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Interim Guidance Status Check

As of Tuesday, June 16th, we have been living with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's "2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility" ("Guidance") for six months. Although the USPTO subsequently issued some...more

6/16/2015 - Patent Applications Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Software USPTO

A Sea Change for IPRs? -- Part II

Yesterday, we reported on the inter partes review (IPR)-specific provisions of the Managers Amendment to the PATENT ACT bil, which was passed last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee (see also "Senate Judiciary Committee...more

6/11/2015 - Innovation Act Inter Partes Review Proceedings PATENT Act Patents

A Sea Change for IPRs? Late-Breaking Section 11 Regarding IPRs Part of the PATENT Act Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

As reported here last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the PATENT Act bill, with a Managers Amendment that includes several IPR-specific provisions. With this Amendment, the PATENT Act now has two major...more

6/10/2015 - Inter Partes Review Proceedings PATENT Act Patent Litigation Patent Reform Patents Pharmaceutical Technology

Patent Litigation Report Raises Questions

A recent publication by PricewaterhouseCoopers announced that patent suit filings in 2014 had reduced by 13% from the prior year, and concluded that this "dramatic shift" was "[d]riven by Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, which raised...more

5/26/2015 - CLS Bank v Alice Corp Corporate Counsel Information Reports Patent Litigation Patent Reform Patents Pricewaterhousecoopers Software Young Lawyers

Supreme Court Rejects Good Faith Belief in Invalidity as a Defense to Inducement

The Supreme Court issued its decision today in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. In a nutshell, the Supreme Court held that a good faith belief in invalidity (or presumably unenforceability) is no longer a defense...more

5/26/2015 - Cisco v CommilUSA Good Faith Induced Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

The Standard for Joint and Induced Infringement in Light of Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc.

In the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit's en banc holding that a defendant need not perform all of the steps of a...more

6/3/2014 - Akamai Technologies Induced Infringement Limelight Limelight Networks Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

The Scope of Definiteness Required in Patent Claims after Nautilus v. Biosig

In yesterday's decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. clarified the scope of definiteness required to fulfill the requirement that the patent claims particularly point out and...more

6/3/2014 - Indefiniteness Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

The Supreme Court's Myriad Decision: Where Does It Leave the "Inventive Concept" Test?

Perhaps one of the most intriguing issues coming out of the Supreme Court's Myriad decision is whether it leaves any room for the "inventive concept" test raised by earlier Supreme Court decisions, including Mayo v....more

6/17/2013 - AMP v Myriad DNA Human Genes Inventive Concept Test Mayo v. Prometheus Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

Preparing for the Final Phase of the America Invents Act Going Into Effect March 16, 2013

The final phase of the America Invents Act (AIA) takes effect on March 16, 2013. This means that any patent application filed in the U.S. on or after that date, which, at any time during its pendency, contains a claim that is...more

2/12/2013 - America Invents Act First-to-File First-to-Invent Patent Reform Patents Provisional Applications USPTO

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