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Prisoners Enforcing their Rights

Here is the outcome of a twitter poll on prisoner lawsuits. The poll was prompted by the pending lawsuit of Tormasi v. Western Digital. Tormasi is a patentee and has sued Western Digital for patent infringement.  The district court dismissed his case and that finding was affirmed by the Federal Circuit.  Both courts held that as a prisoner in N.J. state prison, Tormasi has lost his right to conduct any business, including enforce his patent rights.   The case is pending on a petition for writ o...
Tags: Law, Patent, Western Digital, Tormasi, Western Digital Tormasi, Federal Circuit Both

Invention of a Slave: 2021 Redux

by Dennis Crouch Tormasi v. Western Digital, Docket No. 20-1396 (Supreme Court 2021) Walter Tormasi is a prisoner in the New Jersey state prison system. He is serving a life sentence for murdering his mother when he was 16 years old after apparently receiving encouragement from his father, Attila. Tormasi is also a patentee.  His U.S. Patent No. 7,324,301 covers a computer hard-drive that allows for “simultaneously and independently” reading and/or writing on different carrier surfaces within t...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, New Jersey, Patent, Western Digital, Lewis, Trenton, Chen, Casey, Federal Circuit, Stoll, Wallach, John Kane, New Jersey New Jersey, Brooks Kushman

NJ Law Limiting Patentee’s Capacity to Sue Upheld on Appeal

by Dennis Crouch This is a quirky case, but the holding is troubling — that a patent owner’s state of residence can prohibit the patentee from using the federal courts to assert their patent rights.  I would think the 14th Amendment is on point: “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Walter Tormasi v. Western Digital Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2020) Tormasi is serving a live sentence at the Maximum Security New Jersey State Prison in Trenton fo...
Tags: Law, New Jersey, Patent, Western Digital, Federal Court, Trenton, Cal, Department of Corrections, District Court, Chen, Federal Circuit, Stoll, Wallach, Dennis Crouch, New Jersey State Prison, Walter Tormasi

Practice before the PTAB: Recent Informative Decisions

The USPTO has recently designated five PTAB decisions as “informative.” (I have also included the recent Western Digital decision as well). Ex parte Jung, 2016-008290 (Mar. 22, 2017) [construing “at least one of A and B” where A and B are categories] Ex parte Ditzik, 2018-000087 (Mar. 2, 2018) [examiner properly applied issue preclusion in a reissue application to reject claim amendments that lacked written description]  Colas Sols. Inc. v. Blacklidge Emulsions, Inc., Case IPR2018-00242, P...
Tags: Law, Uspto, Patent, Western Digital, Western Digital Corp, Alcon Research Ltd, Colas Sols Inc, Blacklidge Emulsions Inc, Ariosa Diagnostics, Isis Innovation Ltd, Argentum Pharm LLC, SPEX Techs Inc

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu on Patent Policy

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu gave the keynote address at the April 11, 2018 Patent Policy Conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The following is an excerpt: … Dr. Eli Harari … risked everything: his career, his finances, and his family. That first company actually did not work out well, but a few years later, Harari risked it all again and co-founded a new company, which he ultimately called SanDisk. At SanDisk, Harari built upon his EEPROM technology, added critically important new ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Ronald Reagan, Uspto, Sandisk, Patent, Usc, Alice, Western Digital, U S Chamber of Commerce, Inter Partes Review, Harari, IPR, Andrei Iancu, Eli Harari

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