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Federal Circuit Gives PTAB Free Hand on Claim Construction

by Morgan Lewis on

The Federal Circuit recently held that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is not constrained by parties’ proposed constructions and may, in fact, adopt an alternative construction that the Board raises for the first time at...more

Could the Use of Online Volunteers and Moderators Increase Your Company’s Copyright Liability Exposure?

With over one billion websites on the Internet, and 211 million items of online content created every minute, it should come as no surprise that content curation is one of the hottest trends in the Internet industry. We are...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

Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Allergan, Inc. v. Teva Pharms. USA, Inc., 15-1455-WCB, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4545 (E.D. Tex. Jan. 12, 2017) (Bryson, J.). Drug Product and Patent(s)-in-Suit: Restasis® (cyclosporine ophthalmic solution); U.S....more

Supreme Court Significantly Narrows Reach Of Patent Venue Statute

In a highly anticipated opinion significantly narrowing the first prong of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), the Supreme Court in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC unanimously held that a domestic...more

Supreme Court heralds tectonic shift in venue selection for patent suits

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Reversing nearly 30 years of patent practice, the United States Supreme Court recently held in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC that the appropriate venue for patent-based suits against domestic corporate...more

Not Necessarily Unfair to Reply on Patent Owner’s Submissions in Obviousness Finding, but Board Failed to Provide Adequate...

In Rovalma, S.A. v. Bohler-Edelstahl GmbH & Co., KG, [2016-2233] (May 11, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated the Board’s Final Written Decision in IPR2015-00150, finding the Board did not set forth its reasoning in sufficient...more

Court Allows Trade-Secret Misappropriation Claim Based on Inevitable Disclosure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois allowed one company to sue its direct competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets based entirely on the improper taking of trade secrets...more

The Supreme Court, Reversing the Federal Circuit, Holds that “Residence” in the Patent Venue Statute Refers to Only a Domestic...

by BakerHostetler on

In a brief, well-reasoned opinion, a unanimous eight-member Supreme Court held that 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) is a stand-alone provision governing venue in patent infringement suits, unaffected by the broad definition of...more

Supreme Court’s Decision in TC Heartland Narrows Patent Venue Selection

The Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland will undoubtedly have a substantial impact on patent venue selection and will likely lead to a marked decrease in cases brought in the Eastern District of Texas.  Under the Supreme...more

Supreme Court Decision Limits Venue Statute in Patent Litigation

by Lathrop & Gage LLP on

On May 22, 2017, in a highly-anticipated decision that could dramatically alter the landscape of patent litigation, the United States Supreme Court held that the “resides” prong of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C....more

The Supreme Court Narrows Forum Shopping in Patent Infringement Cases Against Domestic Companies in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food...

On May 22, 2017, the US Supreme Court unanimously rejected prior case law allowing patent holders to rely on the general venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1391(c), to file suit where a domestic defendant makes sales. TC Heartland,...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

Written Description Lacking Where Nothing in the Specification Suggests Inventor Contemplated Claimed Invention

In Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Cirrex Systems, LLC, [2016-1143, 2016-1144](May 10, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed in part, and reversed in part the Board’s decision in Inter Partes Reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,415,082. ...more

Home Court Advantage - Supreme Court Limits Where Patent Lawsuits May be Filed

by King & Spalding on

On May 22, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court unwound nearly 30 years of patent venue jurisprudence allowing domestic corporations to be sued for patent infringement in any judicial district in which the company does business. In TC...more

SCOTUS Messed with Texas: Supreme Court Limits Venue in Patent Cases

by Bryan Cave on

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court re-defined the scope of venue in patent cases in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 U.S. ___ (2017). Under the Supreme Court’s ruling, venue in patent cases will now be...more

TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC: Supreme Court Tightens Venue Rules for Patent Cases

by Goodwin on

In a unanimous 8-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on May 22, 2017, in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC that for purposes of venue in patent-infringement litigation, a U.S. corporation “resides” only in the...more

Supreme Courts Reaffirms Fourco, and Limits Where Corporations Can Be Sued for Patent Infringement

In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, [16–341] (May 22, 2017), the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and held that for purposes of the patent venue statute (28 U.S.C. 1400(b)), a corporation only...more

Supreme Court Restricts Patent Venue

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the Federal Circuit’s VE Holding opinion, which had permitted patent defendants to be sued in any forum in which they were subject to personal jurisdiction....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

BREAKING: High Court Limits Where Patent Suits Can Be Filed

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. Supreme Court just shook up the patent world with its decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. For nearly 30 years, companies accused of patent infringement could be sued in nearly any place they...more

Supreme Court Changes the Patent Venue Landscape

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous opinion in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC, holding that for the purposes of venue in patent infringement actions, 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

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