Firm News

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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
August 27, 2008 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has concluded the reexaminations of U.S. Patents 7,039,679 and 6,151,606 on August 21, 2008, communicating Notices to Issue a Reexamination Certificate (NIRC) to Visto Corporation of Redwood City, Calif. Notably, the ‘679 and ‘606 patents are ...
Friday, July 25, 2008
July 23, 2008. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today issued a warning notice to U.S. patent practitioners cautioning them against the outsourcing of the preparation of U.S. patent applications (click here for a PDF copy of the USPTO Notice). The Notice, which appeared at 73 Federal ...
Friday, July 18, 2008
In MemoriamC. IRVIN McCLELLAND 1933 – 2008 We are very saddened by the passing of senior partner and founding member of our firm, C. Irvin McClelland on July 14, 2008. Irv, age 75, was Vice President and Treasurer of the firm for 30 years, a member of the firm's Board of Directors, and our ...