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Colette Verkuil

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Patent Reform Off the Table for Now

Yesterday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced that he was taking his patent reform bill off the agenda. As a result, it is unlikely that Congress will pass patent reform legislation this...more

5/23/2014 - Legislative Committees Patent Reform Patents

Supreme Court Unanimously Overrules the Federal Circuit’s Fee-Shifting Framework in Patent Cases

Today, the Supreme Court issued two unanimous decisions that considerably relax the standard for awarding attorney’s fees against plaintiffs who bring meritless patent suits. These decisions are timely given the ongoing...more

4/30/2014 - Attorney's Fees Brooks Furniture Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

Patent Troll Legislation Stuck in Fee-Shifting Debate

Patent reform legislation has garnered much national attention over the past year, as Congress has introduced numerous proposals to curb perceived litigation abuse by patent trolls. (See our previous alert here.) The House of...more

4/17/2014 - Fee-Shifting Statutes Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents

New Fast Track in East Texas Offers Parties the Chance to Accelerate Patent Cases

On February 25, 2014, Chief Judge Leonard Davis of the Eastern District of Texas issued General Order 14-3, which allows for a "Track B" accelerated discovery schedule in patent infringement lawsuits. The parties must...more

2/28/2014 - Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

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