US Supreme Court

Rules companies reside where


By United States Mint – United States Mint, Public Domain,

The US Supreme Court has ruled that, for purposes of venue in patent cases, a domestic corporation “resides” in the state where it’s incorporated — and thus must be sued for infringement there.

The case of TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods involves two competitors in the market for flavored drink mixes. Read the full article →

Amazon’s “One Click” Patent about to Expire

by Adam Philipp on May 26, 2017

Amazon patent

on “one-click” expires this fall

Will tech go global?

By domdomegg – Own work, CC BY 4.0,

Amazon’s famous patent for buying an item on the Internet with just a single click is about to expire in a few months.

The patent application was filed on September 12, 1997. This was 10 months before the Federal Circuit, in the State Street Bank case, recognized that business methods could be patentable. Read the full article →

US Supreme Court

rules laches is no defense

in patent lawsuit

By Jere Keys –, CC BY 2.0,

The US Supreme Court has vacated a Federal Circuit decision and ruled that laches cannot be invoked as a defense against a claim for patent damages when the case was brought within the six-year limitation period of 35 U.S.C. 286.

The case of SCA Hygiene Prods. Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Prods. involved rival sellers of adult incontinence products.

In 2013, SCA sent a letter to First Quality alleging that it was making and selling products that infringed SCA’s patent rights.

First Quality responded that one of its own patents antedated the SCA patent at issue and thus that the SCA patent was invalid.

SCA seemingly dropped the subject and First Quality proceeded to further develop and market its adult diaper products.

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Federal Circuit Invalidates "Obvious" Scanner Patent

by Adam Philipp on March 6, 2017

Federal Circuit:

Scanner patent claims should be

Narrowly construed

By Creative Tools from Halmdstad, Sweden – – VIUscan – Laser-scanned – ZPrinter – 3D printed – Viking Belt Buckle 24, CC BY 2.0,

The Federal Circuit has upheld a decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), on Inter Partes Review, that the claims of a patent owned by MPHJ Technology Investments were anticipated or obvious in light of prior art.

The case of MPHJ Tech. Invs. v. Ricoh Ams. Corp. (Fed. Cir. Feb. 13, 2017) involves a patent for a “Distributed Computer Architecture and Process for Document Management.”

The patent application describes a system and method that

extends the notion of copying from a process that involves paper going through a conventional copier device, to a process that involves paper being scanned from a device at one location and copied to a device at another location.

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Don’t Try to Register an "Incapable Informational Mark"

by Adam Philipp on February 21, 2017

By David Shankbone – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has recently updated its draft examination guide and listed types of marks that are considered “informational” and otherwise not eligible for trademark protection.

According to the USPTO,

The set of wording held as merely informational by case law is growing. Marks that include this wording must be refused because they do not identify the source of the goods or services.

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Important Patent Law Decisions from 2016

2016: what were the most important patent law cases? CC0 Public Domain 2016 wasn’t especially momentous when it came to patent law decisions. It pales in comparison to 2014, for example, in which the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International was decided by the US Supreme Court — calling into question the […]

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Federal Circuit Reverses Patent Rejection for Indefiniteness

Federal Circuit reverses district court on indefiniteness The Federal Circuit has reversed a district court’s ruling that a patent’s claims were indefinite and thus that the patent was invalid. Sonix Tech. Co., Ltd. v. Publ’ns Int’l, Ltd. is a case involving Sonix’s patent for a system and method for using a “graphical indicator” (e.g., a […]

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Patent Law and Artificial Intelligence

Patented robots — but what do we do about patents BY robots? By Alejandro Zorrilal Cruz –, Public Domain, The intersection of patent law and artificial intelligence raises all sorts of interesting philosophical and practical questions. First of all, what do we mean by "artificial intelligence"?

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You May Now Legally Hack Your Car

Hacking your auto is no longer illegal; should you do it, though….? By Alexandre Dulaunoy from Les Bulles, Chiny, Belgium – Everybody needs a hacker, CC BY-SA 2.0, You’re now free to hack some of the computers on your car — for a limited time only. Of course, most people don’t have the expertise […]

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Protecting Your Patents around the Globe

  Protect your patents: a single application may be the best choice source: If you have an invention that will be sold and used around the world, you should strongly consider protecting your patent rights all around the globe. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as “one-stop shopping” when it comes to patent protection. You’ll […]

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