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EU Litigation Update - September 2017

Germany: Expanding Liability for Patent Infringement to Extra-Territorial Acts. In a recent decision, the German Supreme Court (“Bundesgerichtshof”) expanded the liability for patent infringement of a foreign company selling...more

Flawed Consumer Survey Wipes Out $54 Million Verdict in Trademark Infringement Dispute

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In trademark infringement cases, consumer survey evidence can be a powerful tool. It can also badly malfunction, as Black & Decker recently experienced. ...more

Judge Gilstrap’s Patent Venue Test Gets Slapped Down

In its decision, the Federal Circuit also took the opportunity to clarify the Supreme Court’s recent TC Heartland decision and set forth three general requirements to determine where a defendant maintains “a regular and...more

Making the Sausage: Lower Courts Grapple With the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland Venue Decision

The United States Supreme Court decided earlier this year that a 1957 opinion is still valid and still limits venue choices for patent infringement actions under 28 U.S.C. § 1400. See TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group...more

Employee Residence is Not the Defendant’s Regular and Established Place of Business

In In re: Cray Inc., 2017-129 (September 21, 2017), the Federal Circuit granted Cray’s Petition for Writ of Mandamus and directed the Eastern District of Texas to transfer a patent infringement action pursuant to 28 U.S.C....more

Federal Circuit Provides Framework for Establishing Venue in Patent Cases

by Jones Day on

This past week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in In re Cray, providing guidance on application of the patent venue statue. In granting a writ of mandamus and transferring the case from...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Venue Requirement Post-TC Heartland by Granting Mandamus Relief in In re Cray

Late last week, the Federal Circuit granted a writ of mandamus in In re Cray, 2017-129 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 21, 2017), overturning Judge Gilstrap’s four-factor test for determining whether a defendant possesses “a regular and...more

Federal Circuit Brings More Clarity to Rules Governing Proper Venue for Patent Cases

by Dechert LLP on

For years, the Eastern District of Texas has been the most popular forum for patent cases because it has generally been viewed to have patentee-friendly juries, judges, and procedures. But recent rulings from the Supreme...more

CAFC Issues Writ of Mandamus reversing Eastern District of Texas 4-Factor Test for a “Regular and Established Place of Business”...

In In re: Cray, Inc, No. 2017-129, the CAFC issued a writ of mandamus vacating Judge Gilstrap’s decision involving venue under 28 U.S.C. §1400(b) in Raytheon Co. v. Cray Inc., Case No. 15-cv-1554 (E.D. Texas). That earlier...more

In re Cray Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Judge Gilstrap's Short-lived Venue Calculus - The Federal Circuit has spent more than a decade as the Supreme Court's favorite judicial whipping boy, usually because the Court apprehended that their appellate inferior had...more

Interpretations of TC Heartland Add Uncertainty to Patent Litigation

In May 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods reversed more than 25 years of Federal Circuit precedent when it held that for venue purposes a corporation is resident only in its state of incorporation. In...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 3

The DTSA After One Year: Has the Federal Trade Secrets Law Met Expectations? - On May 11, 2017, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) – the law that created a Federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation –...more

Recent Supreme Court Decision Constrains Forum Shopping in Patent Infringement Cases

by Lane Powell PC on

Until recently, if you were a plaintiff and wanted to bring a patent infringement claim, you could file suit almost anywhere. That has now changed....more

My Company Can be Sued Where?: Supreme Court Resolves Some Questions of Where Businesses May Be Sued for Patent Infringement but...

by Smith Anderson on

After a long period in which the U.S. Supreme Court considered intellectual property issues only occasionally, the Court has frequently focused on intellectual property matters in recent years, reflecting the increasing...more

District Courts Remain Split on TC Heartland and Waiver of Improper Venue Defense

The Supreme Court’s decision five months ago in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group Brands was a sea change in the way courts interpret venue for patent infringement cases. Since the Federal Circuit’s decision in VE Holding...more

Return of the Rocket Docket?: New Case Law Potentially Changes the Tide of Patent Lawsuits Fleeing Favored Venues

by Baker Donelson on

The United States Supreme Court’s May decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC was widely seen as a limitation on the jurisdictions in which a patent owner can file infringement claims. That decision set...more

[Webinar] Venue and Exhaustion: Practical Effects of TC Heartland and Lexmark - July 26th, 10:00 am China, CST

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued highly anticipated opinions in two patent cases, both of which may have a profound impact internationally....more

“Not so fast . . .”: Eastern District of Texas Adopts Approach that Narrows Impact of TC Heartland 

When the US Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland was published, many patent practitioners thought that the decision would adversely affect the Eastern District of Texas, a popular venue for patentees because of its quick...more

Federal Circuit Review - June 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

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

N.D. and E.D. Tex. Courts Find Waiver of Venue Defense Notwithstanding TC Heartland Decision

The Supreme Court’s recent holding in TC Heartland settled several points of law: first, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) is the “sole and exclusive provision controlling venue in patent infringement actions; second, the broader venue...more

[Webinar] What TC Heartland Means for Your Business: Practical Strategies For The Next Era Of Patent Litigation - June 29th,...

by BakerHostetler on

This timely webinar will provide insight for business leaders and legal counsel on the implications of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, which has reshaped procedural...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - June 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Shearman & Sterling’s IP litigation team has published its quarterly newsletter. The newsletter covers a wide range of current IP topics: the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland patent-venue decision, the constitutionality of inter...more

The Federal Circuit Grapples With a Messy Breakup and Trademark Ownership

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provided important guidance on the standard applicable to resolving disputes over the rightful ownership of a trademark where the mark has been used by a group of...more

Supreme Court Narrows Choice of Court to File Patent Infringement Actions

by Genova Burns LLC on

The Supreme Court used a dispute over flavored drink mix to settle a question regarding the proper venue for patent infringement actions, unanimously ruling in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341,...more

Business Litigation Report - May 2017

Recent Decisions Regarding Discovery Scope and Proportionality Requirements Under New Federal Rules - Over the past eighteen months, federal courts have issued numerous important decisions clarifying the impact of the most...more

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