Christopher Shield

Christopher Shield

Bracewell LLP

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Willful Infringement: "If I could turn back time..."

Unlike Cher, the U.S. Supreme Court can turn back time. In Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics, the Court unanimously upended the law on enhanced damages for willful patent infringement set forth in by the Federal Circuit...more

6/15/2016 - 35 U.S.C. § 284 Abuse of Discretion Enhanced Damages Halo v Pulse Judicial Discretion Patent Infringement Patents Preponderance of the Evidence SCOTUS Seagate Standard of Proof Standard of Review Willful Infringement

The Supreme Court's Limelight Continues to Rein in the Federal Circuit

For the second time in less than two months the Supreme Court unanimously redefines patent law by overturning a Federal Circuit case regarding induced infringement. In Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies,...more

6/7/2014 - Akamai Technologies Covered Business Method Patents Induced Infringement Limelight Networks Miniauction Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Popular SCOTUS

High Octane Fuel for Curbing Abusive Patent Litigation

On April 29, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions that could curtail abusive patent practices implemented by "patent trolls" or non-practicing entities (NPE) by relaxing the legal standards for awarding...more

5/1/2014 - Attorney's Fees Brooks Furniture Highmark v. Allcare Non-Practicing Entities Octane Fitness v. ICON Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trolls SCOTUS

Court Rules That Patent Infringement Can Violate Antitrust Laws

Patent infringement can be considered anticompetitive conduct under federal antitrust law, according to a recent ruling issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. ...more

9/23/2013 - Anticompetitive Agreements Antitrust Litigation Patent Infringement Patents Sherman Act

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