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An ATDS is More Than a Beep and a Pause

A District Court in Arkansas just drew a line in the sand. An automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”), it held, is more than hearing “a beep and a pause.” And, yes, human intervention really does matter....more

Patent Drafting Post-Alice: Broadly Define the Problem, and Narrowly Claim the Solutions

The notion of strategic claim drafting, which experienced patent practitioners understand, is all about writing specific, narrowly defined claims to cover the strategically important “choke points” in a value chain. The...more

Apple’s Quest for the “Ownable” Mark

No company’s branding strategy is studied more meticulously than Apple, Inc.’s — and of late, Apple has taken a turn for the descriptive with its various operating systems. Every company wants its brands to be...more

The Internet of Things: Evaluating the Interplay of Interoperability, Industry Standards, and Related IP Licensing Approaches...

We recently published a client alert on January 26, 2016 that addressed some of the more significant Internet of Things (“IoT”) -specific standards and initiatives and emphasized the importance of interoperability as central...more

Cisco v. Sprint: Declaratory Judgment Action Dismissed Where Cisco Could Not Show Case or Controversy Based on Suits Against...

Plaintiff Cisco Systems, Inc. ("Cisco") filed two declaratory judgment actions against Sprint seeking to invalidate six Sprint patents and seeking a declaration of non-infringement of seven Sprint patents. Cisco is a...more

Declaratory Judgment Action Is Dismissed For Lack Of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Robinson, J. Defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction is granted. This is a declaratory judgment action. Defendant has asserted infringement against various customers of plaintiff on their...more

It Ends Not with a Bang but a Whimper - Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.

The patent case between Commil and Cisco, a case that made new law at the Supreme Court on the issue of the intent requirement in cases of induced infringement allegations, came to an end with a whimper on remand back to the...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 2/5/16

Augmented reality goes to the Superbowl; Cisco commits to the Internet of Things with a billion-dollar embrace (even as IBM belatedly embraces the cloud); the staying power of the sharing economy is questioned; and more…...more

There Is More than One Way to Slice the Apportionment Analysis - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation v....

Addressing the application of the smallest salable patent-practicing unit analysis, as well as the impact of a patent’s standards essential status on apportionment and the relevance of prior licenses between the parties, the...more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2016

The Federal Circuit Will Review Appeals from Inter Partes Review Proceedings Under the “Substantial Evidence” Standard - In Merck & Cie v. Gnosis S.p.A., Appeal No. 2014-1779, the Federal Circuit affirmed a PTAB IPR...more

Belief in Invalidity Does Not Prevent Liability for Inducement, Lack of Infringement Does

In Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., [2012-1042] (December 28, 2015), the Federal Circuit considered the case after the Supreme Court held that belief that the patent is invalid does not negate intent to induce...more

“RAND-based Damages Analysis Applies to ALL Standard Essential Patents”

If you read one thing... The Federal Circuit held that its RAND-based damages analysis applies to all standard essential patents, even when there is no RAND commitment by the patent holder....more

Determining Damages for Standard Essential Patents: the Federal Circuit Provides Some Guidance in CSIRO v. Cisco

Late last week, in an opinion authored by Judge Prost, a panel of the Federal Circuit vacated a $16 million damages award won by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in its patent infringement...more

Federal Circuit Provides Guidance On Royalty Determination For Standard Essential Patents (CSIRO V. Cisco)

Today, a three-judge Federal Circuit panel (Prost (author), Dyk and Hughes) issued its awaited decision in CSIRO v. Cisco that agreed-in-part and disagreed-in-part with Judge Davis’ damages award based on patents alleged to...more

DOJ’s Warning to High-Tech Companies: SAP Official Pleads Guilty To FCPA Violation

When DOJ acts, they like to make a splash. While the FCPA Paparazzi have been lamenting the “slow down” in FCPA enforcement actions and the increase in case closings, DOJ still makes its mark when it acts, and I expect more...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - July - August 2015

Protecting Trade Secrets in the Era of the Data Breach - The prevalence of data breaches cannot be ignored. New data breaches continue to occur one after an-other. In the first half of 2015 alone there were reports of...more

Commil USA V. Cisco Systems: “I thought it was legal” is no defense to induced infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b)

The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Commil v. Cisco held that a good-faith belief of a patent’s invalidity, standing alone, is insufficient to provide a defense to a claim of inducing another’s infringement...more

Cisco Takes Foreign Corporations to School in Ex Parte Applications for Restraining Orders

Two recent orders from the District of Connecticut demonstrate that the element of surprise continues to be an effective, and sometimes necessary, factor in copyright litigation. The June 26, 2015 orders issued by the...more

Board Disqualifies Reference As Not Meeting Requirements of 102(e)

We are reminded once again, by the Board’s decision denying review in Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Constellation Techs., LLC, IPR2014-00914, that 102(b) art is better than 102(e) art. In Cisco, Petitioner relied on a reference...more

Renewable Energy Update - June 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - EPA warns of high cost of climate change: New York Times - Jun 22: In the absence of global action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the United States by the end of the century may face up to...more

Has the Supreme Court signaled the end of invalidity opinion letters?

On May 26, 2015, in the case of Commil USA, LLC v. CISCO Systems, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court answered the question of whether a good-faith belief that a patent is invalid shields a party from committing induced...more

Supreme Court Moves to Clarify Induced Infringement Standard

In its most recent pronouncement on patent law, the U.S. Supreme Court once again corrected the Federal Circuit’s understanding of induced infringement under 35 U.S.C. §271(b). On May 26, 2015, in Commil USA, LLC v....more

U.S. Supreme Court: Good Faith Belief That a Patent Is Invalid Is No Defense to Induced Patent Infringement

In a sharply divided opinion, the Supreme Court has determined that a party may be liable for inducing the infringement of a patent even if it has a good faith belief that the patent is invalid. The decision, Commil USA, LLC...more

Litigation Alert: A Good-Faith Belief of Patent Invalidity Is Not a Defense to Inducement of Infringement

Six justices of the Supreme Court agree that an accused indirect infringer’s good faith belief in invalidity of a patent “will not negate the scienter required under §271(b).” Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc., No. 13-896,...more

Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. Further Clarifies the Requisite Intent for Induced Infringement after Global-Tech

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc. that an alleged infringer's belief regarding patent validity cannot be used as evidence in a defense to an induced infringement claim. In so...more

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