Monthly Archives: January 2019

BARRY v. MEDTRONIC, INC., decided January 24, 2019, Public Use and On-Sale Bars

U.S. Patent Nos. 7,670,358 and 8,361,121 are directed to correction of spinal column anomalies (page 3).  By July 2003, the inventor had a working tool, using the tool in August and October 2003 (pages 7-8).  By January 2004, the inventor believed that the tool worked as intended (page 8).  An abstract was submitted on February […]

REALTIME DATA, LLC v. IANCU, decided Jan. 10, 2019, Novelty

U.S. Patent No. 6,597,812 is directed to lossless compression and decompression with dictionary encoding (page 2).  The claim recites “maintaining a dictionary” (pages 3 and 11).  The dispute is over whether the maintaining requires retaining during the entirety of data compression unless and until the number of entries exceeds a threshold (page 11).  The creation […]

IN RE: MARCO GULDENAAR HOLDING B.V., decided Dec. 28, 2018, Patentable Subject Matter

U.S. Application No. 13/078,196 is directed to dice with particular markings and rules for use (pages 2-3).  A wagering game based on a deck of cards is abstract, so basing the probabilities on dice instead of cards does not change that claims are directed to an abstract idea (pages 4-5).  For an inventive concept sufficient […]