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Good Faith Belief in Invalidity No Defense to Active Inducement

The U.S. Supreme Court (Justice Kennedy writing for the majority) has now eliminated a defense that has been available to parties accused of actively inducing patent infringement under 35 USC § 271(b). The Court held that a...more

5/29/2015 - Cisco Cisco v CommilUSA Good Faith Honest Belief Defense Induced Infringement Patent Infringement Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

Supreme Court: Claim Construction Is Subject to Hybrid Review - Teva Pharmaceuticals USA v. Sandoz, Inc.

In a 7–2 decision penned by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the de novo standard as the sole standard of review issues arising in claim construction. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA v. Sandoz,...more

2/4/2015 - 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

Patent Claim Construction Now Subject to Hybrid Review

In a 7–2 decision penned by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the de novo standard as the sole standard of review of issues arising in claim construction. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA v. Sandoz,...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

Back to the Future—Supreme Court to Review Rule On Post-Expiration Patent Royalties

Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in affirming a district court decision that toy maker Marvel was not required to make payments after the expiration of a patent,...more

1/20/2015 - IP License Kimble v Marvel Enterprises License Agreements Patent Exhaustion Patent Royalties Patents SCOTUS

Supreme Court to Consider Scope of “Good Faith” Belief and the Intent Requirement of § 271(b)

Commil USA v. Cisco Systems - Earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that a good-faith belief that a patent is invalid may negate the element of intent required to prove induced...more

1/20/2015 - Appeals Cisco v CommilUSA Good Faith Induced Infringement Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

Federal Circuit Remands Trio of Attorneys’ Fee Award Cases Back to District Courts

Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Octane Fitness, LLC; Checkpoint Systems, Inc. v. All-Tag Sec., S.A.; Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., Inc. - In the span of 10 days, and in the wake of the U.S Supreme Court...more

10/15/2014 - Appeals De Novo Standard of Review Exceptional Case Highmark v. Allcare Octane Fitness v. ICON Remand SCOTUS

Supreme Court: Patent Claims Must Provide “Clear Notice” To What Is Claimed

On June 2, 2014, the unanimous Supreme Court of the United States, in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., a case that focused on the standard for compliance with the “definiteness” requirement of 35 U.S.C. § 112, ¶ 2,...more

6/5/2014 - Definiteness Indefiniteness Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Notice Requirements Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

Supreme Court Keeps Raging Bull Copyright Suit in the Ring

In a ruling that could potentially increase the number of copyright infringement actions, the Supreme Court of the United States has resolved a conflict among the circuits, holding that the equitable defense of laches cannot...more

5/21/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Corporate Counsel MGM Petrella v. MGM SCOTUS Statute of Limitations The Copyright Act

High Court Will Take Up Standard of Review of Factual Findings in Claim Construction

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. et al. v. Sandoz Inc. et al. - In a case that will likely determine the standard of review used by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit over lower court claim constructions,...more

5/13/2014 - Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS Standard of Review Teva Pharmaceuticals

Unanimous Supreme Court: “Exceptional” Patent Cases Determined at District Court’s Discretion with Appellate Review only for Abuse...

With respect to the two related questions before the Supreme Court of the United States, the court held that (1) the prior standard used by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for determining whether a case is...more

5/5/2014 - Attorney's Fees Brooks Furniture Exceptional Case Highmark v. Allcare Octane Fitness v. ICON Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

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

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

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 Standards-Essential Patents Standing 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

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

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