nexus of particular interest to me.  It frames the conversation in light of the recently-completed London Olympic and Paralympic Games, in both of which … Continue reading

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Patentable Subject Matter – Mayo v. Prometheus

An invention must be of the appropriate subject matter to be eligible for a patent.  Appropriate subject matter includes, by statutory definition, a machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter, or process.  For most inventions, the determination regarding whether the … Continue reading

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