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Supreme Court Deals Blow To Diagnostic Method Patents, Denies Cert In Sequenom

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” can be good words to live by, but in the context of the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Sequenom, the silence is deafening–and could have a chilling impact...more

The ICO: A force to be reckoned with

From recent prosecutions it seems that the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is a body to be taken seriously. Not only has it continued to bring enforcement action against organisations for data protection breaches, it...more

New Appointment Underscores SEC’s Focus on Cybersecurity Threats

On June 2, 2016, the SEC announced the appointment of Christopher Hetner as Senior Advisor to the Chair for Cybersecurity Policy. Hetner, who was formerly the Cybersecurity Lead for the Technology Control Program within the...more

TSCA Reform Presents Solutions and Questions for Industry

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since its passage in 1976. The amendments...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - June 2016

Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee (No. 2015-446, 6/20/16) (Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer, Alito, Sotomayor, Kagan) - June 20, 2016 12:49 PM - Breyer, J. Affirming Federal Circuit decision that the...more

China FDA Solicits Comments on Priority Review Designation Procedure for Devices

The China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) recently proposed a draft circular to address the priority review designation issue for medical devices, namely the Circular Regarding Soliciting Comments Regarding Priority...more

Will the Supreme Court Clarify Patent-Eligibility?

The United States Supreme Court is set to render its decision on the grant or denial of Sequenom, Inc.’s (“Sequenom’s”) petition for writ of certiorari that posed the issue: ..Whether a novel method is patent-eligible...more

Federal Circuit Review | June 2016

The PTAB Does Not Have to Consider New Arguments Raised in IPR Reply Briefs - In Intelligent Bio-Systems, Inc. v. Illumina Cambridge Ltd., Appeal No. 2015-1693, the Federal Circuit upheld a PTAB decision finding of...more

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Leaves Intact PTAB Authority to Institute and Regulate Inter Partes Review Proceedings

This week in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, the United States Supreme Court decided two important questions related to the power of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) over inter partes review proceedings. First,...more

FAA releases new Part 107 regulations for small unmanned aircrafts, benefit for commercial drone operators

On June 21st, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released Part 107 to the FAA regulations regarding commercial operation of small unmanned aircrafts. Part 107 provides operating rules for drone operators who do not...more

IPR Tracker: IPR2016-00383 (U.S. Patent No. 6,331,415) (Genzyme) (Cabilly II patent) – Denying Institution of IPR

The PTAB has denied IPR on U.S. Patent No. 6,331,415. On June 8, the PTAB instituted a separate Genzyme petition against this patent (IPR20016-00460), which was joined to an earlier Sanofi-Aventis and Regeneron IPR...more

Drone on Drones: FAA Commercial Drone Regulations Finalized

The FAA finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems this week, beginning the process towards full integration of drones into domestic airspace. The regulations, which in...more

FAA Releases Long-Awaited Rule for Commercial Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

A key milestone in regulating the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rule overhauls the current case-by-case exemption regime, establishes an...more

Toxic Substances Control Act Overhauled Chemical Risk Regulation in the U.S. Joins the 21st Century

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal...more

NIH Signals “Paradigm Shift” with Policy on Multi-Site Studies

Federally-funded clinical trials conducted at multiple sites will move to a single Institutional Review Board (IRB) review scheme under a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) Policy. The NIH has finalized its policy to...more

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical released guide for novice drone operators

Everywhere you look there is another news story about drones. Now, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus has released the first comprehensive consumer guide to buying and using small unmanned aircraft...more

Opening the Sky for Drones: FAA Issues Drone Rules for Commercial Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on June 21, 2016 announced its long-awaited rule to allow commercial drone operators to legally fly their drones for pay and/or hire in the United States. The new rule will take...more

FAA’s New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft

Since the Federal Aviation Administration issued its proposed rules for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in February of 2015, the industry has been eagerly waiting to learn what the final rules will be. On Tuesday, June...more

CAFC Upholds Same Day Continuation Applications

The Federal Circuit decided not to disturb the “longstanding administrative construction” of 35 USC § 120 that permits the filing of a continuation application on the same day its parent application grants as a patent. The...more

Supreme Court Affirms PTAB’s “Broadest Reasonable” Claim Construction Standard

Supreme Court sides with Patent Office’s rulemaking authority. On Monday, June 20, 2016, the US Supreme Court issued its eagerly awaited Cuozzo decision, affirming the Federal Circuit’s decision. Specifically, the Court:...more

After a Jury Trial Determining that the Defendant Infringed Several Valid Patents, the District Court Certified the Partial...

Plaintiffs asserted that defendants infringed several patents. The district court bifurcated liability and damages for all four patent infringement claims. After a jury trial, the jury concluded that the patents were valid...more

European Patent Office to Make Pan-European Revocation Proceedings Faster, More Efficient as of July 1

European Patent Office oppositions are a very powerful way of litigating newly granted patents. In reality these are pan-European revocation proceedings, with profound strategic significance for life sciences companies – this...more

Straight From The Judges’ Mouths: Lessons For Persuading the Board

The USPTO’s Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) hosted its June Boardside Chat, which addressed best practices for presenting patentability/unpatentability arguments before the board. The Chat, which was hosted by...more

Federal Circuit Weighs in on Propriety of New Evidence Adduced During IPR Trial

In Genzyme Therapeutics v. Biomarin Pharma., the Federal Circuit considered what sort of notice and opportunity to be heard in an IPR will satisfy the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA,” 5 U.S.C. § 554(b) & (c)). Genzyme...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Patent Office’s Continuation Filing Deadline Rule Upheld by the Federal Circuit

Yesterday, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded the decision of the Delaware district court in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., No. 1:12-cv-00259, 2015 WL 627425 (D. Del. Feb. 11, 2015). That case...more

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