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U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Patentees Bear the Burden of Proof of Infringement in DJ Actions Brought by Licensee

A patentee bears the burden of proving infringement when a licensee seeks a declaratory judgment of non-infringement, the U.S. Supreme Court has held. The ruling reversed the Federal Circuit and clarified declaratory...more

1/28/2014 - Burden of Proof Evidence Genentech Infringement License Agreements MedImmune v Genentech Medtronic v Boston Scientific Medtronics Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Royalties SCOTUS

Pulling Back The Veil: Top 10 Disclosed Trade Secret Settlements

Litigation settlements can often be shrouded in secrecy, and trade secret litigation settlements are no different. Parties are often sworn to confidentiality, and court dockets are typically silent on the amount of...more

10/16/2013 - SEC Settlement Trade Secrets

Reverse Payment Settlements Now Subject to Antitrust Scrutiny, But Lower Courts Left to Fill in the Blanks

Earlier this week in FTC v. Actavis, No. 12-416 (U.S. Jun. 17, 2013), the Supreme Court handed down its long-anticipated ruling on “reverse payment” or “pay-for-delay” agreements, holding that these agreements—while not...more

6/19/2013 - Antitrust Litigation FTC FTC v Actavis Generic Drugs Hatch-Waxman Patent Infringement Patents Pharmaceutical Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements

CLS Bank: A Deeply Divided En Banc Federal Circuit Fails to Rule When Computer Claims are Invalid Under 35 U.S.C. § 101

On May 10, 2013, the en banc Federal Circuit issued its highly anticipated decision in CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd., No. 2011-1301, concerning whether computer-implemented method and system claims are patent...more

5/16/2013 - Computer-Related Inventions Infringement Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

Congress to Consider New 'Patent Troll' Legislation

On February 27, Congressional Representatives Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced a proposed bill intended to curb litigation initiated by Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs), or “patent trolls.” NPE...more

3/5/2013 - Attorney's Fees Legal Costs Patent Trolls Patents Proposed Legislation SHIELD Act

Supreme Court Holds That Patent Legal Malpractice Claims Do Not “Arise Under” The Patent Laws and May Be Heard in State Court

On February 20, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision addressing the critical question of where plaintiffs can or must sue when their claims implicate patent law but are not traditional patent law claims. See Gunn v....more

2/22/2013 - Attorney Malpractice Exclusive Jurisdiction Federal Question Jurisdiction Gunn v Minton Mixed Motive Cases Patents SCOTUS

Supreme Court Decision May Allow Infringement Plaintiffs to Use a Covenant Not to Sue to Avoid an Invalidity Ruling

In an important intellectual property ruling likely to affect patent law as much as trademark law, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., No. 11-982 (U.S. Jan. 9, 2013), unanimously holding...more

1/10/2013 - Burden of Proof Covenant Not to Sue Infringement Nike Patents SCOTUS Trademarks

FTC-Google Consent Decree Provides Important Lessons Regarding Standards-Essential Patents

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) entered into a Consent Decree with Google Inc. (“Google”) and its wholly owned subsidiary Motorola Mobility LLC (“Motorola”). The decree settles allegations that Google...more

1/7/2013 - Competition FRAND FTC Google Licenses Patents Standards-Essential Patents

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