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ITC Section 337 Update – August 2014

Fifth Annual "Live at the ITC" – On July 30, 2014, the Fifth Annual Forum on Section 337 and Other Developments at the U.S. International Trade Commission, entitled Live at the ITC, was co-sponsored by the ABA-IPL...more

An Exceptional Decision: The ITC Stays Cease and Desist Orders Issued in the Dental Position Adjustment Appliances Investigation

On June 11, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission ordered the stay of its own cease and desist orders previously entered against ClearCorrect Operating, LLC (CCUS) and ClearCorrect Pakistan (Private), Ltd. (CCPK)...more

ITC Section 337 Update

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Federal Circuit Standards For Patent Inducement Infringement And Indefiniteness – In two decisions on June 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court materially changed the standards for patent...more

Advertising News & Analysis - June 2014

In this issue: - Leading Product Liability Litigator Jessica Grant Joins Venable's SF Office - FindTheBest's 1-2 Punch KOs Patent Troll - The Other Ski Boot Drops – You Shouldn't Collude Over Endorsers...more

AcryliCon Accuses Silikal Of Trademark Infringement and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On April 10, 2014, AcryliCon USA, LLC, (“AcryliCon” or “Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Silikal GmbH & Co. and Silikal Industries GmbH, (“Silikal”), Hubert Weimann, and Harold Schmidt (collectively, “Defendants”)...more

Full Federal Circuit Vacates Panel Decision In Suprema And Grants Petitions For Rehearing En Banc

As we reported last month, the International Trade Commission and Cross Match Technologies, Inc. petitioned for a panel rehearing and a rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit’s December decision in Suprema v. International...more

ITC: Data Transmissions from Abroad Are Importations Subject to Section 337

Unfair acts connected to imported "articles" are unlawful under Section 337. The U.S. International Trade Commission – the agency tasked with administering Section 337 – recently ruled that data transmissions from abroad are...more

European Commission Takes Action to Limit Injunctions for SEPs

On April 29, 2014, the European Commission ("Commission") adopted a decision against Motorola Mobility LLC (“Motorola”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc., and entered into a settlement agreement with Samsung...more

European Commission limits Ability to seek Injunctions relating to Standard Essential Patents

On 29 April 2014, the European Commission ("Commission") issued two decisions clarifying its approach where holders of standard essential patents (“SEPs”) seek injunctions against their prospective licensees, in particular as...more

Microsoft-Nokia: China’s MOFCOM Quietly Slips Into the Debate about Injunctive Relief for FRAND-encumbered SEPs

This past November and December, the US Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and European Commission (“EC”) cleared Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) acquisition of the bulk of the devices and services business of Nokia...more

ITC reaffirms its power to bar digital file transfers

The U.S. International Trade Commission has reaffirmed its power to ban electronic transmissions (such as pirated films or software) from the United States where those transmission infringe an intellectual property right or...more

ITC Says the Importation of Digital Data Can Constitute Importation of a Patent-Infringing Product

On April 3, 2014, the United States International Trade Commission affirmed that the importation of digital data via electronic transmission can constitute “importation” of a patent-infringing product in violation of Section...more

Issues To Consider Before Monetizing Standard-Essential Patents By Sale Or Enforcement

Companies that participate in standard setting organizations (“SSOs”) typically agree to license any patents essential to practice the standard on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms (“RAND” or, adding fair, “FRAND”...more

Give It Back! Disgorgement – Another FTC Arrow against Reverse-Payment Settlements that Delay Generic Entry

If the uncertainty that the Supreme Court’s Actavis decision injected into the world of reverse-payment settlement litigation wasn’t enough to get your attention, then the FTC’s recent effort to obtain disgorgement from...more

Antitrust Treble Damages for Patent Infringement? Yes, According to Groundbreaking Decision

The Eastern District of Texas recently held that patent infringement can constitute anticompetitive conduct for monopolization claims under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, in Retractable Technologies Inc. v. Becton Dickinson &...more

Defendants' Response to Myriad's Preliminary Injunction Motions - Myriad Genetics v. Ambry Genetics Corp. and Myriad Genetics v....

Last month, Ambry Genetics and Gene By Gene responded to Myriad's motion for preliminary injunction in a 109 page brief that sets out its invalidity case as well as the basis for its antitrust counterclaims. Supported by...more

The International Trade Commission: Easier Injunctive Relief-Except for Standard-Essential Patent Holders

Earlier this summer, the Obama administration dealt a blow to Standard-Essential Patent (SEP) holders by reversing an International Trade Commission (ITC) exclusion order granted in favor of an SEP holder. This action...more

Latest Developments On Injunctive Relief For Infringement Of FRAND Encumbered SEPs

This memorandum is directed to the current state of the case law in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or “Commission”), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. District Courts for parties seeking to...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Addresses Use of Standard-Essential Patents in Section 337 Investigations

The U.S. International Trade Commission recently published the final public version of its June 4, 2013, decision, which states that there is nothing in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 that precludes the Commission from...more

Supreme Court in Actavis: analyze reverse-payment settlements' anticompetitive effects case by case

In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court in FTC v. Actavis held 5-3 that reverse-payment settlements of Hatch-Waxman Act litigation are neither immune from antitrust liability nor presumptively ulawful but rather...more

Private Actions in Competition Law: European Commission Proposes a New Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions in the EU

On 11 June 2013, the European Commission (the “Commission”) proposed a new Directive on private damages actions for breaches of EU competition law. This note highlights the key changes proposed by the Commission, which, if...more

Protecting Trade Secrets In China

Trade secrets were first introduced into China law through the Article 10 of the “Anti-Unfair Competition Law of China” (effective Dec. 1, 1993)....more

ITC Section 337 Update - June 3, 2013

Commission Publishes More New Rules On General Discovery Limitations, E-Discovery Limitations, And Claiming Privilege Or Work Product Protection – On May 15, 2013, the Commission published Amendments (78 Fed. Reg....more

District Court Judge Enjoins Standards-Essential Patent Owner From Enforcing ITC Exclusion Order

In a growing body of legal authority regarding standards-essential patents (SEPs), Northern District of California Judge Ronald Whyte ruled Monday that an owner of SEPs violated its licensing commitments by initiating a U.S....more

A New Front in The Patent Wars: CJEU Asked for Guidance on Limits to Injunctive Relief

The patent wars between large technology companies continue unabated. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is set to provide guidance on the antitrust rules when holders of standard essential patents seek...more

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