Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. recently received a category award in the ACQ Global Awards 2014 presented by ACQ, a premier global corporate magazine, as the US (DC) IP Strategy Law Firm of the Year. Since 2008, the ACQ Global Awards have been celebrating achievement, innovation and brilliance in their annual awards. “Exceptional individuals, teams and firms across the marketplace represent the very best in their field from around the world and truly deserve the accolade of being an ACQ Award winner,” said Jake Robson, Editor in Chief of ACQ. Over the last 11 years, ACQ (Acquisition Finance) magazine has firmly… Read more »

Press Release July 2014 Jeffrey S. Weaver, a Director at Washington, D.C., intellectual Property law firm Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C., has recently been included in the 2014 edition of Intellectual Asset Management’s Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Practitioners, an extensive guide honoring leading private practice patent professionals in varying practice areas and regions around the world.  Mr. Weaver is noted as having “a broad procurement and enforcement practice,” and “extensive engineering experience and the technical chops to adroitly handle the most complex mandates.” Mr. Weaver had been included in the list in 2013, as well as having been named one of the  250 “World’s… Read more »

Press Release July 31, 2014 Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. was recently named the recipient of a 2014 Intellectual Property Award presented by Acquisition International magazine, winning in the category of IP Strategy Law Firm of the Year – Washington D.C. The Acquisition International Intellectual Property Awards celebrate the individuals and law firms who are involved in driving the intellectual property field. Nominees are voted on by a worldwide network of advisers, business insiders, clients and professionals in addition to being rigorously reviewed by an in-house research team. Click here to learn more about the 2014 Intellectual Property Awards.

Welcome! We are proud to present our new and exciting website.  Our new website features a design aimed at giving the user the best experience, while making information easy to find and simple to read.  As can be seen, the top navigation bar will direct you easily to all we have to offer.  We have also added a news page to keep our visitors up to date on new developments in intellectual property law.  The new Fiala & Weaver website journey has just begun.  We hope you are as excited as we are.  If you have any comments or feedback, please leave… Read more »

In this case, the issue of “what standard for indefiniteness should the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) apply to pre-issuance claims” was raised.  The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) had held that the applied-for patent claims of Mr. Packard were indefinite, and therefore not in compliance with the statutory drafting requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 112(b), which provide that the specification conclude with “one or more claims particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming” the subject matter of the invention.”  The Federal Circuit affirmed the rejection of Mr. Packard’s claims. Representative claims 28, 29, and 34 are shown below:… Read more »

Note that occasionally, we will post a “Case Law Rewind” article.  These articles revisit decisions that may have issued some time ago, but we felt were important enough to revisit for discussion on our News page. In CyberSource, with regard to an Internet commerce patent, the Fed. Circuit invalidated both a method claim and the “Beauregard claim” that was directed to a computer readable medium (CRM) containing program instructions to carry out the method. The method was directed to detecting fraudulent credit card purchases made using the internet to, e.g., detect that multiple card numbers had been used to make purchases… Read more »