Members OnlyOn July 27, 2018, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion vacating the GoPro, Inc. decision discussed in the post below.

On June 11, 2018, the Federal Circuit issued a decision vacating and remanding the Medtronic decision discussed in the post below.

An updated discussion of the Medtronic decision is available here:
PTAB Failed to Properly Apply Test for Printed Publication

Two recent PTAB decisions highlight important developments in qualifying a publication as a reference, available as prior art.  In one case, the PTAB concluded that a printed catalog did not qualify as a printed publication prior art because it was distributed only at a private tradeshow to persons not necessarily skilled in the art.  In the other case, the PTAB concluded that a video and associated slide presentation did not qualify as printed publications because these materials were distributed only to experts at a private, invitation-only conference.  These decisions interpret precedents from the Federal Circuit and offer simple examples of what type of publications may not qualify as prior art.
Continue Reading Prior Art Made Available at Members Only Gatherings May Not Satisfy “Publically Accessible” Requirement

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On August 23, 2016, the PTAB denied Mylan Laboratories Limited’s (Mylan) petition for IPR (IPR2016-00627) against a patent owned by Aventis Pharma S.A. (Aventis). In doing so, the PTAB offered guidance regarding what is required to successfully make out a claim of obviousness regarding a new chemical compound. In particular, the PTAB’s decision offers insight into the threshold a petitioner will need to meet in order to establish that a person of ordinary skill in the art would have recognized a prior art reference as “promising to modify.”
Continue Reading IPR Institution Denied Because Petitioner Used Hindsight Bias to Formulate Arguments

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This blog has previously explained on July 23, 2015, December 10, 2015, and December 16, 2015 why it is important for parties to AIA trials to carefully consider the patent prosecution history.  Under 35 U.S.C. § 325(d), the Board has discretion to deny an AIA trial if “the same or substantially the same prior art or arguments previously were presented to the Office.”  The Board recently exercised that discretion in denying an inter partes review petition and, in doing so, provided yet another warning to petitioners: do not waste the Board’s time presenting in a petition prior art and arguments that were already considered during prosecution, and be sure to address deficiencies in prior art combinations the patentee overcame during prosecution.  Drug Prices for Consumers,  LLC v. Forest Labs. Holdings Ltd., Case IPR2016-00379, Paper 14 (PTAB July 1, 2016).
Continue Reading Been There, Done That: Petitioners Should Find Art and Arguments Not Previously Considered During Prosecution