CAFC Affirms Obviousness Rejections Regarding Lack of Motivation to Combine

Attorney: Grace Kim
January 23, 2023

Update by Kasumi Kanetaka & Grace Kim

Last month, the Federal Circuit issued a non-precedential decision affirming the PTAB’s holdings in two final written decisions. P Tech, LLC (herein “P Tech”) appealed the PTAB decisions holding that claims 1 and 4 of U.S. Patent 9,192,395 (herein “’395 patent”) and claims 1-20 of U.S. Patent 9,149,281 (herein “’281 patent”) are unpatentable because they would have been obvious over the cited prior art, U.S. Patent 6,331,181 (herein “Tierney”) in view of U.S. Patent 5,518,163 (herein “Hooven”).P Tech, LLC, v. Intuitive Surgical, Inc., No. 22-1102, No. 22-1115 (December 15, 2022)<... Read more

PTAB Reverses Obviousness Rejection Based on Overlapping Ranges and Affirms Double-Patenting Rejection with Terminal Disclaimer

Attorney: Grace Kim
December 14, 2022

Update by Grace Kim and Chris Tuinenga 

Colgate-Palmolive Co. appealed the Examiner’s rejection of U.S. Application No. 15/539,725 (filed June 26, 2017) as indefinite under 35 U.S.C. §112(b) and obvious under §103 in light of U.S. Application No. 2007/0025928 A1 (published February 1, 2007), “Glandorf.” The PTAB reversed the Examiner’s rejections under §112(b) and several of the Examiner’s rejections based on the Glandorf reference but affirmed an obviousness-type double patenting rejection over U.S. Patent No. 10,350,151 B2 (issued July 16, 2019) to Qiao in view of Glandorf. The Board quickly dispatched the Examiner’s indefiniteness rejection based on the claims’ express limitation that the complex must have a 20:1 phosphorous to zinc mole ratio before focusing on the obviousness rejections.<... Read more

PTAB Reverses §101 and §103 Rejections for Plant Extract

Attorney: Grace Kim
December 13, 2022

Update by Grace Kim and Sara Pistilli, PharmD.

On December 6, 2022, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) overturned a rejection of a claim to a plant extract based on patent ineligible subject matter (Appeal 2022-001062). Claim 1 of the application US 15/521,212 (the 212 Application) is directed towards:<... Read more

Written Description is Not Always Your Friend

Attorney: Richard D. Kelly
November 21, 2022

While an adequate written description is essential for patentability, 35 U.S.C. § 112(a), like everything else too much can have adverse consequences as uniQure biopharma recently learned in IPR2021-00926 (IPR) involving U.S.P. 9,982,248 (‘248).<... Read more

PTAB Overturns Rejection for Overlapping Ranges

Attorney: Derek Lightner, Ph.D.
November 11, 2022

On October 19, 2022, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) overturned the obviousness rejection of a claim to an aqueous dispersion. Claim 1 of the application in question, USSN 16/083,182 (the 182 Application), recited<... Read more

A Class of 957 Predicted Salts Is Insufficient To Meet the ‘At Once Envisage' Standard

Attorney: Marina I. Miller, Ph.D.
October 26, 2022

Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Mylan”) appealed from the final written decision of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) holding that Mylan failed to show that claims 1–4, 17, 19, and 21–23 of U.S. Patent 7,326,708 (the “’708 patent”) were anticipated or would have been obvious over the cited prior art.<... Read more

Bio/Pharma IPRs: Will Institution Rates Rise in Response to USPTO Initiatives?

Attorneys: Richard D. Kelly and Elissa Sanford
August 12, 2022

When it comes to IPR petitions filed in the Bio/Pharma space, USPTO data tells us that while Bio/Pharma petitions make up only 8% of the total petitions filed for the fiscal year of 2022 (through June 30, 2022), there is a high intuition rate for those Bio/Pharma petitions. According to USPTO statistics, 80% of the Bio/Pharma cases have been instituted so far this year.  Put differently, 59 of the 74 petitions reviewed were subsequently granted.<... Read more

Sure, A Court Can Rewrite Patent Claims. But Can It Change A Disclosure? (Pavo Solutions, Part II)

August 8, 2022

After discussing a court’s ability to rewrite patent claim language in view of the Federal Circuit’s decision in Pavo Solutions v. Kingston Technology (Pavo Solutions, Part I), my post last week noted that there was more to the story, including the issue of whether a court could rewrite a patent’s disclosure. Here are a few thoughts on that issue.<... Read more

Obviousness Must Consider Function / Intended Use of Prior Art Device

Attorney: Derek Lightner, Ph.D.
August 2, 2022

On July 22, 2022, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) reversed an examiner’s assertion of obviousness in the case of Ex parte Jaeger (Appeal 2021-002641, USSN 15/559,117). The issue in Jaeger was whether the addition of known element to a prior art device was obvious where the combination was not consistent the purpose / operation of the prior art device.<... Read more

In a Rule 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss Patentee's IPR Arguments Doom Its Complaint for Patent Infringement

Attorney: Richard D. Kelly
June 8, 2022

On June 6, Judge Albright granted Meta Platforms. Inc.’s (Meta) 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a complaint filed by Grecia Estate Holdings LLC in part relying on Grecia’s representations in IPR2016-00789 (IPR) to the PTAB that successfully defeated institution of the IPR.<... Read more