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Supreme Court Hears Trademark Cases on the Preclusive Effect of TTAB Decisions and the Tacking Doctrine

In its October 2014 term, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in two trademark cases. Both cases have practical significance for trademark litigants because they have the potential to change the way parties approach...more

Patent Owner: Preponderance of Evidence Standard Can Never Be Met Without Expert Testimony

In IPR2013-00357, Patent Owner Overland Storage, Inc. filed a request for rehearing of the final written decision holding that claims 1-11 of U.S. Patent No. 6,328,766 are unpatentable. The basis for the patent owner's...more

International Trade Commission Clarifies the Requirements for Standing in a Patent Infringement Investigation at the ITC

The International Trade Commission (ITC) recently issued an opinion clarifying the requirements for standing in patent infringement suits at the ITC. On January 7, 2015, the Commission issued the public version of its opinion...more

Serial Objections to Evidence Are Not Required if Supplemental Evidence Is Filed and Served

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. v. American Vehicular Sciences LLC - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) concluded that a party need not renew an objection to evidence if...more

Court denies request to stay damages case pending reexams begun after final judgment of infringement was affirmed by the Federal...

Final judgment was entered in favor of plaintiffs on April 1, 2014 following a finding by the court of infringement and a jury finding that the patent is not invalid. Defendants requested reexamination with the PTO on April...more

PTAB Issues Rare Dissent in Non-Institution Decision

AOL Inc., et al. v. Coho Licensing LLC - In a decision denying institution of an inter partes review (IPR), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB or Board) decided that the...more

Person of Skill in Art Depends on Claim Scope

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH v. Nikon Corp. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) has explained that arguing a high-level of skill in a narrow art, even in cases involving complex technology, will not exclude an...more

Prior Art Reference Does Not “Teach Away” if It Fails to Criticize, Disclaim or Discourage the Claimed Technique

Ultratec, Inc. v. CaptionCall, L.L.C. - Addressing the obviousness issue whether an asserted secondary reference impermissibly changes the principle of operation of a primary reference, the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

Another Reason to Review Government Vendor Agreements: Government Agencies Can Be Held Liable for Patent Infringement Claims

Two recent court decisions serve as reminders of government liability for patent infringement claims: IRIS Corp. v. Japan Airlines Corp., Case No. 10-1051 (Fed. Cir., Oct. 21, 2014) (Prost, J.) and SecurityPoint Holdings,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Over the Preclusive Effect of Administrative Trademark Determinations on Future...

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in a much anticipated trademark matter, B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Industries Inc. et al. The primary question presented was whether a likelihood-of-confusion...more

Do-Gooders Won’t Take “No” For An Answer

About a month ago we posted an article on the dismissal of Consumer Watchdog’s appeal at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit following a loss at the USPTO in an inter partes reexamination. Consumer Watchdog, Inc. had...more

PTAB Grants Rare IPR “Motion to Compel”

Many parties to inter partes review proceedings continue to have their guns pointed directly at their feet, taking erroneous actions that are consistently called out by the PTAB. In the midst of one such error, we explore the...more

Federal Circuit Upholds ITC’s Authority to Enforce Consent Order Covering Third-Party Products

uPI Semiconductor Corp. v. U.S. International Trade Commission and Richtek Technology Corp. v. U.S. International Trade Commission - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in...more

Beyond Borders: The Power to Block the International Flow of Digital Files

With the advance of digital technology, courts are being forced to deal with the legal ramifications beyond the borders of the United States. In a previous post, we discussed the potential impact of the decision in Motorola...more

PTAB Shows a Willingness to Intervene in Deposition Disputes

Experienced district court litigators are reluctant to “call the judge” when a dispute arises during a deposition. Judges do not want to take the time to deal with mundane discovery disputes and parties do not want to get on...more

Hospira, Inc. v. Burwell

Nature of the Case and Issue(s) Presented: Precedex is commonly used as a sedative. Specifically, the FDA has approved Precedex for two uses: (i) sedation of initially intubated and mechanically ventilated patients during...more

PTAB Offers Guidance Regarding Discovery in Inter Partes Reviews

Still confused about how much discovery you will be able to obtain in an IPR? Fear not, as two of the PTAB’s Administrative Patent Judges have weighed in with a primer on inter partes review discovery. ...more

IP Newsflash - October 2014 #2

Patents to a “Specific Technological Process” Fall on the Pleadings as Abstract Ideas - On September 22, 2014, Judge George H. Wu (C.D. Cal.) ruled on the pleadings that two Planet Blue patents relating to “the idea of...more

Multiple Petitions Don’t Violate the Page Limits, and May Even Confer an Unfair Advantage

In Apple Inc. v. Smartflash LLC, CBM2014-00112, Paper 7, and CBM2014-00112, Paper 7, (September 30, 2014), the Patent owner objected that petitioner’s filing two Petitions improperly circumvented the 80-page limit for covered...more

Litigation and enforcement in Japan: overview

What are the main dispute resolution methods used in your jurisdiction to settle large commercial disputes? Litigation - Litigation is the most frequently used dispute resolution method to settle large...more

Sham-Wow! Antitrust Liability May Attach to Sham Administrative Petitions

Addressing whether the “sham” exception to Noerr-Pennington immunity is limited to sham litigation in courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated a lower court’s summary judgment of no antitrust...more

PTAB Update -- A Review of the First Round of Comments -- Part 2

As we have previously reported, the USPTO has been seeking feedback on the PTAB trial proceedings established by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. A Federal Register notice from June 27, 2014, contained a "Request for...more

Lawyers Fighting Over Domain Names Never Looks Good

Law360 reported that two competing DUI defense lawyers are fighting over the domain name www.dontblow.com. Well-known DUI attorney Tyler Flood is the plaintiff. He has been using the domain name www.DoNotBlow.com for almost...more

Supreme Court Will Decide Level of Deference, If Any, Given to TTAB Decisions Concerning Likelihood of Confusion

On July 1, 2014, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the Eighth Circuit’s decision in the case B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis, Inc. (2013). B&B Hardware owns a registered mark for SEALTIGHT for self-sealing nuts and...more

PTAB Threatens Sanctions for Unauthorized E-mails

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al. v. Black Hills Media, LLC - Addressing a patent owner’s unauthorized e-mail arguing for additional discovery and the petitioner’s likewise unauthorized responsive e-mail, an...more

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