Firm News

Friday, March 20, 2009
On March 20, 2009 the Federal Circuit issued its opinion regarding the “New Rules” promulgated in August, 2007 when it decided the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s appeal of the District Court’s decision in Tafas v. Doll. The decision did not address all of the new rules, but specifically discussed only four of them, Rule 75, 78, 114, and 265.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Oblon, Spivak has formed two new practice groups, the Reexamination/Reissue Practice Group and the International Trade Commission (ITC) Litigation Practice Group.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Oblon, Spivak announces the launch of its ITC 337 Law Blog, to serve as a forum on matters involving intellectual property disputes before the International Trade Commission (“ITC”). The blog will help users stay current with newly filed cases at the ITC, recent decisions, and helpful practice tips.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
On December 23, 2008, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a reexamination certificate for United States Patent 5,586,992. The ‘992 patent relates to a method of indigo dyeing previously held invalid by the Federal Circuit (DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG v. C. H. Patrick Co.). The Federal Circuit’s DyStar decision is noteworthy as a timely precursor, clarifying the court’s obviousness jurisprudence while KSR v. Teleflex remained pending before the Supreme Court.
Monday, January 12, 2009
The U.S. Court Of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed the decision by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in favor of SMC Corporation finding the asserted claims of Tokyo Keiso Company, Ltd.’s U.S. Patent No. 5,458,004 invalid as obvious.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Oblon, Spivak announces that Ronald A. Rudder, Ph.D., has been elected a new partner to the Firm and three associates have been elevated to senior associates: Jacob A. Doughty, Lee L. Stepina and Joseph E. Wrkich.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Oblon, Spivak has appointed Richard D. Kelly as the firm's new managing partner.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Oblon, Spivak has been ranked number one again as the top patent prosecuting firm in 2008 in the United States by The Patent Scorecard, which analyzes all U.S. utility patents and the top 100 prosecuting law firms. Data collected from September 2007 through August 2008 showed that the firm prosecuted 3,645 patents in that timeframe, more than any other law firm.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has vacated and remanded on the issue of obviousness in the high profile patent infringement case CSIRO v. Buffalo. The patent at issue is U.S. Patent No. 5,487,069 and concerns Wi-Fi technology relating to the transmission of wireless signals.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) concluded reexamination of U.S. patent 6,314,473 on August 20, 2008, providing a Notice to Issue a Reexamination Certificate (NIRC) to Convolve, Inc. of Armonk, NY.