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ITC Commissioners Divided Over Standards For Cease And Desist Orders

Recent decisions by the Commission highlight a split among the Commissioners over the proper standard for issuing cease and desist orders. The majority of Commissioners appear to agree that the determination regarding...more

Supreme Court Denies Petition for Writ of Certiorari Over Sino Legend’s Trade Secret Theft Challenge

On January 9, 2017, the Supreme Court denied the petition for writ of certiorari submitted by Sino Legend Chemical Co., Ltd. (Sino) in litigation stemming from SI Group, Inc.’s (SI) Section 337 complaint. In a Section 337...more

U.S. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Win 4-0 Over Spanish Donuts

A decision rendered by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on March 2, 2017, affirming a General Court ruling and potentially ending a nearly twenty-year legal battle, is a reminder to trademark owners that what is generic in...more

Supreme Court limits liability for shipping parts of patented inventions abroad

Generally, to infringe a U.S. patent, the infringing activity — the unauthorized making, using, offering to sell, selling, or importation — occurs within the United States. However, there are exceptions to this rule. Under 35...more

Inducement of Patent Infringement by Export – One is Never Enough

In its most recent foray into patents, the Supreme Court continued its recent line of decisions interpreting laws to limit the international reach of U.S. intellectual property protection. The holding can be summarized in...more

Curiouser and Curiouser: Copyrights and Trademark Rights are Not Perfect Reflections

Much like the world of Underland created in Lewis Carroll’s book Alice Through the Looking Glass, the blurring between copyright and trademark rights can create a topsy-turvy universe....more

Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp.: Supreme Court Limits Patent Infringement Liability for Suppliers Under § 271(f)(1)

The Supreme Court in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp held that providing a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to patent infringement liability under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Complainant Cannot Move For Summary Determination Against Its Own Interests

Judge Pender issued Order No. 19 in Certain Access Control Systems and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1016, denying Complainant The Chamberlain Group’s (“CGI”) motion for summary determination that the accused products...more

Section 337 Actions at the ITC: another forum for pharma and biosimilars litigation?

With the growing volume of biosimilar and pharma litigation in district courts and before the PTAB, the U.S. International Trade Commission may emerge as another forum for patent holders against imported biosimilars. Section...more

One is Not Enough – Infringement Liability under § 271(f)(1)

In Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., Slip Op. 14-1538 (Feb. 22, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to...more

Standing to Enforce Foreign Trademark Rights After Belmora v. Bayer Certiorari Denial

On February 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States denied certiorari in Belmora LLC v. Bayer Consumer Care AG, 819 F.3d 697 (4th Cir. 2016), cert. denied, __ S. Ct. __, 2017 WL 737826 (U.S. Feb. 27, 2017) (No....more

Judge gives .AFRICA the green light to proceed

As previously reported here, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has been sued by the disgruntled new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) applicant, DotConnectAfrica, in order to prevent the delegation...more

Supreme Court Rules That Patent Infringement Liability Based On Supply Of "A Substantial Portion" Of The Components Of An...

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. to address whether the act of supplying from the United States a single commodity component of a multicomponent invention...more

Accused of Taking Confidential Information? Five Immediate Steps That Can Limit Risk

Disputes over trade secrets and confidential information have increased dramatically in recent years. Often arising after a business hires an employee from a competitor, a proposed acquisition falls through, or information is...more

Limiting Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Patents: "Substantial" Means More than One

Last week, the Supreme Court provided much-needed clarity to U.S. companies concerned about their potential liability for supplying a single component of a multicomponent invention abroad. The Court’s decision in Life...more

Quantity - Not Quality - Matters in Assessing Liability for Patent Infringement under Section 271(f)(1)

In Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., the Supreme Court ruled that, as a matter of law, “the supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention” from the United States does not trigger liability under Section...more

Checking In On ITC Pilot Program For Redesigns

Since February 2015, when the U.S. International Trade Commission announced its pilot program for expedited rulings on whether ITC exclusion and cease-and-desist orders cover redesigns or new products, the commission has...more

Lithium Metal Oxide Cathode Materials: Commission Grants Relief after First Oral Hearing in a 337 Investigation in 10 Years

On January 26, 2017, after taking the unusual step of ordering a full International Trade Commission oral hearing to consider issues including laches, remedy, and public interest, the Commission issued a limited exclusion...more

Understanding the similarities and differences between priority claims in Canada and the U.S.

A valid priority claim can allow a patent application to benefit from the filing date of an earlier patent application so as to exclude certain prior art from consideration. The recent decision of the U.S. Federal Circuit in...more

Trends & Insights: The Defend Trade Secrets Act Nine Months Later

It has been nine months since enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) (18 U.S.C. § 1832, et seq.), which amended the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (18 U.S.C. § 1831, et seq.) and created a new federal civil cause...more

Supreme Court Decision Limits Patent Infringement Risk for Exporting a Single Component of a Multi-Component Invention

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court held that there is no patent infringement when an entity supplies "a single component" from the United States for combination into "a multicomponent invention" outside the United...more

Supreme Court Limits Potential Liability for Overseas Patent Infringement

Sale from the U.S. to overseas destination of a single component cannot violate § 271(f) - On February 22, the Supreme Court announced its latest unanimous decision in a patent case....more

The Song says 2 out of 3 Ain’t Bad; The Supreme Court says 1 is not “Substantial”

In Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. [14-1538] (February 22, 2017), the Supreme Court reversed a Federal Circuit decision that supplying a single component of a multi-component invention from the United States is an...more

News from Abroad -- Swiss-style Patent Claims Can Be Very Valuable in Australia

The scope for enforcement of Swiss-style claims may be broader in Australia than for method of medical treatment claims. Second medical use inventions can be claimed in an ever increasing number of claim formats depending on...more

Supreme Court Addresses Scope of Patent Infringement Under Section 271(f)(1)

Section 271(f)(1) of the Patent Act provides that a party infringes a patent claim when it "supplies or causes to be supplied in or from the United States all or a substantial portion of the components of a patented invention...more

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