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Boston Scientific Files Second IPR Petition Against UAB Patent

Boston Scientific Corporation (“Boston Scientific”) filed a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on April 10, 2015 requesting inter partes review of U.S. Patent No. 6,266,563 (“the ’563 Patent”). The petition states…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

PilotFish Announces MedDevice Connection App

Applied PilotFish Healthcare Integration, Inc. (APHII) recently announced a new application called HealthConnect. APHII is the healthcare division of PilotFish Technology, a provider of middleware solutions for the healthcare…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Medtronic Settles Federal Lawsuit for $4.41 Million

On April 2, 2015, the United States Department of Justice announced that Medtronic, a medical device manufacturer based in Ireland, reached a settlement agreement with the United States government for $4.41 million over…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Filing a Design Patent Internationally? New Rules You Need to Know

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published the Final Rules for implementation of the Hague Agreement for the Registration of Industrial Designs (i.e., design patents). They can be found here. Starting May 13,…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

SEC Creates New Financing Opportunity

Chairwoman Mary Jo White recently presided over an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at which the Commission followed the recommendation of the Division of Corporation Finance to adopt final rules…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

FDA Approves Expanded Use of Medtronic’s CoreValve System; Also Receives Regulatory Approval in Japan

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of Medtronic’s CoreValve system for “valve-in-valve” (VIV) replacement. According to the FDA press release, this represents the first transcatheter aortic…more
| Health, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Intellirod Spine Signs Licensing and Distribution Agreements With X-Spine Systems Inc.

Intellirod Spine LLC is, according to its website, a medical device company developing wireless sensing technologies for use in spinal care.  According to Orthopedic Design and Technology, Loadpro is the company’s forthcoming…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Orthofix secures option to acquire eNeura for $65 million

On March 31, 2015, Orthofix International N.V. announced it entered into an 18-month option agreement to acquire eNeura, Inc. Orthofix’s website states that the focus of the company is on “improving patients’ lives by providing…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology

Shift Labs Continues Trend Toward Consumer Wireless Healthcare Devices

The medical device market is expanding into more private healthcare products in hopes of bringing healthcare directly to the user.  For example, the increase in popularity of wearable diagnostic devices, such as FitBit,…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

The PTAB May Be Taking a More Balanced Approach in Biotech and Pharmaceutical IPRs

Patent challengers were first able to file inter partes review (IPR) petitions on September 16, 2012. Since then IPRs have become an increasingly popular way of challenging the validity of patents. In the first three months that…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Practical Steps for Building a Strong Life Science Patent Portfolio Worth Billions of Dollars

In the last four years, several companies with antiviral drug programs, including Alios BioPharma, Idenix, Inhibitex, InterMune and Pharmasset, have been acquired by large pharmaceutical companies (‘‘big pharma’’). One of the…more
| Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology

Trademark Review | March 2015

Registration Cancelled Where Services Related to Mark Not Provided - Playdom, Inc. filed a petition to cancel Couture’s mark, arguing that the registration was void because Couture did not use the mark in commerce as of the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury

Federal Circuit Review | March 2015

Patent Office’s Decision To Institute IPR Not Reviewable - In IN RE CUOZZO SPEED TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, the Federal Circuit held it lacks jurisdiction to review the Patent Office’s decision to institute inter partes review…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court Trademark Decision - TTAB Findings Can Be Binding in Court Cases

TTAB Registration Decisions May Have Issue Preclusion Effect - On March 24, 2015, in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., the Supreme Court raised the stakes and importance of decisions by the Trademark Office,…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Draeger Medical Systems Files For Declaratory Judgment Against My Health

On March 19, 2015, Draeger Medical Systems, Inc. (“Draeger”) filed a Declaratory Judgment action against My Health, Inc. (“My Health”). The complaint alleges that My Health sent a cease and desist letter to Draeger that…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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