Elisabeth Hunt

Elisabeth Hunt represents clients in a wide range of Electrical and Computer Technologies, including speech technology, language understanding, machine learning, media technology, accessibility technology, social networking, gaming, financial transactions, data storage and recovery, signal processing, software, and electronics.

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Post-Unwired Planet, Are Pending CBMs Safe?

Posted by Elisabeth Hunt on Dec 27, 2016

Elisabeth Hunt

The standard governing which patents can be attacked in covered business method (CBM) patent review proceedings has received renewed attention recently. The Federal Circuit’s decision last month in Unwired Planet v. Google was a stern reminder to petitioners (and to the Patent Office) that not all patents that seem to be directed to “business methods” can be challenged in CBM proceedings.

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Topics: CBMs

Winning at the PTAB Can Be a Real Loser

Posted by Elisabeth Hunt on Nov 5, 2015

Elisabeth Hunt

IPR challenges can only be based on prior art patents and printed publications; the PTAB does not have authority to invalidate claims for being indefinite, much as it might want to. So when a claim is indefinite and therefore cannot be construed, the PTAB can only dismiss the petition. Sound like a win for the patent owner? Maybe. But the district court may be paying attention, and it may not be long before the claim that survived IPR gets killed in court under the indefiniteness roadmap already laid out before the Board.

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Topics: Petitioners, Patent Owners

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