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"US Supreme Court Holds That Exporting One Component of Invention Abroad Does Not Suffice for Patent Infringement"

In a 7-0 decision issued on February 22, 2017, in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court held that exporting a single component of a multicomponent invention for combination abroad does not give rise...more

Final Written Decision Relies on Unexpected Results To Uphold Pozen’s Ulcer Reducing Vimovo® Claims Over Kyle Bass’s IPR Challenge

The PTAB issued a Final Written Decision upholding Pozen’s ulcer reducing Vimovo® claims based on unexpected results in Coalition For Affordable Drugs VII LLC v. Pozen Inc., IPR2015-01718, Paper 40 (P.T.A.B., Feb. 21, 2017)....more

PTAB Invokes 35 U.S.C. § 112(6) To Construe Patent Claim Term During IPR Proceeding

In a recent decision (IPR2016-01372) to institute an Inter Partes Review (IPR), The United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) invoked pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. § 112 paragraph 6 (now 35 U.S.C. § 112(f)) to interpret the...more

Chairman Goodlatte Outlines Sweeping Agenda for House Judiciary Committee

With Washington undergoing a transformation the likes of which has not been seen in decades, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte recently outlined his committee’s priorities for the 115th Congress. Speaking at an...more

USPTO Errs in Failing to Carry Burden to Support Rejection

Failure of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to respond to patentee arguments in more than a conclusory manner constitutes reversible error. Where one party has the burden to establish a particular fact, the Federal...more

Supreme Court Rules In Life Technologies Corp. V. Promega Corp.

On February 22, 2017 in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp, the Supreme Court in a 7-0 judgment (Chief Justice Roberts having recused himself) held that for there to be active inducement of infringement by export of...more

Supreme Court Reins in International Supplier Liability under U.S. Patent Law

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous opinion in Life Technologies. Corp. v. Promega Corp., 580 U.S. ___ (2017) (Roberts, C.J., recused), holding that manufacturing and exporting a single component...more

Will You, Won't You Join The Biosimilar Patent Dance?

In the latest dispute surrounding the “patent dance” provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), Genentech, Inc. has filed a complaint against Amgen, Inc., alleging that after opting into the...more

Litigation Alert: The Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit Ruling on Extraterritorial Patent Infringement

In an opinion that will likely give peace of mind to businesses shipping products from the U.S. abroad, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for a unanimous Supreme Court, reversed the Federal Circuit in Life Technologies v....more

Stating Problems that the Claimed Invention is Trying to Solve Appears helpful to Vindicate Patent Eligibility

In Trading Technologies International, Inc. v. CQG, Inc. et al., [2016-1616] (January 18, 2017), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed the district court’s holding of patent eligibility with regard to...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: A Year Later By The Numbers

It has been almost a year since the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) took effect. Since Forbes Magazine called the DTSA the “Biggest IP Development in Years,” we thought it might be helpful to take a look at how often...more

Illinois Federal Judge Awards Treble Damages and Attorneys’ Fees in Kurt Vonnegut-Fueled Opinion

On February 10, 2017, an Illinois federal judge determined that R-Boc Representatives violated an injunction issued following a jury trial on their alleged patent infringement. In a unique opinion replete with quotations...more

Unauthorized Downloading and Copyright Infringement

Liability for copyright infringement can result when one downloads protected software without the copyright owner’s authorization. The Ninth Circuit was recently tasked with exploring the scope and reach of copyright...more

Federal Circuit Further Narrows the Availability of CBM Review

On February 21, in Secure Axcess, LLC v. PNC Bank Nat’l. Assoc’n, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) characterization of Axcess’s patent as a covered business...more

Supreme Court Limits Foreign Reach of the U.S. Patent Act

The supply from the United States of a single component of an invention, for assembly of the invention abroad, is not patent infringement under Section 271(f)(1) of the Patent Act. This is according to a unanimous ruling this...more

Supreme Court Limits § 271(f)(1) Overseas Infringement Reach: More than One Exported Component Required for Offshore Manufacturing...

The US Supreme Court held in Life Techs. Corp. v. Promega Corp., Slip No. 14-1538 (Feb. 22, 2017) that supplying a single component of a multi-component invention manufactured abroad does not give rise to patent infringement...more

Improper Assignment of THE EMERALD CITY Mark – Registration Cancelled in Toto

Assignment of an intent-to-use trademark application can be fraught with risk. To deter “trafficking” in ITU applications, Section 10 of the Lanham Act prohibits the assignment of an ITU application before an amendment to...more

Amicus Brief Imaging Supplies Coalition

STATEMENT OF INTEREST OF AMICUS CURIAE - Imaging Supplies Coalition submits this brief in support of Lexmark International, Inc. to urge the Court to uphold the rulings of the en banc Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Limits Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Patents: What Manufacturers and Exporters Need to Know

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on February 22, in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp. limits the ability of a U.S. patent to cover infringing activity abroad. In particular, the Court held that a single component of a...more

Likelihood of Confusion at Its Most Blatant

Imagine my surprise and amusement to find a recent shipment of wine included a very interesting red blend. The bottle featured a name that would make any trademark lawyer do a double-take...more

AARP, AHIP, and Others File Amicus Briefs in Sandoz v. Amgen

As we have previously reported, the Supreme Court will next month hear arguments in Sandoz v. Amgen regarding the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of the BPCIA’s notice of commercial marketing requirement and patent dance...more

Supreme Court Reverses § 271(f)(1) Ruling in Biotech Case

In Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of 35 U.S.C. § 271(f)(1), and held that a single component does not constitute a “substantial portion of the components of...more

Federal Circuit Case Highlights the Importance of a Well Designed Provisional Patent Application Strategy

Recently, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC v. Ricoh Americas Corporation, et al., No. 2016-1243 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 13, 2017). This case highlights the importance of a...more

Using Supplier Agreements as Patent Litigation Insurance

In a recent article written for Today’s General Counsel, patent attorney Wasif Qureshi discusses how customers can lessen risks when sued for patent infringement as a result of using technology obtained from a third party...more

On-Sale Bar for Contractor and Supplier Activities

The Federal Circuit addressed the potential for contract manufacturing to create an “on sale” bar to patentability, in a decision that could affect how supplier relationships are managed. Whether a sale or offer for sale of...more

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