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Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - August 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - This month’s edition of Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox....more

Green Tech IP after Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

The Paris Climate Agreement sets forth goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases with the magnitude and timeline for such reduction being self-imposed by each signatory country.1 The withdrawal of the United States from the...more

The Supreme Court - June 12, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases today: Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., No. 15-1039: The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA”), governs “biosimilar” drugs – a...more

BREAKING NEWS: SCOTUS to Consider Whether AIA Review is Constitutional

by Goodwin on

The U.S. Supreme Court granted Oil States Energy Services’ petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of the constitutionality of post-grant review proceedings by the USPTO’s PTAB. Oil States appealed to the U.S....more

U.S. Steel ITC Case Alleging Chinese Government Hacked Its Network and Stole Its Secret Formulas May Be Revived

First, a little background for those unfamiliar with the wonderful world of the International Trade Commission (ITC). Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337) prohibits “unfair methods of competition and...more

CIPO shines spotlight on patenting in climate change mitigation technologies

by Smart & Biggar on

With the Paris climate agreement having recently come into effect, climate change mitigation technologies have been the focus of widespread discussion and debate. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has added to...more

Business Litigation Report - December 2016

Artificial Intelligence Litigation: Can the Law Keep Pace with The Rise of the Machines? - Artificial intelligence, or AI, is the broad conceptual term for the technologies or systems making it possible for computers to...more

ITC Section 337 Update – October 2016

by King & Spalding on

Commission Suspends ‘939 Investigation Enforcement Pending PTAB Result - On July 21, 2016, the International Trade Commission (“the Commission”) issued a notice that it had found a violation of Section 337 in Certain Cinema...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Brexit and Energy - Leaving the EU While Staying Connected

by WilmerHale on

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Lawyers from across the firm are discussing issues ranging from cybersecurity, antitrust and intellectual...more

Information is Intangible, so Methods of Manipulating it are Abstract

In Electric Power Group, LLC, v. Alstom S.A., [2015-1778] (August 1, 2016), the Federal Circuit affirmed summary judgment of invalidity of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,233,843, 8,060,259, and 8,401,710, on systems and methods for...more

2016 Chemical Data Reporting – New TSCA Requirements Apply for Confidential Business Information Claims

by King & Spalding on

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal...more

When Distinguishing Statements May Be Considered Disclaimers of Claim Scope

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing disclaimer of claim scope, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment of non-infringement, finding that the patentee clearly and unmistakably disclaimed...more

What Fluctuating Oil Prices Mean for Patent Infringement Lawsuits

by Baker Donelson on

A notable trend has developed between the price of oil and gas and the prevalence of patent infringement lawsuits. As the price of oil plummeted, the number of patent infringement lawsuits in the oil business has increased...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Issues for consideration: EPC contracts and technology licenses in petrochemical projects

by White & Case LLP on

In petrochemical projects, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts are often negotiated after the technology licenses have been negotiated between the technology licensors and the project...more

USPTO Releases Patent Counts by Class by Year Report

by Baker Donelson on

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintains annual statistics on patents issued across various technologies. Specifically, each year the USPTO’s Patent Technology Monitoring Team prepares the Patent Counts by Class...more

Government's Innovation Statement puts renewables back on the Agenda

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

Release of the Federal Government’s much-anticipated National Innovation and Science Agenda (the Agenda) on 7 December is expected to boost investor confidence in the cleantech and renewables sector. The $1.1 billion...more

Update: Patent Trolls Are Targeting the Energy Industry

by Morgan Lewis on

New data shows a sharp increase in the number of patent troll lawsuits being filed against energy companies in 2015. As we predicted in our March 2014 White Paper, “Are Patent Trolls Now Targeting the Energy...more

PTAB Grants Fourth Motion to Amend in an IPR Proceeding

For only the fourth time in its history, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) has granted a motion to amend in an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding, finding all substitute claims proposed by the patent owner...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Grants Rare Motion to Amend Claims in Inter Partes Review

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On June 5, 2015, a three-judge panel at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”), granted a motion to amend in an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding, ruling that the patentee Neste Oil Oyj (“Neste”) could amend the...more

Using Utility Models to Protect your Intellectual Property in Taiwan

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

A new “green” attitude is pervading Taiwan. Besides ongoing environmental efforts, Taiwan is home to multiple green technology companies. While revenue results for some Taiwanese solar cell manufacturers declined this year,...more

Employee Ownership of Patentable Inventions

by Field Law on

A startup in the oil-and-gas service sector sought to improve downhole well stimulation technology. After a few years, differences between the three founders culminated in the ouster of Mr. Groves, one of the founders. Mr....more

Intellectual Property and Technology News

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Biosimilars In The US - Introducing Cybertrak - Free and Open Source Compliance: Action Steps - Falling Prices At The Pump - Put A Premium On Energy IP - Supreme Court Corner - Excerpt...more

Falling prices at the pump put a premium on energy IP

by DLA Piper on

Crude oil prices, which have declined over 60 percent in the past six months, are at recent record lows. The impact of the price decline is being felt throughout the energy sector. Commentators agree that with few exceptions,...more

No Exception for Energy Management Patent—CBM Review Instituted - Opower Inc. v. Cleantech Business Solutions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In its decision to institute a covered business method (CBM) patent review of an energy management patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) agreed with the petitioner...more

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