Retired Federal Circuit Chief Judge Michel sees Aqua Products decision as short term victory for patent owners

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's recent decision allowing patent owners the ability to amend claims of patents under review by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in inter partes reviews is a short lived victory for patent owners and underscores the need for additional revisions, a former Chief Judge of the Federal [...]

Uncertainty caused by High Court’s pending review of PTAB constitutionality may have led to decline in NPE actions, IPRs in the third quarter, RPX says

Uncertainty in the U.S. patent market caused by the U.S. Supreme Court's pending review of the constitutionality of petitions before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board likely precipitated a decline in the number of new enforcement actions by non-practicing entities (NPEs) and operating companies, and inter partes review (IPR) challenges of patents, said RPX Corp. [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Recent flood of patents for sale is hurting patent values, Allied Security Trust CEO Binns says

Allied Security Trust CEO Russell Binns says patent values in the U.S., which have been on a five year decline, won’t hit bottom and rebound until patent owners stop flooding the market with patent portfolios to clean up their balance sheets. Binns made his remarks as part of an outreach the company is making as [...]

By | September 19th, 2017|Patent Investing, Patent sale, PTAB, Supreme Court|0 Comments

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is at center of new trend to rent its sovereign immunity to patent owners to avoid IPR challenges

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is at the center of the next hot idea in the patent enforcement space, accepting the transfer of patents from patent owners for significant sums of money to shield those patent owners from challenges of the patents through the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The tribe says in a Q&A [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court|0 Comments

Google and other tech giants unveil the High Tech Inventors Alliance to work toward a “balanced” U.S. patent system

Adobe, Amazon, Cisco, Dell, Google, Intel, Oracle and Salesforce, who invested $62.9 billion in research and development in 2016, collectively own more than 115,000 patents and employ more than 447,000 in the U.S, have joined together to form the High Tech Inventors Alliance (HTIA), dedicated to supporting “balanced patent policy.” The alliance’s focus on a balanced patent system [...]

Senator Chris Coons’ STRONGER patent reform bill seen as antidote to anti-patent troll legislation

Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, introduced new patent-owner friendly legislation designed to rebalance the U.S. patent system by restoring injunctive relief and getting rid of the gamesmanship in the inter partes review and post-grant review processes before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The new bill is called the Support Technology & Research [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely to find IPR process unconstitutional, patent market observers say

The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to uphold the constitutionality of the inter partes review (IPR) process in in Oil States v. Greene’s Energy Group despite what could be described as magical thinking by patent owners, patent market observers say. The high court took up only one of three questions presented by Oil States in [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|litigation, Patent Investing, PTAB, Supreme Court, USPTO|0 Comments

Michelle Lee’s abrupt resignation means USPTO may have to wait until Spring 2018 for a permanent replacement

The abrupt resignation of Michelle Lee as director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office means the agency is unlikely to get a permanent director until the spring of 2018, increasing uncertainty for patent owners who had been hoping President Trump would nominate a replacement more attuned to protecting intellectual property rights. The Trump administration [...]

Supreme Court’s ruling in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food on venue seen having marginal but meaningful impact on nuisance suits

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food is expected to reduce the concentration of nuisance patent infringement lawsuits especially in the perceived patent owner friendly Eastern District of Texas, though it also will increase the number of cases in jurisdictions with much less patent experience. Patent market observers say the impact [...]

U.S. Supreme Court is likely to reverse Federal Circuit on venue in patent infringement suits

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review a Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruling involving the appropriate venue for patent infringement suits likely means a reversal that could hurt patent owner rights and end the dominance of the Eastern District of Texas as the most active district court for patent cases. The high [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Federal Circuit, Patent Investing, Supreme Court|0 Comments