Revisiting the AIA Prior User Rights Defense

Written by: Glenn E. J. Murphy & Shayne D. Rasay The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) marked significant policy shifts in the U.S. patent system, most notably the AIA’s transition from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file regime.  Complementary to the first-to-file regime was the AIA’s expansion of the existing prior user rights defense to patent […]

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Dr. Fritz Wetzel Participates at the IIPLA 6th Dubai IP Congress 2020 Conference in Dubai

Munich, Germany | January 2020 – Dr. Fritz Wetzel will participate at the IIPLA 6th Dubai IP Congress 2020 conference held at the Hilton Jumeirah Dubai from January 29-30, 2020.  He will contribute to a panel discussion entitled “Innovation and IP – Protecting Trade Secrets”. The IIPLA strives to provide networking, learning and economic opportunities […]

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RatnerPrestia Supports Community Adopt-A-Family Program

Philadelphia, PA | December 2019 – On December 19, 2019, RP’s Community Service Team delivered holiday gifts to families in need at the Salvation Army in Norristown, PA.  The firm adopted two families and received generous support from its employees.  The community service team has participated in this initiative for the past decade, the firm […]

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SCOTUS Confirms That Salaries of USPTO Legal Staff Are Not “Expenses” That An Applicant/Plaintiff Must Pay In a Civil Action Under 35 U.S.C. § 145.

Written by: Shayne D. Rasay In Peter v. NantKwest, Inc., the Supreme Court established a bright-line rule that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) may not recover legal personnel fees as “expenses” under 35 U.S.C. § 145. The language referencing “expenses” in § 145 states that “[a]ll the expenses of the proceedings shall […]

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Incentivizing Innovation – Is Your Enterprise Missing Opportunities to Generate and Capture Valuable IP?

Written by: Stephen D. Harper, Ph.D. In today’s global business environment, a commercial enterprise must maintain its competitive edge by investing in research and development programs directed to innovative technologies.  If successful, such programs will create protectable intellectual property and help to ensure that the developing enterprise enjoys at least some measure of exclusivity with […]

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A Case for Complete Collaboration – The Future of Transportation

Written by: Jonathan H. Spadt Today there is generally consensus that electric vehicles are the future, and autonomous transportation (at varying levels) is going to become common over the next decade.  Beyond 2030, it may even take over substantially all transportation.  Although the ultimate impact of this transformation on society is not yet completely understood, […]

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Avoiding Patent Infringement

Written by: Michael P. F. Phelps   This article was published in Machine Design on October 30, 2019.   Read the full article.

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Dr. Fritz Wetzel Participates at the World Intellectual Property Forum in Taipei, Taiwan

Munich, Germany | October 2019 – Dr. Fritz Wetzel will participate at the World Intellectual Property (IP) Forum held in Taipei, Taiwan from November 6-8, 2019.  He will contribute to a panel discussion on November 7th entitled “Trade Secrets & Data Protection in Global Markets”.  The theme for the conference is “IP as a Powerhouse for […]

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RP CEO Jonathan Spadt Moderates IP, Security and Trade Panel at USAFMC Event

Philadelphia, PA | October 2019 – On October 28th, RP CEO & President Jonathan H. Spadt, will facilitate a panel discussion entitled, “Understanding our Global Challenges Today: IP, Security, and Trade”.  The luncheon event is hosted by the Business Advisory Council of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and will be held in […]

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Alice Meets Automotive: Damping Propshaft Latest Automotive Innovation Deemed Ineligible by Federal Circuit

Written by: Andrew J. Koopman With its latest application of Alice precedent, the Federal Circuit affirmed the invalidation of claims covering methods for manufacturing propshafts in American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. v. Neapco Holdings LLC.  The Court’s ruling is the latest in a line of recent cases upholding judicial exceptions to subject matter eligibility in the face […]

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