Patent Year in Review: Key Decisions, Trends, and Strategies

Patent Eligibility, Obviousness, Written Description, Pleading Standards, and More

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Conducted on Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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This CLE course will guide patent counsel on recent trends and developments in patent practice. The panel will examine the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, and PTAB cases from the past year and discuss some of the key developments and strategies.


Though the Supreme Court wields the biggest hammer in the U.S., the Court has primarily passed on granting recent petitions for certiorari in patent cases this past year. However, the Court did finally decide Arthrex, a decision on the constitutionality of PTAB judges, and Minerva Surgical v. Hologic, dealing with assignor estoppel.

The Federal Circuit issued several important decisions in fundamental aspects of patent law, including patent eligibility, obviousness, written description, inventorship/ownership, claim construction, and pleading standards. We have seen a string of cases dealing with inequitable conduct, false testimony, litigation misconduct, and prosecution laches. We continue to see a trend towards a stricter application of the requirements for written description and enablement. The Federal Circuit also issued several decisions on procedural aspects of patentability trials conducted at the PTAB.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent attorneys examines cases from the past year and will discuss some of the critical developments, essential trends, and strategies.



  1. Supreme Court decision
  2. Federal Circuit decisions
  3. Important PTAB decisions


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Key patent decisions in the Federal Circuit and Supreme Court and the impact on patent practice
  • Impact of recent PTAB decisions on patent practice
  • Lessons from recent decisions and strategies going forward


Irving, Thomas
Thomas L. Irving

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Mr. Irving has 35 years of experience in the field of IP law. His practice includes due diligence, patent prosecution,...  |  Read More

Gao, Michelle
Xiaoguang Michelle Gao, Ph.D., J.D.

Assistant General Patent Counsel
Eli Lilly and Company

Dr. Gao provides IP support for Lilly BioMedicines assets and the Lilly Biotechnology Center in San Diego.  She...  |  Read More

Hooson, Sarah
Sarah Hooson

Director, Legal
Merck Sharp & Dohme

Ms. Hooson is director in the Intellectual Property Group at Merck in Rahway, NJ. Her present responsibilities include...  |  Read More

Kostiew, Krista
Krista Kostiew
Assistant General Counsel-Patents

Ms. Kostiew is an experienced patent attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer goods industry...  |  Read More

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