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ITC Section 337 – Quarterly Highlights

by Hogan Lovells on

The Trump Administration’s Potential Impact on ITC Section 337 Cases - Most project the Trump administration as less inclined toward continued patent reform, more pro-patent, and certainly more trade protectionist, than...more

ITC Section 337 Update – March 2017

by King & Spalding on

Commission Reverses ALJ’s Dismissal Of U.S. Steel’s False Designation Of Origin Claim And Sets Hearing On U.S. Steel’s Antitrust Claim In Certain Carbon Steel; U.S. Steel Withdraws Trade Secret Theft Claim – 2017 has produced...more

Patents in the Trump Administration: the 2-for-1 order

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

Everyone in the IP community wonders if President Donald Trump will create a new order in the IP field much the same way he has approached other areas of the government. We had our first glimpse recently when President Trump...more

Chemistry & Nanotechnology Developments to Watch in 2017

As cases and outcomes make their way into the news this year, we will be watching the following developments closely and sharing them with the IP community....more

Half Baked: The Brave New World of Branding Weed

by Lewitt Hackman on

In last week’s election, California voters passed Prop 64, which means recreational marijuana can be sold and used by persons over 21 within the state. But don’t get excited about the gold rush just yet. Recreational...more

DOJ Files IPR Petitions Against Discovery Patents

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed six petitions for inter partes review (IPR) of three patents assigned to Discovery Patents, LLC. The patents cover security alarm systems and methods for providing secure real-time...more

Senate Bill in Georgia Seeks to Expand Scope of Trade Secret Protection

On February 2, 2016, Georgia State Senator Hunter Hill introduced Senate Bill 321 in the Georgia Senate. The bill is entitled “Commerce and Trade; state government; protections against public disclosure of certain...more

Patent Reform Heads to the Senate Floor

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-4 to send an amended version of S. 1137, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act, to the full Senate for debate. The PATENT Act is this year’s...more

Patent Litigation Reform Legislation: State of Play

by King & Spalding on

On April 29, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), along with fellow Committee members Orrin Hatch (R-UT), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Amy...more

Senators Send Letter on Biosimilars to FDA

A group of Senators led by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, sent a letter last month to Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food...more

Congress Approves Patent "Corrections and Improvements" Act, President's Signature Expected Shortly

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On January 1, 2013, a bill (H.R. 6621) cleared both houses of Congress to “correct and improve certain provisions” in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 (AIA) and in other parts the Patent Act....more

Stripped of Controversial Provisions, Lame-Duck Patent Reform Heads to Obama's Desk

by Bracewell LLP on

On January 1, 2013 — immediately after passing the fiscal crisis bill — the House of Representatives agreed by voice vote (at 11:13 PM) to approve the Senate's Amendments to H.R. 6621. A controversial provision that would...more

The Status Quo Reigns in Senate's Version of H.R. 6621

The Senate on Saturday passed an amended version (S. Amendment 3344) of H.R. 6621, Rep. Lamar Smith's bill "To correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code." ...more

The Plot Thickens around H.R. 6621 -- Updated

Rep. Lamar Smith's H.R. 6621 came up for a vote today on the House floor under a suspension of the rules permitting the House to consider and vote upon the measure without debate. In contrast with Rep. Smith's (at right)...more

Lame-Duck Patent Reform Goes Almost Entirely Unnoticed

by Bracewell LLP on

With most lawmakers focused on the so called "fiscal cliff" during the current lame duck session of Congress, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) has quietly once again proposed legislation to reform the United States patent...more

See for yourself, A citizen of a State under Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 of the Constitution

by Dan Goodman on

The case of Dred Scoot v. Sanford (60 U.S. 393, 1856) was meant to be a federal question case. However, it became a diversity of citizenship case when Dred Scott's citizenship was challenged. The Supreme Court...more

Biosimilar Developers Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief

by Dechert LLP on

With this morning’s Supreme Court affirmance of the bulk of the Affordable Care Act, the specter that the BPCIA framework for biosimilar introduction could be dismantled is no longer a concern....more

Librarian of Congress Appoints New Chief Judge of Copyright Royalty Board

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Librarian of Congress today announced the appointment of a new Chief Judge for the Copyright Royalty Board. The new Chief Judge will be Suzanne Barnett, a superior court judge of King County in Seattle, Washington. This...more

Minnesota’s Legislative Answer to “Trademark Bullying”?

Minnesota State Representative Joyce Peppin, is convinced that “trademark bullying” is a problem and that it requires a brand new law in Minnesota to properly deal with it. Representative Peppin apparently is a law...more

Copyright Reform: Status Update

by Field Law on

It’s been an interesting week for Canadian copyright. In case you don’t follow the lawyers and politicians…(and why would you)…. the debate over copyright has turned a bit snippy here in Canada. Parliament is debating the...more

Online Protests Hit Hard Against Anti-Piracy Bills

by Ifrah PLLC on

Organized online protests over two bills in Congress targeting online copyright infringement — the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) — seem to have crippled these...more

Co-opting Political Symbols for Commercial Use

The Lanham Act prevents applicants from registering any of a number of words and devices as marks, including immoral or scandalous matter and flags or coats of arms. In terms of the latter exclusion, such a prohibition makes...more

Patent Reform Introduces “First-Inventor-to-File” Law

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act signed by President Obama on September 16, 2011 will switch the United States from a “first-to-invent” patent system to a “first inventor-tofile” patent system, and make other important...more

President Obama signs off on amendments to Patent Act

by McAfee & Taft on

On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249) into law, legislation that drastically changes the face of patent law in the United States. The most significant portion of the legislation...more

President Obama Signs Patent Reform Into Law

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed into law the most comprehensive reform to U.S. patent law in over 50 years. After months of debate in both the House and the Senate, the America Invents Act (House Bill H.R. 1249)...more

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