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07.02.18

Patent Law Firms Have Become Debased and Intolerant of Courts/Judges, Just Like EPO Management

Posted in America, Deception, Patents at 12:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Patent quality is against their business model, which strives for many patent awards and lawsuits (like weapon sales and wars, respectively)

Book of judges

Summary: A few new observations regarding the unreasonable position of patent law firms, which wrongly assume that a patent being granted implies it oughtn’t be scrutinised any longer (they want something like a religion, not science where mere claims/hypotheses can be questioned based on their merit)

THE management of the EPO is renowned (or notorious) for attacking judges, refusing to obey court orders, and consciously breaking many laws, knowing that it enjoys diplomatic immunity and thus wouldn’t be held accountable. If accountability existed, there would already have been many arrests at the EPO (of the management). There are dozens of possible counts/charges. What we like about the US patent system is that no diplomatic immunity exists there, which means that officials cannot just do as they please without consequences. There are in fact many lawsuits against the USPTO (their directors, e.g. Lee, Iancu etc.) and the USPTO often loses these cases.

“What we like about the US patent system is that no diplomatic immunity exists there, which means that officials cannot just do as they please without consequences.”Recently, a case against revocation of patents was lost at the highest level. Oil States determined (or Justices decided) that it’s perfectly OK for the USPTO to take patent away (after granting them). The patent microcosm was up in arms and rants on the subject have since then gradually subsided. They just have to learn to live with it.

Joseph Robinson and Robert Schaffer are almost two weeks late in covering this Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) case which saw an inter partes review (IPR) burden of proof passed to the patent holder. To quote Watchtroll (yesterday’s post):

Sirona Dental Systems GmbH appealed the final written decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) holding claims 1-8 of U.S. Patent No. 6,319,006 were unpatentable as obvious over the combination of German Patent No. 195 10 294 (“Bannuscher”) and U.S. Patent No. 5,842,858 (“Truppe”), and denying Sirona’s contingent motion to amend the claims. Institut Straumann AG and Dental Wings Inc. (collectively, “Petitioners”) cross-appealed the Board’s decision holding patentable claims 9-10 of the ‘006 patent. The Federal Circuit, in an opinion authored by Judge Moore and joined by Chief Judge Prost and Judge Stoll, affirmed-in-part, vacated-in-part, and remanded-in-part. Sirona Dental Sys. GMBH v. Institut Straumann AG, Nos. 2017-1341, 2017-1403, 2018 (Fed. Cir. June 19, 2018).

In our view, the burden of proof should always be 100% on the claimant. No patents should be presumed valid, especially in an atmosphere of trigger-happy patent trolls and grant-leaning examiners. This is the only way to assure true justice, as we argued in our previous post.

“In our view, the burden of proof should always be 100% on the claimant. No patents should be presumed valid, especially in an atmosphere of trigger-happy patent trolls and grant-leaning examiners.”Patent maximalists do not agree with us because they’re paid to think differently. To them, making it harder to pursue patents and to sue is an impediment to their ‘free market’ of recklessness (sending threatening letters, fooling examiners and so on). Case of point? Charles Bieneman.

Lacking any recent outcome in favour of software patents at the Federal Circuit, Charles Bieneman now cherry-picks a district court case, looking at a case almost 3 weeks old! (June 12th, 2018)

It’s about 35 USC § 101 (Alice/Mayo) and Bieneman wrote:

Patent claims directed to providing output in tactile patterns on a mobile device to provide an encoded message have survived a 35 USC § 101 patent-eligibility challenges under the Alice/Mayo test. In Ironworks Patents LLC v. Apple, Inc., No. 17-1399-RGA (D. Del. June 12, 2018), the court denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim under FRCP 12(b)(6).

Appeal to the Federal Circuit and see how this gets overturned, as usual.

“The courts are belatedly correcting decades of errors, which yielded millions of low-quality patents and tens of thousands of lawsuits.”Charles Bieneman then wrote about prior art (mostly Section 102 (35 USC § 102), the subject of an upcoming SCOTUS case). He said this:

Where distinct physical concepts recited in a patent claim and applied prior art are related and can achieve same results, do not count on being able to distinguish teachings of the prior art. In Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd. v. iOn Road, Ltd., No. 2017-1984 (Fed. Cir. June 12, 2018) (non-precedential), a patent claim recited determining “a likelihood of collision responsive to whether or not the lateral displacement substantially uniformly approaches zero.” The Federal Circuit held this claim obvious, under 35 U.S.C. § 103, over prior art showing use of a constant lateral velocity, rather than lateral displacement, to determine a point of intersection. Accordingly, the court agreed with both the patent examiner in inter partes review, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), that claim 6 of US Patent No. 7,113,867 would have been obvious over a combination of references including US Patent No. 4,257,703.
Where distinct physical concepts recited in a patent claim and applied prior art are related and can achieve same results, do not count on being able to distinguish teachings of the prior art. In Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd. v. iOn Road, Ltd., No. 2017-1984 (Fed. Cir. June 12, 2018) (non-precedential), a patent claim recited determining “a likelihood of collision responsive to whether or not the lateral displacement substantially uniformly approaches zero.” The Federal Circuit held this claim obvious, under 35 U.S.C. § 103, over prior art showing use of a constant lateral velocity, rather than lateral displacement, to determine a point of intersection. Accordingly, the court agreed with both the patent examiner in inter partes review, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), that claim 6 of US Patent No. 7,113,867 would have been obvious over a combination of references including US Patent No. 4,257,703.

This is a fairly recent example where the Federal Circuit — not some district court — does the usual thing. As we noted a couple of hours ago, the Federal Circuit is increasingly the subject of attacks from the patent microcosm and, as we noted last night, SCOTUS as well. This is getting ridiculous. What next? Will patent lawyers just march with pitchforks to the headquarters (main office) of the USPTO? These people very clearly forget what the patent system was originally made for (before it got hijacked by the patent ‘industry’). The courts are belatedly correcting decades of errors, which yielded millions of low-quality patents and tens of thousands of lawsuits.

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