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4 off-the-radar things you need to know about proposed patent reforms

Current patent reform efforts in Congress center around two pieces of legislation. One, pending in the House of Representatives is sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) (H.R. 9, known as the “Innovation Act”). The other is...more

4/20/2015 - America Invents Act Patent Assertion Entities Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patents Pending Legislation STRONG Patents Act

Two signs that patent reform momentum may be slowing

With the rise of patent trolls, software patents, and spiraling patent litigation costs over the past 10 years, there arose a call for patent reform. There was a call to limit the ability of patent assertion entities to...more

4/3/2015 - America Invents Act Claim Construction Patent Assertion Entities Patent Reform Patents

Has the war on patent trolls caused collateral damage?

Much of the attention in patent law over the past five years has been on combatting the so-called patent troll — patent assertion entities whose only business is suing other businesses. Patent trolls were one of the major...more

3/20/2015 - America Invents Act Patent Assertion Entities Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patents

Three things you need to know about the latest patent reform legislation

This year, just as he did last year, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), introduced his Innovation Act legislation aimed at stopping abusive patent troll litigation....more

2/13/2015 - Attorney's Fees Innovation Act Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents Pleading Standards

Supreme Court ends Fed Circuit’s lone reign over claim construction (some of the time at least)

Just like an older sibling forced to share with a new younger brother or sister, we are all likely familiar with authority stepping in and forcing us to share our previously unchecked power or benefits with others. That’s...more

1/23/2015 - Claim Construction Clear Error Standard De Novo Standard of Review Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Pharmaceutical Patents SCOTUS Teva v Sandoz

Is there such a thing as a lovable patent troll?

Patent trolls are usually thought of as bad for innovation, bad for business, and bad in general. The common narrative is that patent trolls should be wiped out and restricted in whatever way possible. But is this view fair?...more

12/10/2014 - Patent Assertion Entities Patent Trolls Patents

Post-Alice, has the Fed Circuit suggested another subject matter eligibility test?

Last month, the Federal Circuit issued its latest decision on the issue of patent eligible subject matter. The decision in that case, Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, LLC, was far from earth shattering. With scant analysis, the...more

12/4/2014 - Bilski CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS Section 101 Ultramercial v Hulu

Five things patent trolls don’t want you to know about litigation

Patent trolls are not all the same. They have different tactics, different areas of expertise, and they can behave in very different ways in litigation. But they all want money. And they all do what they can to get as much of...more

10/1/2014 - Corporate Counsel Defense Strategies Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents Popular

Post-grant review, continued: Inter partes, covered business methods

In my last post, I detailed some of the most common frustrations with patent litigation and how the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offers alternative ways to challenge issued patents. I provided descriptions of two of the...more

9/3/2014 - Covered Business Method Patents Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patents Post-Grant Review USPTO

PTO post-grant review: Patent issuance is not end of the line

So, you find yourself a defendant in a patent infringement suit. Some patent holder has filed a lawsuit claiming that your company is infringing on their patented technology. The patent holder threatens to shut your business...more

8/25/2014 - America Invents Act Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Post-Grant Review USPTO

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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