Category Archives: Prior Art

PTO Proposes Revisions to the Duty of Disclosure (“Rule 56”)

After issuing a brief “notice” in 2011, shortly after the Fed. Cir. revised the duty of disclosure in the Therasense (76 FR at 43631), the PTO has now published a notice of proposed rulemaking to gather comments on its specific … Continue reading

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Apotex v Wyeth Explores Structural Obviousness

Lately, I’ve been feeling that the only case law engaging enough to write about has involved S. 101 issues, so it was a welcome break to comment on some classic principles of organic chemistry. Apotex filed an IPR petition that … Continue reading

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Voter Verified Decision Elaborates on Internet Publication

Yesterday a panel of Judges (Lourie, Reyna and Wallach) in Voter Verified, Inc. v. Premier Election Solutions, Appeal nos. 2011-1559, 2012-1016 (Fed. Cir. November 5, 2012) expanded on the Fed. Cir.’s earlier decision In re Lister, 583 F.3d 1307 (Fed. Cir. … Continue reading

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Fed. Cir. Holds Provisionals Are U.S. Filings For 102(E)

In case you wondered if this was a settled question in the ever-shifting world of section 102, yesterday, In re Giacomini, (Rader, C.J.), (copy at end of post) the panel held that the effective U.S. filing date of a U.S. patent … Continue reading

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