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  • On February 27, 2019, Robert Schaffer, Joseph Robinson, and Dustin Weeks discussed the Federal Circuit opinion, CenTRAK, Inc. v. Sonitor Technologies, Inc., No. 2017-2510, slip opinion (Fed. Cir., Feb. 14, 2019) (PDF link here).  The opinion stated that the written description requirement is satisfied if the specification describes the claimed invention in a definite way, that examples or actual experimental results are necessary for satisfying the written description requirement (Full text here).
  • On March 6, 2019, Robert Stoll discussed the potential conflict between the USPTO guidance on subject matter eligibility and the Federal Circuit as presented in the recent Federal Circuit opinion, Athena Diagnostics, Inc. v. Mayo Collaborative Services, LLC, 2017-2508, slip opinion (Fed. Cir., Feb. 6, 2019) (PDF link here) (Full text here).

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  • AIPLA will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting October 24-26, 2019 in Washington, D.C. More information on this meeting, and other events is available at https://www.aipla.org/list/events.


  • The Chisum Patent Academy holds upcoming patent law seminars in Seattle, Washington on August 8-9, 2019. Complete syllabi for all Chisum seminars are available here. There are a possible 18 CLE credits for these seminars. Each seminar is limited to ten attendees. More info at https://chisum-patent-academy.com/upcoming-patent-law-seminars/.

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