TITLE

Patent Pushback

AUTHOR(S)
Seidenberg, Steven
PUB. DATE
December 2007
SOURCE
ABA Journal;Dec2007, Vol. 93 Issue 12, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses a string of decisions issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit since late August 2007 that are bad news for patent-holders and applicants. Underwater Devices Inc. v. Morrison-Knudsen Co. made it much harder to patentees to recover treble damages against infringers. Another ruling, In re Nuijten, No. 2006-1371, held that a transitory electrical or electromagnetic signal is not patentable subject matter. In re Comiskey concerned an application to patent a business method of using mandatory arbitration to resolve disputes affecting wills and contracts. Based on the article, the rulings will likely change the way patent applications are drafted and the rulings also will give litigators more opportunity to attack their opponents' patents.
ACCESSION #
27977230

 

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