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Situations When Written Opinions of Counsel Could Spare You a Patent-Related Headache

In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. making it easier for courts to find willful infringement in patent cases and award enhanced damages. Prior to...more

Am I Being Clear Enough? – PTAB Reaffirms Lower Pre-Issuance Threshold for Indefiniteness in Ex Parte McAward

On August 25, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a precedential opinion in Ex Parte McAward, reaffirming the Patent Office’s use of a lower pre-issuance threshold for indefiniteness distinct from the Supreme...more

Views on Venue -- District of Delaware Provides Some Guidance on Venue in ANDA Cases Post-TC Heartland

Last Spring, the Supreme Court in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC held that the word "resides" in the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), "refers only to the State of incorporation" of the alleged...more

Monkey See, Monkey Do… Monkey Own? The Curious Case of Naruto v. Slater

by Hogan Lovells on

When wildlife photographer David Slater set up his camera in the rainforests of Indonesia, he hardly expected to ignite a copyright battle with a monkey. Nonetheless, the legal dispute between Slater and Naruto, a crested...more

Jury Verdict of Patent Infringement in Favor of iLife Against Nintendo Awarding $10 Million in Damages

by Knobbe Martens on

Judgments and Awards - On August 31, 2017, a jury in the Northern District of Texas returned a verdict of patent infringement in favor iLife and against Nintendo. The case went to trial after the Federal Circuit on July...more

Eastern District of Texas Judge Holds that Statements Made to PTAB Constitute Disclaimer

On September 9, 2017, an Eastern District of Texas magistrate judge issued a report and recommendation holding that a plaintiff was estopped from asserting its patent infringement claims because statements made in response to...more

Octane Fitness Hits the Showers: Federal Circuit Affirms Attorneys’ Fees Award in Landmark Case

After an eight-year battle through the Federal Courts, the fight over attorneys’ fees in Octane Fitness v. ICON Health & Fitness has likely reached its end with the Federal Circuit upholding the hotly disputed $1.6 million...more

Summary Judgment Motion on Infringement in Immunex v. Sandoz

by Goodwin on

A hearing on summary judgment on infringement of claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 8,722,631 for the biosimilar version of etanercept has been set for next month before Judge Claire C. Cecchi....more

Sanofi & Regeneron Seek to Assert Inequitable Conduct Defense in Dupilumab Patent Litigation

by Goodwin on

As we previously reported, Immunex sued Sanofi and Regeneron earlier this year in the Central District of California alleging that the sale of Sanofi and Regeneron’s FDA-approved Dupixent® (dupilumab) product would infringe...more

Tiffany’s Trademark Infringement Win a Costly Lesson for Costco

by Bryan Cave on

A federal district court has ordered Costco to pay Tiffany at least $19.4 million in a trademark infringement battle based on generic diamond engagement rings bearing the “Tiffany” name. Judge Laura Taylor Swain in the...more

When Does “On” Mean “On”? Judge Netburn Holds That It Depends.

On September 11, 2017, Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn (S.D.N.Y.) issued a claim construction ruling on, among other things, the construction of the word “on” across four different patents directed to semiconductor lasers. In...more

Buyer Beware: Make Sure Your Copyright Assignment Is Valid

by Payne & Fears on

You are in negotiations with a copyright owner to obtain a license to her work, which you want to publish, distribute, and/or license yourself. You want to ensure that you have the right to enforce the copyright against...more

Delaware Chief Judge Issues Guidelines for Venue in Patent Cases

by Morgan Lewis on

The court finds that some physical presence is required to satisfy the venue standard. On September 11, 2017, Chief Judge Leonard Stark of the US District Court for the District of Delaware handed down two decisions...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 3

The DTSA After One Year: Has the Federal Trade Secrets Law Met Expectations? - On May 11, 2017, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) – the law that created a Federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation –...more

At The Bench: 2017 Mid-Year Case Review

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l, 137 S. Ct. 1523, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) The Supreme Court held that all patent rights are exhausted upon the first sale of a patented product, regardless of where the sale is made or...more

Amgen v. Hospira: Rulings on Motions in Limine

by Goodwin on

We reported earlier this week that the district court in Amgen v. Hospira denied Hospira’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement of its proposed biosimilar of Epogen®/Procrit® (epoetin alfa) and granted-in-part and...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In Allied v. OSMI, the Circuit affirms dismissal of a declaratory judgment action even though Allied’s Mexican distributors had been sued in Mexico on a corresponding Mexican patent. In a first Waymo v. Uber case, the panel...more

CAFC Finds Harmless Error in USPTO Reliance On Doctrine of Inherency

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Southwire Co. v. Cerro Wire LLC, the Federal Circuit upheld the USPTO decision rendered in an inter partes reexamination proceeding that found Southwire’s patent invalid as obvious. Although the court found that the USPTO...more

Case Law Suggests Use Of Expert Opinion For Determining IPR Estoppel Of Grounds That Petitioner "Reasonably Could Have Raised"

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

Under 35 U.S.C. § 315(e), a final written decision in an inter partes review (“IPR”) by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) results in estoppel of certain actions by the petitioner. Specifically, under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Federal Circuit Review - August 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

District Court Abused Discretion in Ignoring Federal Circuit Mandate to Reconsider Attorneys’ Fees Under Octane Fitness - In Adjustacam, LLC v. Newegg, Inc., Appeal No. 2016-1882, the Federal Circuit held that a district...more

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB for Refusing to Allow Supplementation of Record to Add Later Inconsistent Deposition Testimony from...

The Board exercises substantial power over the scope of the record in IPRs, but the Federal Circuit’s decision in Ultratec v. CaptionCall illustrates a limit on that power. The case involved a collection of consolidated IPR...more

Bob Parsons’ golf equipment startup PXG tees up patent infringement suit against TaylorMade three days before major product...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The great Bobby Jones, himself a lawyer, once said that “Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course … the space between your ears.” I don’t know if Mr. Jones ever practiced patent law, but the...more

Framework for Swiss-form claim construction in Australia: Is it really about objective intent?

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

This article looks at the current status of construction of Swiss-style claims in Australia, provides a framework by which construction of Swiss-style claims can be assessed, and concludes that although the position is not...more

Booking it to the District Court

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent decision out of the federal district court for the Eastern District of Virginia overturned in part the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that the mark “Booking.com” is not registrable on the basis that the...more

The Biosimilars Council Supports Sandoz’s Preemption Position in Federal Circuit Amicus Brief

by Goodwin on

Last week the Biosimilars Council submitted an amicus brief in the Federal Circuit remand proceedings for Amgen v. Sandoz, arguing that Amgen’s state-law claims for Sandoz’s failure to comply with the patent dance’s...more

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