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Supreme Court to Decide the Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review

In a move that could drastically change the patent law landscape, the United States Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC, No. 16-712, to answer the question...more

Earthquake Coming? Supreme Court to Weigh Constitutionality of IPRs (2nd Article)

On June 12, the Supreme Court took certiorari on probably the biggest IPR case possible: a case challenging the constitutionality of IPRs on separation-of-powers and seventh amendment grounds. This comes just a few weeks...more

Earthquake Coming? Supreme Court to Weigh Constitutionality of IPRs

It’s no secret that patentees have been generally unhappy with both the process and outcomes of AIA reviews. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the entire AIA review system will be eliminated on...more

Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of AIA Inter Partes Review Proceedings

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Supreme Court has granted a writ of certiorari challenging the constitutionality of inter partes review proceedings conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office under the America Invents Act. The Court’s...more

Supreme Court Will Decide Whether IPRs Are Unconstitutional

by Knobbe Martens on

The Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari to address whether inter partes review – an adversarial process used by the Patent Office to determine the validity of existing patents – is unconstitutional in Oil...more

Is The Handwriting On The Wall For IPR's? Supreme Court To Decide…

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a grant of cert for Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, on appeal from the Federal Circuit....more

Oil States v. Lee Brings Mother of all IPR Cases to Supreme Court

On June 12, the Supreme Court took certiorari on probably the biggest IPR case possible: a case challenging the constitutionality of IPRs on separation-of-powers and seventh amendment grounds. This comes just a few weeks...more

Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of AIA Reviews

It’s no secret that patentees have been generally unhappy with both the process and outcomes of AIA reviews. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the entire AIA review system will be eliminated on...more

Supreme Court to Review the Constitutionality of AIA Patent Review Proceedings

Yesterday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in a case that may have profound implications for U.S. patent law by abolishing inter partes reviews at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). In Oil States Energy...more

Are Inter-Partes-Review Proceedings Constitutional? Supreme Court Will Weigh In

by Jones Day on

Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of inter partes review...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Claim Construction – No Due Process Violations

by Jones Day on

On May 8, 2017, in Intellectual Ventures II LLC v. Ericsson Inc., 15-1739, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) inter partes review (IPR) claim constructions in a non-precedential decision....more

Disclosure Danger: Employers Still Stuck With NLRB’s Witness Statement Disclosure Standard

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected the chance yesterday to revive long-held precedent which for many years had protected employer witness statements from disclosure to unions before an arbitration...more

Eleventh Amendment Revisited – Board Again Finds Sovereign Immunity Applies to PTAB

by Jones Day on

Less than four months after its decision in Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Incorporated, finding that Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity applies to PTAB proceedings, the Board has again dismissed...more

The PTAB Terminates IPR Based on Sovereign Immunity of University of Maryland

by Knobbe Martens on

On May 23, 2017, the PTAB granted the University of Maryland’s (UM) motion to terminate inter partes review based on UM’s sovereign immunity in Neochord, Inc. v. Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore and Harpoon Medical, Inc.,...more

How Far Is Too Far? Institution Decision to Final Written Decision

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

In making a final written decision of AIA proceedings, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“the Board”) is not bound by findings made in an institution decision. In three recent decisions, the Federal Circuit considered the...more

Fleeting Glimpse of RESPA Issues in PHH Argument as Court Focuses on Bureau Constitutionality

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Although the RESPA issues were addressed in the briefs filed by the parties in the PHH case, at oral argument this week the parties and the en banc D.C. Circuit focused heavily on whether the president’s authority is...more

The Battle Over the CFPB Continues

The battle over the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rages on, with Republicans trying a host of measures to challenge and contain the agency....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Heading into a long holiday weekend the Chairman continued to fill out the senior staff of the agency. Peter Uhlmann, a staff veteran who has held several senior management positions, was appointed as Managing Executive in...more

SEC Stays ALJ Cases Subject to 10th Circuit Review

by Burr & Forman on

On Monday, May 22, the SEC stayed all its administrative proceedings assigned to an ALJ in which a Respondent has an option for review by the 10th Circuit. (Securities laws provide appellate review of SEC administrative...more

Are Inter Partes Review Proceedings Constitutional? The Federal Circuit Is Not Yet Ready To Decide

by Jones Day on

On May 11, 2017, with six of its twelve active judges authoring or joining separate opinions, the Federal Circuit denied a petition for an initial hearing en banc which asked the full Court to address the question “whether a...more

SEC Enforcement, ALJs and the Appointments Clause – Part II

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the second of two articles reviewing the arguments of the parties in SEC v Raymond J. Lucia Companies, Inc., v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 15-1345 (D.C. Cir. Argument May 24, 2017). In that case the en...more

SEC Enforcement, ALJs and the Appointments Clause

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The future of the SEC’s administrative enforcement process and, in particular its Administrative Law Judges, will be the focus of the D.C. Circuit this week as the Court, sitting en banc to hear oral argument in SEC v Raymond...more

Second Circuit Holds Termination of Employee Who Attacked Supervisor in Obscene Facebook Post Violates NLRA

The Second Circuit said last week that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired an employee who criticized a supervisor on Facebook during an election. The catch here is that the Second Circuit...more

Richard Cordray’s tenure as CFPB Director is uncertain

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Clients are always asking me and others in our Consumer Financial Services Group about how long Richard Cordray will remain as CFPB Director. The short answer is nobody knows, perhaps not even Richard Cordray. ...more

Ericsson Tests Scope of the PTAB’s Sovereign Immunity Holding

by Knobbe Martens on

On January 25, 2017, a panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) held that “Eleventh Amendment Immunity bars the institution of an inter partes review against an unconsenting state that has not waived sovereign...more

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