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Kyle Sorenson, PhD, focuses his practice on patent litigation, patent prosecution, due diligence and licensing. Read Kyle Sorenson's full bio.

Sins of the Fathers? Grandparent IPR Factors into Current Institution Decision

By on Sep 7, 2023
Posted In America Invents Act, Patents

US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) Director Kathi Vidal vacated and remanded a Patent Trial & Appeal Board decision denying institution of an inter partes review (IPR) because the Board improperly applied the precedential Advanced Bionics framework in rendering its decision. Keysight Tech., Inc. v. Centripetal Networks, Inc., IPR2022-01421 (PTAB Decision Review Aug. 24, 2023)...

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If Prior Art Discloses Ingredients and How to Mix Them, the “Cake” Is Anticipated

By on Apr 20, 2023
Posted In Patents

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that challenged claims were invalid as anticipated based on principles of inherency where the disclosed prior art formulations and processes necessarily met a disputed claim limitation. Arbutus Biopharma Corp. v. ModernaTx, Inc., Case No. 20-1183 (Fed. Cir. April 11, 2023) (Reyna, Schall, Chen, JJ.) Arbutus...

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And All That Jazz: Trademark Used for One Service Doesn’t Permit Tacking for Others

By on Apr 13, 2023
Posted In Trademarks

Reversing the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board’s decision to dismiss an opposition, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed the requirements for a trademark owner to employ “tacking” based on the use of a mark for one service in the context of a trademark application listing multiple services. Bertini v. Apple Inc.,...

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Press Pause: De Novo Review Not Always Required for Obviousness

By on Apr 6, 2023
Posted In Patents

A divided panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial & Appeal Board’s finding that certain challenged claims were nonobvious after applying the substantial evidence test to resolve a dispute regarding the scope and content of the prior art that the Board had resolved as a purely factual...

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Another Kind of Term Limit: Delay Resulting from After-Allowance Amendments Deducted from PTA

By on Nov 17, 2022
Posted In Patents

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the US Patent & Trademark Office’s (PTO) decision on a patent term adjustment (PTA), finding that it was appropriate to deduct days from a patent term when the applicant files an amendment after notice of allowance and could have completed prosecution earlier by withdrawing the...

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A Window into Trade Secret Damages: R&D Costs Can Quantify Unjust Enrichment

By on Sep 15, 2022
Posted In Trade Secrets

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a district court’s finding of damages in a trade secrets case under Pennsylvania’s version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. The Third Circuit explained that it is appropriate to quantify damages under the unjust enrichment standard by considering the trade secret owner’s research and development...

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