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European Court Of Justice: Linking To Playboy Pics May Infringe Copyright

On September 8, 2016, the European Court of Justice rendered a controversial decision in GS Media v. Sanoma Media, which has been acclaimed by copyright holders and heavily criticized by internet companies....more

CAFC Says Functional Claim Language Does Not Create Divided Infringement

In LifeNet Health v. LifeCell Corporation, one of the many issues the Federal Circuit decided was that functional claim language did not create a divided infringement situation, even though an independent actor could impact...more

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Support to Software Patents

The federal circuit recently reversed a decision in McRO, Inc. v. DBA Planet Blue that asserted claims in patents at issue, relating to a method for automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expression of...more

Inherent Disclosure is Sufficient to Support a Priority Claim

In Yeda Research v. Abbott GmbH. [2015-1662] (September 20, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that U.S. Patent No. 5,344,915 was entitled to priority of its parent application, and thus was not...more

Federal Circuit Applies Prosecution History Estoppel to Issued Claims Based on Amendments Made to Previously Canceled Claims

On September 8, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision from the Eastern District of Virginia in which the district court held that UCB, Inc.’s Cimzia® antibody does not infringe Yeda’s U.S. Patent No. 6,090,923 (“the...more

Substantial Evidence Supported Infringement of Limitations That Did Not Need Construction

In Lifenet Health v. Lifecell Corporation, [2015-1549](September 16, 2016) the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment that the claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,569,200 on plasticized soft tissue grafts suitable for...more

Yeda Research and Development Co. v. Abbott GmbH & Co. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Before the Supreme Court's recent forays into the topic of subject matter eligibility in patent law, the most contentious line of cases (from the Federal Circuit) concerned the written description requirement of Section 112. ...more

REDUCING RISKS: Court Finds Copyright Act Does Not Preempt State Trade Secret Claim

Over the years, it has proven difficult to fit software in any one category of IP protection. And while software’s ability to seemingly transcend patents, copyright, and trade secrets provides software developers and...more

Double Patenting Decision Delivers Bitter Pill To Antibody Patent

In a recent decision on obviousness-type double patenting, Judge Wolf shortened the shelf life of a dispute between Janssen Biotech, Inc. (“Janssen”) and Celltrion Healthcare Co. Inc. (“Celltrion”), relating to a...more

Trying to Erase the Past: Judge Won’t Vacate Section 101 Ruling After Settlement

Order Denying Motion to Vacate Judgment, Protegrity USA, Inc. v. Netskope, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-02515-YGR (Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers) - When parties settle a case, they usually want to put it all behind them and move...more

Sanofi Sues Merck Over Proposed Insulin Glargine Biosimilar

Last week, Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC filed a complaint against Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. over its proposed biosimilar to Lantus (insulin glargine injection). The complaint asserts that Merck will infringe 10 different U.S....more

In McRO, Federal Circuit Provides Further Guidance on Section 101

Two years after the Central District of California invalidated two 3-D animation patents under Section 101, the Federal Circuit reversed that court’s decision, finding that the lower court oversimplified the claims of a...more

Iron Gate Security, Inc. v. Lowe's Companies, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2016)

Iron Gate, holder of U.S. Patent No. 7,203,693, sued Lowe's in the Southern District of New York, alleging infringement. Lowe's moved to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6), contending that the claims of the patent failed to meet...more

District Court Denies Request to Preclude Defendant from Sharing Confidential Information of Plaintiff with PTAB as part of Inter...

In this patent infringement action between Ultratec and CaptionCall, CaptionCall filed a motion for relief from the stipulated protective order in order to use confidential commercial information from Ultratec (the...more

3 Rounds to Lucas Mill in Chinese Patent Case

In 2014 Lucas Mill discovered a knockoff of its patented portable sawmill being sold online and took immediate action for infringement of its Chinese patent against the Chinese manufacturer, Shandong Shuanghuan Machinery...more

Federal Circuit Overturns PTAB Denial of Motion to Amend Claims in IPR Proceeding

Veritas Technologies LLC v. Veeam Software Corp., No. 2015-1894 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 30, 2016). On recurring controversy in AIA trials is the difficulty patent owners face meeting the PTAB’s strict requirements for amending...more

Litigation Update: Case Management Statement in Amgen v. Sandoz (filgrastim, pegfilgrastim)

The parties in Amgen v. Sandoz (N.D. Cal.) (filgrastim and pegfilgrastim) have submitted a joint case management statement regarding the two pending cases between the parties: Case No. 3:14-cv-04741-RS (accused product:...more

Automatic Animation Software Method Found Patentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101

Since the Supreme Court's decision two years ago in Alice v. CLS Bank, courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have found a large percentage of software and computer-related inventions to claim abstract ideas and not...more

LifeNet Health v. LifeCell Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The complexities that can be attendant on defending against an infringement allegation, and the possibility that a straightforward path to non-infringement can be complicated by claim construction even for terms construed...more

Apotex to Supreme Court: Review BPCIA 180-Day Notice Requirement

On September 9, 2016, Apotex Inc. filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking review of the Federal Circuit’s decision in Amgen Inc. v. Apotex Inc., Case No. 2016-1308. This case involves...more

District Court Stays Litigation Pending Inter Partes Review ("IPR") over Defendant's Objection That Summary Judgment Motion Should...

After the Patent Trial and Appellate Board ("PTAB") instituted inter partes review ("IPR") of all asserted claims in three of the Patents-in-Suit and with the PTAB's decision on FMC's petition for IPR of the fourth challenged...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - September 2016

Dynamic 3D Geosolutions LLC v. Schlumberger Limited (No. 2015-1628, 9/12/16) (Lourie, Wallach, Hughes) - Lourie, J. Affirming disqualification of plaintiff's counsel and affirming dismissal of complaint. “We recognize...more

Amgen v. Apotex, Petition for Certiorari

We have been closely following the Amgen v. Apotex case. On September 9, 2016, Apotex petitioned the Supreme Court for certiorari to review the Federal Circuit’s decision. In its petition, Apotex presents two questions for...more

Bad Science Makes Bad Patent Law—No Science Makes It Worse (Part II)

In Part I, I explained some general criteria for laws of nature, considering the prototypes of Newton's laws and Einstein's E=mc2. Now I'll turn to whether there are laws of nature in biology. Biological generalizations,...more

Piracy Pays (The IP Owner) – Judge Whyte Grants Motion for Default Judgment After Awarding Sanctions in Unauthorized Software...

Order Granting Motion for Default Judgment, Adobe Systems Inc. v. Software Tech, et al., Case No. 5:14-cv-02140-RMW (Judge Ronald M. Whyte) - Everyone in the software field (and probably every computer user) is familiar...more

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