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The Interface Between District Court Litigation and Contested Office Proceedings under the AIA: Motions to Stay

What is the standard for deciding a motion to stay in view of a contested office proceeding? Courts typically consider: (1) whether a stay will unduly prejudice or present a clear tactical disadvantage to the nonmoving…more

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DMCA vs. Gearheads: Piracy Under the Shade Tree

A recent Wired magazine article by Kyle Wiens (co-founder and CEO of iFixit) provided an ominous warning to automobile owners: you don’t own your vehicle, you merely operate it at the manufacturer’s pleasure. This view of…more

Copyrights, Corporate Counsel, DMCA, Popular, Young Lawyers

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Practice Considerations Post Teva v. Sandoz

In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 13-854, slip op. 574 U.S. __ (2015), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that underlying factual issues resolved while formally construing a disputed patent claim term at the…more

Claim Construction, De Novo Standard of Review, Extrinsic Evidence, Hatch-Waxman, Patent Litigation

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Global Initiatives to Accelerate Examination of Cleantech Patent Applications

In an effort to promote the development and commercialization of technologies that conserve natural resources or reduce negative environmental impact, patent offices around the world have adopted programs to expedite the…more

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Clean Tech

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The Medicines Company v. Hospira - Preparation of validation batches by a contract manufacturer for FDA submission creates an on-scale bar

On July 2, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a patent owner’s use of a contract manufacturer (CMO) to prepare validation batches of a drug formulation for submission to FDA created an invalidating…more

Biosimilars, Drug Manufacturers, FDA, Inventors, Manufacturers

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USPTO Issues New Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Interim Guidelines – Nature-Based Product Guidance

On December 16, 2014, the USPTO issued a comprehensive interim Guidance document for examination of subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The new Guidance document supplements the June 2014 Preliminary Examination…more

Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents, Product of Nature Doctrine, USPTO

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Federal Circuit alters functional claiming landscape in Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC

In Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC, No. 2013-1130, the Federal Circuit recently overruled earlier precedent and eliminated the “strong” presumption that a functional claim limitation lacking “means” language does not invoke 35…more

America Invents Act, Appeals, Means-Plus-Function, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Design Patent Case Digest: Simmons Bedding Company v. Sealy Technology LLC

Decision Date: March 31, 2015 - Court: U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board - Patents: D622,531 - Holding: Examiner’s decision in reexamination proceeding not to adopt Requester’s obviousness rejections REVERSED…more

Appeals, Design Patent, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Obviousness, Patent Prosecution

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Patent Filing Considerations Under the AIA on the Eve of March 16th

March 16, 2013 is rapidly approaching. This date is significant because it is the effective date of Section 3 of the American Invents Act (AIA). Section 3 of AIA includes the first-inventor-to-file provisions (FITF). Most of…more

America Invents Act, Effective Filing Date, Filing Deadlines, First-to-File, Patent Reform

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Can Digital Healthcare Innovation Be Patented? Eligibility of Digital Healthcare Technologies Under the New USPTO Eligibility Guidelines

Digital healthcare, the confluence of digital technology with medical and other biological fields, has become an ever-increasing presence in our daily lives. Ideas that seemed nearly impossible just a few years ago (such as…more

CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Digital Health, Healthcare, Interim Guidance, Medical Devices

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Federal Circuit Supports USPTO Rules in Post-Grant Proceedings

On February 4, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a 2-1 precedential opinion in In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC, Appeal No. 14-1301 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 4, 2014), in which it affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in…more

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America Invents Act: Inter Partes Review

What is an inter partes review? An inter partes review (“IPR”) enables a third party to challenge one or more claims in an issued patent at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (“Office”). IPR was designed to…more

America Invents Act, Burden of Proof, Infringement, Inter Partes Reexamination, Inter Partes Review Proceedings

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Hashtag Trademarks: #ItsAllAboutTheUse

Brand owners have embraced hashtags (words or phrases preceded by a hash or pound sign - #) as a way to both engage consumers and track social media posts regarding a specific product or topic. Not surprisingly, the increased…more

Hashtags, Personal Brands, Service Marks, Trademark Registration, Use in Commerce

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Design Patent Case Digest: Simmons Bedding Company v. Sealy Technology LLC

Decision Date: March 31, 2015 - Court: U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board - Patents: D622,531 - Holding: Examiner’s decision in reexamination proceeding not to adopt Requester’s obviousness rejections REVERSED…more

Appeals, Design Patent, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Obviousness, Patent Prosecution

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The Supreme Court Nixes Claims to Isolated Genomic DNA

The U.S. Supreme Court decided today that claims to isolated genomic DNA are not patentable subject matter and thus invalid. This decision rendered invalid patent claims owned by Myriad Genetics as well as thousands of patent…more

AMP v Myriad, DNA, Gene Patenting, Human Genes, Myriad

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Upcoming Changes in Canadian Trademark Law

Canada has amended its Trademark Law, and although the amended Law's effective date is not yet known, brand owners can expect three significant changes to Canadian trademark law practice. First, to U.S. brand owners and…more

Brand, Canada, Classification, Filing Fees, Goods

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Kaneka v. Xiamen Kingdomway Group: Implicit Order Read into Method Steps of Industrial Biotechnology Patent

The Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Kaneka Corp. v. Xiamen Kingdomway Group Co. (Fed. Cir. 2015) serves as a reminder that courts may implicitly read an order into a patent’s method claim steps, even if the applicant did…more

Biotechnology, Claim Construction, Covered Business Method Patents, De Novo Standard of Review, ITC

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USPTO Issues New Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Interim Guidelines – Nature-Based Product Guidance

On December 16, 2014, the USPTO issued a comprehensive interim Guidance document for examination of subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The new Guidance document supplements the June 2014 Preliminary Examination…more

Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents, Product of Nature Doctrine, USPTO

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The Latest on Inherent Obviousness

On December 3, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited v. TWI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., agreeing with the district court’s analysis and conclusions on motivation…more

FDA, Obviousness, Patent Litigation, Patents, Pharmaceutical Patents

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Section 337’s Potential for Defending Biologics Market Share Against Biosimilars

Enforcement of biologic patents at the United States International Trade Commission under Section 337 provides certainty and tactical advantages to patent holders that are unavailable in district court under the BPCIA. For…more

Biologics, Biosimilars, BPCIA, Discovery, Enforcement

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SCOTUS: Human Genes Cannot Be Patented. Is This the End or Beginning of Genetic Research?

For a Legal Perspective on today's much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court "Myriad" decision that naturally occuring substances are not patentable, we turned to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra..…more

AMP v Myriad, Biotechnology, DNA, Healthcare, Human Genes

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One Year Later: Observations From The First Year Of Contested Proceedings At The USPTO

The America Invents Act - September 16, 2013 marks the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the America Invents Act, and with it, Covered Business Method (CBM) and Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings. To date,…more

America Invents Act, Contested Proceedings, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Patent Litigation, Patent Reform

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Pending Petition for CBM Review Results in Litigation Stay

The stay provisions of America Invents Act § 18(b) related to covered business method patent review1 (“CBM review”) were recently applied in Market-Alerts Pty. Ltd. v. Bloomberg Fin. L.P. et al., C.A. No. 12-780-GMS (D. Del.)…more

America Invents Act, Covered Business Method Patents, Infringement, Judicial Review, Motion To Stay

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Federal Circuit Finds CBM Eligibility Reviewable on Appeal

The Federal Circuit yesterday issued a precedential opinion in Versata Development Group v. SAP America, Inc., Appeal No. 2014-1194 (Fed. Cir. Jul. 9, 2015), finding the claims invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In addition to the…more

Appeals, Broadest Reasonable Interpretation Standard, Covered Business Method Patents, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Cuozzo Speed Technologies

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New International Searching Authority Available for Green Technology Companies

Effective July 1, 2015, green technology companies can now choose the Japan Patent Office (JPO) as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for international…more

Green Technology, International Patent Classification System, International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA), International Searching Authority, Japan

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Energy Management Patent Triggers a Covered Business Method Review

Faced with a patent threat, renewable energy and climate change companies may have a new defense option – a Covered Business Method (CBM) proceeding. Ushered in less than 2 years ago as part of comprehensive patent reform…more

America Invents Act, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Energy Sector, Patent Royalties, Patents

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Practice Considerations Post Kimble v. Marvel

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kimble et al. v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, rejuvenates a 50-year old rule addressing patent royalties, bringing it to the forefront of patent and licensing practice. On June 22, 2015,…more

Brulotte, Expiration Date, Kimble v Marvel Enterprises, License Agreements, Patent Infringement

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USPTO Issues New Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Guidelines for Claims Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Principles, Natural Phenomena, and/or Natural Products

On March 4, 2014, the USPTO issued a Guidance memorandum for examination of subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in view of AMP v. Myriad (2013) and Mayo v. Prometheus (2012). Under the new guidelines, the examiner…more

AMP v Myriad, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent-Eligible Subject Matter, Patents, USPTO

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The Latest on Inherent Obviousness

On December 3, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Alkermes Pharma Ireland Limited v. TWI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., agreeing with the district court’s analysis and conclusions on motivation…more

FDA, Obviousness, Patent Litigation, Patents, Pharmaceutical Patents

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Energy Management Patent Triggers a Covered Business Method Review

Faced with a patent threat, renewable energy and climate change companies may have a new defense option – a Covered Business Method (CBM) proceeding. Ushered in less than 2 years ago as part of comprehensive patent reform…more

America Invents Act, Covered Business Method Proceedings, Energy Sector, Patent Royalties, Patents

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Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.

While the Supreme Court’s section 101 decisions may garner the biggest headlines, the high court has also invested significant efforts in the area of induced infringement. Commil v. Cisco, decided on May 26, 2015, marks the…more

Cisco, Cisco v CommilUSA, Good Faith, Honest Belief Defense, Induced Infringement

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Selection Invention Found Unpatentable For Obviousness-Type Double Patenting

On August 21, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued a decision in AbbVie Inc. v. The Mathilda and Terence Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology Trust., holding that the claims to a selection invention were invalid based on…more

AbbVie, Double Patent, Inventions, Obviousness, Patent Litigation

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Federal Circuit Issues First Reversal & Remand of an Inter Partes Review in Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn, Inc. Addressing Claim Construction and Amendment Standards

The Federal Circuit issued its first reversal and remand of a final decision in an inter partes review issued by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). In Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn, Inc., No. 14-1543, a panel…more

Claim Construction, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Microsoft, Motion to Amend, Patent Litigation

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Federal Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Suprema, Inc. v. International Trade Commission Rehearing en banc

Court considers whether the U.S. International Trade Commission has authority over allegations of induced infringement and infringement of method-of-use claims by importers. Procedural Background - Suprema v. ITC…more

En Banc Review, Importers, Induced Infringement, Infringement, ITC

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Utility Patent Trends Gleaned from the IPO’s 2014 IP Record

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) recently released its 2014 IP Record, an annual report detailing intellectual property trends in the United States and the top five patent offices from around the world. The…more

ITC, Patents, USPTO, Utility Patents, WIPO

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The Medicines Company v. Hospira - Preparation of validation batches by a contract manufacturer for FDA submission creates an on-scale bar

On July 2, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a patent owner’s use of a contract manufacturer (CMO) to prepare validation batches of a drug formulation for submission to FDA created an invalidating…more

Biosimilars, Drug Manufacturers, FDA, Inventors, Manufacturers

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Act II: Oral Argument in Amgen v. Sandoz is heard at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit yesterday heard oral arguments on the applicability and interpretation of two key provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA). Briefly, oral argument…more

Amgen, Appeals, Biosimilars, BPCIA, Commercial Marketing

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MarkIt to MarketTM | June 2015

In This Issue: - Hashtag Trademarks: #ItsAllAboutTheUse - Upcoming Changes in Canadian Trade Mark Trademark Law - Changes in U.S Certification Mark Requirements - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - The June…more

Brand, Canada, Domain Names, gTLD, Hashtags

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Federal Circuit Grants Patent Term Adjustment After Allowance When Continued Examination Requested

On January 15, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided Novartis v. Lee (No. 2013-1160, -1179), holding that time spent in “continued examination” is excluded from a patent term adjustment even where the…more

Novartis, Patent Term Adjustment, Patents, Request for Continued Examination

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The Interface Between District Court Litigation and Contested Office Proceedings under the AIA: Motions to Stay

What is the standard for deciding a motion to stay in view of a contested office proceeding? Courts typically consider: (1) whether a stay will unduly prejudice or present a clear tactical disadvantage to the nonmoving…more

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gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us or…more

Brand, Domain Names, gTLD, ICANN, Registration

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Federal Circuit issues opinion in Suprema, Inc. v. International Trade Commission

What’s at Stake? The panel majority held that exclusion orders under § 337 may not issue based on a theory of induced infringement where the direct infringement does not occur until after the articles are imported. The…more

Imports, Induced Infringement, ITC, Patent Infringement, Patents

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The Supreme Court Heightens Antitrust Scrutiny For ANDA Reverse Payment Agreements Between Pharmaceutical Companies

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled on the long-awaited FTC v. Actavis case concerning ANDA reverse payments, resolving a sharp circuit split. The Court held that settlement agreements that include reverse payments to end…more

ANDA, Antitrust Litigation, FTC, FTC v Actavis, Patent Infringement

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Federal Circuit Issues First Reversal & Remand of an Inter Partes Review in Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn, Inc. Addressing Claim Construction and Amendment Standards

The Federal Circuit issued its first reversal and remand of a final decision in an inter partes review issued by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). In Microsoft Corporation v. Proxyconn, Inc., No. 14-1543, a panel…more

Claim Construction, Inter Partes Review Proceedings, Microsoft, Motion to Amend, Patent Litigation

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Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.

While the Supreme Court’s section 101 decisions may garner the biggest headlines, the high court has also invested significant efforts in the area of induced infringement. Commil v. Cisco, decided on May 26, 2015, marks the…more

Cisco, Cisco v CommilUSA, Good Faith, Honest Belief Defense, Induced Infringement

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