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Ex parte communications lead to PTAB sanctions

USA - January 30 2019 Finding that several of the patent owner's communications were improper ex parte communications, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) entered an...

What Happens in Vegas: Reopening Prosecution Not Inconsistent with Right to Appeal

USA - October 24 2018 Reversing a district court's dismissal of a patent applicant's claim that the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) acted unlawfully in denying a...

Obviousness Finding Properly Based on Combination of Structural and Functional Similarities

USA - June 28 2018 Rejecting a patent owner's arguments relating to due process and structural and functional similarities regarding obviousness, the US Court of Appeals...

Claim Limitation Cannot Be Imported from Specification

USA - May 29 2018 The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's claim construction, finding that plain claim language will not be narrowed...

No Estoppel-Based PGR Proceeding for Related Patent

USA - April 27 2018 Addressing estoppel in a post-grant review (PGR) proceeding, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied a patent owner's request to file a motion...