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USPTO Designates Recent Cases Precedential & Informative

»»The Precedential Opinion Panel (“POP”) has added more precedential and informative decisions which address key issues facing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). These cases provide key insight to guide practitioners before the Board to effectively represent their clients’ best interest. Precedential Opinions: 1. Sotera Wireless, Inc. v. Masimo Corporation, IPR2020-01019 In this proceeding, […]

Maier & Maier Wins Summary Judgment In SDTX

»»The Maier & Maier litigation team scored another victory for its clients, this time in the Southern District of Texas. District Judge Lynn Nettleton Hughes was the presiding Judge, while Maier & Maier represented Qiang Bai in the proceedings and earned the quick and favorable result. Houston-based Flexsteel Pipeline Technologies. Inc. sued Qiang Bai and […]

USPTO Precedential Opinion Panel: Pending Petition Roundup

»»The Precedential Opinion Panel “POP” has had a number of petitions recently on key issues facing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). We’ve collected some of the most impactful below concerning the use of Applicant Admitted Prior Art (“AAPA”) and two focusing on the Fintiv factors for discretionary denial. 1. SolarEdge Techs. Ltd v. […]

USPTO Issues Patent Number 11,000,000

»»In yet another sign of the strength of the U.S. patent system, the USPTO has now issued Pat. No. 11,000,000. The patent, dated May 11, 2021, was for “Repositioning Wires and Methods for repositioning Prosthetic Heart Valve Devices Within a Heart Chamber and Related Systems, Devices, and Methods”. When the USPTO began numbering patents in […]

IBM-IPwe’s Push to Tokenize Patents Could Revolutionize Portfolio Monetization

»»Earlier this week, IBM announced it would be working with IPwe to launch a new IP Marketplace powered by IBM’s blockchain technology. Organizations can also more easily view the IP as an asset on their balance sheet.” As related technology has been implemented to represent sports memorabilia and iconic moments, digital art, and even social […]

Overcoming Sect. 101 Rejections: USPTO Guidance, Recent Decisions to Meet Sect. 101 Patent Eligibility Requirements

»»Maier & Maier is pleased to announce that distinguished partner, Stephen Kunin, will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live video webinar, “Overcoming Sect. 101 Rejections: USPTO Guidance, Recent Decisions to Meet Sect. 101 Patent Eligibility Requirements” scheduled for Tuesday, April 27, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT. We encourage anyone interested in Section 101 issues at the USPTO […]

Supreme Court Finds Fair Use In Google v. Oracle

»»Last week, the Supreme Court issued their long awaited and highly anticipated decision in Google v. Oracle, which had been pending for a decade. In the 6-2 decision for Google, the Court ruled that Google’s use of Oracle’s code was Fair Use, reversing the Federal Circuit’s decision and allowing Google to escape the infringement allegations […]

Maier & Maier Helps Cigar Reserve LLC Settle Southern District of Indiana Patent Litigation

»»The Maier & Maier litigation team recently secured the dismissal of another patent infringement suit that had been brought against its client. Last month, District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt dismissed patent infringement claims brought by Plaintiff Thomas A. Person against Cigar Reserve LLC and its owners, Brian and Chanda Kurland. In October 2020, Mr. Person […]

USPTO Covid-19 Relief Efforts Expanded To Include Fast Track For Ex Parte Appeals

»»As part of the U.S. Federal Government’s ongoing response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the USPTO announced programs to prioritize Covid-19 related patent and trademark applications this past May and June respectively. Those programs were well-received, and the USPTO granted prioritized special status to well over 400 Covid-related patent and trademark applications. Of the patent […]

Maier & Maier Earns Dismissal for iSonic, Inc.

»»Last month, the Maier & Maier litigation team earned the dismissal of Lander Enterprises, LLC’s allegations of patent infringement against client iSonic, Inc. iSonic runs different online stores selling various innovative oral hygiene tools across the country and was targeted by competitor Lander Enterprises, LLC over one of its product offerings. In the November 2020 […]