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ITC Section 337 Update – July 2014

Commission Affirms No Domestic Industry Based On Research And Development In 859 Investigation – On July 21, 2014, the Commission issued a Notice To Affirm In Part, Reverse In Part And Vacate In Part The Final Initial...more

Federal Circuit Says Commission Must Toe the Line in Invisalign ITC Case

In Align Technology, Inc. v. International Trade Commission, the Federal Circuit held that ITC action that violated ITC’s own regulations warranted vacatur under the Administrative Procedures Act. While the case addresses...more

Federal Circuit Makes ITC Comply With Its Own Rules

In an opinion dated July 18, 2014, in Align Technology, Inc. v. International Trade Commission (Fed. Cir. July 18, 2014, No. 2013-1240, -1363) 2014 U.S. App. Lexis 13717, the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a decision of...more

Advertising Law - July 2014

Online Reviews Not Sufficient To Support Ad Claim, NAD Rules - While recognizing the benefits of using new sources of information, the National Advertising Division (NAD) decided that an advertiser’s use of aggregated...more

Supreme Court To Decide Preclusive Effect of TTAB Decisions on Subsequent Court Actions

Last week the Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine whether decisions of the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (TTAB) concerning likelihood of confusion preclude relitigating that issue in subsequent infringement...more

Supreme Court's Indefiniteness Ruling Has Immediate Impact at ITC

After a hearing in an Investigation occurred between February 24 and March 7, 2014 and with the parties having submitted their opening post-hearing briefs on March 21, 2014 and their reply post-hearing briefs on March 28,...more

It Is “Quite Clear” that USPTO’s Decision Not To Institute an IPR Is “Final and Nonappealable”

Dominion Dealer Solutions, LLC v. Lee - Addressing whether a district court has subject matter jurisdiction over a decision to deny an inter partes review made by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)...more

Purgation Case Still Held Up

Braintree Laboratories, Inc. v. Breckenridge Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Case Number: 1:12-cv-06851-AJN (Dkt. 69) - Judge Nathan approved the parties’ proposal to maintain the case on administrative hold pending...more

Generic Drug Company Licensees Avoid Patented Medicines Price Oversight

In nearly identical decisions released on May 27, 2014, Sandoz Canada Inc v Canada, 2014 FC 501 (Sandoz) and ratiopharm Inc v Canada, 2014 FC 502 (ratiopharm), the Federal Court of Canada held that some licensees of patents...more

Rubber Hits the Road: Rust-Oleum Trademark Case Leaves TTAB for Minnesota Federal Court

Lately we’ve been discussing more and more the difference between the right to register a trademark and the right to use a trademark. In many trademark disputes the perfect forum for an amicable resolution is the Trademark...more

Director’s Decision on Inter Partes Review Institution Is the Final Word

St. Jude Med., Cardiology Div., Inc. v. Volcano Corp.; In re Dominion Dealer Solutions, LLC; In re The Procter & Gamble Co. - In three opinions, each addressing a slightly different issue regarding the reviewability of...more

Pom Wonderful and Coke in a Juicy Battle at the U.S. Supreme Court

On Monday April 21, Pom Wonderful LLC, the maker of a line of POM WONDERFUL® pomegranate juice products, www.pomwonderful.com, and The Coca-Cola Company, which sells MINUTE MAID® juice products, www.minutemaid.com, battled it...more

Compelling Testimony

In GEA Process Engineering, Inc. v. Steuben Foods, Inc., (IPR2014-00041), Paper 22 (IPR2014-00043), Paper 23, (IPR2014-00051), Paper 21 (IPR2014-00054), Paper 18 (IPR2014-00055), Paper 14 (April 15, 2014), the patent owner...more

Pyrrhic Victory For Parties Seeking Fracking Fluid Disclosures

Parties advocating public disclosure of the chemical makeup of fracking fluids may have won a recent battle in Wyoming, but are they losing the war? On March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court in Powder River Basin Resource...more

Eastern District of Texas Creates “Track B” for Efficient Management of Patent Cases

On February 25, Chief Judge Leonard Davis of the Eastern District of Texas issued a general order regarding a new specialized case management procedure available for patent cases in the district. The order creates a special...more

Federal Circuit Reaffirms De Novo Standard of Review for Claim Construction

In a long-awaited decision, the Federal Circuit ruled en banc to uphold the the de novo standard for appellate review of claim construction issues, which was previously established in another en banc decision, Cybor Corp. v....more

Another Motion to Amend Denied in IPR Final Written Decision

While Patent Owners have finally succeeded in having claims survive an inter partes review proceeding, no Patent Owner has yet to find the magic formula that successfully navigates a motion to amend. In a Final Written...more

Federal Circuit Issues Remand In Ten Year Reexamination Proceeding

In Tempo Lighting, Inc. v. Tivoli, LLC, the Federal Circuit vacated the decision of the U.S. Patent Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board that had reversed the Examiner’s rejection of most of the claims of the patent at issue....more

ITC Affirms Trade Secret Violation Against Chinese Company For Stealing U.S. Rubber Resin Trade Secrets, Imposes 10-Year Import...

The U.S. International Trade Commission has upheld an Administrative Law Judge’s determination that a Chinese company misappropriated its U.S. competitor’s rubber resin trade secrets, and has banned it from importing its...more

The High Price of Challenging a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decision in District Court

Applicants who challenge a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board refusal to register a trademark must reimburse the government for PTO attorney fees even if they win....more

Comforted By The Seat Of Justice - No Going Behind The EPO's Decision To Grant A Patent

The Court of Appeal recently ruled in Virgin Atlantic Airways v Jet Airlines (India) & Zodiac Seats UK and others that the English courts cannot go behind the European Patent Office's ("EPO's") decision to grant a European...more

TC's inside IP - Winter 2013: Final Really Does Mean Final in the Federal Circuit

Defendants in patent infringement lawsuits often request that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) reexamine the patent-in-suit. Patent reexamination is a process where the validity of an issued patent is...more

U.S. PTAB Issues First Final Decision in an Inter Partes Review

On November 13, 2013, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued its first final decision in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding brought by Garmin under the new administrative procedures established by the...more

October 2013: International Trade Commission Update - ITC Unveils New Pilot Program Aimed at Early Resolution of 337...

The United States International Trade Commission recently unveiled a new pilot program aimed at faster, less expensive resolution of 337 investigations. As part of the pilot program, the Commission “will identify, at...more

Fresenius v. Baxter: The Importance of Timing in Patent Litigation

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Fresenius USA, Inc. v. Baxter Int’l, Inc., illustrates the potential value of challenging a patent's validity through administrative proceedings in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office...more

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