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For Waterproofing Patent, Arguments Against Obviousness Didn’t Hold Water

The Federal Circuit’s decision in Outdry Technologies Corporation, v. Geox S.P.A. discusses some criteria for determining whether or not the explanations provided by the PTAB in an IPR decision are sufficient to support a...more

“Catch-All” Phrases Insufficient To Give Proper Notice of Grounds for Petition

In Emerachem Holdings, LLC v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., the Federal Circuit made clear that “catch-all” phrases in a Petition for IPR and/or a Board’s Institution Decision are insufficient to put a patent owner on...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In EmeraChem v Volkswagen the Circuit reverses a determination of obviousness because the ?Board did not provide the patentee with an adequate opportunity to address a prior art reference ?that formed a principal basis for...more

Jelly Beans Contain Sugar - The Continuing Saga of Evaporated Cane Juice Litigation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In February, plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in California against candy maker Jelly Belly on behalf of consumers who purchased jelly beans marketed as “Sport Beans.” They claimed that Jelly Belly used the phrase...more

New Guidance from USACE Could Streamline Processes

by Downey Brand LLP on

A June 21, 2017 Memorandum issued by James Dalton, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Director of Civil Works, is designed to streamline a number of USACE processes, including...more

Evidence of Unexpected Results Key to Grant of Substitute Claims in Inter Partes Review Proceeding

In Valeo North America, Inc. v. Schaeffler Tech. AG & CO. KG, after finding that all original claims of the patent were unpatentable during an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board granted,...more

Lack of Enablement in Provisional Application Results in Loss of Priority

In Storer v. Clark, [2015-1802] (June 21, 2017) the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision awarding priority in an interference to Clark, on the grounds that Storer’s provisional application did...more

The Federal Circuit Gives Patent Owners A Fighting Chance: Due Process In IPR Proceedings

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The June 15 decision by the Federal Circuit, EmeraChem Holdings, LLC v. Volkswagen Group of Am., Inc., highlights the power of a procedural challenge to a final written decision by the PTAB. Procedural challenges should be...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Lawmakers finished a busy week last Thursday, aiming to adjourn the 2017 long session before the 4th of July. Legislative leaders began the week with a press conference to highlight the Conference Report for...more

Impairment Rating Evaluations Declared Unconstitutional

Over 20 years after Section 306(a.2) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was enacted, employers will no longer be able to limit partial disability benefits to 500 weeks based on an Impairment Rating Evaluation...more

French Export Credit Agency Changes

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

After seven decades as France’s export credit agency (ECA), on 31 December 2016, Compagnie Française d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (Coface) transferred its State export credit guarantee activities to Bpifrance...more

Utah DEQ Appoints New Director of Division of Water Quality

by Stoel Rives LLP on

For those of you who may have missed it, Utah DEQ Executive Director Alan Matheson last week appointed Erica Gaddis as the new Director of the Division of Water Quality....more

Case Demonstrates Perils Of Refusing To Discuss Issues With Union

A significant change in NLRB precedent during the last few years was the added requirement that an employer bargain over discretionary aspects of discipline in the period between the union acquiring representational rights...more

Be Careful Basing Your IPR On Previously Considered Prior Art

by Jones Day on

It is not always possible for a party seeking to challenge a patent in an IPR to find prior art patents or printed publications that the USPTO has not already considered. Often the best available prior art comes from the...more

ITC Issues Public Commission Opinion Clarifying Methodology for Allocating Domestic Industry Expenses and Issuing Exclusion Order...

On May 17, 2017, the International Trade Commission (ITC) reversed an ALJ’s ruling and found a violation of Section 337 in Certain Air Mattress Systems, Components Thereof and Methods of using the Same (“Certain Air Mattress...more

The Taxpayer Transparency And Fairness Act Is Anything But

by Allen Matkins on

Recently, I wrote about the stealth with which the California legislature enacted AB 102, which it ironically named the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017. Having been birthed in opacity, AB 102 will operate with...more

President's Executive Order on Cybersecurity: Impact on Banks Unclear

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order addressing cybersecurity. But for financial institutions, is the executive order much ado about nothing? Not exactly....more

Curry Defends OCC's Fintech Charter, New York's DFS Sues

Stepping down as the leader of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Thomas J. Curry highlighted the efforts of the agency to encourage financial innovation, particularly the agency's decision to grant fintech...more

Calculating Patent Term Adjustment: Part 1

This article is first in a series focusing on various issues related to Patent Term Adjustment. Part 1 is a general overview of how to calculate patent term adjustment, without addressing the numerous factors that can affect...more

Calculating Patent Term Adjustment: Part 1

This article is first in a series focusing on various issues related to Patent Term Adjustment. Part 1 is a general overview of how to calculate patent term adjustment, without addressing the numerous factors that can affect...more

An Early Look at the Impact of Oil States

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Servs. LLC v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC, No. 16-712 (U.S. Jun. 12, 2017). The Supreme Court will review whether the Constitution permits the PTAB, a...more

Rare Court Case Sheds Light on U.S. Sanctions Enforcement

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

It is rare for companies to go to court to fight penalties imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for violations of U.S. sanctions. It is even more rare for a court to make any sort of finding against the...more

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

DOJ Reports on Drones Flying Contraband to Prisons

While drone delivery services are certainly on the agendas are large retailers like Amazon, inmates in jails across the U.S. are already using drones to receive their own aerial contraband shipments. Through a Freedom of...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - June 2017

by DLA Piper on

Nonprofits sue FDA over delay in menu-labeling rule. On June 7, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Consumers League filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the...more

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