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The PTAB Grants the University of Minnesota Sovereign Immunity but does not Terminate IPR

The PTAB has again addressed sovereign immunity in the context of an IPR. Reactive Surfaces, LTD. petitioned for IPR of U.S. Patents No. 8,394,618 and 8,252,571. The ’618 and ’571 patents are co-owned by Toyota Motor…more
 /  Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

Federal Circuit Finds That Fetal Diagnosis Claims Survive Written Description Attacks

Stanford University v. The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Federal Circuit Appeal No. 2015-2011. Decided June 27, 2017. In an appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Federal Circuit held that claims related…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Meow- Copycat Fur and Bows - Forever 21 Stares Down Puma

As discussed in our previous blog post Puma Treads New Territory Hitting Forever 21 with Copyright Allegations after the Supreme Court’s Star Athletica Decision, Puma sued Forever 21 for design patent infringement, trade dress…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Philips Acquires EGI

Philips recently announced that it will purchase Electrical Geodesics, Inc. (EGI). The total value of the deal is estimated to be GBP 29.0 million (approximately $36.9 million). According to its website, EGI designs, develops,…more
 /  Health, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology

MRI-Compatible Robot Aims to Improve Breast Cancer Biopsies

The University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands recently introduced “the world’s smallest and most accurate 3D-printed biopsy robot,” called the Stormram 4. The device is designed to carry out biopsies during breast cancer…more
 /  Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Settlement 5 Days Before Final Written Decision Deadline Results in Termination Of IPR

In an order issued in Petroleum Geo-Services Inc. v. Westerngeco LLC, IPR2016-00407, IPR2016-00499, Paper 29 (P.TA.B. Jul. 5, 2017), the PTAB terminated the proceedings after the parties indicated that they had settled their…more
 /  Administrative Law, Intellectual Property

Philips Acquires Spectranetics for $2.16 Billion

According to a June 28, 2017 press release, Dutch healthcare company Philips has agreed to buy Colorado Springs-based Spectranetics Corporation, a cardiac device manufacturer, for approximately 1.9 billion euros ($2.16 billion),…more
 /  Health, Mergers & Acquisitions, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Multi-level Encryption Patent Survives § 101 Challenge in District Court

On May 23, 2017, the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (“District Court”) denied a motion for summary judgment that the patent claims asserted in a lawsuit brought by TecSec, Inc. (“TecSec”) are invalid under…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Federal Circuit Review - June 2017

Inter Partes Reexamination Estoppel Attaches On Claim-by-Claim Basis for New Requests and Pending Proceedings - In In re Affinity Labs Of Texas, LLC, Appeal Nos. 2016-1092, 2016-1172, the Federal Circuit held that the…more
 /  Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property

How to Avoid Mutilating Your Trademark

In a recent precedential decision, In re University of Miami, Serial No. 86616382 (T.T.A.B. June 6, 2017), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “TTAB”) clarified the scope of the doctrine of trademark mutilation…more
 /  Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

New York City Makes a Push to Become a Life Sciences Hotspot

New York City took a step toward its goal of becoming a life sciences hub with a $5 million grant from the mayor’s office to BioLabs@NYULangone, a biotech incubator in Manhattan formed from a collaboration between BioLabs and…more
 /  Business Organizations, Science, Computers, & Technology

Activity Trackers Eye Inactivity Tracking

Fitbit recently announced plans to build sleep apnea diagnostics into its wrist-worn activity tracking devices, stating that it expects do so within a year.  If successful, Fitbit may be able to address a market that is expected…more
 /  Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Developments in IPR Remands from the Federal Circuit During the First Half of 2017

Previously, we reported the outcomes of remands from the Federal Circuit to the PTAB in IPR cases through 2016.... This note is an update to that report, surveying the outcomes and status of remands to the PTAB in the first…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Easyweb v. Twitter and the Rise of the Non-Precedential Opinion

In a non-precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling that the claims at issue in Easyweb Innovations, LLC. v. Twitter, Inc. (“Easyweb”) were directed to patent-ineligible subject matter...…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ex Parte Hafner Provides Clarity in Assessing Patent Subject Matter Eligibility for Software Patents

In Ex Parte Hafner, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) reversed the Examiner’s rejection that claims directed to an energy transaction plan were subject-matter ineligible. Ex parte…more
 /  Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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