Author Archives: Tim Bianchi

PTAB Expanded Panel Decides Sovereign Immunity Is Waived For District Court Patent Assertions by State Entities

Sovereign immunity has been a topic of great debate ever since the Patent Trial and Appeal Board applied it to dismiss inter partes reviews (IPRs) involving state owned patent rights.  In Covidien v. University of Florida Research Foundation the Board dismissed three IPRs … Continue reading

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PTAB Boardside Chat Provides Statistics About Multiple IPR Petition Filings

On October 24, 2017, PTAB Chief Judge David Ruschke and Lead Judge William Saindon conducted a webinar covering filing statistics for IPR petition filings, and in particular how multiple petitions have fared statistically in the PTAB.  They also announced three informative decisions relating … Continue reading

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10 Minute Webinar on IPR Claim Amendments In View of Aqua Products

If you are interested in knowing more about amendments in IPR proceedings and the practical impact of the Federal Circuit’s en banc Aqua Products decision, click here to view a brief 10 minute presentation.

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Federal Circuit’s Aqua Products Decision Clarifies Burden on IPR Petitioner to Challenge Amended Claims

On October 4, 2017, the Federal Circuit issued a lengthy decision in Aqua Products v. Matal, spanning five opinions and 148 pages, which addressed the proper allocation of the burden of proof when amended claims are offered during inter partes review proceedings (“IPRs”).  Aqua Prods. v. … Continue reading

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Shire’s Granted Motion to Amend Offers Additional Insight Into PTAB Amendment Practice

When a patent undergoes review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”), the Patent Owner has an opportunity to file a motion to amend claims so that a substitute claim can be proposed for each claim sought to be amended. … Continue reading

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ChanBond Avoids Institution of Six Cisco IPR Petitions

ChanBond sued several cable company defendants alleging patent infringement of three wideband signal distribution system patents in the District of Delaware in 2015.  The defendants included Atlantic Broadband Group, Bright House Networks, Cable One, Cablevision, Cequel Communications, Charter Communications, Comcast … Continue reading

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Best Practices and Strategies for Patent Procurement and Enforcement Webinar Series

Looking for a holistic view of best practices and strategies for patent procurement and enforcement?  You are invited to attend a free, two-part webinar on best patent practices. Click this link to register.  I will be co-presenting with Christopher Larus of … Continue reading

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PTAB Narrows Its Preliminary Claim Interpretation To Uphold Cellular Patent

In July, 2014 Ericsson Inc. and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (“Ericsson”) petitioned for inter partes review of claims 1, 2, 8-12 and 18-22 of U.S. Patent No. 7,787,431 owned by Intellectual Ventures II  LLC (“IV”).  In February, 2015, the Board instituted … Continue reading

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Are Patent-Friendly PTAB Decisions On the Rise?

Patent litigation changed with passage of the America Invents Act. Overnight the PTAB became a new venue for challenging patent claims using IPRs, CBMs and PGRs. The initial reaction by the patent bar to the PTAB’s “take charge” approach to … Continue reading

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PTAB Dismisses Three IPR Petitions Based on Sovereign Immunity

Covidien LP had a license to U.S. Patent 7,062,251, owned by the University of Florida Research Foundation (UFRF, Patent Owner).  UFRF alleged breach of contract by Covidien, and sued Covidien in Florida state court for breach of license.  Covidien counterclaimed … Continue reading

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