The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a patent owner always has the burden of proving infringement, even if the case is brought by a licensee asking for a declaration that the licensed patents were not invalid. ...more
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on September 27, 2013 that it would begin an investigation of so-called “patent assertion entities” (PAE). Its first step was to seek public comment on a lengthy series of...more
A company that has filed a series of cases alleging infringement of a patent has found itself named as a defendant sued under the federal Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The case, FindTheBest.com, Inc. v....more
The Supreme Court today issued a decision in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, which reduced the ability to patent human gene sequences. ...more
The Federal Circuit, in Function Media v. Google, has determined that use of “means” language in a claim can lead to indefiniteness.
Functional Media sued Google for infringement of three patents regarding advertising...more
In Arkema Inc. v. Honeywell Int’l, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed a District Court’s finding of no justiciable controversy under Article III for a declaratory judgment suit over indirect infringement liability. Arkema...more
The Delaware District Court dismissed a declaratory judgment action in favor of a later-filed patent infringement suit on the same patent. The ruling provides a roadmap for patent owners to pursue a settlement without the...more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has finalized new fees to take effect in March 2013. The PTO believes these fees will aid in reducing pendency of patent applications within the agency.
The PTO is relying on...more