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Sexual Harassment Parody Commercial Held Not To Violate Lanham Act

Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act prohibits false or misleading statements in commerce that are likely to cause confusion as to a person’s affiliation, approval or sponsorship of someone else’s commercial activities. Here’s an...more

Enhanced Damages for Willful Infringement

Proving willful patent infringement became easier after the Supreme Court in Halo rejected the rigid two-part Seagate test for willful infringement, thereby removing a significant hurdle to an award of enhanced damages. In...more

McCarthy Institute Trademark Seminar 2017

One of the current challenges in trademark law addressed in Seattle last week at the Amazon Corporate Conference Center, host of the 2017 McCarthy Institute and Microsoft Corporation Symposium, is an issue we have discussed...more

District Court Stays Case Pending Inter Partes Review After Non-Petitioning Defendant Agrees to be Bound by Estoppel Provisions

In a previous order, the district court granted a motion to stay pending Inter Partes Review ("IPR") but deferred ruling on the Motion to Stay with respect to EMC Corporation "until EMC Corporation has filed a Notice with the...more

2016’s Top Patent and Trade Secret Developments for Chemistry and Nanotechnology

While 2016 saw several significant IP developments regarding the USPTO claim construction standard and the standard of review of USPTO decisions, the following three developments may have the greatest impact on how in-house...more

Smith & Nephew, Arthrex Settled Suture Anchor Patent Dispute Before Trial

On February 14, 2017, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman of the United States District Court, District of Oregon granted a Joint Stipulated Motion for Dismissal with Prejudice submitted by Plaintiffs Smith & Nephew, Inc. and...more

Janssen v. Celltrion: Trial Postponed, Briefing and Hearings Scheduled on Standing, Damages Issues

As we previously reported, a jury trial in the ongoing infliximab biosimilar litigation, Janssen v. Celltrion (D. Mass., J. Wolf), was scheduled to begin on February 13, 2017. The district court, however, recently cancelled...more

Xilinx, Inc. v. Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Personal Jurisdiction Exists Due to Warning Letters and Prior Litigations in Forum - Establishing personal jurisdiction in the United States over a company operating in a foreign country can be difficult. How does a...more

BPCIA Litigation Roundup (Midwinter 2017)

Below is our midwinter update on the U.S. patent litigations concerning proposed or approved biosimilar products. For additional details, please consult our BPCIA Litigation Summary Chart or our previous quarterly updates...more

Case Summary - PPG Industries, Inc. v. Valspar Sourcing, Inc.

In a non-precedential decision, the Federal Circuit found that appellant PPG had Article III standing to file an appeal from two inter partes reexaminations. However, the Court found that appellee Valspar’s subsequent...more

Federal Circuit Again Reverses PTAB Obviousness Determination

In what is becoming a familiar basis for reversal of PTAB decisions, the Federal Circuit yet again reversed the PTAB for its failure to adequately explain the basis for combining multiple prior art references in support of...more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2017

PTAB’s Final Written Decision in IPR Must Explain Its Basis for a Motivation to Combine References - In In Re: Nuvasive, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1670, the Federal Circuit vacated the PTAB’s obviousness finding in an IPR,...more

Can You Be Reasonably Certain a Water Balloon Is Substantially Filled? Indefiniteness in Tinnus v. Telebrands

In Tinnus Enterprises, LLV v. Telebrands Enterprises (Fed. Cir. 2016-1410), the CAFC considered whether a claim requiring that a container (think water balloon) be “substantially filled” was indefinite under 35 USC §112....more

Privilege Claims Validated in Counterfeit Detection Dispute

In a recent decision, Magistrate Judge Kelley addressed the legitimacy of withholding third party communications under the common interest doctrine. The case involved plaintiff Crane Security Technologies, Inc. (“Crane”) –...more

PTAB Decides CRISPR Interference in Favor of Broad Institute -- Their Reasoning

On February 15, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rendered judgment that there was no interference-in-fact between the claims in interference between the Regents of the...more

You’re So Vague: Federal Circuit Sends IPR Decision Back to PTAB for More Thorough Analysis

In a precedential decision, the Federal Circuit reaffirmed that the Patent Trial and Appeal’s Board (PTAB) is required to explicitly state motivations to combine prior-art references in claim rejections for obviousness. ...more

Personal Web Technologies, LLC v. Apple, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Apple filed a successful petition for Inter Partes Review (IPR) of Personal Web Technologies' U.S. Patent No. 7,802,310. In its final written decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) agreed with Apple's contention...more

Software Is Still Patent Eligible

In recent years, software patents have come under fire from legislation (the American Invents Act) that has generally made patents easier to invalidate, and from court decisions (the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS...more

Don’t Friend My Friends: Nonsolicitation Agreements Should Account for Social Media Strategies

As social media becomes an important part of many companies’ sales and branding strategies, issues relating to companies’ ability to protect their investments in such strategies are emerging. Indeed, this blog has previously...more

Beijing IP Court grants record patent damages & reimbursement of lawyers’ fees

The Beijing IP Court recently made headlines by granting a record amount of damages for patent infringement -no less than RMB 49 million (USD7.15m)-, one of the highest amounts since the court was established in November...more

PTAB allows Patent Owner to File Supplement to Motion to Amend in Veeam Software Corporation v. Veritas Technologies LLC

On remand from the Federal Circuit the PTAB granted authorization for a patent owner to file a supplement to its Motion to Amend in Veeam Software Corporation v. Veritas Technologies LLC, IPR2014-00090, Paper 42 (P.T.A.B....more

Summary of Sandoz’s Opening Brief in Sandoz v. Amgen

Sandoz filed its opening brief to the Supreme Court on Friday, February 10, 2017. The dispute focuses on the notice marketing provision and the information exchange or “patent dance” procedures of the Biologics Price...more

Defending A Former Employee On a Non-Compete Or For Misappropriation Of Trade Secrets? Read This.

Do you really have to rush to Court to obtain an injunction for a misappropriation of trade secrets? Maybe not. But for an injunction enforcing a non-compete agreement, maybe yes. ...more

UK: Drop in the ocean – Employee's invention not profitable enough for compensation

The UK Court of Appeal confirmed on 18 January that an employee was not entitled to any compensation from his employer for the income generated by his patented inventions, as the returns did not amount to an “outstanding...more

To concede or not concede (infringement): that is the question! An instance of a third party licence being requested during...

Under Australian law, if a patent application ceases and the patent is subsequently reinstated by the owner by use of our extension of time provisions, a third party may obtain a licence to the patent on the basis of steps...more

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