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2016 Chemical Data Reporting – New TSCA Requirements Apply for Confidential Business Information Claims

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

When Distinguishing Statements May Be Considered Disclaimers of Claim Scope

Addressing disclaimer of claim scope, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment of non-infringement, finding that the patentee clearly and unmistakably disclaimed...more

What Fluctuating Oil Prices Mean for Patent Infringement Lawsuits

A notable trend has developed between the price of oil and gas and the prevalence of patent infringement lawsuits. As the price of oil plummeted, the number of patent infringement lawsuits in the oil business has increased...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Issues for consideration: EPC contracts and technology licenses in petrochemical projects

In petrochemical projects, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts are often negotiated after the technology licenses have been negotiated between the technology licensors and the project...more

USPTO Releases Patent Counts by Class by Year Report

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) maintains annual statistics on patents issued across various technologies. Specifically, each year the USPTO’s Patent Technology Monitoring Team prepares the Patent Counts by Class...more

Government's Innovation Statement puts renewables back on the Agenda

Release of the Federal Government’s much-anticipated National Innovation and Science Agenda (the Agenda) on 7 December is expected to boost investor confidence in the cleantech and renewables sector. The $1.1 billion...more

Update: Patent Trolls Are Targeting the Energy Industry

New data shows a sharp increase in the number of patent troll lawsuits being filed against energy companies in 2015. As we predicted in our March 2014 White Paper, “Are Patent Trolls Now Targeting the Energy...more

PTAB Grants Fourth Motion to Amend in an IPR Proceeding

For only the fourth time in its history, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) has granted a motion to amend in an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding, finding all substitute claims proposed by the patent owner...more

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Grants Rare Motion to Amend Claims in Inter Partes Review

On June 5, 2015, a three-judge panel at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”), granted a motion to amend in an inter partes review (“IPR”) proceeding, ruling that the patentee Neste Oil Oyj (“Neste”) could amend the...more

Using Utility Models to Protect your Intellectual Property in Taiwan

A new “green” attitude is pervading Taiwan. Besides ongoing environmental efforts, Taiwan is home to multiple green technology companies. While revenue results for some Taiwanese solar cell manufacturers declined this year,...more

Employee Ownership of Patentable Inventions

A startup in the oil-and-gas service sector sought to improve downhole well stimulation technology. After a few years, differences between the three founders culminated in the ouster of Mr. Groves, one of the founders. Mr....more

Intellectual Property and Technology News

In This Issue: - Biosimilars In The US - Introducing Cybertrak - Free and Open Source Compliance: Action Steps - Falling Prices At The Pump - Put A Premium On Energy IP - Supreme Court Corner - Excerpt...more

Falling prices at the pump put a premium on energy IP

Crude oil prices, which have declined over 60 percent in the past six months, are at recent record lows. The impact of the price decline is being felt throughout the energy sector. Commentators agree that with few exceptions,...more

No Exception for Energy Management Patent—CBM Review Instituted - Opower Inc. v. Cleantech Business Solutions

In its decision to institute a covered business method (CBM) patent review of an energy management patent, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) agreed with the petitioner...more

News Flash! Exxon Patents Selling Energy!

Here's an odd one. With all of the concern about patents on business methoods run amok, and patent trolls patenting the mere application of age old ideas on the Internet, with the intense scrutiny that that USPTO appears to...more

Patenting Your Basement Fusion Reactor: Utility Requirements Under U.S. Patent Law

Multiple projects are currently underway to demonstrate feasibility of fusion energy. The goal of the ITER multinational project in southern France (of which the United States is a participant) is to deliver ten times the...more

Speeding Construction of Your Company’s ‘Great Wall’: Protecting Green Technology in China with Utility Models

The Economist recently reported on a World Intellectual Property Organization study that the number of Chinese patents filed abroad is rising. China’s patent office was the busiest in the world in 2012. Coupled with this...more

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 - policy uncertainty sees Australia slipping

The recently released Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 suggests that despite its strength in innovation, Australia is at risk of being left behind as much of the rest of the world forges ahead with investment in...more

Innovation patents in the oil and gas sector: Protecting your innovations, protecting your business

There is a growing focus on the need for operators in the oil and gas sector to innovate, both in terms of developing new technologies and processes throughout the value chain and in the deployment of those technologies and...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - Issue 23, Q3 2014

In This Issue: - Substitution Allowed? State Biosimilar Laws Are Evolving - Patent Wars: Can The Energy Industry Avoid Them? - Surviving A Trademark Opposition Challenge: Do You Have A True...more

North Carolina Legislators Look to Criminalize Disclosure of Fracking Fluids

As many states and the federal government look towards calling for greater disclosure and regulation of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, state senators in North Carolina appear to be pushing against the tide in...more

Business Litigation Report -- May 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Cloud Computing Is a Hot Topic… in Business and the Courtroom - Noted With Interest: ..Garlock: Lifting the Veil on Asbestos Trust Claims - Practice Area...more

Clean Energy Patent Growth Index – 2013 Year in Review

The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) has released its 2013 Year in Review report. The report, tracking green patent trends by sector, provides some interesting insight on the status of Energy Technology investing....more

Wyoming Supreme Court Remands Fracking Chemical Disclosure Case to District Court for Reconsideration

On March 12, 2014, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated ruling in a case concerning the scope of trade secret protection available to exempt certain fracking chemical information—which Wyoming requires to be...more

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