Jeanne M. Gills

Jeanne M. Gills

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Supreme Court Rules That Aereo’s TV Transmissions Infringe Copyrights as an Illegal Public Performance

In a 6-3 decision earlier today, the United States Supreme Court held that Aereo infringes broadcasters’ copyrights by providing the means for subscribers to view programs through individually-assigned antennas at about the...more

6/26/2014 - Aereo Broadcasting Copyright Copyright Infringement SCOTUS

Supreme Court: Generic Computer Implementation Does Not Render Abstract Ideas Patentable

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13-298, which was previously discussed. In a unanimous opinion by Justice Thomas, the Court held, consistent with its precedent,...more

6/20/2014 - Alice Corporation CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular Risk Mitigation Software

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Orders Cancellation of "REDSKINS" Trademark Registrations

On June 18, 2014, a divided panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) ordered cancellation of six of the Washington Redskins’ trademark registrations holding that “Redskins” was a...more

6/20/2014 - Blackhorse v Pro-Football Disparagement Football Laches Native American Issues NFL Redskins Registration Trademark Act Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for Indefiniteness and Induced Infringement

On June 2, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued opinions in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., No. 13-369 and Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Techs., Inc., No. 12-786. In Nautilus, the Supreme Court...more

6/3/2014 - Akamai Technologies Indefiniteness Induced Infringement Limelight Limelight Networks Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

Increased Supreme Court Focus on Patent Jurisprudence

In 2013, the Supreme Court decided three patent cases. By June of 2014, it is expected that there will have been six more decisions in patent cases. This week alone, there have been oral arguments heard or decisions released...more

5/2/2014 - Akamai Technologies Attorney's Fees Highmark v. Allcare Limelight Networks Octane Fitness v. ICON Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents SCOTUS

Pre-Issuance Conduct May Support Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction

On March 11, 2014, in Danisco US Inc. v. Novozymes A/S, No. 2013-1214 (Fed. Cir.), the Federal Circuit held that pre-issuance conduct can be considered when determining whether a declaratory judgment defendant has instigated...more

3/17/2014 - Declaratory Judgments Jurisdiction Patent Litigation Patents USPTO

USPTO Issues New Guidelines on Subject Matter Eligibility Under 35 USC 101 in View of Myriad and Prometheus

The USPTO issued new guidelines for determining if claims are eligible for patenting in light of the Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., 569 U.S., 133 S. Ct. 2107, 2116, 106 USPQ2d 1972 (2013), and...more

3/6/2014 - Patent-Eligible Subject Matter USPTO

Supreme Court to Tackle Plenty of IP Issues in 2014

On January 10, 2014 the Supreme Court granted certiorari in two patent cases, one copyright case, and a fourth case that may have implications for federal trademark law. The Court had already granted certiorari in at least...more

1/17/2014 - Aereo Certiorari Induced Infringement Internet Streaming Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS Trademarks

U.S. PTAB Issues First Final Decision in an Inter Partes Review

On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its first final decision in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding brought by Garmin under the new administrative procedures established by the...more

11/15/2013 - America Invents Act Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patent Reform Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents

Oral Argument in CLS Bank: Redefining Patent Eligibility for Computer-Related Inventions?

On February 8, 2013, the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, heard oral arguments in CLS Bank International v. Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd., No. 2011-1301, which vacated a panel opinion from the Federal Circuit, CLS Bank Int’l...more

2/12/2013 - Alice Corporation CLS Bank Computer-Related Inventions Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

EU Moves Closer to a "Unitary" Patent Regime for Obtaining and Litigating Patents in Europe

On December 11, 2012, the European Parliament approved a set of three proposals to create (1) a “unitary” patent valid across 25 EU member states, (2) a simplified language regime for EU patents, and (3) a unified patent...more

12/13/2012 - EU Patents Unified Patent Court Unitary Patent

Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act Passes, Streamlining International Registration of Industrial Designs

On December 5, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act. The Senate previously passed the Act on September 22, 2012....more

12/6/2012 - Design Patent Patents Treaties

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