This Week in Intellectual Property History

On June 28, 1955, Angostura Bitters Ltd. received a registration for their brand of aromatic bitters used to flavor drinks: ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters is a highly concentrated food and beverage flavouring. Made from a secret formula, it is a unique blend of natural herbs and spices that is used to flavour a wide... Continue Reading

BRI – “Reasonable Has Meaning”

The Federal Circuit has provided additional clarification about how “broadest reasonable interpretation” (BRI) is to be applied in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings, bringing BRI claim interpretation standards closer to those applied by the courts. In its June 16, 2015 Decision in Microsoft Corporation vs.... Continue Reading

Breakthrough Technology Can Be Patent Ineligible

Even breakthrough technology can be patent ineligible. On June 12, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its opinion in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. This decision included a majority opinion by two of the three judges on the panel, and a “concurrence” that signal an extremely... Continue Reading