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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: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Fall 2014 - Vol. 12, Issue 4

In This Issue: - Prior Art Redefined Under the AIA - PTAB Holds a Firm Line on Additional Discovery - The Art of Prior Art Searching - Anticipating a Federal Trade Secret Law - Trademark Cases…more

Additional Discovery, America Invents Act, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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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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USPTO Issues Memorandum Regarding Enfish and TLI

On the heels of the Federal Circuit handing down two subject matter eligibility decisions regarding software, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a memo to its examining corps regarding these cases. On May 12, in…more

Abstract Ideas, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Microsoft, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Product of Nature Doctrine

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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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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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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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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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Interim Guidance Status Check

As of Tuesday, June 16th, we have been living with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's "2014 Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility" ("Guidance") for six months. Although the USPTO subsequently issued some…more

Patent Applications, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents, Software

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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: 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: 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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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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Femto-Sec Tech, Inc. v. Lensar, Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2016)

Patent Having Claims That Apply Law of Nature Is Patent-Eligible - On June 8, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order denying a motion to dismiss, and found that U.S. Patent No…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Life Sciences, Method Claims, 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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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 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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No Rehearing En Banc for In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies -- PTAB Update

Earlier this week, the Federal Circuit issued an order denying a petition for rehearing en banc in the In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC case. As we have previously reported, this case was the first appeal of the first IPR…more

America Invents Act, Amicus Briefs, Appeals, Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard, Claim Construction

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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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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 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: 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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MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc. v. B/E Aerospace, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Equitable Assignor Estoppel Doctrine Expanded by Federal Circuit

Arcane aspects of the law are frequently analogized as constituting "traps for the unwary," and patent law seems to have more than its share of minutiae that fall within that characterization. The equitable principle of…more

Aerospace, Estoppel, IP Assignment Agreements, Patent Infringement, 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 Proceedings, Music

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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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Court Report - June 2016

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Orexo AB et al. v. Actavis Elizabeth LLC et al. 1:16-cv-00397; filed May 27, 2016 in the District Court of Delaware - •…more

AbbVie, Actavis Inc., ANDA, Biotechnology, Declaratory Judgments

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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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President Obama Signs Defend Trade Secrets Act

This afternoon, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 ("DTSA") into law, creating a new Federal cause of action for misappropriation of trade secrets. The new law is the most significant expansion of…more

Asset Seizure, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Economic Espionage Act, Ex Parte

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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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Amgen v. Sandoz Update -- Supreme Court Seeks Views of United States

In other Supreme Court news from Monday, June 20, 2016, the Court invited the Solicitor General to file briefs in the Sandoz v. Amgen (No. 15-1039) and Amgen v. Sandoz (No. 15-1195) appeals to express the views of the United…more

Amicus Briefs, Biologics, Biosimilars, BPCIA, Commercial Marketing

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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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Amicus Briefs in Support of Sequenom's Petition for Certiorari: Dr. Chakrabarty, A Scientist's View

In March, following the Federal Circuit's denial of Sequenom's petition for rehearing en banc, Sequenom filed a petition for certiorari for Supreme Court review of the Federal Circuit's decision in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v…more

Amicus Briefs, Ariosa, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Myriad-Mayo, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter

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