Kevin E. Noonan

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MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc. v. B/E Aerospace, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Equitable Assignor Estoppel Doctrine Expanded by Federal...

Arcane aspects of the law are frequently analogized as constituting "traps for the unwary," and patent law seems to have more than its share of minutiae that fall within that characterization. The equitable principle of...more

6/24/2016 - Aerospace Estoppel IP Assignment Agreements Patent Infringement Patents Privity of Contract Summary Judgment

Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC v. Lee (2016)

In its first pronouncement regarding the post-grant reviewing proceedings established by the America Invents Act ("AIA"), the Supreme Court ruled that the Patent and Trademark Office's positions on two of the law's provisions...more

6/21/2016 - Administrative Proceedings America Invents Act Appeals Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Chevron Deference Claim Construction Cuozzo Speed Technologies v Lee Inter Partes Review Proceedings Judicial Review Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents SCOTUS Standard of Review USPTO

Supreme Court Rules District Courts to Have More Discretion in Finding Willful Patent Infringement by Malicious Pirates

On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts, that an award of enhanced damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 284 should be within the sound discretion of a district court, albeit...more

6/14/2016 - 35 U.S.C. § 284 Abuse of Discretion Appeals Enhanced Damages Halo v Pulse Highmark Octane Fitness v. ICON Patent Infringement Patents SCOTUS Standard of Proof Standard of Review Stryker v Zimmer Totality of Circumstances Test Willful Infringement

Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. (2016)

The aphorism that "[t]he race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet," variously attributed to Damon Runyon, Franklin P. Adams, and Hugh Keough, could readily be updated to include...more

6/14/2016 - 35 U.S.C. § 284 Abuse of Discretion Enhanced Damages Halo v Pulse Highmark Octane Fitness v. ICON Patent Infringement Patents SCOTUS Standard of Proof Standard of Review Stryker v Zimmer Totality of Circumstances Test Willful Infringement

Bloomberg/BNA Releases Report on Biopharma IPRs

As part of a session on the effects of inter partes review on biopharma patents presented today at the 2016 BIO International Convention, Bloomberg/BNA released a report on more than 300 biopharma patents that have been...more

6/8/2016 - Biopharmaceutical Bloomberg Inc. Inter Partes Review Proceedings Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmaceutical Patents

The Recent PTO Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility: Lessons

A few years ago, former PTO Solicitor General Nancy Linck arose from the audience at the BIO International Conference to provide her thoughts on how the Office had responded to the Supreme Court's decisions in Mayo v....more

5/26/2016 - Abstract Ideas CLS Bank v Alice Corp Myriad-Mayo New Guidance Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Product of Nature Doctrine Section 101 USPTO

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2016 Special 301 Report

On April 27th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), issued the 2016 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[i]ntellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and...more

5/20/2016 - Copyright Counterfeiting Film Industry Global Market Innovation Intellectual Property Protection Inter Partes Review Proceedings Life Sciences Medical Research Patents Pharmaceutical Patents Piracy Software Trade Secrets Trademarks USTR WIPO

USPTO Holds Patent Quality Symposium

On April 27th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a Patent Quality Community Symposium at the Office in Alexandria, VA (consistent with its efforts to disseminate its workforce into regional offices, the offices in...more

5/5/2016 - EPO IPO JPO KIPO Patent Quality Metrics Patents Symposium USPTO WIPO

The Fantastical World of Justice Stephen Breyer

In a recent book entitled Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck, author Adam Cohen examines the case of Buck v. Bell, where Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that "[t]hree...more

4/29/2016 - Innovation IP License Justice Breyer Patent Infringement Patent Trolls Patents SCOTUS Small Business Software Patents USPTO

TriVascular, Inc. v. Samuels (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Early last month, the Federal Circuit addressed an important question regarding the interplay between a decision to institute inter partes review before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the ultimate determination by the...more

3/30/2016 - Burden of Proof Claim Construction Inter Partes Review Proceedings Obviousness Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Prior Art

Purdue Pharma L.P. v. Depomed, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Last Thursday, the Federal Circuit handed down its non-precedential decision in Purdue Pharma v. Depomed, reviewing the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on three related inter partes reviews. While not quite a...more

3/28/2016 - Evidence Inter Partes Review Proceedings Obviousness Patent Litigation Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents Pharmaceutical Industry Pharmaceutical Patents Prior Art

CRISPR Interference Motions Set

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has made its decision regarding the motions each party will be able to bring in Interference No. 108,048 between the Broad Institute and the University of California ("University") over...more

3/24/2016 - DNA Interference Proceeding Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents University of California

Sequenom Petitions for Certiorari

Sequenom filed its anticipated petition for certiorari today for Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit's decision in Ariosa v. Sequenom. The petition advises the Court that it "should take this opportunity to provide...more

3/22/2016 - Biotechnology DNA Genetic Testing Myriad-Mayo Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition for Writ of Certiorari Product of Nature Doctrine Sequenom

Will "Open Source" be the Future of Genetic Diagnostics?

One of the effective arguments made by the ACLU in the AMP v. Myriad case was that somehow permitting patents on genes implicated a patient's privacy right in her genetic material. This was also the theme of their public...more

3/21/2016 - ACLU AMP v Myriad BRCA Genetic Materials Patents Patient Privacy Rights

Q&A from Webinar on Top Patent Law Stories of 2015

Earlier today, we presented a live webinar on the "Top Patent Law Stories of 2015." The webinar covered seven of the twenty stories that made it onto Patent Docs ninth annual list of top patent stories. The seven stories...more

1/22/2016 - America Invents Act Chevron Deference CLS Bank v Alice Corp En Banc Review Limelight v Akamai Patent Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Sandoz v Amgen Section 101 Sequenom USPTO

Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee

The Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari to review the Federal Circuit's decision that the U.S. Patent and Trademark's Patent Trial and Appeal Board was entitled to perform claim construction in inter partes review...more

1/19/2016 - Administrative Appeals Appeals Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard Certiorari Claim Construction Cuozzo Speed Technologies Inter Partes Review Proceedings Judicial Review Patent Trial and Appeal Board Patents SCOTUS Statutory Authority

National Geographic Considers Technology and Its Threat to Humanity

Progress, and faith in progress to improve human lives, has been a cornerstone belief in American civilization (and, indeed, Western civilization generally, at least since St Augustine argued that Christ's death put an arrow...more

11/3/2015 - AIDS Alzheimer's Biotechnology Cancer Innovation Intellectual Property Protection Patents Personalized Medicine

7 Popular Patent Law Writers to Follow Right Now

A shortlist of JD Supra writers covering the many complex issues of Patent Law and featured here for a number of reasons, including that they recently authored popular work in this realm....more

10/29/2015 - Corporate Counsel Legal Perspectives Patents Popular Young Lawyers

Pigs Fly, Hell Has Frozen Over, and the New York Times Supports Small Inventor and University Patenting

Admittedly, only on its Op-Ed page. But last Saturday Joe Nocera wrote a remarkably sane and reasoned column, entitled "The Patent Troll Smokescreen," pointing out that "big companies with large lobbying budgets" are using...more

10/29/2015 - America Invents Act Anti-Patent Trolls Apple Electronic Frontier Foundation Injunctions Innovation Inventors Licensing Rights New York Times Non-Practicing Entities Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents Universities

Federal Circuit Denies En Banc Petition in Amgen v. Sandoz

The Federal Circuit today denied the petitions for rehearing by the panel and rehearing by the en banc Court filed by both parties in Amgen v. Sandoz. Amgen had petitioned for rehearing on the panel's decision that the...more

10/19/2015 - Amgen Biosimilars BPCIA Disclosure Requirements En Banc Review FDA Approval Notice Requirements Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Petition For Rehearing Petition for Writ of Certiorari Pharmaceutical Patents Sandoz Sandoz v Amgen SCOTUS

What May Be the IP Provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

The diplomats negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have done the seemingly impossible: they have kept the details of the draft agreement secret from the press and interested parties in the United States,...more

10/16/2015 - AMP v Myriad Biologics BPCIA CLS Bank v Alice Corp Copyright Fast Track Process GATT Innovation Intellectual Property Protection Mayo v. Prometheus Obama Administration Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Popular SCOTUS Trademarks Trans-Pacific Partnership TRIPS Agreement WTO

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Last week the Federal Circuit affirmed a District Court's finding of invalidity and non-infringement in ANDA litigation between Spectrum Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz. In so doing, the Court deferred to the factual...more

10/15/2015 - ANDA De Novo Standard of Review Doctrine of Equivalents Estoppel FDA Approval Generic Drugs Obviousness Orange Book Patent Infringement Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patents Pharmaceutical Patents Prescription Drugs Prior Art Sandoz

PTO Releases Report on Confirmatory Genetic Diagnostic Testing

More than three years after the June 15, 2012 deadline for providing it, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued its report on so-called "second opinion" genetic diagnostic testing, mandated by Section 27 of the...more

10/7/2015 - America Invents Act AMP v Myriad CMS Congressional Reports Diagnostic Tests DNA Exclusive Licenses Genetic Testing Health Insurance Healthcare Innovation Mayo v. Prometheus Patents Public Disclosure SCOTUS USPTO

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc: JYANT Technologies, Inc.

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

9/30/2015 - Amicus Briefs AMP v Myriad En Banc Review Intellectual Property Protection Mayo v. Prometheus Obviousness Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition For Rehearing SCOTUS Sequenom

Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc: Novartis AG

Earlier this summer, in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the District Court for the Northern District of California granting summary judgment of invalidity of the asserted...more

9/24/2015 - Amicus Briefs AMP v Myriad CLS Bank v Alice Corp En Banc Review Intellectual Property Protection Mayo v. Prometheus Novartis Obviousness Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Petition For Rehearing Pharmaceutical Patents Prior Art SCOTUS Sequenom

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