Jason Schwent

Jason Schwent

Thompson Coburn LLP

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SCOTUS Roundup: How were patent trolls affected?

While much of the attention this year has fallen on Congress and its now failed attempts to pass patent law reform, the U.S. Supreme Court may have quietly provided significant ammunition to those trying to curb abusive...more

7/16/2014 - Highmark v. Allcare Octane Fitness v. ICON Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents Popular SCOTUS

Why patent reform won’t wait for Congressional action

Last month, after repeated delays and countless compromises, Sen. Patrick Leahy took the Senate’s version of comprehensive patent reform legislation off the calendar — dashing the hopes of those seeking reform without even a...more

6/17/2014 - America Invents Act FTC Legislative Process Non-Practicing Entities Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patents SCOTUS USPTO

Who are the major players in a patent infringement action? Part Two

In my last post, I introduced you to the different roles in a patent infringement action. Today, I’ll continue those introductions. Pay close attention to this meet-and-greet: If you’re faced with a patent infringement...more

6/11/2014 - Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents

Who are the major players in a patent infringement action? Part One

With different technology and different parties involved, no two patent infringement actions are completely alike. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t commonalities between them. For instance, while the parties to every patent...more

6/3/2014 - Inventors Licenses Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Ownership Patents User Licenses

What’s the best way to improve the odds in patent troll litigation?

One can hardly talk about the patent law or patent litigation anymore without addressing the issue of patent assertion entities (PAEs). PAEs develop nothing, make nothing, distribute nothing, and sell nothing. They exist to...more

4/25/2014

Patent fundamentals for researchers, manufacturers

Patent laws function much the same way no matter the technology at issue. But there are some aspects of patent law that affect particular industries in specific ways. My Thompson Coburn colleague Steve Ritchey looked at some...more

4/4/2014 - Drug Manufacturers Manufacturers Medical Devices Patent Applications Patents

Got a cease and desist letter from a patent troll? Do your homework

In my last post, I detailed some of the first steps you should take if you ever receive a cease and desist letter from a claimed patent owner. (Most important among my tips: Don’t ignore the letter!)...more

4/1/2014 - Cease and Desist Patent Trolls Patents

I got a cease and desist letter. Now what?

For those familiar with patent litigation, the receipt of a patent “cease and desist” letter is the trigger for a series of unfortunate events in a familiar chain. For those unfamiliar with patent litigation, however, a...more

3/28/2014 - Cease and Desist

Patent troll roll call: The carefree litigator

In our last post, we introduced you to the first type of patent troll, or patent assertion entity (PAE) — the threatening letter-writer. This is a troll that targets great swaths of unsuspecting businesses with a series of...more

3/25/2014 - Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents

Move over, Congress: The Supreme Court may be this year’s game-changer on patent reform

In a normal year, the U.S. Supreme Court does not normally grant certiorari to patent law cases. In a good year, the Supreme Court may grant certiorari to a single case impacting patent law. In 2014, the nation’s highest...more

3/25/2014 - Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Litigation Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patents SCOTUS

Patent troll roll call: The threatening letter-writer

Patent trolls, non-practicing entities, patent monetization companies, or patent assertion entities: regardless of what they are called, in this particular context, when we refer to one of these organizations we are talking...more

3/18/2014 - Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents

TC's inside IP - Winter 2013: Patent Troll Legislation Takes Another Step Forward: But Will It – or Should It – Matter?

On December 5, the U.S. House of Representatives approved House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s Innovation Act. This follow-up to the America Invents Act is the first of several Congressional bills targeting so-called...more

12/23/2013 - America Invents Act Innovation Act Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patents

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