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Janssen v. Celltrion, Damages: “Patent Dance” May Determine Availability of Lost Profits

On March 2, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts issued an order in Janssen v. Celltrion explaining that an accused patent infringer’s failure to fully engage in the Biologics Price...more

IPRs Are Not Time Barred by an Earlier ITC Complaint

Since their introduction as part of the America Invents Act, Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) have proven to be a powerful tool for parties accused on patent infringement. One important constraint on their deployment is a one year...more

N.D. Indiana: Employer Bears Burden of Proving Whistleblower Exhausted Administrative Remedies

On February 1, 2016, the Northern District of Indiana ruled in a case brought under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) that whether a whistleblower has fulfilled relevant administrative requirements prior to filing suit...more

A Bankruptcy Discharge Makes a Face-to-Face Meeting an Act in Futility

Just last fall, we wrote about the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in In re Failla, Case No., in our article, “The Eleventh Circuit has spoken: Debtors who surrender property must get out of the creditor’s way.” Now, it appears...more

Administrative Exhaustion As a Defense to Statutory ERISA Claims?  Not So Much

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit becomes the seventh circuit court to not require administrative exhaustion for statutory ERISA claims (as opposed to denial of benefit claims), while two circuit courts still do. In...more

PTAB Applies Collateral Estoppel to Exclude Purported Patent Owner

The PTAB issued an order applying collateral estoppel to determine that one purported owner of U.S. Patent 7,215,752 and U.S. Patent 7,844,041 (the “challenged patents”) had no authority to act as the patent owner in...more

ITC Proceedings Do Not Trigger One Year Clock to File IPR

Increasing use of Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) by patent stakeholders and an increase in the number of ITC complaints heighten the importance of an interplay between IPRs and ITC proceedings. We have previously noted that the...more

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

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

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

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

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

Supreme Court Rules that Former Acting NLRB General Counsel Became Ineligible to Perform Duties After President Obama Nominated...

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that Lafe Solomon did not validly serve as Acting General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after former President Barack Obama nominated him to permanently fill that...more

Federal Circuit to PTAB – No 102 Gap Filling

In a precedential opinion dated March 14, 2017, the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB, holding that in finding a claim anticipated under 35 USC § 102, the Board cannot “fill in missing limitations” simply because a skilled...more

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Appointment of Former NLRB Acting General Counsel

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the D.C. Circuit’s holding that Lafe Solomon, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama to serve as acting general counsel to the NLRB in June 2010 when the prior...more

Son of Noel Canning? Worst Blog Title Ever? Supreme Court Takes Another Shot at NLRB Vacancy History

How important are the titles “temporary” or “permanent” when it comes to an appointee to run a federal agency? Apparently, very important. On March 21, the U.S. Supreme Court waded back into the messy timeline of President...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #2

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 15-927: Petitioner SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag (“SCA”) brought a...more

Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Benefits Upon Discharge for Absenteeism – the Employer’s Policy May Be More Generous, But Not...

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued a decision in an unemployment insurance benefits case on March 8 that provides clarity where an employee is discharged for absenteeism. The case is Wisconsin Department of Workforce...more

Hold the Phone: SEC Takes One Last Stand Before the Tenth Circuit regarding the Constitutionality of the SEC’s Administrative Law...

Last week, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a petition for rehearing en banc with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, imploring the court to reconsider a divided panel’s ruling on the...more

Trump May Not be the Only Catalyst for Administrative Reform

In the past few months, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the future of many administrative agencies under Trump’s administration. However, two current cases pending in the D.C. Circuit have the potential to have...more

Federal Circuit Limits Scope of Covered Business Method Review

The Federal Circuit recently clarified what patents are subject to the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents, or CBM review, in Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank National Association. In clarifying what...more

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB Anticipation Holding As Improperly Finding One Would “At Once Envisage” Missing Limitation

The Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s final written decision holding that claims from Nidec Motor Corp.’s patent were anticipated in Nidec Motor Corp. v. Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor Co. Ltd., Case No. 2016-1900 (Fed. Cir....more

Timing is Everything – GAO Refuses to Apply Jurisdiction Retroactively

As we previously reported here and here, between October 1 and December 14, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) lacked jurisdiction to hear most civilian agency task order protests (its jurisdiction over protest...more

Three Things You Missed Since CFPB Received En Banc Hearing in PHH Case

All eyes are on the future of the CFPB as it fights for its existence in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals through the matter, PHH Corp. et al. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On February 16, the D.C. Circuit agreed...more

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