Paul Devinsky

Paul Devinsky

McDermott Will & Emery

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Data Transaction Claim Not Patent Eligible - Cyberfone Systems, LLC v. CNN Interactive, Inc., et al.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a ruling designated as non-precedential, affirmed the district court finding that a claimed method involved an “abstract idea” and was therefore not patent eligible. ...more

4/7/2014 - Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents

A “Program” Is Just a Set of Instructions - Ancora Technologies, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.

In a case essentially decided on a single disputed claim construction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected a narrow construction of the claim term “program” and construed the term, consistent with its...more

4/3/2014 - Apple Patent Litigation Patents

Not So Fast … New Claim Construction Required Contempt Proceeding - Proveris Scientific Corp. v. Innovasystems, Inc.

Applying the TiVo standard on finding of contempt when an infringer releases a new or modified product, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated the district court’s contempt order, concluding that a new...more

2/27/2014 - Claim Construction Contempt Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents TiVo

De Novo Review of District Court Claim Construction Is Here to Stay—For Now

The en banc Federal Circuit, in a 6–4 decision, invoked the doctrine of stare decisis and decided to retain the de novo standard for appellate review of district court claim constructions....more

2/25/2014 - Claim Construction Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Trial de Novo

Is “Insolubly Ambiguous” the Correct Standard to Determine Compliance with Sec 112?

The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari on a petition challenging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s standard for determining when a patent claim is indefinite under 35 U.S.C. §112, ¶ 2. See IP Update,...more

2/4/2014 - Ambiguous Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

Unanimous Supreme Court to Federal Circuit: Burden of Proof on Infringement on Patentee, Even in Declaratory Judgment - Medtronic,...

A unanimous Supreme Court of the United States, in a decision authored by Justice Breyer, reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, holding that the patentee bears the burden of persuasion on the issue of...more

1/30/2014 - Burden of Proof Declaratory Judgments Evidence Medtronic v Boston Scientific Medtronics Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

Unanimous Supreme Court: Burden of Proof on Infringement Always on Patentee

In terms of the question presented, the Supreme Court of the United States answered that when a licensee seeks declaratory judgment against a patentee, asserting that its products do not infringe the licensed patent, “the...more

1/24/2014 - Burden of Proof Medtronics Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

The Innovation Act

On December 5, 2013, the House approved the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309, primarily intended to address abusive behavior by patent owners in infringement litigation. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 325-91....more

1/6/2014 - Innovation Act Patent Reform Patents

Cert Alert and Other News from the Supreme Court

1—The U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari in a case challenging patent eligibility (under § 101) of method claims directed to a software embodiment and a corresponding system. Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd....more

1/3/2014 - Certiorari Patent Litigation Patent Ownership Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents SCOTUS

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 11, November 2013

Appellate Decision Sets Stage for Next Skirmish In The Apple vs. Samsung Smart Phone Wars - A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has concluded that the district court was within its...more

11/26/2013 - Apple Apple v Samsung Fresenius Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Samsung SCOTUS Smartphones Standards-Essential Patents

Appellate Decision Sets Stage for Next Skirmish in the Apple vs. Samsung Smartphone Wars

In a case where the district court denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction against certain Samsung smartphones, the Federal Circuit has remanded the matter to the district court in order to reconsider its...more

11/20/2013 - Apple Apple v Samsung Injunctions Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents Samsung Smartphones Standards-Essential Patents

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 10, October 2013

No Case or Controversy in DJ Against Patentee Who Sued Manufacturer’s Customers: Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Alberta Telecommunications Research Center - In a non-precedential opinion addressing declaratory judgment...more

11/1/2013 - Cisco Claim Construction Copyright FRAND Offsets Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Telecommunications Trademark Policing Trademarks

Obama Administration Disapproves ITC’s Exclusion Order on Apple Products

On August 3, 2013, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, acting under the authority of President Obama, sent a letter noting his disapproval of the International Trade Commission’s determination to issue an exclusion...more

8/8/2013 - Apple Apple v Samsung Barack Obama FRAND Imports iPhone ITC Mobile Devices Patents Public Policy Samsung Smartphones Standards-Essential Patents

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 5, May 2013

Patent Exhaustion Rejected: Patented Seed Purchaser Has No Right to Make Copies: Bowman v. Monsanto Co. - In a narrow ruling that reaffirms the scope of patent protection over seeds, and possibly over other...more

5/31/2013 - Arbitration Bowman v Monsanto Claim Construction CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Copyright FRAND Genetically Engineered Seed Infringement Monsanto Obviousness Patent Exhaustion Patents SCOTUS Self-Replicating Inventions Standards-Essential Patents Standing Trademarks

Patent Exhaustion Rejected: Patented Seed Purchaser Has No Right to Make Copies

The Supreme Court in Bowman v. Monsanto Co. ruled unanimously that a farmer’s replanting of harvested seeds constituted making new infringing articles. While the case is important for agricultural industries, the Supreme...more

5/17/2013 - Antitrust Investigations Bowman v Monsanto Genetically Engineered Seed Monsanto Patent Exhaustion Patents Seeds

En Banc Federal Circuit Issues Five Opinions in CLS Bank International v. Alice Corporation

The long-awaited decision held that method, computer-readable medium and system claims for technology related to “the management of risk relating to specified, yet unknown, future events” were not directed to patentable...more

5/15/2013 - CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Preemption

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 4, April 2013

Obviousness-Type Double Patenting May Exist When There Is Neither Common Ownership nor Common Inventorship - Addressing an obviousness-type double patenting rejection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

4/30/2013 - Affidavits Claim Construction Copyright Copyright Infringement Discovery DMCA Infringement Patents Prior Art Safe Harbors Trademarks USPTO

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 3, March 2013

In This Issue: Supreme Court - Supreme Court Finds That “First Sale” Doctrine Applies to Works Patents - Joint Actors as It Relates to Method Claim Infringement; Federal Circuit Ruling Clears Way...more

3/29/2013 - America Invents Act Covered Business Method Patents Doctrine of Equivalents First Sale Doctrine Generic Drugs Patent Reform Patents Trademarks

“First Sale” Doctrine Applies to Works Lawfully Made Abroad and Imported to the United States

In a decision that may significantly impact international production and distribution practices for copyrighted works, the Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday found that the Copyright Act’s first sale doctrine was...more

3/21/2013 - Copyright Exports First Sale Doctrine Grey Market Imports Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons SCOTUS

Supreme Court Rules that a State Court Has Jurisdiction over a Legal Malpractice Claim Involving a Federal Patent Issue

The Supreme Court of the United States, in Gunn v. Minton, determined that a Texas state court had jurisdiction over a legal malpractice claim, even though resolving the claim required the state court to address an issue of...more

2/25/2013 - Attorney Malpractice Federal Question Jurisdiction Grable Factors Gunn v Minton Mixed Motive Cases Patents SCOTUS

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 1, January 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: Patents - Federal Circuit Clarifies ITC Domestic Industry Requirement for Non-Practicing Entities; Permanent Injunctions on the Rise?; Sanctioned Parties in Exceptional Cases Continue to Get Fresh...more

1/31/2013 - Infringement ITC Licenses Non-Practicing Entities Patents Section 337

Supreme Court: Broad Covenant Not to Sue Negates Jurisdiction over Counterclaims for Non-Infringement and Cancellation of...

In Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the trademark plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of its infringement suit, together with a covenant not to sue, deprived the district court of...more

1/15/2013 - Already LLC Covenant Not to Sue Declaratory Relief Infringement Mootness Nike SCOTUS Trademarks

IP Update, Vol. 15, No. 12, December 2012

In This Issue: Patents - ..Federal Circuit Rules It’s Own Standards Apply When Considering Preliminary Injunctions ..Preliminary Testing of Medical Devices in Animals Enables Their Use in...more

12/28/2012 - America Invents Act Claim Construction Competition Copyright Infringement ITC Obviousness Patent Assertion Entities Patent Reform Patents Pay-For-Delay Permanent Injunctions Preliminary Injunctions Reissue Patents Restitution Trade Secrets Trademarks Walker Process Claims

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