U.S. Patent Law Snapshot, August 2015: Supreme Court Throttles Back While Federal Circuit Shifts into Hyperdrive
11 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 21, 2015
On August 12-14, 2015, the Chisum Patent Academy held a small-group roundtable seminar in Seattle, Washington to discuss and debate current developments in U.S. patent law. This paper provides our summary analyses of the six patent law topic areas covered during the seminar: (1) 2015 blockbuster Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions; (2) patent claim interpretation and definiteness; (3) patent eligibility post-Alice; (4) Inter Partes Review at the USPTO and use of the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation rule; (5) method and system claims and active inducement; and (6) the patent exhaustion defense.
Keywords: patent, Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, claim interpretation, claim definiteness, patent eligibility, Inter Partes Review, Broadest Reasonable Construction rule, method claims, system claims, active inducement, exhaustion
JEL Classification: K19, K29, K39, K41
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