July 2014 Newsletter

July 1, 2014


The American Invents Act: one year on
by Patrick R. H. Waller and Daniel W. Young
While the full impact of these changes on US patent applicants will play out over the next several years, this anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the significance of the changes and their impact on the country's patent system. [read more]

Responding to Accusations of Patent Infringement

by Gerald B. Hrycyszyn and Edmund J. Walsh
An accusation of patent infringement, which may appear seemingly out of the blue, is enough to set any business owner's heart racing. Here we provide a framework to conduct a review and decide how to respond-or not respond-to such threats. [read more]

IP ALERT: Supreme Court Weighs In On Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions
On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corporation PTY, LTD v. CLS Bank International [read more]

IP ALERT: Supreme Court Overturns Federal Circuit's Standard on Inducement and Divided Infringement
On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. [read more]

IP Case Law Analysis

Below are links to reviews of recent Federal Circuit cases of interest. For other case reviews, go here.

Patent Invalidated Due to Faulty Priority Claim
Medtronic Corevalve v. Edwards Lifesciences

Claim Preamble May Limit Scope
Proveris Corp. v. Innovasystems, Inc.

Scope of "Printed Publication" Category of Prior Art Expanded
In Re Enhanced Security Research LLC

Patentees Have Burden to Produce Objective Evidence of Nonobviousness when Infringers Establish Obviousness
Galderma Laboratories, L.P. v. Tolmar, Inc.

Application of Prosecution History Estoppel Confirmed
Integrated Technologies Corp. v. Rudolph Technologies, Inc.

Rules Clarified for Determining Obviousness in PTAB Proceedings
Rambus Inc. v. Teresa Stanek Rea

Firm News

Mike Rader and Chelsea Loughran were named Members of the Corporation of Greater Boston Legal Services. Read more.

The 2015 Vault Rankings recognized Wolf Greenfield as one of the top intellectual property firms in the United States and one of the top law firms in Boston. Read more.

Wolf Greenfield was recognized in the Chambers USA 2014 rankings. Read more.

Ed Gates and Patrick Waller were named 2014 "IP Stars" by Managing Intellectual Property. Read more.