In Dell, Inc. v. Acceleron, LLC, Case No. 2015-1513, -1514 (Fed. Cir. 2016), the Federal Circuit vacated in part the PTAB’s final written decision in IPR2013-00440, on the basis that the PTAB improperly canceled a claim based on a factual assertion first raised by the petitioner at final hearing, too late for the patent owner … Continue Reading
In its seventh PGR institution, the PTAB recently decided for the first time that a patent asserting a pre-AIA effective filing date was eligible for post-grant review because it contained at least one claim that was only entitled to a post-AIA effective filing date. Although some claims were entitled to a pre-AIA effective filing date, … Continue Reading
Final written decisions, IPR2014-00781, IPR2014-01086, IPR2014-00821, IPR2004-00580, IPR2014-00802, for IPRs of several patents owned by Zond, LLC, which include rare dissenting opinions, illustrate different views of APJs concerning the requirements for establishing that a reference is a printed publication under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b). These decisions provide helpful guidance on how to address references whose … Continue Reading
When an alleged prior-art patent in an IPR claims priority to a provisional application, and the challenged patent claims priority to an intervening date between the provisional filing date and the non-provisional filing date of the reference patent, the burden is on the Petitioner to prove that the prior-art patent is entitled to the filing date … Continue Reading
Boehringer Ingelheim filed three petitions attacking patents generally drawn to methods of treating RA patients with rituximab. The decisions on two of those petitions, i.e., IPR2015-00415 and IPR2015-00417, have been addressed elsewhere. In IPR2015-00418, the PTAB declined to institute an IPR on the petition’s challenges to the lone claim of U.S. Patent No. 8,329,172, drawn … Continue Reading
Boehringer Ingelheim filed the petition at issue in IPR2015-00417 concurrently with the petitions at issue in IPR2015-00415 and IPR2015-00418 to challenge patents protecting methodologies for treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with rituximab, an FDA-approved antibody for treating certain cancers. The IPR2015-00417 petition specifically challenged the fourteen claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,976,838, which are drawn to … Continue Reading
The PTAB’s final written decision in Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC v. Gevo, Inc. Case IPR2013-00539, Paper 33 (P.T.A.B. 2015), illustrates the importance of providing more than attorney argument to show that claims have written description support in a provisional application. … Continue Reading
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