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PTAB Finds Different Claim Terms Have the Same Meaning

One of the classic canons of claim construction is that different claim terms in a patent are presumed to have different meanings. The Board found an exception to that general rule in Air Liquide Large Indus. v. Praxair...more

Cyber Threats: Can you Answer These Questions from the Board?

Discussions about cyber threats have moved from ‘server rooms’ to ‘Board rooms.’ For good reason – hacks and breaches of corporate data and trade secrets can seriously compromise a company and spark significant reputational...more

Prior Art Enablement Looks to Applicant’s Specification to Determine Ordinary Level of Skill - In re Morsa

Addressing the issue of whether an anticipatory prior art reference was enabling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the judgment of the U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Board of Patent Appeals and...more

Court Report - November 2015 #6

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Forest Laboratories LLC et al. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC et al. 1:15-cv-00756; filed August 27, 2015 in the District...more

Mintz Levin Convinces The Federal Circuit To Completely Reverse And Remand An Adverse IPR Final Written Decision For The First...

Mintz Levin has won extraordinary relief for its client, Straight Path IP Group, Inc., convincing the Federal Circuit to completely reverse and remand an IPR final written decision adverse to a patent owner for the first...more

Federal Circuit Panel Rejects ITC Assertion of Authority Over Intangible Articles - ClearCorrect Operating, LLC et al. v. Int’l...

Reviewing an interpretation by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) of its enabling statute (§ 337 of the Tariff Act) for the second time in three months, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Who Decides What Your Brand’s Worth?

On this Cyber Monday, I’m left wondering, will we ever have a day when the metrics and automated tools available are so accurate and reliable that intangible assets like brands (and trademarks) regularly will be valued,...more

FilmOn and the Copyright Act §111 Compulsory Licensing

Web-based television streaming services have been dealt another blow in their campaign to transmit large broadcasters’ copyrighted programs. In the latest decision on the issue, a federal judge rejected FilmOn X LLC’s claims...more

Advertising Law - November 2015 #4

Sharing Is Caring? New Report Documents Apps Sharing User Data at High Rates - A new report has revealed that Apple and Android apps share information with third parties at high rates. Testing 55 of the most popular...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Copyright Office Focuses on Future with Strategic Plan

“The Congress shall have Power…To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” — CONSTITUTION OF...more

“Oh, no: Beta!”

As we gather with family and friends to give thanks this holiday here in the U.S., let’s look back and think of those that won’t be with us at the Thanksgiving dinner table. For me, BETAMAX comes to mind....more

Black Friday Flying

Many of you probably hopped aboard a plane this weekend to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, but the flight experience often feels like a Black Friday shopping experience. Passengers get to the airport hours before...more

Australian & NZ single patent examination: Soon you may not have a choice

A single trans-Tasman patent regime allows counterpart Australian and NZ patent applications to be examined by a single examiner in either country. It now emerges that such combined examination can be made compulsory by the...more

Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

The question of the extent to which the "safe harbor" against infringement as part of the Hatch-Waxman Act (set forth in 35 U.S.C § 271(e)(1)) extends to activities post-generic drug approval is unresolved, as evidenced by...more

USPTO Launches Public Global Dossier Access

On November 20, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched Dossier Access – a public online interface providing access to the file histories of related applications from participating patent offices around...more

District Court Lifts Stay Pending Inter Partes Review ("IPR") after the USPTO Declined to Institute Review on Two of the Three...

The district court had previously stayed all proceedings in the pending an IPR. The district court issued the stay because the USPTO proceedings had the potential to resolve the validity of most of the claims in the...more

A Brief History of the Broadcast Reproduction Right

The following is a timeline of broadcast reproduction copyright developments, leading to yesterday’s Supreme Court of Canada decision in CBC v. SODRAC. 1980’s: SODRAC, a copyright collective society managing (largely...more

Federal Circuit Issues Second Reversal in Favor of a Patent Owner

The Federal Circuit has picked up the pace of issuing actual written opinions regarding PTAB decisions, instead of its previous, steady diet of Rule 36 Judgments. Today, the Court issued its second opinion reversing a Board...more

Federal Circuit Sends Verinata Patent Back to PTAB – The Import of Background Prior Art In Supplying The Requisite Motivation To...

On November 16, 2015, the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB, also the “Board”) inter partes review (“IPR”) decision holding that a prior art reference, though not identified as an...more

District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Standing Where Co-Owners of Patent Were Not Joined in Original Complaint But...

Cobra International, Inc. ("Cobra") filed a patent infringement action against Defendants for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,821,858 ("the '858 patent"). Cobra alleged that the '858 patent was issued to Allan J. Stone, who...more

French Trademark Office Will Not Register “PRAY FOR PARIS” Or “JE SUIS PARIS”

After the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, the French Trademark Office received so many applications for “JE SUIS CHARLIE” that the Office issued a statement in which it warned that it would not register any...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Damage Award Based on Lost Profits

Last week, the U.S. Federal Circuit unanimously upheld a damage award based on lost profits in the latest round of a decade-long litigation between Akamai Technologies and Limelight Networks. Akamai Technologies v. Limelight...more

Trademark Review | November 2015

I AM Similar - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed the examiner’s decision to deny three applications for “I AM” marks filed by, LLC (“Applicant”), finding that Applicant’s proposed “I AM”...more

Post-Approval Quality Control Testing of Pharmaceutical Products: What Constitutes 35 U.S.C. § 271(g) Infringement or Falls Under...

The Federal Circuit recently affirmed that a generic pharmaceutical company’s use of post-approval quality control testing was not “making” under 35 U.S.C. § 271(g). See Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al. v. Teva...more

A “Big Deal”: Latest U.S.-China Talks Signal Progress for Protection of Trade Secrets

Expectations didn’t appear high for the latest round of China-U.S. talks about a variety of economic issues including trade secret protection. As previously discussed at TSW, China had not signed onto the Trans-Pacific...more

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