Intellectual Property Media Centre
Design Patent Claim Limits the Scope of the Analogous Prior Art
A recent Federal Circuit decision has held that the claimed article of manufacture in a design patent application is limiting for the purposes of the scope of the relevant prior art. SurgiSil applied for an ornamental design for a lip implant in U.S. design patent application serial no. 29/491,550
Unanimous Supreme Court: The America Invents Act Did Not Change The Law On Secret Sales
The Supreme Court, in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al., 586 U.S. ___ (2019), has unanimously held that the America Invents Act amendments to the novelty statute did not modify the existing law on secret offers for sale as a bar to patentability.