Sunjeev Sikand Co-Authors IPO’s Comments on USPTO’s July 2015 Update to Section 101 Eligibility Guidance
Washington, D.C. | November 2015 – Sunjeev Sikand has co-authored a 29-page letter and report to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on behalf of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) in response to a request for public comments on the July 2015 Update to the Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance. IPO said that the interpretation of the patent eligibility case law in the guidance diverged from the narrow holdings of the cases and the views of many commentators and stakeholders, which could lead examiners to reject unnecessarily applications that should be patent eligible. The letter also argued that the USPTO should consider evidence of non-preemption during its initial determination of patent eligibility and should make a detailed showing to support patent ineligibility rejections.
Posted: November 17th, 2015 under Press Release.
Washington, D.C. | October 2015 – Sunjeev Sikand addressed the Board of Directors of Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Mr. Sikand recommended that the IPO Board adopt positions on Patent Act Section 101 in response to the USPTO’s July 2015 Update to the Section 101 Eligibility Guidance.
The IPO Board is comprised of members from, among other companies, Qualcomm, Apple, Google, IBM, Siemens, and Hewlett-Packard. Each IPO Board member is a Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of a member company.
Posted: October 23rd, 2015 under Press Release.
Washington, D.C. | October 2015 – RatnerPrestia is pleased to announce that Wm Jackson Matney Jr. has joined its Washington, D.C. office as a Shareholder. RatnerPrestia Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan H. Spadt, notes, “We are particularly pleased with Jack’s extensive litigation experience. His pragmatic approach to resolving IP disputes will add to our growing stable of talented lawyers. And perhaps most importantly, his energy and talents will really mesh with our entire team of exceptional people.”
Posted: October 20th, 2015 under Press Release.
Brian P. O’Shaughnessy Nominated for President-Elect of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc.
Valley Forge, PA | October 2015 – RatnerPrestia Shareholder Brian P. O’Shaughnessy has been nominated as the next president-elect of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc. (“LES”). O’Shaughnessy currently serves as LES Regional Vice President, USA. He has served on the LES Board of Trustees since 2007. As Regional Vice President, USA, he is responsible for formulating and articulating the Society’s position on legislation, administrative policy, and trends in IP law in the U.S.
Posted: October 2nd, 2015 under Press Release.
Valley Forge, PA | September 2015 – RatnerPrestia is pleased to announce that it is opening a Munich, Germany office on January 1, 2016. RP CEO, Jonathan H. Spadt, notes, “This is an unprecedented move for a firm our size, and one we are undertaking with very specific goals in mind. No IP law firm our size has done what we are doing.”
Posted: September 16th, 2015 under Press Release.
Valley Forge, PA | August 2015 – Joshua L. Cohen, a Shareholder with RatnerPrestia, is a Lecturer in Lehigh University’s Master’s Degree in Technical Entrepreneurship (TE) Program, which provides practical skills to graduate students from various disciplines in the art and practice of creating new companies. Mr. Cohen helped design the course Intellectual Property (IP) Creation and Management for Lehigh’s TE Program, and he lectures to students in the TE Program regularly.
Posted: August 25th, 2015 under Press Release.
Will Patent Reform Legislation Curb “Abusive” Litigation? – A Look at Fee-Shifting and Enhanced Pleading Under H.R. 9 and S. 1137
This article appeared in the August 5, 2015 Edition of The Legal Intelligencer
Patent reform is again looming on the horizon. Legislators are again focused on curbing the “abusive” litigation practices of patent trolls. The House and the Senate have released competing legislation this year, respectively identified as the Innovation Act (H.R. 9; introduced by Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)) and the PATENT Act (S. 1137; introduced by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)). While the legislative process for these bills is still in its infancy, there appears to be significant agreement between the two governing bodies regarding many issues, which suggests the question is not if, but when patent litigation reform legislation will be enacted. This article summarizes these respective pieces of legislation with respect to two approaches intended to make “abusive” litigation strategies for patent trolls more difficult: fee-shifting and enhanced pleading requirements, and compares them to the recent decisions from the Supreme Court which appear to be directed at handling these same issues.
Valley Forge, PA | July 2015 – Kenneth N. Nigon, a Shareholder with RatnerPrestia, is participating in a series of cross-country roadshows hosted by the USPTO and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), scheduled for August 24-28, 2015. The program will focus on enhancing patent quality and conducting AIA trials. Nigon currently serves as Vice Chair of the Patent Relations with the USPTO Committee for AIPLA. For more information and to register for the program, please click here.
Posted: July 30th, 2015 under Press Release.
Washington, D.C. | July 27, 2015 – RatnerPrestia is pleased to announce that its Washington, D.C. Office has moved to 1090 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005.
Posted: July 27th, 2015 under Press Release.
Valley Forge, PA | July 2015 – RatnerPrestia Counsel James Gould will appear as a panelist in the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property’s (CPIP) Summer Institute in Patent Law. The institute is scheduled for July 22 and 23 and will take place in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Mr. Gould’s panel will address Patented Innovation in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries.
Posted: July 24th, 2015 under Press Release.