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University of Pittsburgh v. Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

The Federal Circuit used its decision that the District Court erred in certain of its claim construction determinations to reverse a jury award of greater than $100 million, but left intact large portions of the District...more

Federal Circuit Find Fractures in Roche Boniva Patents

In Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. v. Apotex, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment that two Roche Boniva patents are invalid as obvious. The conclusion of obviousness is not particularly remarkable...more

Marathon Cross Examination

In Facebook Inc. v. Software Rights Archive, LLC, IPR2013-00479, Paper 28 (April 9, 2014) the patent owner asked for leave to cross-examine petitioner’s expert witness for a total of 14 hours, in view of the fact that there...more

U.S. Patent Office Issues Extensive Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

The United States Patent Office periodically issues guidance for examiners (“Examiners”), often in response to a recent court decision or new statute. These guidelines do not have the force of law, but nevertheless establish...more

April 2014: ITC Litigation Update

Inducement in the ITC Following Suprema? A split Federal Circuit panel held in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC (Dec. 13, 2013) that an exclusion order issued by the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) under Section 337 “may not be...more

Hoffman-La Roche Inc. v. Apotex Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Last Friday, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Hoffman La-Roche Inc. v. Apotex Inc. that is a cautionary tale of patent lifecycle and the difficulties those seeking to extend patent protection face -- namely the...more

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words — Video Depositions

in BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. v. Genzyme Therapeutic Products Limited Partnership, IPR2013-00534, Paper 32, IPR2013-00537, Paper 31 (April 11, 2014), the patent owner sought to take video cross examination of the...more

API Manufacturers Are Not Proper Defendants In Hatch-Waxman Actions

A district court judge in New Jersey recently granted an API supplier’s motion to dismiss claims filed against the supplier in an ANDA suit, raising questions about whether an API supplier belongs as a defendant in these...more

Court Report

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. et al. v. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. et al. 1:14-cv-00387; filed March 26, 2014 in the...more

Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Software End-Users

Are you a Canadian software vendor with customers in the USA? Let’s say your US end-user customer is sued for patent infringement in the US based on use of your software, but the lawsuit avoids naming your company. In other...more

Shire Development, LLC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Claim construction in patent cases, and the propensity for the Federal Circuit to disagree with a district court's conclusions regarding the scope and meaning of claim terms, remains one of the most vexing aspects of patent...more

Between Scylla And Charybdis: Future Of Software Patents Lies In Supreme Court Balance

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, a case in which the outcome may have a dramatic effect on the future and direction of software patents. Justice Breyer compared the Supreme Court’s...more

Pre-AIA Litigation Triggers Time Bar for Inter Partes Review - Apple Inc. v. VirnetX, Inc. and Science Applications International...

In response to a petitioner’s request for rehearing of a decision denying institution of an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) reiterated that...more

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Actavis, Inc. & Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

The Federal Circuit's decision in the consolidated appeals of Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Actavis, Inc. and Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc. amply demonstrates the concept that you should be careful...more

Will the Supreme Court Save Business Method Patents? Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13-298

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l (No. 13-298) to decide “[w]hether claims to computer-implemented inventions . . . are directed to patent-eligible subject matter...more

ITC Reasserts Jurisdiction over Electronic Transmissions in Digital Models

On April 3, 2014, the International Trade Commission (the ITC or the “Commission”) released an opinion in In the Matter of Certain Digital Models, Digital Data, and Treatment Plans for Use in Making Incremental Dental...more

Evidence in Support of Petition for Venue Transfer Must Be Sufficiently Specific - In re Apple Inc.; In re Barnes & Noble

In two decisions from identical panels, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denied mandamus petitions seeking to direct two district courts to vacate their denials of petitioners’ motions to transfer their...more

Senju Pharmaceutical Co. v. Apotex Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Applying the doctrine of claim preclusion (previously termed res judicata), a fractured majority of the Federal Circuit held that prior ANDA litigation to final judgment precluded reassertion of amended claims in the same...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l

On Monday, March 31, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the closely-watched Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int'l case. The question presented was "[w]hether claims to computer-implemented inventions -- including claims to...more

Federal Circuit Refuses to Find Implied License for Endo Opana Patents

In Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Actavis, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s decision denying Endo’s motion for summary judgment of infringement based on an implied license. The Federal Circuit found that...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Take Case Assessing Scope of Review for Claim Construction

The Supreme Court on Monday, March 31, 2014, granted certiorari in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., Case 13-854 (Mar. 31, 2014), a case that has the potential to overturn years of precedent leading back to the...more

How Will ITC Confirmation That It Has Jurisdiction Over Digital Imports Impact Software and Media Industries?

The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its much-awaited decision in Certain Digital Models today, affirming in a decision with important implications for the software and media industries that digital importation is...more

Court Report

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Apotex Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-00351; filed March 19, 2014 in the District Court of...more

Potter Voice v. Microsoft: Microsoft's Request to Exclude Expert Declaration for Claim Construction Denied Where Microsoft's...

In this patent infringement action, Potter Voice submitted an expert declaration of David Klausner for the purpose of claim construction. Microsoft moved to exclude the declaration under Fed.R.Evid. 702....more

A “Program” Is Just a Set of Instructions - Ancora Technologies, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.

In a case essentially decided on a single disputed claim construction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected a narrow construction of the claim term “program” and construed the term, consistent with its...more

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