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Preparing For The Obvious At The PTAB

There is little debate that inter partes reviews have proven to be an effective means of challenging the validity of a patent. During the first two-and-a-half years, more than 73 percent of claims originally challenged in IPR…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Intellectual Property Alert: Supreme Court Affirms Brulotte, “Green-Lights” Collecting Patent Royalties After Patents Expire

In an important decision for patent licensing freedom, on June 22, 2015, the United States Supreme Court cleared the way for spreading patent royalty payments after the expiration of patents, in some simple and other complex…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Alert: USPTO Announces Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot Program

Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced the “Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot” to provide a temporary basis for an applicant to have an ex parte appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board accorded…more
| Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Alert: Akamai v. Limelight: Federal Circuit Limits Direct Infringement of Method Claims

On remand from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit held that Limelight did not directly infringe an asserted method claim under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a) because the “sweeping notions of common-law tort liability” do not apply to…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Intellectual Property Alert: Apple v. Samsung: The Federal Circuit Clarifies Design Patent Principles Law

In a much anticipated opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Apple v. Samsung on May 18, the design patent law with respect to remedies and the infringement test remains robust. Notably, and…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Intellectual Property Alert: The U.S. and Japan Join the Hague System

May 13, 2015 — Today, the United States and Japan will become contracting parties to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs. The Hague System allows the filing of a single international design…more
| Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

No More Soup For You – PTAB Rejects Second IPR Petition Under 35 U.S.C. § 325(d)

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board recently denied an IPR petition under 35 U.S.C. § 325(d) because the petitioner’s arguments were substantially similar to those it made in an earlier IPR petition. Both petitions involved U.S…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

TTAB Appeal at USDC – Win or Lose – You Pay the USPTO Costs

On April 23, 2015, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (2-1) in the case of Shammas v. Focarino, that, win or lose, a party who files a U.S. district court appeal from a decision of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Benefits of Showing Discovery as “Routine” Instead of “Additional”

The PTAB issued an order granting in part a request for discovery by an IPR petitioner. IPR2014-00727 - C&D Zodiac, Inc. v. B/E Aerospace, Inc…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

First IPR Design Patent Decision Affirmed by Federal Circuit

In the first inter partes review of a design patent, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s final decision that the only claim was unpatentable. Design patent D617,465 on a drinking cup was the subject…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Supreme Court Marks TTAB Decisions as Having Preclusive Effect

The Supreme Court of the United States held in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., that some decisions by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) may have a preclusive effect on judgments by federal district…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Use Wayback Machine with Caution: PTAB Excludes Website Printouts from Wayback Machine

In a decision on the patent owner’s motion to exclude evidence, the PTAB excluded certain website printouts from the Wayback Machine as lacking authentication…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

POSITA Motivated to Pursue Clinical Development of Therapy Disclosed in Prior Art Despite Potential Safety and Efficacy Hurdles

The PTAB recently held that the challenged claims in two patents assigned to Genzyme and one patent assigned to Duke University on methods for treating Pompe disease are invalid…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Slip of the Pen May Cost You Your IPR

The Patent Office is getting inter partes review (IPR) petitions by the boat load. Some patent challengers are adding to the volume by filing numerous IPRs against a single patent. They use each IPR for a distinct set of claims…more
| Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Who You Gonna Call? The Board!

The PTAB issued an order providing guidance for responding to potential witness coaching during a deposition recess. Cases IPR2014-00411 and IPR2014-00434 – FLIR Systems, Inc. v. Leak Surveys, Inc. - In an inter…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property
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