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Chicago, IL 60606-7407, United States

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Global PHP And IP5 – Latest Iteration In The Patent Prosecution Highway

The Patent Prosecution Highway (also referred to as the “PPH”)embodies numerous bilateral agreements between dozens of countries providing that an indication of allowable subject matter in one country may trigger accelerated…more

Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution Highway, Patents

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Octane Fitness v. Icon and Highmark v. Allcare — Pivotal Changes to Court Awarded Attorney’s Fees in Patent Litigations

April 30, 2014 - On Tuesday, in two unanimous decisions, the Supreme Court laid down a pair of pivotal changes to the rules governing court awarded attorney's fees in patent litigations... Please see full alert below for…more

Attorney's Fees, Highmark v. Allcare, Octane Fitness v. ICON, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Global PHP And IP5 – Latest Iteration In The Patent Prosecution Highway

The Patent Prosecution Highway (also referred to as the “PPH”)embodies numerous bilateral agreements between dozens of countries providing that an indication of allowable subject matter in one country may trigger accelerated…more

Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution Highway, Patents

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The Google Books Case – Here’s the Skinny

I’m sure many of us have fond memories of the venerable library card catalog: the musty smell, the tiny wooden drawers and their endless deck of equally tiny, yellowed cards on which someone laboriously typed the Dewey Decimal…more

Copyright, Fair Use, Google, Google Books

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Supreme Court Debates Laches Defense — Change Is Coming

Jan. 22, 2014 — In an energetic oral argument on Jan. 21 that would have made first-year law students cringe, the Supreme Court debated the proper role of laches as a defense against the backdrops of statutory language versus…more

Copyright, Equitable Relief, Laches, MGM, Patent Litigation

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PTAB Continues to Deny IPR Petitions, Based on Arguments Incorporated By Reference

September 22, 2014 – For the second time in a month (see our previous PTAB Highlight regarding IPR2014-00491 below), the PTAB has refused to consider arguments incorporated by reference into an IPR petition…more

Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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Pacific Coast Marine Decision Confirms Application of Prosecution History Estoppel to Designs

The Federal Circuit handed down a 3-0 decision on Jan. 8, 2014, in Pacific Coast Marine Windshields Limited v. Malibu Boats, LLC et al., recognizing that the concept of prosecution history estoppel applies to design patents. The…more

Design Patent, Estoppel, Patent Applications, Patent Infringement, Patents

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Intellectual Property Alert: The Federal Circuit Upholds Cybor’s Rule that Claim Construction Is Subject to De Novo Appellate Review

Feb. 24, 2014 — On Friday, the Federal Circuit reaffirmed 6–4 in Lighting Ballast Control LLC v. Philips Electronics North America Corp., that its holding in Cybor Corp v. FAS Technologies is still good law. In short, patent…more

Claim Construction, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents, Philips Electronics

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PTAB Provides Guidance for Meeting Burden to Show Written Description for Substitute Claim

September 24, 2014 – In a Final Written Decision finding the patentee’s claim 1 unpatentable, the PTAB denied a motion to add a substitute claim that added hundreds of words to challenged claim 1. The PTAB held that the patentee…more

Burden of Proof, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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Intellectual Property Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Rules in ABC v. Aereo

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided American Broadcasting Companies, et al. v. Aereo. The 6-3 ruling holds that Aereo’s business model of streaming live broadcast television content over the Internet to its users,…more

ABC, ABC v Aereo, Aereo, Broadcasting, Cable Television Providers

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Aesthetic Functionality in the TTAB since Louboutin

The doctrine of aesthetic functionality was revived in the recent Louboutin case to protect the competitive need to use color to communicate a particular message. In that case, Christian Louboutin S.A. tried to enforce its…more

Aesthetic Functionality, Christian Louboutin, Functionality, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Trademarks

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PTAB Dismisses Argument That Priority Date is a § 112 Issue Not Reviewable in an IPR

In a decision instituting inter partes review, the PTAB rejected a patent owner’s argument that the priority date of the patent is not reviewable in an IPR because it’s an issue under 35 U.S.C. § 112…more

Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Applications, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents, Priority Date Cutoff

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Supreme Court Allows Copyright Action, Holds No Laches Defense

May 20, 2014 — Yesterday, in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (No. 12-1315), the Supreme Court ruled that the doctrine of laches could not be invoked to bar a copyright claim that was brought within the statutorily allowed…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Laches, MGM, Petrella v. MGM

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Voluminous Declaration Leads to PTAB Denial of IPR Petition

August 28, 2014 – In a decision of interest, the PTAB denied institution of inter partes review due to the Petitioner’s excessive reliance on a voluminous supporting declaration..…more

Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the…more

Business Formation, Copyright, First-to-File, Legal Perspectives, Patents

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U.S. Supreme Court Says Induced Infringement Requires Direct Infringement, But Leaves Direct Infringement Standard to Federal Circuit

In a decision dated June 2, 2014, in the case Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. (No. 12-786), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a defendant is not liable for induced patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. §…more

Akamai Technologies, Direct Infringement, En Banc Review, Indirect Infringement, Induced Infringement

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U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Definiteness Standard

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. involving the definiteness requirement of 35 U.S.C. § 112 (b). The patent at issue relates to a heart rate monitor capable of…more

Claim Construction, Indefiniteness, Medical Devices, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Patent Infringement

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Intellectual Property Alert: Computer-Implemented Inventions: Ideas That Are Fundamental Truths And Generically Implemented Are Not Patent Eligible

June 20, 2014 — In a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Thomas on June 19, 2014, the Court held in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 13-298, that all the patent claims in the case, meaning all method, system and…more

Alice Corporation, America Invents Act, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus

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PTAB Rejects “Unusual” Inventor Testimony That His Own Invention Was Not Reduced To Practice and Finds His Claims Not Unpatentable

In a final written decision, the PTAB found the petitioner failed to prove challenged claims unpatentable and rejected “unusual” inventor testimony about reduction to practice that was opposite the typical situation where…more

Inventions, Inventors, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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Developments in Patent Law 2013; The D.C. Bar Year in Review

In this article: - Patentability, Validity, and Procurement of Patents - Interpretation and Infringement of Patents - Enforcement of Patents - Patents at the U.S. Supreme Court - Excerpt from…more

AMP v Myriad, Apple, Attorney's Fees, Claim Construction, CLS Bank v Alice Corp

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Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • D.C.
  • Massachusetts
  • Oregon
Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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