Valley Forge, PA | November 2014Jonathan H. Spadt has accepted an invitation to speak in Frankfurt, Germany, at the annual meeting of the Intellectual Property Group of the Society of German Chemists in March, 2015. The Society of German Chemists, or Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), is the largest chemical society in continental Europe. The GDCh supports chemistry in teaching, research and application and promotes the understanding of chemistry in the public. The society was founded in 1949 but builds on a long tradition that began in 1867 when its first predecessor organization, the Deutsche Chemische Gesellschaft was founded in Berlin. Spadt will address the evolving doctrine of indirect patent infringement from the U.S. perspective and provide insights on its application specific to the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Written By: Kenneth N. Nigon
The America Invents Act (AIA) changed U.S. patent law from a first to invent (FTI) system to a first inventor to file (FITF) system. This change took effect on March 16, 2013, when the new 35 U.S.C. §§ 102 and 103 became effective. While some questions about the new law still remain, it is evident that the scope and content of the prior art that may be used to reject claims has expanded. In a few instances, however, references that would be prior art under FTI are not prior art under FITF. As rejections under the new sections 102 and 103 begin to appear, we will need to deal with a new class of prior art, “otherwise available to the public,” the scope of which is not as yet clear. Read more »
     
RatnerPrestia CEO & President, Jonathan H. Spadt, has been chosen as a 2015 Outstanding Engineering Alumnus of The Pennsylvania State University. Each year, the College of Engineering honors the professional achievements of a select group from more than 90,000 graduates. The purpose of the award is to recognize and reward outstanding Penn State Engineering alumni for their success as leaders in their chosen fields of business, science, engineering or government and for the impact they have had and will continue to have on society and their profession. Jon is one of only twelve individuals who have been chosen to be honored as exceptional individuals in 2015.
     
RatnerPrestia Shareholder, Kenneth N. Nigon, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming 52nd Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law on November 10 – 11, 2014 at The Center for American and International Law in Plano, Texas.

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Valley Forge, PA | October 2013 – RatnerPrestia was recently honored in the 2014 IAM Patent 1000. Published by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), the Patent 1000 is heralded as the definitive guide to patent lawyers, attorneys and firms in over 40 jurisdictions. RatnerPrestia was recognized for its practice in Pennsylvania: “Dynamic IP specialist RatnerPrestia partners closely with patrons to deliver solutions that are tailor-made to fit with – and further – their business objectives. Flexibility on fee arrangements is another reason for its increasing popularity in this competitive market. Though it offers a full suite of protection, commercialization and enforcement services, the Pennsylvania contingent is especially rated for its portfolio management and development expertise. A resident of the Valley Forge office, Kenneth Nigon is a key contact on the preparation and prosecution side.”

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The innovation economy has never been so vibrant and essential, and at the same time, at such risk. Intellectual property rights are the foundation of new markets, and the cornerstone of commerce. In the absence of sound, predictable, and enforceable IP rights, new business ventures cannot gain a foothold, and society is deprived of the fruits of their intellectual achievements. Yet IP rights are under attack, and vested interests are eager to deny innovators this valuable property right.

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Written By: Sunjeev S. Sikand
This article appeared in theSeptember 25, 2014 Edition of IP Law 360
At the heart of nearly every patent litigation is a dispute over the meaning of claim terms. Such disputes often arise in the form of a claim definiteness challenge by the accused infringer. Recently, in Nautilus v. Biosig1, the Supreme Court relaxed the requirements for proving a claim indefinite, but offered very little guidance as to how claim drafters might comply with its ruling.

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Valley Forge, PA | September 2014 – RatnerPrestia is pleased to announce that Jacob Blumert and Alyssa Miller have joined its Valley Forge office as Scientific Advisors. Jacob and Alyssa worked at the firm as Summer Associates in 2013. Read more »
     
Valley Forge, PA | September 2014 – RatnerPrestia Shareholder Jacques L. Etkowicz will continue his role as Chair of the Professional Programs Committee for the 2014-2015 association year. The committee assists The Board of Directors (or the responsible corporation officer) in the preparation of approved educational programs throughout the year. They also identify and recommend curricula and obtain speakers for the presentation of approved educational programs during the year. Jacques has been an active member of AIPLA committees since 1999 having held positions on the Electronics and Computer Law Committees. This is his second year as Chair of the Professional Programs Committee. Read more »
     
Shareholder Brian P. O’Shaughnessy will again serve as a faculty member for the LES USA & Canada’s Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) Exam Review Course on September 3, 2014 in Washington, D.C. This one-day exam review course is designed to prepare licensing professionals for the successful completion of the CLP certification exam. The CLP certification is administered by CLP, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Read more »
     
 
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