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Congressman Goodlatte Proposes to Codify Obviousness-Type Double Patenting

by Courtenay C. Brinckerhoff As I wrote previously, Congressman Goodlatte (R-Va.) released "a discussion draft " of patent reform legislation on May 23, 2013. Although the stated purpose of the draft legislation is to "address the ever increasing problem of abusive patent litigation...

Fitch Even IP Alert: Narrow Species Claim Is Invalid for Double Patenting Over Prior Broader Genus Claim

The judicially created doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting is intended to prevent a patentee from obtaining multiple separate patents for inventions that are not patentably distinct. On August 21, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided the case of AbbVie Inc. v. The Mathilda and...