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SCOTUS Update: Environmental and Administrative Law Cases Decided in 2017

The 2016 Term of the U.S. Supreme Court was fairly quiet, perhaps reflecting the fact that with only eight members, the Court needed a working consensus to handle its docket. The Court handed down seventy rulings, but only a...more

U.S. Patent Legislation: The STRONGER Patents Act of 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

In June, three democratic senators (Chris Coons from Delaware, Dick Durbin from Illinois, and Mazie Hirono from Hawaii) and one republican senator (Tom Cotton from Arkansas) introduced the “STRONGER Patents Act of 2017.” One...more

Federal Circuit Finds That Fetal Diagnosis Claims Survive Written Description Attacks

by Knobbe Martens on

Stanford University v. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Federal Circuit Appeal No. 2015-2011. Decided June 27, 2017. In an appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Federal Circuit held that claims...more

Alberta's Highest Court Clarifies OHS Law: Privilege Must Be Proven

by Field Law on

With its decision this week in Alberta v. Suncor Energy Inc, 2017 ABCA 221, the Alberta Court of Appeal has considered and clarified the application of solicitor-client privilege and litigation privilege to incidents under...more

IDEA Exhaustion is Alive and Well: Applying Fry in Graham v. Friedlander

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has issued what might be the first decision in the country applying the United States Supreme Court’s recent test for determining whether a party is required to exhaust the administrative...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | July 2017

JAMA Study and Editorial Call for Improvements in Cosmetic Regulation and Surveillance - In response to a study analyzing adverse events for cosmetics and personal care products, the Journal of the American Medical...more

PTAB Confirms Decision Denying Institution Based on District Court Action Ultimately Dismissed Without Prejudice

On July 6, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) denied Petitioner Ford Motor Company’s (“Petitioner”) request for rehearing of the Board’s decision denying institution of multiple inter partes reviews (IPR)...more

Eighth Circuit Strikes Down STB Rules Defining "On-Time" Passenger Performance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Union Pacific Railroad Company v. Surface Transportation Board, No. 16-3307, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has held that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) exceeded its authority when it promulgated...more

BRI-Proof Your Claims

By Bryan K. Wheelock, Principal There are many benefits to employing means + function claiming under 35 USC §112(f).  The Federal Circuit recently pointed out a new one: protecting your claims from the application by the...more

Maine Superior Court Weighs in on Code Enforcement Appeal

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Earlier this year, Maine’s Superior Court issued a decision in Blasco v. Town of Southport that provides a useful reminder for municipalities about appeals of code enforcement actions. The case involved an 80B appeal of a...more

In Lease Case, Maryland's Highest Court Brings State Law in Line With FOIA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Confidentiality is important for landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions. For that reason, a recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision should be kept in mind when leases and other documents are submitted to...more

The STRONGER Patents Act: Swinging the Pendulum in Favor of Patent Owners

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

While the House Judiciary Committee conducts hearings today on "The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses," a movement is afoot in the Senate to revitalize the U.S. patent system. On June 21, 2017, a bipartisan group...more

Rarely Granted Motion to Amend Defeated in the Federal Circuit

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

In Shinn Fu Co. of Am. v. Tire Hanger Corp., No. 16-2250 (Fed. Cir. 2017), the Federal Circuit reviewed a successful motion to amend granted by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”). This appeal arose from an inter...more

In the Latest Episode of The Overtime Rule Soap Opera: DOL Tells Fifth Circuit It Will Revise Obama-Era Overtime Rule – But Not...

Last week, lawyers for the federal government told an appeals court that the Department of Labor plans to revise the currently-blocked overtime rule issued during the Obama administration last year.   But it won’t do so, it...more

Federal Circuit Review - June 2017

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Inter Partes Reexamination Estoppel Attaches On Claim-by-Claim Basis for New Requests and Pending Proceedings - In In re Affinity Labs Of Texas, LLC, Appeal Nos. 2016-1092, 2016-1172, the Federal Circuit held that the...more

PTO Erred by Not Identifying Algorithm Corresponding to §112, ¶ 6 Element Before Invalidating Claims

In IPCOM GmbH & Co. v. HRC Corp., [2016-1474] (July 7, 2017) the Federal Circuit found that the Board failed to conduct a proper claim construction of the “arrangement for reactivating the link” claim limitation, and...more

PTAB Denies Motion to Withdraw as IPR Counsel

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In an order entered June 30, 2017, the PTAB denied a motion by counsel for patent owner Purple Leaf, LLC (“Counsel”) to withdraw from representation in a trio of IPRs (IPR2016-01720, IPR2016-01721, and IPR2016-01722). Counsel...more

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

In AdjustaCam v. Newegg, the Circuit reverses the denial of attorney fees where Judge Gilstrap simply adopted a pre-Octane Fitness determination by a prior judge, despite the Circuit’s post-Octane Fitness remand of the case...more

A Seemingly Important Win for Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Insurance Carriers and Employers

by Ruder Ware on

On its face the decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Flug v. LIRC, 2017 WI 72 (decided on June 30, 2017), is a clear, important win for the employer side in common injuries that involve pre-existing degenerative...more

Developments in IPR Remands from the Federal Circuit During the First Half of 2017

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Previously, we reported the outcomes of remands from the Federal Circuit to the PTAB in IPR cases through 2016.... This note is an update to that report, surveying the outcomes and status of remands to the PTAB in the...more

Written Description Must Support Claims; Not Exclude Alternatives

In The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, [2015-2011] (June 27, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated the PTAB’s determination in an interference that Stanford’s...more

R&D Based Domestic Industry Questions Remain

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As noted in a previous post, ALJ Lord issued a domestic industry ruling, which the Commission later vacated without position, finding that R&D-based investments in plant and equipment or labor and capital cannot count towards...more

Make Patents Great Again (or at least Make them STRONGER)

Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono have introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, proposing a large number of improvements to U.S. patent law. While the Bill does a lot to improve patents from an inventor’s...more

Default Determination Highlights The Importance Of Alleging Every Element

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A recent ITC decision, stemming from a default initial determination, underscores the importance of alleging every element in a complaint. 19 U.S.C. § 1337(g)(l) provides that the Commission, when making a determination on...more

PTAB Free to Adopt Claim Constructions Independent of Party Contentions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) may arrive at its own claim broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) independent of those proffered by the parties and...more

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