Supreme Court Takes Up Patent Inventorship Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Four months after inviting the views of the U.S. solicitor general, the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 1 agreed to hear a case that could better define the rights of federal contractor universities in patent disputes arising from federally funded research ( Board of Trustees...

Supreme Court Rules Against University In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a dispute over patented HIV-detection kits, a divided U.S. Supreme Court on June 6 affirmed a Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that the Bayh-Dole Act does not automatically vest title to federally funded inventions in federal contractors or authorize contractors...

Supreme Court Rules Against Microsoft In Patent Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Endorsing a "clear and convincing" standard for proving patent invalidity, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 9 sided with a patent holding firm in its longstanding dispute with defendant Microsoft Corp. ( Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership et al. , No...

High Court Hears Oral Arguments In Dispute Over Evidence In Patent Appeals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Federal district courts deciding an adverse patentability ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) should apply a deferential standard of review, an attorney for the U.S. government told the U.S. Supreme Court Jan 9 ( David J. Kappos v. Gilbert P. Hyatt ...

On Remand, Federal Circuit Reverses Patent Ineligibility Findings

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a divided ruling, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Aug. 16 reversed a New York federal judge's determination that composition claims related to isolated DNA molecules are patent-ineligible products of nature and scientific principles pursuant to Section...

Supreme Court Hears Patent Exhaustion, Soybean Seed Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) If allowed to stand, a 2011 Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling will threaten farmers by prioritizing "patent rights over personal property rights," something "that's never been done in 150 years,"an attorney for one such farmer told...

United States Supreme Court Remands Patent Case For Review As To Whether Terms In The Patent Are Sufficiently Define Under The Patent Act

The United States Supreme Court, on June 2, 2014, handed down the opinion in the case of Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc, 13-369 . Biosig Instruments, Inc. (Biosig) held a patent for a heart rate monitor and filed a patent infringement action against Nautilus, Inc. (Nautilus) that claimed that...

Norton Rose Fulbright: Supreme Court Addresses Indefiniteness In Nautilus

Claim must ‘inform with reasonable certainty’ By Tamsen Barrett On Monday, June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court articulated its standard for indefiniteness under 35 USC §112, second paragraph and held that 35 USC §112, second paragraph requires that "a patent's claims...