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“Google” Still Not (Yet) Generic

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant opinion on the topic of genericness, Elliott v. Google, Inc., No. 15-15809. The opinion affirmed a federal district court’s grant of summary...more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Choices for Patent Infringement Suits

by Barley Snyder on

A U.S. patent owner is now limited in where they can sue an accused patent infringer after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday reversed a previous federal appeals court decision....more

Supreme Court Restricts Patent Venue - Holding That A Domestic Corporation "Resides" Only In The State Of Incorporation

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its long awaited opinion in T.C. Heartland L.L.C. v. Kraft Food Brands, L.L.C., No. 16-341 (U.S. May 22, 2017)—easily one of its most consequential rulings in patent law in several...more

Music Performing Rights Organizations and the “Full-Work” vs. “Fractional” Licensing Dispute: Government Seeks to Overturn...

by Brooks Pierce on

On Thursday, the United States filed its brief (link is external)in its appeal of a decision by the district court for the Southern District of New York (link is external), which rejected the US Department of Justice’s...more

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Announces New Limits on Venue in Patent Cases, Blunting Key Troll Tool

by Fenwick & West LLP on

For the past 27 years, plaintiffs have been able to bring patent-infringement suits against most corporations almost anywhere in the United States. So-called non-practicing entities, also known as patent “trolls,” have taken...more

A New Limit on Patent Litigation Venue

by Stinson Leonard Street on

A recent U.S. Supreme Court case limited patent litigation venues to a much narrower set of options. Patent venue is now limited solely to the state where the defendant is incorporated and/or states where it operates a...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Changes Where Patents May Be Litigated

Monday, in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, No. 16-341, the United States Supreme Court significantly changed the geography where future patent infringement suits can be filed....more

Supreme Court Reins in Venue for Patent Cases

by Burr & Forman on

For nearly three decades, patent owners have been able to file patent infringement lawsuits in any court that had personal jurisdiction over the accused infringer. This broad approach to venue led to the rise of remote...more

Intellectual Property Update: U.S. Supreme Court: Patent Infringement Lawsuits Should Be Filed in Defendant’s State of...

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On May 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which had held that a claim for patent infringement could be brought in nearly any federal...more

Bid Farewell to Texas...

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court significantly narrowed where a patent infringement lawsuit may be brought against a United States corporation. In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the Supreme Court agreed...more

IP Alert: "Supreme Court Restricts Where Patent Suits May Be Filed"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court tightened the reins on where patent infringement lawsuits may be filed. In a closely watched case, the Court reversed the decades-old Federal Circuit interpretation that permitted patent...more

There's No Place Like Home: SCOTUS Rules on Patent Venue Issue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday upended the status quo for venue in patent cases. For nearly three decades, with some limitations, corporate patent infringement defendants were deemed to "reside"—and thus venue was proper—in...more

In Landmark Decision, U.S. Supreme Court Limits Patent Venue

by Hogan Lovells on

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC on the hotly contested issue of patent venue reform. The patent venue statue provides two grounds for laying venue....more

Patent Litigation Development for Manufacturers: U.S. Supreme Court Limits where Corporations can be Sued for Patent Infringement

The United States Supreme Court just limited where corporations can be sued for patent infringement in a case called TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341 (U.S. May 22, 2017). Manufacturers sued for...more

An 8-0 Decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Limits Venue Shopping in Patent Suits

Today, May 22, 2017, in the TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the proper venue for a patent infringement lawsuit is (1) the state of incorporation for the...more

Supreme Court Decides TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341, holding that, for purposes of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), a domestic corporation resides only in...more

Court Ruling Supports Contractual and Statutory Enforcement of Open Source Software Licenses

Despite the prevalence of open source software and its ubiquitous use in the software industry, there has been little litigation in the United States analyzing and interpreting the terms of open source licenses. On April 25,...more

New Fed Circuit decision bolsters on-sale bar

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Patent litigators will tell you that there are many ways to invalidate a patent. One of their favorites is a self-inflicted ground of invalidity known as the “on-sale bar.” Under patent law, if you sell (or offer to sell)...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies the On-Sale Bar Under the AIA: No Public Disclosure of the Invention Is Required if the Existence of the...

Under 35 U.S.C. § 102, the on-sale bar generally holds that the sale of a patented invention more than one year before the filing date invalidates the patent. Before the America Invents Act (AIA), courts held that...more

Are Secret Sales Prior Art Under The AIA?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., the Federal Circuit found that a publicly-announced “Supply and Purchase” agreement triggered the on-sale bar under pre-AIA 35 USC § 102(b) and under AIA 35 USC §...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies the On-Sale Bar under AIA

Last week the Federal Circuit in Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva Pharmaceuticals clarified the scope of the on-sale bar rule under the America Invents Act (AIA). The on-sale bar in general means that a sale or an offer to sale of...more

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Federal Circuit Interprets AIA's On-Sale Bar

by Jones Day on

For more than 60 years, Section 102(b) of the Patent Act precluded patentability when the invention was "in public use or on sale in this country [for] more than one year" before the filing of a patent application. That...more

In Helsinn Healthcare, the Federal Circuit Offers Guidance on the On-Sale Bar under the AIA

The sale of a product prior to filing a patent application, or “on-sale bar,” has long been a potential barrier to obtaining a patent in the United States. Especially in the biotechnology space, which can involve a long...more

A Sale is Still a Sale under the AIA

At least so far, the meaning of “on sale” under AIA 35 U.S.C. §102(a)(1) has not changed from pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. §102(b) following a decision by the Federal Circuit in Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.,...more

Federal Circuit Provides Clarity to “On-Sale Bar” for Patents Under AIA

by Snell & Wilmer on

Under the America Invents Act (AIA), 35 U.S.C. § 102(a) bars the patentability of an “invention [that] was patented, described in a printed publication, or in public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the public before...more

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