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50-100 Attorneys

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 1 (Winter 2014)

In This Issue: Experience with the USPTO’s First Action Interview Program; “Patent Trolls” Beware – Congress Tackles Vexatious Patent Litigation; Evolving Data Protection Regimes in the Asia-Pacific Arena and Their Impact…more

Asia, Copyright Infringement, Cross-Border Transactions, Music Industry, Patent Litigation

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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 3

Supplemental Examination: Potential Benefits vs. Guaranteed Risks - The America Invents Act of 2011 introduced supplemental examination of patents as a post-grant process intended to limit expensive and unpredictable…more

3D Printing, America Invents Act, Compulsory Licenses, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Digital Media

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Lessons Learned from AIA Invalidity Proceedings in the Bio/Pharma Space

September 16, 2016, marked the fourth anniversary of the effective date for the invalidity proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) created by the America Invents Act (AIA). These new AIA proceedings,…more

America Invents Act, Biotechnology, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Ownership

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AMP v. Myriad: A Bad Day At Black Rock

Last week, The Supremes once again stepped into an area of science/law where their limited knowledge of both fields will create more harm than good. The Supremes' say that the problem with isolated and purified DNA is that it…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Human Genes, Myriad, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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Recognicorp, LLC v. Nintendo Co. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Recognicorp, owner of U.S. Patent No. 8,005,303, sued Nintendo for infringement in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. After a transfer to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and…more

Abstract Ideas, Enfish v Microsoft, McRo v Bandai Namco, Nintendo, Patent Infringement

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Patent Profile: DermTech Receives Patent for Method of Detecting Melanoma in Human Subjects

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently issued a notice of allowance for U.S. Application No. 14/199,900, which is entitled "Diagnosis of Solar Lentigo by Nucleic Acid Analysis." The '900 application, which is assigned to…more

Biotechnology, Cancer, DNA, Healthcare, Patents

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The IP Owner’s Guide to Brexit: Don’t Panic

By now, everyone has likely heard about the United Kingdom’s vote last week to leave the European Union. Few things are certain at this time, as governments around the world are still making plans to deal with Brexit. Further,…more

Community Designs, EU, European Patent Convention, European Patent Office, Intellectual Property Protection

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Winter 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 1: If I Prioritize Examination of My Application, Should the Patent Office?

Applications under the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) prioritized examination program are given “special status” and examined out-of-turn until a final disposition is reached. This program has considerably reduced…more

America Invents Act, Patent Applications, Patent Reform, Patents, Prioritized Examination

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PTAB Life Sciences Report -- Part II - May 2017

About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents. Argentum Pharmaceuticals LLC. v. Alcon Research, Ltd. PTAB Petition: IPR2017-01053; filed March…more

Life Sciences, Novartis, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 2 (Spring 2014)

In This Issue: - “Patent Trolls” in the Crosshairs – But How Will Patent Reform Legislation Impact the Rest of Us - USPTO Guidance Takes an Expansive View of Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter - Functional Claim…more

Data Protection, Non-Practicing Entities, Patent Exhaustion, Patent Litigation, Patent Reform

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SCOTUS: Supreme Court Limits Venue Where Patent Suits Can Be Filed

On May 22, 2017, in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Grp. LLC, 581 U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme Court reversed a long-standing practice permitting venue over domestic corporations to be had wherever the court had personal…more

Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patents, Personal Jurisdiction, Reversal

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Lessons Learned from AIA Invalidity Proceedings in the Bio/Pharma Space

September 16, 2016, marked the fourth anniversary of the effective date for the invalidity proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) created by the America Invents Act (AIA). These new AIA proceedings,…more

America Invents Act, Biotechnology, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Patent Ownership

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Summer 2014 - Vol. 12, Issue 3

In This Issue: - The Analysis for Design Patent Infringement Post-Egyptian Goddess - Supreme Court Issues Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank - Capitol Records, LLC v. Pandora Media, Inc.: Future of Digital…more

Capitol Records, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyright, Design Patent, Digital Media

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 2 (Spring 2014)

In This Issue: - “Patent Trolls” in the Crosshairs – But How Will Patent Reform Legislation Impact the Rest of Us - USPTO Guidance Takes an Expansive View of Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter - Functional Claim…more

Data Protection, Non-Practicing Entities, Patent Exhaustion, Patent Litigation, Patent Reform

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Strategies for Expediting the Patenting Process

Intellectual property protection, particularly patent protection, is important for many companies, and the ability to speed up the patenting process may be essential for a variety of reasons. For instance, one or more issued…more

Corporate Counsel, Fast Track Process, Intellectual Property Protection, Patent Litigation, Patent Prosecution

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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 3

Supplemental Examination: Potential Benefits vs. Guaranteed Risks - The America Invents Act of 2011 introduced supplemental examination of patents as a post-grant process intended to limit expensive and unpredictable…more

3D Printing, America Invents Act, Compulsory Licenses, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Digital Media

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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 3

Supplemental Examination: Potential Benefits vs. Guaranteed Risks - The America Invents Act of 2011 introduced supplemental examination of patents as a post-grant process intended to limit expensive and unpredictable…more

3D Printing, America Invents Act, Compulsory Licenses, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Digital Media

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Allergan, Inc. v. Apotex, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

In a not particularly well-written opinion that breaks no new ground, the Federal Circuit considered a consolidated appeal of two patents directed to methods of promoting hair growth, including, in particular, eyelash hair…more

Allergan Inc, ANDA, Apotex, Appeals, Claim Construction

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Spring 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 2

In This Issue: - After B&B Hardware, What is the Full Scope of Estoppel Arising From a PTAB Decision in District Court Litigation? - When You Don’t Know What You Know: The Role of Unappreciated Inherency in the…more

America Invents Act, B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyright, Copyright Infringement

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Spring 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 2

In This Issue: - After B&B Hardware, What is the Full Scope of Estoppel Arising From a PTAB Decision in District Court Litigation? - When You Don’t Know What You Know: The Role of Unappreciated Inherency in the…more

America Invents Act, B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyright, Copyright Infringement

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EasyWeb Innovations, LLC v. Twitter, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Message Publishing Patents Found Invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101 - In a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court held all asserted claims of five U.S. patents to be invalid under 35 U.S.C…more

Abstract Ideas, Patent Infringement, Patent Invalidity, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Spring 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 2: Implementing the New Micro Entity Status at the U.S. Patent Office

As part of new rules introduced by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), a new section that defines a “micro entity” was added to Title 35 of the United States Code. As a subset of small entity status, micro entity status…more

America Invents Act, Fees, Micro Entity Status, Patent Applications, Patent Reform

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 2 (Spring 2014)

In This Issue: - “Patent Trolls” in the Crosshairs – But How Will Patent Reform Legislation Impact the Rest of Us - USPTO Guidance Takes an Expansive View of Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter - Functional Claim…more

Data Protection, Non-Practicing Entities, Patent Exhaustion, Patent Litigation, Patent Reform

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The Status of Patent Laches after Petrella v. MGM

Today in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (case number 12-1315), the U.S. 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, Lanham Act, Petrella v. MGM

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Review of Section 101 Decisions by the Federal Circuit

Since the Supreme Court decided Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l in 2014, patent practitioners and the courts alike have struggled to find clarity in the patent eligibility framework of 35 U.S.C. § 101. For the Federal Circuit in…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Corporate Counsel, Enfish v Microsoft, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 2 (Spring 2016)

Pre-AIA and Post-AIA Issues Presented by the On-Sale Bar - The “on-sale” bar to patentability refers to a sale or offer for sale of an invention that can invalidate the patent for that invention. The America-Invents-Act…more

aBLA, Amended Regulation, America Invents Act, Amgen, Apotex

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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 1

In 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) established new post-issuance procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”). Inter partes reviews…more

America Invents Act, Covered Business Method Patents, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Estoppel, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding

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Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Symantec Corp. -- Judge Mayer on the First Amendment

Decided September 30th, this Federal Circuit case is already making waves. The majority opinion seems to be at tension with the Court's outcome in BASCOM Glob. Internet Servs., Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC, but the real…more

Bascom Global v AT&T Mobility, First Amendment, Free Speech, Patent Litigation, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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PTAB Life Sciences Report -- Part IV

About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents. Smith & Nephew, Inc. v. ConforMIS, Inc. - PTAB Petition: IPR2017-00510; filed December 20,…more

Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Life Sciences, Patent Litigation, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 1

In 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) established new post-issuance procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”). Inter partes reviews…more

America Invents Act, Covered Business Method Patents, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Estoppel, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding

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Tiffany vs. Costco: Jury Awards Tiffany Substantial Damages for Costco’s Sale of Counterfeit Diamond Rings

In a highly publicized decision of over a year ago, Judge Swain of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the luxury retailer Tiffany and Co., deciding that Costco Wholesale Corp., the…more

Costco, Counterfeiting, Fair Use, Jury Trial, Lanham Act

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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 1

In 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) established new post-issuance procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”). Inter partes reviews…more

America Invents Act, Covered Business Method Patents, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Estoppel, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 11, Issue 3 (Summer 2013)

In This Issue: Not Just a Flook? Consideration of Prior Art When Evaluating Subject Matter Eligibility; The USPTO Adopts New Rules of Professional Conduct; and Trademark Functionality in the Beverage…more

Aesthetic Functionality, Code of Conduct, Legal Ethics, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Prior Art

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Mylan Institutional LLC v. Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Last week, the Federal Circuit reviewed the rare event of a preliminary injunction being granted in a lawsuit over a chemical invention, made rarer still by the evidence of likelihood of success on the merits required for the…more

Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Patent Litigation, Patent-in-Suit, Patents, Pharmaceutical Industry

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Review of Section 101 Decisions by the Federal Circuit

Since the Supreme Court decided Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l in 2014, patent practitioners and the courts alike have struggled to find clarity in the patent eligibility framework of 35 U.S.C. § 101. For the Federal Circuit in…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Corporate Counsel, Enfish v Microsoft, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 11, Issue 4 (Fall 2013)

In This Issue: The Blurred Lines of What Constitutes Copyright Infringement of Music: Robin Thicke v. Marvin Gaye’s Estate; Terminology in a Computer Readable Medium Claim —“Physical,” “Tangible,” or “Storage”— Can Pose…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Inter Partes Reexamination, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding, Music

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Tiffany vs. Costco: Jury Awards Tiffany Substantial Damages for Costco’s Sale of Counterfeit Diamond Rings

In a highly publicized decision of over a year ago, Judge Swain of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the luxury retailer Tiffany and Co., deciding that Costco Wholesale Corp., the…more

Costco, Counterfeiting, Fair Use, Jury Trial, Lanham Act

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Court Report - September 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Horizon Therapeutics, Inc. v. Lupin Ltd. et al. 1:16-cv-04438; filed July 21, 2016 in the District Court of New Jersey…more

Actavis Inc., Allergan Inc, ANDA, AstraZeneca, Biotechnology

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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 3

Supplemental Examination: Potential Benefits vs. Guaranteed Risks - The America Invents Act of 2011 introduced supplemental examination of patents as a post-grant process intended to limit expensive and unpredictable…more

3D Printing, America Invents Act, Compulsory Licenses, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Digital Media

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Amgen v. Sandoz – Did the Federal Circuit Just Doom the New Biosimilar Approval Pathway?

Congress passed the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) in 2009 in an effort to bring biosimilar drug products to market. The goal was for the BPCIA to mimic for biologic drugs the Hatch-Waxman statute for…more

aBLA, Biologics, Biosimilars, BPCIA, Disclosure Requirements

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Summer 2014 - Vol. 12, Issue 3

In This Issue: - The Analysis for Design Patent Infringement Post-Egyptian Goddess - Supreme Court Issues Decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank - Capitol Records, LLC v. Pandora Media, Inc.: Future of Digital…more

Capitol Records, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Copyright, Design Patent, Digital Media

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Winter 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 1: InterDigital Communications v. ITC: (Some) Non-Practicing Entities are Welcome

On January 10, 2013, the Federal Circuit in InterDigital Communications v. ITC denied a combined petition for panel rehearing and for rehearing en banc, holding that InterDigital’s patent licensing alone met the domestic…more

InterDigital Communications v ITC, ITC, Nokia, Non-Practicing Entities, Tariff Act of 1930

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Spring 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 4

Issues to Be Aware of When Seeking Trademark Protection - Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others…more

Advertising Substantiation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Costco, FTC, Green Guides

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MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 1

In 2011, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) established new post-issuance procedures for challenging the validity of a granted patent before the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (“PTAB” or “Board”). Inter partes reviews…more

America Invents Act, Covered Business Method Patents, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Estoppel, Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceeding

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Spring 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 2: Comments on New AIA Rules

On March 16, 2013, the final (and most significant) portion of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) took effect, and the United States broke from a first-to-invent regime to a first-inventor-to-file (FITF) regime. Of…more

America Invents Act, First-to-File, First-to-Invent, Patent Applications, Patent Reform

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Winter 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 1: Conducting Efficient Patent Litigation Discovery, Part 2

The costs associated with discovery, and particularly electronic document discovery, in patent litigation can be effectively controlled with upfront planning, preparation, and coordination between in­house and outside counsel…more

Discovery, Document Coding, Document Productions, Patents, Work Product Privilege

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MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Spring 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 4

Issues to Be Aware of When Seeking Trademark Protection - Trademarks are valuable tools for businesses since they allow a trademark holder to identify and distinguish its goods from those manufactured or sold by others…more

Advertising Substantiation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Costco, FTC, Green Guides

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Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l: General Purpose Computers Cannot Save Claims Directed to Abstract Ideas

In the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, the Court affirmed the invalidity of Alice’s patents for computer implemented methods of reducing settlement risk. This case reached the high…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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FDA Announces "Purple Book"

The new phone book is here? No, but close. The Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") announced on Friday that it has published its first listing of approved biologic drugs. The list will be supplemented with approved…more

Biologics, FDA, Patent Litigation, Patents, Pharmaceutical Patents

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TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (2017)

On May 22, 2017, in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and held that the word "resides" in the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), "refers only to the State of…more

Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation, Patent Trolls, Patents, Reversal

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules That the Decision to Award Attorney Fees in Patent Cases Rests Squarely in the District Court’s Discretion

The Supreme Court, on April 29, 2014, unanimously ruled on two cases related to the Patent Act’s fee shifting provision under 35 U.S.C. § 285.1 In Octane Fitness LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness Inc. (case number 12-1184), the Court…more

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

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Supreme Court Reverses Apple’s $400 Million Damage Award Against Samsung

On December 6, 2016, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in an opinion by Justice Sotomayor, that an award of total profits for infringing a design patent need not be calculated based only on the end product sold to an ordinary…more

Apple, Apple v Samsung, Damages, Design Patent, Patent Infringement

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WIPO Re:Search Unveils New Strategic Plan for Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases, Malaria, and TB

On May 23, 2017, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced a new five-year strategic plan for WIPO Re:Search to guide that initiative's activities in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria,…more

Life Sciences, Research and Development, Strategic Planning, WIPO

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