This column highlights some of the more notable recent internet notices, newsletters and blogs dealing with IP prosecution issues.

Hal Wegner’s email newsletter – some great stuff – Contact: Hal’s blog is also available at

  • On January 4, 2015 Hal discussed the issue of Federal Circuit opinions being released through PACER to litigants before being posted on the Federal Circuit’s opinions website.  The issue relates to stock market trades before important rulings are publicly available Full info here.
  • On January 20, 2015 Hal discussed Teva Pharmaceuticals USA v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 13-854) __ U.S. _ (Jan. 20, 2015)(Breyer, J.) wherein the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit such that subsidiary factual issues to interpret claims are reviewed for “clear error” as opposed to de novo review. . Full info here.
  • Hal mentioned that he will be retiring after twenty years with the Foley Law Firm. Hal’s email newsletter will end February 2015 and Hal will continue with his patent academic interests. Full info here.
  • Hal will post a monthly newsletter, “Wegner’s Red Letter” at the website of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association. The February 2015 Wegner’s Red Letter is available here.

Patent Docs – a patent blog –

  • The January 28, 2015 post discusses the Post-Alice abstract idea examples issued by the USPTO. (Details here).
  • On February 4, 2015 Andrew Williams discussed In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC (Fed. Cir., Feb. 4, 2005) (Details here). The referencede case is Japanese Foundation For Cancer Research v. Lee, 2013-1678, 2014-1014 (Fed. Cir., Dec. 9, 2014) (Details here) wherein the Federal Circuit sided with the USPTO in the first IPR final written decision review.

Patently-O – a blog written by Dennis Crouch –

  • On January 7, 2015 Professor Crouch announced that the USPTO released its 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility  in the wake of the Alice Corp. ruling

Miscellaneous –

  • The Chisum Patent Academy holds an upcoming patent law seminar on March 5-6, 2015 (Cincinnati, Ohio). There are a possible 12 CLE credits for this seminar. More info at More info here.
  • The USPTO’s Glossary Pilot Program failed to attract the minimum 200 participants, requiring an extension through June 2, 2015. More info here.

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