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Pricing and Contracting Negotiations Insufficient to Constitute a Sale within the US

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics Inc. and Pulse Electronics Corporation, CAFC 2013-1472,-1656 (October 22, 2014), the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) reviewed the opinion of the District Court for the District of Nevada. Among other things, the District Court granted summary judgment that Pulse Electronics (“Pulse”) did not sell or […]

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US Patent and Trademark Office Extends After Final Action Consideration

The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) through September 30, 2015. New Feature – AFCP Response Form (PTO-2323) A new feature of the AFCP is designed to reduce prosecution time and increase collaboration between examiners and applicants or their representatives. In response to an AFCP […]

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First Inventor to File – 2014 USPTO Roadshow

The USPTO will be hosting seven roadshows across the country during September-October 2014 to increase the understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA).  The FITF provisions became effective on March 16, 2013.  The roadshows are designed to resolve the difficulties with the administrative processes and to provide […]

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Apple Files Patent Application for Sapphire Front/Back Displays

  In advance of the upcoming release of the Apple iPhone 6, a recent US Patent Application (SN 2014/0193606) published on July 10, 2014 discloses a sapphire glass component that is used on both front and back surfaces of electronic devices.  The sapphire component is formed with a single crystal plane orientation constructed from aluminum […]

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US Supreme Court Again Limits Business Method Patents After Bilski

The US Supreme Court in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International Et Al., 573 U.S. ___ (6/19/2014) (“Alice”)  has again held that the scope of patentable subject matter is narrow for business method patents. The representative method claim at issue in Alice recited the following steps: (1) “creating” shadow records for each counterparty […]

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