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Stays Pending Covered Business Method Patent Review: VirtualAgility v. Salesforce.com

The Federal Circuit’s divided decision in VirtualAgility Inc. v. Salesforce.com, Inc. is the first major decision from the Federal Circuit interpreting the discretionary stay provision of § 18(b)(1) of the America Invents Act...more

Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Appellate Standard of Review Over Patent Claim Construction

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument October 15, 2014, in Teva Pharm. USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 13-854. (The transcript and audio recording are available here.) The question before the Court in this case...more

Federal Circuit Remands Trio of Attorneys’ Fee Award Cases Back to District Courts

Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Octane Fitness, LLC; Checkpoint Systems, Inc. v. All-Tag Sec., S.A.; Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., Inc. - In the span of 10 days, and in the wake of the U.S Supreme Court...more

Teva v. Sandoz -- Is Deferential Review a Boon for Patent Trolls?

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz Inc. case to determine whether appellate courts should afford any deference to a trial court's claim construction...more

A Court’s Review of a Disability Benefit Claim May Hinge on the Meaning “Satisfactory to Us”

Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that courts should review an ERISA participant’s claim for benefits under a de novo standard of review unless the plan gives the plan fiduciary discretionary authority to...more

Supreme Court Permits Bankruptcy Court to Hear Adversary Proceeding; Bypasses Issues Regarding Party Consent

On June 9, the Supreme Court held that a bankruptcy judge may submit proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law for review by a federal district court in otherwise “core” adversary proceedings where a non-debtor party...more

ERISA – 9th Circuit: Are There Advantages To De Novo Review Versus Arbitrary And Capricious Review?

You already know that plans that contain “discretionary language” should enjoy a more deferential review by the trial court. But when the plan administrator decides and funds the benefit decision, courts view this as a...more

Split Federal Circuit Hews to De Novo Claim Construction Review

In a six-four en banc decision in Lighting Ballast Control LLC v. Philips Electronics North Am. Corp., a divided Federal Circuit confirmed its practice of de novo claim construction review. The main question arising from the...more

Farah v. Esquire: a Primer

I have previously blogged about the panel that will be hearing the Farah v. Esquire appeal on October 3. Here’s a brief summary on the relevant background facts, the proceedings in the district court and the pertinent issues...more

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