Written by: Brett J. Rosen On April 27, 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) announced that it denied an Applicant’s request to recognize an Artificial Intelligence (AI) computer program named “DABUS – Invention Generated by Artificial Intelligence” as an inventor on a pending U.S. patent application. A copy of the decision can be […]
Supreme Court Holds that the PTAB Has the First and Last Word In Determining Whether IPRs Are Time-Barred
Written by: Benjamin E. Leace The Supreme Court in a 7 -2 decision held that a decision by the PTAB on whether an inter partes review (IPR) is time-barred is NOT reviewable by the courts. THRYV, INC. v. CLICK-TO-CALL TECHNOLOGIES, LP. 590 U.S. ____ (2020). In other words, the PTAB’s decision to institute an IPR […]
Jonathan H. Spadt, CEO & President of RatnerPrestia Moderates Upcoming Federal Circuit Global Series Webinar on International Trade
Philadelphia, PA | April 2020 – Jonathan H. Spadt, CEO & President of RatnerPrestia, will moderate the first 2020 Global Series Webcast “International Trade, Innovation and Enforcement in Our Evolving World” on Wednesday, April 15th from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EDT. Hosted by The Federal Circuit Bar Association, the panel will explore the complexities of […]
Washington, DC | March 2020 – RatnerPrestia (RP) is pleased to announce that Gregory T. Lowen is joining the firm in Washington D.C. as Counsel. Lowen has 20+ years of experience assisting clients in building, securing, maintaining and enforcing patents focusing primarily on chemical and pharmaceutical technologies. He is involved in patent prosecution before the […]
RP CEO Moderates “Trade: The Tools of Interaction and Barrier” Discussion at the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Global Series 2020
Philadelphia, PA | February 2020 – RP CEO, Jonathan H. Spadt will moderate a discussion on “Trade: The Tools of Interaction and Barrier” that is part of the FCBA Global Series 2020: Innovation Leadership: Commerce, Trade, Governance, and Adjudication. The one day event brings together government representatives, adjudicators, corporate leaders, litigation leaders, academics, and others […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]