This column highlights some of the more notable recent internet notices, newsletters and blogs dealing with IP prosecution issues.
Patently-O – a blog written by Dennis Crouch – .

  • In the November 27, 2016 post, Professor Crouch discusses Unwired Planet v. Google, 2016-1812 (Fed. Cir., Nov. 21, 2016) (PDF details here) wherein the court vacated a covered business method (CBM) PTAB decision. The court held that the USPTO’s definition of CBM was too broad, but should be limited to “financial products or services.” Details here.
  • In Professor Crouch’s November 29, 2016 examined whether obviousness rejections should be based on a combination of five or more references. Details here.
  • The December 7, 2016 post considers the task of proving a motivation to combine in obviousness issues in light of In re NuVasive, 2015-1670 (Fed. Cir., Dec. 7, 2016) (PDF details here) Details here.

Intellectual Property Law Blog – a blog hosted by Sheppard Mullin –

  • The law firm’s IP blog discussed the USPTO’s proposed “Patent Agent Privilege” applicable only to Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) proceedings. More info here.

Patent Docs – A patent blog –

  • On December 28, 2016, Donald Zuhn discussed the USPTO’s extension of the Missing Parts Pilot Program for yet another year. Details here. The Federal Register Notice is here. The program is extended through January 2, 2018.

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