Beem on Patents

Build Your Law Practice in Bar Associations and Relationships

I am a principal in a small patent law firm based in Chicago. We have developed a national and international practice. You can, too, regardless of the size of your firm. We go to places like New York, Los Angeles, Houston—and Munich, Beijing, and Tokyo—for meetings of the American Bar Association (ABA), American IP Law Association (AIPLA), and International Association […]

Inter Partes Review (IPR) of Patents

If you are asserting or defending against a patent, here are key points on “Inter Partes Review (IPR) of Patents” as presented to Chicago Bar Association. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) created new post-grant patent invalidation procedures including Inter Partes Review (IPR) by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in the U.S. Patent and Trademark […]

Obtain Allowance of Software Patent under Alice and Guidelines

Last summer’s Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank has had a dramatic effect on the patentability of business method and computer software inventions. In Alice, the Court declared that claims directed to abstract ideas must be analyzed under the framework for determining the patent subject matter it established in the Mayo  and Myriad cases. […]

Science vs. Technology: Volta vs. Watt and Edison

Today’s Google doodle honors Alessandro Volta (whose name will be remembered forever in connection with the volt, a unit of power) on his 270th birthday. Volta is credited with the invention of the first electrical battery in 1799. The doodle has been criticized as misleading because it portrays electric lights more commonly associated with Thomas […]

History and Future of U.S. Patent System

As I write these words, I am inspired and surrounded by original autographs of seven of America’s eight early presidents. Their signatures appear on 200-year old original patents displayed on the walls of my offices. See Beem Presidential Patent Collection. “If a country can be said to possess a soul, then America’s is the patent […]

Teva v. Sandoz: Lessons for Patent Owners & Counsel

In Teva v. Sandoz, 574 U.S. __, No. 13-854 (slip op. Jan. 20, 2015), the Supreme Court held that “evidentiary underpinnings” such as expert testimony considered by a trial court in construing patent claims can be reversed on appeal only upon a showing of “clear error,” even while the intrinsic record and the ultimate legal […]