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Troll Gets Rolled Because Its Disclaimer Statements Were Undersold

In MPHJ Tech v. Ricoh Corp., the Federal Circuit affirmed a conclusion of anticipation and obviousness from an Inter Partes Review involving US 8,488,173 (‘173). The content of the art was not really in dispute. Rather, the...more

Rx IP Update - March 2017

Tribunal dismisses Eli Lilly’s NAFTA challenge on promise utility doctrine - As previously reported, Eli Lilly submitted claims to international arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) seeking...more

DJI Releases Report on Lifesaving Drone Operations

DJI, market leader in drones and aerial systems, released a new report, “Lives Saved: A Survey of Drones in Action,” on lifesaving drone operations using data collected from around the world. DJI reports that drones have...more

DOJ Argues that CFPB Structure is Unconstitutional

On March 17, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief in PHH Corp. v. CFPB, No. 15-1177 (D.C. Cir.), in which it argued that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single director structure is...more

Have You Noticed the Increase in Food Recalls?

Almost every day, the FDA announces a new recall or safety alert for a potentially dangerous food. Earlier this month, Trader Joe’s recalled some SKUs of apple sauce due to complaints that they may contain small pieces of...more

House Bill 89: Does It Grant or Just Tweak The Power to Abolish a Public Housing Authority?

Since 1969, Chapter 157 of the North Carolina General Statutes (the "Housing Authority Law") has allowed municipalities and counties to create and abolish Public Housing Authorities. Over the years, the General Assembly has...more

Unsuccessfully Using the Wayback Machine to Establish Status as a Printed Publication

On March 6, 2017, the PTAB issued a pair of final written decisions upholding the patentability of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,932,268 (IPR2015-01836) and 8,618,135 (IPR2015-01835), in challenges filed by the Coalition for Affordable...more

Sixth Circuit: ERISA Exhaustion Not Required in Plan Amendment Suit

The Sixth Circuit held that retirement plan participants were not required to exhaust their administrative remedies prior to bringing a claim alleging that a plan amendment violated ERISA....more

New Trademark Office Audit May Result in Cancellation of Registrations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced a final rule that took effect on February 17, 2017. To assess and promote the accuracy and integrity of the trademark register, the USPTO amended rules...more

Board Denies Kyle Bass Challenge Against Biogen’s Tecfidera® Patent In View of Unexpected Results

The PTAB issued a Final Written Decision finding that Biogen’s patent on treating Multiple Sclerosis (“MS”) with a certain dose amount was not obvious because the clinical efficacy exhibited by administering this dose amount...more

Maryland Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Construction Goods Through Drones

Last week, Maryland’s Cecil County Sheriff’s Office used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to recover nearly $400,000 worth of stolen construction equipment, which also led to the arrest of the culprit. The New Jersey State...more

Two Bureau of Land Management Regulations on Life Support Under President Trump

The Trump Administration has signaled its intent to pull the plug on two rules issued by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") in 2015 and 2016. Legal and legislative developments over the next...more

U.S. Patent Office Provides Additional Examples of Eligible Subject Matter

After the Supreme Court case of Alice v. CLS Bank in 2014, the Patent Office has issued a series of examination guidelines and examples to guide examiners and patent practitioners in determining patent eligible subject...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Important Clarification For Independent Contractor Test

On March 21, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued an important ruling, finding that an individual may be still considered an independent contractor under the state’s Unemployment Insurance Act even if he/she only...more

OIG Approves Free Lodging and Meals Under "Promotes Access to Care" Exception to Beneficiary Inducement CMP

In Advisory Opinion 17-01, published March 10, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) approved an academic medical center's proposal to provide free or reduced-cost lodging and...more

Certain Medical Devices Exempted from 510(k) Requirements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently identified a list of Class II Medical Devices that, when finalized, will be exempt from premarket notification (510(k)) requirements. This publication was made by the FDA...more

No Emergency Injunction Appeal in Chamber’s Challenge to DOL Rule

On March 20, 2017, a federal court in the Northern District of Texas denied the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal challenging implementation of the Department’s conflict of interest...more

Use It or Lose It: USPTO to Conduct Post-Registration Trademark Use Audits

Trademark owners take note: Affidavits to renew your U.S. trademark registrations may be getting a closer look. On March 21, 2017, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") implemented a new rule aimed at...more

The Impending Launch of the Unified Patent Court

In a fundamental change to how European patents are going to be litigated in Europe, the United Patent Court (UPC) will soon have exclusive jurisdiction over European patent disputes and will be able to issue remedies that...more

Restrictions on collective redundancies of Saudi nationals

As part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's wider Saudisation initiative, new legislation has been bought into force which prohibits employers from collectively dismissing its Saudi national employees without prior approval from...more

HUD Inspector General Issues Alert on Appraiser Identity Theft

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued an alert on appraiser identity theft. The alert details cases in three states where identity thieves illegally used...more

Has the Supreme Court invalidated almost two years of actions by the NLRB Acting General Counsel? (Maybe, but employers shouldn’t...

For the second time, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed a setback to the efforts of the Obama Administration to make appointments to leadership positions in the National Labor Relations Board. In Noel Canning (2014), the...more

Federal Circuit PTAB Appeal Statistics – March 2017

Through March 1, 2017, the Federal Circuit decided 172 PTAB appeals from IPRs and CBMs. The Federal Circuit affirmed the PTAB on every issue in 132 (76.74%) cases, and reversed or vacated the PTAB on every issue in 15...more

Solomon’s Service Violated Federal Law: Supreme Court Rules on Acting NLRB General Counsel Dispute

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA) prevents a person nominated to fill a vacant office requiring presidential appointment and Senate...more

Protecting Information in the Competitive Bidding

Growth in the DFW metroplex is booming, and the City of Flourish is one of the driving forces. Unfortunately, the City has had a difficult time keeping up its infrastructure with the growing population. Recently the City...more

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