Tag Archives: Section 145

The Goodlatte Innovation Act Proposes More U.S. Patent Reform

On October 23, 2014, Congressman Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the “Innovation Act,” which is intended “to make improvements and technical corrections” to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) “and for other purposes.” Although the bulk of the Act focuses on patent litigation, Section 9 includes significant changes to a variety of substantive provisions of U.S. patent … Continue reading this entry

Congressman Goodlatte Proposes Patent Reform to Eliminate Section 145 Actions And Exelixis I-Type Patent Term Adjustment

As reported on the House Judiciary Committee website, on May 23, 2013, Congressman Goodlatte (R-Va.) released “a discussion draft of legislation designed to address the ever increasing problem of abusive patent litigation.” This draft legislation comes on the heels of the Patent Abuse Reduction Act of 2013 (S. 1013), which was introduced in the Senate … Continue reading this entry

Supreme Court Affirms Hyatt, Confirms Availability Of New Evidence, De Novo Review In Section 145 Actions

On April 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Kappos v. Hyatt, which raised questions regarding the ability to introduce new evidence and the applicable standard of review when a patent applicant challenges the USPTO’s refusal to grant a patent in a district court  proceeding under 35 USC § 145 (“Civil Action to Obtain a … Continue reading this entry

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Section 145 Case (Kappos v. Hyatt)

On January 9, 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kappos v. Hyatt. The issues before the Court relate to the scope of new evidence that a patent applicant can introduce against the USPTO in a district court action under 35 USC § 145 (“Civil Action to Obtain a Patent”) and the degree of … Continue reading this entry

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Hyatt v. Kappos Section 145 Case

On June 27, 2011, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Hyatt v. Kappos. This means that the Court will review the en banc Federal Circuit decision which held that there are virtually no limits on the new evidence that a patent applicant can introduce in a district court action under 35 USC § 145 (“Civil Action to Obtain a Patent”). … Continue reading this entry

Federal Circuit Keeps Door Open for New Evidence in Section 145 Actions

On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in the en banc re-hearing of Hyatt v. Kappos. The en banc court departed from the August 11, 2009 panel decision, and held that there are virtually no limits on the new evidence that a patent applicant can introduce against the USPTO in a district court action … Continue reading this entry

Hyatt v. Kappos: Will a Bad Case Make Bad Law?

In an August 11, 2009 panel decision, the Federal Circuit limited the evidence that a patent applicant can introduce against the USPTO in a district court action under 35 USC § 145 (“Civil Action to Obtain a Patent”). The court subsequently agreed to rehear the case en banc, and oral arguments in the en banc … Continue reading this entry