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IPR Spotlight Series: Strategically Using Requests for Joinder in IPR

Inter partes review (IPR) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) became available on September 16, 2012 as a post-grant review procedure to challenge the patentability of issued claims based on prior art patents and...more

Reaching a Milestone: Filing of the First Ever Petition for a Post-Grant Review

On August 5, 2014, a milestone was reached for AIA trials. For the first time, a petition for a Post Grant Review (PGR) was filed. As was the case with the first covered business method review, the first PGR will likely be...more

California Supreme Court Defines Scope of Advertising Injury Coverage

Hartford v. Swift imposes “specificity” requirements that may provide comfort to companies facing disparagement claims while requiring careful navigation to trigger CGL policies. The California Supreme Court recently...more

131 Declaration That Was Successful in Prosecution Deemed Insufficient in Inter Partes Review

The Board proved willing to overturn a previous patent examiner’s judgment in another type of issue in Iron Dome LLC v. E-Watch, Inc., IPR2014-00439, where, in instituting an inter partes review trial, the Board found that...more

Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- AUTM, COGR, AAU, and APLU

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

Judge Crotty denies attorney and expert fees

In a matter related to Case no. 1:13–cv-01358–PAC, Abbvie requested attorney and expert fees following the court’s determination that U.S. Patent No. 7,846,442 (“Methods of treating rheumatoid arthritis with an anti-TNF-alpha...more

Airing the USPTO's Naturally Occurring Dirty Laundry — the Subject Matter Eligibility Stain

It has been five months since the USPTO issued its Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products to aid examiners in applying the...more

Lessons Learned From the First Successful Motion to Amend in an Inter Partes Review

While the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) provides a mechanism that allows amendments to patents challenged in an inter partes review, until recently, all motions to amend have failed. The final decision in...more

Cheeky Monkey: Wikipedia claims copyright comes down to the press of a button

In my childhood, come summer, the UK Parliament would go into recess, and because that seemed to signal the end of lots of newsworthy items—political scandals, Government and opposition taunting each other, etc.—the period...more

Absinthe Makers Are Not Toasting In Switzerland

Although once illegal in the United States, absinthe can now be consumed in your local bars. It was a favorite drink of writers and artists such as Ernest Hemmingway, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde and Pablo Picasso. ...more

Top NIH-funded U.S. Universities 2014

On Monday, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (GEN) published a list of the Top 50 NIH-funded U.S. universities in fiscal year October 1st – September 30th. Geographically, California leads the list of most Federal...more

We Have Your Data. Pay Up or Else…

You wake on a Tuesday morning expecting to have an average day at work. You are skimming through the emails that came in while you were asleep, when you notice an email from one of your employees. He is not only giving his...more

Law Firms Are Not Body Shops: An Insurer’s Duty to Defend Requires it to Pay Only the Defense Costs the Insured Actually Paid

In the course of discharging their coverage obligations, insurers often benefit from bargains they strike with service providers. Healthcare insurers pay in-network caregivers rates that are dramatically lower than the...more

Personal Audio No Longer Trolling Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla has reportedly settled the lawsuit that was filed against him by Personal Audio LLC. The Agreed Motion to Dismiss Claims is available for review, but the specific terms of the settlement have not been...more

You May Have Stolen the Advertising Database, But You Still Have No Advertising Idea

In Liberty Corporate Capital Ltd. v. Security Safe Outlet, 2014 WL 3973726 (6th Cir. August 15, 2014), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that where a stolen customer database is used as the basis of an advertising...more

Delaware Court Finds Password Protection for Electronic Documents Insufficient to Preserve Trade Secrets

Key questions in most trade secret cases are whether information was misappropriated and whether that information qualified as a trade secret in the first place. Under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act’s definition of a trade...more

The Analysis for Design Patent Infringement Post-Egyptian Goddess

In the seminal decision of Egyptian Goddess, Inc. v. Swisa, Inc., the Federal Circuit struck down one of the two tests commonly used for determining design patent infringement, the “point of novelty” test. Despite rejecting...more

Judge Upholds Poaching Claims in Pharmaceutical Data Antitrust Case

On Friday, August 15, 2014, Judge Gerald McHugh of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania let stand several counterclaims that IMS Health Inc. (IMS) made against Symphony Health Solutions Corp. (Symphony) in connection with...more

Consider this Potential Downside of Inter Partes Review: Denial of the Petition May Be Used Against You in a Concurrent District...

In many instances, it may be advantageous to challenge patent validity via an AIA trial in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Despite all of the advantages to an AIA trial, a potential AIA trial petitioner...more

Agence France Presse v. Morel

Agence France Presse v. Morel - USDC, S.D. New York, August 13, 2014 - District court upholds jury’s award of maximum statutory copyright damages of $1.2 million, plus $20,000 in DMCA damages, finding sufficient...more

Yamanaka iPSC Patent Challenged

Dr. Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Dr. John B. Gurdon for their respective discoveries that mature, specialized cells can be reprogrammed to become immature...more

TTAB’s Washington Redskins Decision: the Enforceability and Commercial Impact of Cancelled Trademarks

The cancellation of a U.S. trademark registration on any grounds, including disparagement, does not always mean the end of enforceable rights in the mark. However, cancellation may create both legal and financial...more

A second patent in a chain falls to obviousness-type double patenting challenge

The court had previously determined that The Kennedy Trust’s U.S. Patent No. 7,846,442 (the “parent patent”) was invalid for obviousness-type double patenting (“ODP”) to U.S. Patent No. 6,270,766 (“the grandparent“). At issue...more

Prior claiming in Australia…has news of its demise been greatly exaggerated? Is prior claiming still applicable to the remaining...

Prior claiming was a ground of invalidity under the Patents Act 1952 (1952 Act). It prevented grant of a patent claiming subject matter already claimed by another patent. Prior claiming was superseded by the broader concept...more

Role Reversal: David Bullying Goliath?

When claims of trademark infringement make the news, it is often because a billion dollar corporation is suing old man Donaldson’s tavern for trademark infringement (Although, McDonaldson’s might have been a bad choice…). ...more

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