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"US Supreme Court Reiterates Two-Part Test for Patentability of Computer-Based Methods"

In a unanimous decision issued on June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court found that patent claims for managing risk in a financial transaction were drawn to an abstract idea that was patent-ineligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101....more

6/20/2014 - Alice Corporation America Invents Act CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Risk Mitigation SCOTUS USPTO

"Supreme Court Relaxes Standard for Patent Indefiniteness"

In a decision issued on June 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court lowered the bar for parties arguing patent indefiniteness under 35 U.S.C. § 112. Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., No. 13-369 (U.S. June 2, 2014). The...more

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

"Supreme Court Tightens Requirement for Proving Induced Infringement of Method Patents"

In a unanimous decision issued on June 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly tightened the requirements for proving inducement of infringement of method patent claims under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b). Limelight Networks, Inc....more

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

"Federal Circuit Overturns Oracle v. Google and Potentially Widens Debate Over Copyright Protections"

In a landmark decision concerning the copyrightability of computer software, on May 9, 2014, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals held that Oracle, Inc. is entitled to copyright protection for 37 Java application...more

5/16/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Google Internet Oracle Oracle v Google The Copyright Act

"Intellectual Property and Global Business Strategies: Observations From the High-Tech Sector"

Encouraged by a combination of factors, particularly pressure on public companies to create value and increased convergence within a number of industries, strategic uses of intellectual property increasingly are top of mind...more

5/1/2014 - Asia Business Assets Business Development Emerging Technology Companies EU Global Economy Technology

"Supreme Court Relaxes Standards for Attorneys’ Fees in Highly Anticipated Decisions"

In companion decisions issued on April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly relaxed the standard for an award of attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285. Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, LLC, ___ U.S. ___...more

4/30/2014 - Attorney's Fees Highmark v. Allcare Octane Fitness v. ICON Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

"FTC Seeks Comment on Collection of Information Relating to Patent Assertion Entities"

On September 27, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that the four sitting Commissioners voted unanimously to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information to examine how patent assertion entities (PAEs)...more

9/30/2013 - Corporate Governance FTC Patent Assertion Entities Patent Portfolios Patent Trolls Patents

"Patent Eligibility Considerations Following the Supreme Court’s Myriad Ruling"

On June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Assoc. for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., U.S., No. 12–398 (Myriad). In a unanimous opinion, the Court held that a naturally occurring DNA...more

6/17/2013 - AMP v Myriad DNA Human Genes Myriad Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

"US District Court Issues First Decision Calculating a FRAND Royalty for Standard-Essential Patents"

Why this case is important: - First decision to set a framework for determining a FRAND royalty; and - Provides guidance for calculating the value of a SEP, affecting (1) SEP holders and potential licensees...more

4/29/2013 - FRAND Microsoft Motorola Patents Royalties Standards-Essential Patents

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