Enfish Decision Breathes New Life Into Computer-Implemented Patents

May 13, 2016 | Intellectual Property News

In the Supreme Court’s pivotal decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank, Int’l (2014), computer-implemented inventions were considered unpatentable if they were directed to an abstract idea. Since that time, many applications have been rejected and issued patents invalidated on the grounds that they were directed to an abstract idea and therefore contained […]

Inventor’s Purchase Order to Supplier May Place Invention On Sale

August 15, 2013 | Intellectual Property News

The patent statutes provide that an invention cannot be patented when the inventor has placed the invention on sale more than a year before the filing date of the patent application. The so-called “on-sale bar” is clearly applicable when an inventor manufactures an item and sells it directly to others, but its application is less […]

First to File, Other Patent Rules Effective March 16

February 28, 2013 | Intellectual Property News

The fist-inventor-to-file provision of the America Invents Act takes effect on March 16, 2013. After a long history of granting patents to the first applicant to invent an invention, the new law will now award a patent to the first applicant to file an application for the invention. Under the old system, an applicant faced […]

AIA Provisions Effective September 16, 2012

September 6, 2012 | Intellectual Property News

Certain aspects of the America Invents Act are effective beginning September 16, 2012. The key provisions include: Best Mode. The failure to disclose the best mode will no longer be a basis, in patent validity or infringement proceedings, on which any claim of a patent may be canceled or held invalid or otherwise unenforceable. Technically, […]

Senate passes patent reform bill

March 8, 2011 | Intellectual Property News

The Senate has passed a patent reform bill that would incorporate several significant changes including a first-to-file system, enlarged post-grant patent review procedures, and many others. Although the bill still faces challenges before being enacted into law, the Senate’s approval in a vote of 95 in favor and 5 opposed suggests a strong likelihood that […]

BLG prevails in inter partes reexamination; patent claims upheld

June 5, 2009 | Intellectual Property News

In a statistically rare event, BLG attorneys have achieved a decision upholding the patentability of the claims of a patent related to a laryngoscope for their client Verathon. After asserting the patent against others in litigation, an inter partes reexamination request was filed to challenge the validity of the patent. During the reexamination process, BLG […]

BLG wins patent appeal in European Patent Office

January 1, 2009 | Intellectual Property News

BLG attorneys, together with associate counsel in the U.K., prevailed in a key opposition proceeding at the European Patent Office in a matter related to a laryngoscope patent owned by our client Verathon. In an important decision relating to this key video laryngoscope technology, the central claims of the patent were confirmed as being valid.