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Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #54

We are pleased to present the 54th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address management-led buyouts, copyright protections, and other news...more

Steps that Simply Map Out an Application on a Computer Do Not Confer Patent Eligibility - Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Capital...

Again addressing the issue of subject-matter eligibility of computer-implemented claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found two patents to be directed to non-eligible subject matter, concluding that the...more

Non-Apportioned Damages Awards Can Make Design Patents Highly Valuable

Companies should make design patents a key part of a company’s patent strategy due to the possibility for non-apportioned awards for design patent infringement. For companies manufacturing products in high volume, especially,...more

Summary of PTO’s Proposed Rules Changes for AIA Proceedings

The America Invents Act (AIA) was enacted into law on Sept. 16, 2011, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office implemented rules for governing the inter partes review, post-grant review, transitional program for covered...more

"Ready? Okay!": Clothing Design Copyright Affirmed by Sixth Circuit Despite Dissent Stating Industry is "a Mess"

Recently, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ("Sixth Circuit") in Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica, LLC, decided that clothing designs (in this case, a cheerleading uniform) can be protected by copyright under the...more

A Defined Numerical Parameter Can Still Be Indefinite, If It’s Not Clear How to Measure It

In The Dow Chemical Co. v. Nova Chemicals Corporation (Canada), [2014-1431, 2014-1462] (August 28, 2015) the Federal Circuit applied the change of law exception to reject Dow’s bid for supplemental damages for infringements...more

Avoid Saying Anything About the Prior Art Except How it Differs from the Claims

In Inline Plastics Corp. v. EasyPak, LLC, [2014-1305] August 27, 2015, the Federal Circuit vacated the district court’s claim construction of “frangible section” as being improperly limited to the preferred embodiment, and...more

PTAB Finds Copyright Notice is Inadmissible Hearsay – Denies Petition for IPR

Different panels of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board have, for the most part, agreed with each other on many of the key issues that arise in inter partes review proceedings. There are, however, instances of disagreement and...more

Nautilus Standard Sinks Dow Patents

Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) lost a ruling that competitor NOVA Chemical Corporation and NOVA Chemicals Inc. (collectively “NOVA”) infringed claims of two Dow patents when the Federal Circuit applied the U.S. Supreme Court’s...more

Party’s Products Must Be Found in the Forum State to Confer Jurisdiction - Celgard, LLC v. SK Innovation Co., Ltd.

In the most recent decision addressing the “purposeful-direction” and “stream-of-commerce” theories used to establish personal jurisdiction over a foreign defendant, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld...more

Non-Analogous Art Is Not Prior Art for Purposes of Obviousness - Circuit Check Inc. v. QXQ Inc.

Addressing the issue of obviousness, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court and restored the jury’s verdict finding the patents-at-issue not invalid, because the prior art in dispute was...more

Amici Support Sequenom's Petition for Rehearing En Banc

The Federal Circuit's Ariosa v. Sequenom decision handed down earlier this summer marked the apex (or nadir, according to your prejudices) of the current trend to limit the scope of patent eligible subject matter. On August...more

ITC Finds Nokia Does Not Infringe Interdigital Patents, So Does Not Address FRAND Issues (337-TA-613)

On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a Notice on its review of Judge Essex’s decision in the InterDigital v. Nokia investigation and found that Nokia did not infringe InterDigital’s 3GPP patents (see our...more

Business Litigation Report - August 2015

Extradition for U.S. Antitrust Crimes: An Anomaly or the New Normal? - In April 2014, Germany extradited Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, to the United States to face criminal charges related to his alleged...more

Both Parties Seek En Banc Intervention in Amgen v. Sandoz

Last month, a divided panel of the Federal Circuit issued a split decision in Amgen v. Sandoz (summary; opinion). Amgen (in which Patterson Belknap represented one of the amici supporting Amgen) is the court’s first decision...more

What a Difference a Few Letters Make – Judge Donato Strikes Patent Claim over Ambiguous Typo, While Sparing Another Through Claim...

Order Re: Claim Construction and Invalidity, Altera Corp. v. PACT XPP Tech., AG, Case No. 14-cv-02868-JD (Judge James Donato) - When filing a patent application, make sure to cross your t’s and dot your i’s—and also...more

District Court Denies Motion to Exclude CEO from Providing Expert Testimony on Infringement

Defendant filed a motion to strike plaintiff's expert report on infringement, asserting that the report failed to comply with Fed.R.Civ.P. 26 because, among other things, the report did not constitute a written report under...more

Court Report - August 2015 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. et al. v. Merck & Co., Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-00572; filed July 7, 2015 in the District Court of...more

No Lost Profits for Extraterritorial Lost Contracts - WesternGeco L.L.C. v. ION Geophysical Corp.

Addressing whether a patentee could recover lost profits for foreign uses of a product manufactured domestically, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s lost profits award, holding...more

Amgen and Apotex do the Biosimilar Patent Dance

Amgen has filed a complaint under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), asserting that a biosimilar application filed by Apotex, Inc. infringes two of its patents. Although several complaints have...more

#AliceStorm: The Summertime Blues Continue

In my July post, I noted that Section 101 court decisions were issuing fast and furious, with twelve decisions in just the first ten days. I predicted that "At this pace, we could see some twenty to thirty decisions this...more

Trademark Review | August 2015

The Redskins Lose Again (Off the Field)- A federal District Court affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s (TTAB) ruling that “Redskins” cannot be registered as a trademark for use in connection with a...more

Federal Circuit Upholds ITC Interpretation of § 337 to Cover Induced Infringement - Suprema, Inc. and Mentalix Inc. v. Int’l Trade...

In a 6-4 ruling, a sharply divided en banc Federal Circuit overturned the original panel decision and deferred to the International Trade Commission’s (ITC or Commission) interpretation of the phrase “articles that …...more

Contract Manufacturing Is a Commercial Transaction for Purpose of “On-Sale” Bar - The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc.

Addressing the application of the on-sale bar under § 102(b), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the claims of an asserted patent were invalid based on an agreement, dated more than one year prior to...more

Kyle Bass Loses Round 1 of IPR Attack Against Pharma/Biotech Patents

On August 24, 2015, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) declined institution of two petitions filed by Coalition For Affordable Drugs for Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) of Acorda’s patents (U.S. Patent Nos: 8,007,826,...more

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