Ex Parte Smart Expands the Agilent Doctrine

Ex Parte Smart Expands the Agilent Doctrine

The USPTO published a new informative BPAI decision, Ex parte Smart, Appeal No. 2009-015036, application 10/818,920 (03 January 2011), on Saturday 4/2/11. See http://www.uspto.gov/ip/boards/bpai/decisions/inform/fd09-015036.pdf. Smart is precedential in the sense that it is the first published Board decision on an appeal dealing with the Agilent Technologies, Inc. v. Affymetrix, Inc., 567 F.3d 1366, 91 USPQ2d […]

New Supreme Court Patent Case

New Supreme Court Patent Case

The Supreme Court agreed today to hear a patent case that challenges the existing clear and convincing standard of review for proving invalidity of an issued patent, as to high. The outcome of this case is significant to all United States patents. The case is captioned Microsoft v. i4i. The question presented to the Supreme […]

Impact of the En Banc Hyatt v. Kappos Decision on Patent Prosecution

Impact of the En Banc Hyatt v. Kappos Decision on Patent Prosecution

By Rick Neifeld, Neifeld IP Law, PC The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) issued a significant patent law decision on 11/8/2010, affording patent applicants whose claims have been denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) additional rights of review. This case suggests filing appeals in response to final actions, […]

President Obama honors nation's top scientists and innovators

President Obama honors nation’s top scientists and innovators

President Obama today named ten eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science, and three individuals and one team as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors. The recipients will receive their awards at a White House […]