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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Issues Preliminary Examination Instructions in View of Supreme Court's Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank
June 30, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Mary K. Murray, Ph.D.
On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued preliminary instructions to assist examiners in determining whether a claimed invention is patent eligible under...
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Supreme Court Shuts Off Streaming of Live TV Provided by Aereo
June 26, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Mary K. Murray, Ph.D.
Supreme Court holds on-line streaming of live network TV by third party company Aereo to paying customers is a violation of U.S. Copyright Law In a 6-3 decision, the United...
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U.S. Patent Office Proposes Changes in Patent Term Adjustment
June 23, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Mary K. Murray, Ph.D.
Proposed rule changes by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) would change the effect of continued examination on adjustments to patent term. On June 18, 2014, the USPTO...
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Supreme Court Unanimously Finds Alice Corp.'s Business Method Patent is Directed to a Patent-Ineligible "Abstract Idea"?
June 19, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Brian T. Moriarty
The Supreme Court 9-0 reaffirms that patents directed to “abstract ideas” are not patent eligible This decision does not address the larger question of patentability...
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Supreme Court Tosses Federal Circuit Standard for "Claim Definiteness" Requirement
June 2, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: N. Scott Pierce
The Supreme Court today, in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., unanimously rejected The Federal Circuit's test for indefiniteness under Section 112 of the Patent Laws.&...
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U.S. Supreme Court Requires Direct Infringement for Liability of Induced Infringement
June 2, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Mary K. Murray, Ph.D.
Liability for induced infringement of a method claim in a patent requires a finding that one party performs all the steps in the claim and, therefore, is liable for direct infringement...
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Cloned Sheep "Dolly" Is Not Patentable, But...
May 14, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Mary K. Murray, Ph.D. and N. Scott Pierce
On May 8, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held that claims directed to cloned non-human mammals are not patent eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (In re...
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Supreme Court Changes Standards for Attorneys' Fees Awards in Patent Cases
May 1, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Brian T. Moriarty
"Exceptional case" statutory threshold for awards of attorneys' fees is to be judged by "totality of the circumstances" District courts invested with wide...
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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Issues Preliminary Examination Instructions in View of Supreme Court's Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank
June 30, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Mary K. Murray, Ph.D.
On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued preliminary instructions to assist examiners in determining whether a claimed invention is patent eligible under...
More »

Supreme Court Shuts Off Streaming of Live TV Provided by Aereo
June 26, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Mary K. Murray, Ph.D.
Supreme Court holds on-line streaming of live network TV by third party company Aereo to paying customers is a violation of U.S. Copyright Law In a 6-3 decision, the United...
More »

U.S. Patent Office Proposes Changes in Patent Term Adjustment
June 23, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Mary K. Murray, Ph.D.
Proposed rule changes by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) would change the effect of continued examination on adjustments to patent term. On June 18, 2014, the USPTO...
More »

Supreme Court Unanimously Finds Alice Corp.'s Business Method Patent is Directed to a Patent-Ineligible "Abstract Idea"?
June 19, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Brian T. Moriarty
The Supreme Court 9-0 reaffirms that patents directed to “abstract ideas” are not patent eligible This decision does not address the larger question of patentability...
More »

Supreme Court Tosses Federal Circuit Standard for "Claim Definiteness" Requirement
June 2, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: N. Scott Pierce
The Supreme Court today, in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., unanimously rejected The Federal Circuit's test for indefiniteness under Section 112 of the Patent Laws.&...
More »

U.S. Supreme Court Requires Direct Infringement for Liability of Induced Infringement
June 2, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Mary K. Murray, Ph.D.
Liability for induced infringement of a method claim in a patent requires a finding that one party performs all the steps in the claim and, therefore, is liable for direct infringement...
More »

Cloned Sheep "Dolly" Is Not Patentable, But...
May 14, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Mary K. Murray, Ph.D. and N. Scott Pierce
On May 8, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held that claims directed to cloned non-human mammals are not patent eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101 (In re...
More »

Supreme Court Changes Standards for Attorneys' Fees Awards in Patent Cases
May 1, 2014 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Brian T. Moriarty
"Exceptional case" statutory threshold for awards of attorneys' fees is to be judged by "totality of the circumstances" District courts invested with wide...
More »

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