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ITC Proposed Amendments to Section 337 Rules

As the costs of patent litigation continue to rise, and tribunals work to more efficiently adjudicate disputes, the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) appears to be listening to its constituents: on...more

Federal Circuit Issues Second Reversal in an Inter Partes Review Finding the PTAB’s Obviousness Analysis to Contain “Legal Errors”...

On November 3, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued Belden Inc. v. Berk-Tek LLC1, a rare precedential opinion reversing a determination by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in an inter partes review proceeding. This is...more

ITC Has No Jurisdiction to Block Infringing “Electronic Transmissions”

On November 10, a panel of the Federal Circuit reversed a landmark ITC decision blocking the importation of digital information that infringes a patent. This decision has potential ramifications for a wide-range of companies...more

Federal Circuit Limits International Trade Commission’s Reach Over Digital Transmissions

On Nov. 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a fractured opinion holding that the ITC does not have jurisdiction over digital transmissions since they are not “articles” within the meaning of 19 U.S.C. § 1337. Please...more

Motions To Amend Judgments On Anticipation And Infringement Are Denied

During trial the orally court granted plaintiffs motion for judgment of partial findings on lack of anticipation and indefiniteness. It further ruled in favor of plaintiffs finding that “fesoterodine” includes the salt form...more

Federal Circuit Rules Digital Data Transmitted Into The U.S. Is Not An “Article” Within ITC’s Juridiction (Clearcorrect,...

Today, a divided three-judge panel of the Federal Circuit (Prost, O’Malley concurring and Newman dissenting) ruled that the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) authority to provide remedies for unfair acts involving...more

Apotex Follows the BPCIA “Patent Dance” Again

The first biosimilar makers to file regulatory applications with FDA attempted to bypass all or a subset of the patent litigation provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (BPCIA). Apotex, the...more

PTAB Panel Allows Joinder of Multiple IPR Proceedings Filed by Same Petitioner, Sharpens Disparity Between Panels Interpreting 35...

An expanded panel of the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”) recently exercised its discretion under 35 U.S.C. § 315(c) to grant a motion to join an inter partes review proceeding with an already-initiated...more

Rare TTAB §2(d) Reversal Where Examiner Failed to Heed Rules of Evidence

While browsing back issues of the indispensable Allen’s Trademark Digest, the blurb for the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board’s decision in the appeal In re Micros Systems, Inc. caught my eye. It was a rarely-seen reversal of an...more

Which Is Better – Patent Arbitration Or Patent Post-Issuance Proceedings?

Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, has seemingly won his dust-up with the National Football League over the air pressure in footballs. Brady received a four-game suspension after an NFL investigation of...more

ITC Proposes New Rule Authorizing Multiple Investigations from One Complaint

On September 25, the USITC published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) with respect to section 337 investigations. Under one of the proposed rules, the Commission would have explicit authority...more

USPTO Extends Pilot Programs for Accelerating Examination

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended its After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 and Quick Path Information Disclosure Statement programs through September 30, 2016. The programs are part of the USPTO’s...more

Nearly Two Years After Dismissal of its Declaratory Judgment Action, FDA Accepts for Review Sandoz’s Application for a Biosimilar...

Sandoz Inc. announced on October 2, 2015 that FDA accepted its regulatory application for a proposed biosimilar of Amgen Inc.’s biologic arthritis drug Enbrel for review. The acceptance comes years after Sandoz attempted to...more

ITC Section 337 Update – October 2015

ITC Proposes Extensive Changes To Rules For Adjudicating Section 337 Investigations – On September 24, 2015, the Commission published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register announcing proposed changes to its...more

Federal Circuit Review | September 2015

Federal Circuit Remands Record Damages Award For New Trial On Extraterritorial Sales - In Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell Technology Group, Ltd., Appeal No. 2014-1492, the Federal Circuit reversed a damages award...more

Summary of Recent Precedential Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions

From June through August 2015, the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board issued eleven precedential decisions. Over the course of the upcoming weeks, we are briefly summarizing each opinion and a “take away” for brand owners and...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Publishes Proposed Changes to Procedural Rules of Practice

The International Trade Commission proposed a series of new procedural rules, which were published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2015. This blog post provides a summary of the more notable proposed changes to the...more

Federal Court Nixes City’s Attempt to Use Copyright Law to Curtail Critic’s Speech on YouTube

A California city cannot hold one of its citizens liable for copyright infringement for using clips of city council meetings in his critical YouTube videos, a federal judge has ruled. The August 20, 2015 order in City of...more

Trade Secrets Protected From Disclosure Under FOIA…Except For When They Aren’t

We have previously reported about protecting trade secrets from disclosure after a FOIA request. There is something to be said for immediate action and intervening to protect your trade secrets, but sometimes that just isn’t...more

ITC Section 337 Update – September 2015

Judge MaryJoan McNamara Appointed New Administrative Law Judge at U.S. International Trade Commission – On August 17, 2015, the ITC issued a news release announcing that Judge MaryJoan McNamara has been appointed as an ALJ....more

The Federal Circuit's First AIA Reversal

Since the implementation of the inter partes review (IPR) by the America Invents Act on September 16, 2012, IPR proceedings have been viewed as putting one nail in the coffin for patents. In the first two and a half years of...more

Sixth Circuit Tackles “Metaphysical Quandary” Of Design Separability: Rules That Cheerleader Uniform Graphics Are Protected By...

Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica, LLC, Case No. 14-5237, 2015 WL 4934282 (6th Cir. Aug. 19, 2015). Addressing a subtle issue of copyright law that has perplexed other district and appeals courts, the U.S. Court of...more

USPTO Introduces Second Wave of PTAB Rule Changes

On August 20, 2015, the US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a Proposed Rule containing amendments to the Rules of Practice governing proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). This proposed...more

The Name Game Continues: AbbVie Files Supplemental Citizen Petition Raising Additional Concerns Regarding Biosimilar Labeling

AbbVie previously filed a citizen petition to the FDA arguing against its interim labeling requirements for biosimilars under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”). In its supplemental petition, AbbVie...more

B&B Hardware v. Hargis – What it Means and How it will Affect TTAB Litigation

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision that may significantly impact how Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) cases are litigated and whether potential litigants elect to forego TTAB litigation in certain...more

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