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Microsoft Corp. v. DataTern, Inc.: Suppliers’ Standing To Bring A Declaratory Judgment Action Based On Customer Suits

On May 5, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in Microsoft Corporation v. DataTern, Inc. that clarified, at least in part, the circumstances under which a supplier may bring a declaratory judgment action based on...more

On Remand, Federal Circuit Comes Around to Supreme Court’s Way of Thinking

Medtronic Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. - On a remand from the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, addressing the issue of the sufficiency of infringement evidence, affirmed a district...more

Federal Circuit Review - StoneEagle, Vederi, and Ancora Technologies (April 2014)

Inventor Cannot Use Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction - In StoneEagle Services, Inc. v. Gillman, Appeal No. 13-1248, the Federal Circuit vacated a declaratory judgment and remanded with instructions to dismiss based on...more

The ‘‘Burden’’ of Patent Infringement: Supreme Court Holds That Burden of Proof Remains With Patentee Even in Declaratory Judgment...

The Supreme Court of the United States has made it clear that the traditional canons of litigation — including those involving jurisdiction and which party bears the burden of proof — hold true in patent cases, even those...more

Pre-Issuance Conduct May Support Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction

On March 11, 2014, in Danisco US Inc. v. Novozymes A/S, No. 2013-1214 (Fed. Cir.), the Federal Circuit held that pre-issuance conduct can be considered when determining whether a declaratory judgment defendant has instigated...more

The Burden is on You: A Defendant Patent Holder Still Bears the Burden of Proving Infringement in a Declaratory Judgment Action...

For nearly 150 years, it has been established that a patent holder (“patentee”) ordinarily bears the burden of proving infringement. The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Medtronic v. Mirowski Family Ventures, LLC, 571...more

Unanimous Supreme Court to Federal Circuit: Burden of Proof on Infringement on Patentee, Even in Declaratory Judgment - Medtronic,...

A unanimous Supreme Court of the United States, in a decision authored by Justice Breyer, reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, holding that the patentee bears the burden of persuasion on the issue of...more

Declaratory Judgment Claimants: Which Products Are You Saying Don’t Infringe?

Declaratory judgment plaintiffs and counterclaimants in patent cases have long been accustomed to filing boilerplate claims that either do not identify an accused technology, or that do so in a cursory manner. Noninfringement...more

Supreme Court Finds Patent Owner Have Burden of Proving Infringement in a Declaratory Judgment Case

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a patent owner always has the burden of proving infringement, even if the case is brought by a licensee asking for a declaration that the licensed patents were not invalid. ...more

Supreme Court Corner: Q4 2013

CASES TO WATCH - Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Copyright: Status: cert. granted Issue: Is the equitable defense of laches available in a copyright claim filed within the Copyright Act’s three-year...more

Amicus Curiae Briefs in Medtronic v. Boston Scientific – Legal Scholars Support Medtronic; Tessera Supports Vacatur and Remand

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Medtronic Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The sole issue to be determined is whether the burden of proof shifts in a declaratory judgment action...more

Diagnostics Giant Quest Files Declaratory Judgment Action against Myriad Genetics

Myriad is facing yet another challenge to its remaining BRCA gene testing franchise, this time from Quest Diagnostics joined by its R&D arm, Nichols Institute. Quest is "the world's leading provider of diagnostic information...more

Bay Area Genetic Diagnostics Company Files Declaratory Judgment Action against Myriad Genetics

Whether relying on Carl von Clausewitz or Jack Dempsey for the sentiment, Counsyl, Inc., a genetic diagnostic testing company has decided that the best defense against Myriad Genetics is a good offense and, accordingly, has...more

The Supreme Court: Cases to Watch in the October 2013 Term

This week marks the first Monday in October, which for Supreme Court watchers is a holiday: the start of a new term. While not everyone gets that excited about the new term, there are several cases that the Court intends to...more

Anti-GMO Groups Ask Supreme Court To Reconsider Standing To Bring Declaratory Judgment Action Against GMO Patent Holder

Recently, a group of 73 organic and conventional farmers, seed businesses, and public advocacy groups petitioned the Supreme Court to review the Federal Circuit’s decision that the petitioners lack standing to pursue their...more

Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction Found Where Patent License Negotiations Reached an Impasse and NDA Did Not Preclude a Lawsuit

Plaintiff Biomet, Inc. ("Biomet") filed a complaint for Declaratory Judgment against Bonutti Skeletal Innovations, LLC ("Bonutti") seeking a declaration that the manufacture, use, or sale of Biomet's products does not...more

Monsanto Averts Declaratory Judgment Suit

On June 10, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that Monsanto’s representation that it would not pursue farmers and seed sellers for patent infringement if they inadvertently use Monsanto’s patented...more

Use of Declaratory Judgment before Patent Infringement

Ever wondered if you would infringe a patent but wanted to know before any infringement occurred? Honeywell International, Inc. and Arkema Inc. are competitors in the field of automotive air-conditioning systems....more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 3 March 2013

In This Issue: • State Courts Should Handle Patent Malpractice Cases • “A” and “An” in Claims Mean “One or More” • No Direct Infringer Needs to be Identified in Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction Over Indirect...more

Patent Watch: Semiconductor Energy Lab. Co. v. Nagata

"[Neither the Declaratory Judgment Act nor Federal Circuit jurisprudence creates] a federal cause of action for assignor estoppel." On February 11, 2013, in Semiconductor Energy Lab. Co. v. Nagata, the U.S. Court of...more

Federal Circuit Potential for Indirect Infringement Liability Provides a Justiciable Controversy for Declaratory Judgment...

In Arkema Inc. v. Honeywell Int’l, Inc., the Federal Circuit reversed a District Court’s finding of no justiciable controversy under Article III for a declaratory judgment suit over indirect infringement liability. Arkema...more

Delaware Court Dismisses “Anticipatory” First-Filed Declaratory Judgment Action

The Delaware District Court dismissed a declaratory judgment action in favor of a later-filed patent infringement suit on the same patent. The ruling provides a roadmap for patent owners to pursue a settlement without the...more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 1 - January 2013

In This Issue: • Prior Litigation Precludes Lawsuit • Disclosure of Broad Genus Does Not Disclose Species • Preamble Limits Claims - Excerpt from Prior Litigation Precludes Lawsuit: In...more

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