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Whither the CCPA? The Influence of CCPA Decisions on Anticipation

USA - July 1 2022 One of the requirements for patentability under United States law is novelty, as prescribed by 35 U.S.C. § 102. Under § 102, an invention is eligible…

Thomas L. Irving, Stacy Lewis, Brady Nash, Emma N. Ng, Caitlin E. O’Connell, Angeline L. Premraj

Goodbye ARC and Hello CJP: USPTO Creates Interim Process for PTAB Decision Circulation and Review

USA - June 27 2022 On May 26, 2022, the USPTO issued guidance on an interim process for PTAB decision circulation and internal PTAB review. The guidance replaces the…

David Lebby, Trenton A. Ward

Whither the CCPA? Hindsight is 20/20: Examining CCPA Decisions and Their Continued Importance in Modern Obviousness Inquiries

USA - June 10 2022 In United States Patent law, a patent may not be obtained on a claimed invention if the differences between the claimed invention and the prior art…

Thomas L. Irving, Stacy Lewis, Emma N. Ng

Should a PHOSITA Be Defined by the Specification or by the Claims?

USA - June 7 2022 An inventor cannot obtain a patent for an invention that is obvious to a “person having ordinary skill in the art” (“PHOSITA”) but courts continue to…

Pu-Cheng (Leo) Huang, E. Robert Yoches

Not Crossing the Wire: Petitioner Merely “Expanded” on Previously Filed Arguments Rather Than Making “New” Arguments

USA - May 25 2022 In Everstar Merchandise Co. Ltd. v. Willis Electric Co. Ltd., No. 2021-1882, 2022 WL 1089909 (Fed. Cir. Apr. 12, 2022) (non-precedential), the Court…

Alissa Green, Thomas L. Irving, Stacy Lewis, Emma N. Ng, Shannon Patrick, Angeline L. Premraj