Recent Trends in Fluid Catalytic Cracking Patents, Part VI: Regenerator

This is the sixth and final article in a review of patents in the area of Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) for 2012-2013. The next article in this series will focus on FCC patents from 2014. The first five articles reviewed patents on catalyst additives, zeolites, cyclones, cracking catalysts and reactors. The current article will cover eight patents relating to FCC regenerators. Five of the eight patents relate to better mixing of the coked catalyst in the regenerator aimed at improving catalyst distribution, and permitting more even burning. These include systems to mix the coked catalyst with regenerated catalyst, systems to mix the coked catalyst with a carrier fluid, and systems to provide better mixing with combustion air. Of the three remaining patents, one relates to the use of a catalyst cooler, another relates to a fuel nozzle configuration for providing reactor heat demands for light feedstocks. The last relates to a two-step regenerator for operating at an increased level of coke on the catalyst. The accompanying reduced catalyst activity is useful for operating in a max-LCO mode.

Upcoming Webinar: Practical Patent Advice Under the Latest USPTO Subject Matter Guidance

On December 16th of last year the US Patent and Trademark Office issued the “2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility” as further guidance to its examining corps for assessing patent eligible subject matter under 35 USC §101. The guidelines were issued in light of what some see as a spate of controversial Supreme Court decisions such as Mayo, Alice Corporation, and others. This webinar will provide practical advice, proposing strategies and offering tips for drafting claims, to patent practitioners writing applications under this latest Guidance. The presentation will also highlight the implications of the Guidance on patent eligibility to help guide scientists and industry executives in formulating their respective strategies. Finally, the panelists will speculate a bit as to future iterations of this Guidance in light of the USPTO’s requests for public comments.

$2.6 Billion Per Drug: Is Your Patent Portfolio Strong Enough to Protect Your Investment?

As the cost of bringing a new drug to market soars, it is becoming ever more important for drug developers to ensure that their development efforts are adequately protected. Even though the FDA awards up to five years of regulatory exclusivity upon approval of a new drug compound (twelve years for a biologic), this period is often far too short for a drug innovator to recoup their development costs. Therefore, it is essential that drug developers construct a well thought out patent strategy. This strategy should fully consider managing the product life cycle for a new drug from the earliest development efforts through to the mature stages of marketing when the drug is facing competition from generic manufactures.

Hot Spots of Patent Activity – Website Visually Maps Issued US Patents

The Map Room, a branch of the innovative site Way Better Patents™ recently presented an interesting “down to earth” look at innovation: heat maps of the topology of invention across the geography of the United States. Invention activity is presented at the national, state level, and county level, providing a view of the number of patents issued in 2015. Data is also provided on a weekly basis. Additionally, the data is also broken out by individual inventors versus companies, universities, and entities for the time periods.

Controversial Patent Reform (“Patent Troll”) Legislation Reintroduced In Congress Last Week

Both 2013 and 2014 had been roller coaster years for proposed patent reform legislation to curb abusive activities by non-practicing entities – so-called “patent trolls”. The roller coaster is again gaining momentum as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) reintroduced the “Innovation Act” (H.R. 9) on February 5th.

Dilworth IP’s Dr. Anthony Sabatelli to Spearhead Federal Outreach for CURE

Dr. Anthony Sabatelli, chair of Dilworth IP’s biotech and pharmaceutical patent practice group, has been appointed by CURE (Connecticut United for Research Excellence) to serve on its newly convened government affairs committee. The committee comprises representatives from CURE’s board of directors, the pharmaceutical and bioscience sectors, and the legal community. In this new role, Dr. Sabatelli will spearhead federal outreach initiatives for CURE and will work closely with the government relations firm Rome, Smith & Lutz to assure synergy of action and alignment of state and federal initiatives. “I look forward to working with this committee on issues of importance to the biotech and pharmaceutical industries and to being a voice for our industry here in Connecticut”, says Dr. Sabatelli.

Dr. Anthony Sabatelli Returns to USPTO to Present Views on Revised Patent Eligibility Guidance

Dr. Anthony Sabatelli, leader of Dilworth IP’s biotech and pharmaceutical patent practice group, has once again been invited by the USPTO to share his thoughts and insights on the Office’s recently issued 2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (Interim Eligibility Guidance), a supplement to the patent eligibility Guidance issued earlier in 2014. Dr. Sabatelli’s presentation will take place this Wednesday, January 21st, between 1pm and 5pm EST at the public eligibility forum held at the USPTO’s Madison Building. A live internet feed of the forum will be made available by the USPTO. Further information about the Guidance and the forum can be found at the USPTO’s website found here.

Dr. Jonathan Schuchardt to Present in Upcoming Strafford CLE Webinar on Obviousness

Dr. Jonathan Schuchardt, Partner at Dilworth IP will be presenting as a panelist for the upcoming Strafford webinar Obviousness Standard After the AIA: Leveraging Latest PTO and Court Guidance. This webinar can be used to obtain CLE credits through Strafford. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, January 15th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST.