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News from Abroad -- Lilly v Actavis -- Supreme Court Introduces a Doctrine of Equivalents in the UK

The UK Supreme Court's judgment in Lilly v Actavis has profound implications for the scope of protection provided by patent claims in the UK. Originally published in J A Kemp on July 23, 2017....more

Comcast Prevails in Part on Striking OpenTV Infringement Contentions

On June 19, 2017, Northern District of California Judge William Alsup granted-in-part and denied-in-part plaintiff Comcast Cable Communications, LLC’s (“Comcast”) motion to strike defendants OpenTV, Inc. and Nagravision SA’s...more

Lack of Jurisdiction Flatlines Pulse’s Appeal

The Federal Circuit in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., No. 16-2006 (May 26, 2017) held that it lacked jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1295(a)(1) and 1292(c)(2) to hear an appeal from a district court’s...more

Is A Respondent’s Own Post-Importation Infringement A Violation Of Section 337?

by Jones Day on

Before 2011, the ITC routinely found violations of Section 337 based on the infringement of method claims through a respondent’s own use of an article post-importation. This changed when the ITC issued its Opinion in Certain...more

Without Volitional Conduct, Establishing Direct Copyright Infringement Gets Hairy

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment, holding that “volitional conduct” is required to establish a claim for direct copyright infringement under the safe harbor...more

5th Circuit: ISP Not Liable for Infringement Due to Lack of Volitional Conduct, Despite Ineligibility for DMCA Safe Harbor

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered in BWP Media USA, Inc. v. T&S Software Associates, Inc. whether volitional conduct is required to establish a claim for direct copyright infringement against an Internet...more

Limiting Statutory Damages in Internet Copyright Cases

One of the most significant legal concerns for Internet service providers is the risk of exposure to liability for the copyright infringements of their users. The concern is not unreasonable. Because Internet service...more

Judge Sleet Grants Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Induced Infringement Claims But Denies Motion as to Direct Infringement Claims

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By Memorandum Opinion entered by The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet in IP Communication Solutions, LLC v. Viber Media (USA) Inc., Civil Action No. 16-134-GMS (D.Del. April 5, 2017), the Court granted in part Defendant’s motion to...more

The Federal Circuit Found Direct Infringement Attributable to Physicians Where “No Single Actor Performs All Steps of a Claim"

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Can a patient’s action in taking a generic drug be attributable to a physician such that it can support a finding of the physician’s direct patent infringement? According to a recent precedential opinion of the Court of...more

Divided Infringement – Expanding Patent Infringement Liability

by Weintraub Tobin on

In 2015, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals cast the net of patent infringement liability even more broadly, to cover direct infringement by “divided” (or “joint”) infringement. Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight...more

Mitigating Risk of Liability for Induced Infringement in a Global Economy

Originally posted in Electronic Design - February 15, 2017. U.S. technology companies often design products in the United States and then manufacture and sell those products overseas. In the semiconductor and...more

Twombly and Iqbal Survive a Rampage

The District of Massachusetts recently grappled with the proper analytical standard when faced with a Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss in a patent infringement case. Judge Burroughs held that the familiar...more

Life After Form 18: A One-Year Retrospective on Pleading Direct Infringement

Originally published in IP Litigator - January/February 2017. Form 18 provided a simple way to plead direct patent infringement. It required a party to provide little more than the asserted patent number and a general...more

Rampage’s Patent Suit Inks a Partial Victory in Surviving Motion to Dismiss

Judge Allison Burroughs of the District of Massachusetts recently issued a decision that provides much-needed insight into pleading standards in patent cases. With the demise of Form 18 of the Federal Rules of Civil...more

On Appeal, Infringement Ruling Gets the Jitters

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing multiple issues in the long-running litigation between competing power supply controller chip companies, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed in part, reversed in part and vacated in part the...more

Direct Infringement Prong of 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) in a Hatch-Waxman Case May Be Satisfied When the Prescribing Physician Directs or...

by Locke Lord LLP on

On January 12, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that, under Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., 797 F.3d 1020, 1022 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (en banc), the acts of patients may be...more

Vitiation has not be Vitiated

In Power Integrations, Inc., v. Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc, [2015-1329, 2015-1388] (December 12, 2016), a complicated action where each party claimed the other directly and indirectly infringed its patents,...more

“A Finding of Induced Infringement Requires Actual Inducement”

In Power Integrations, Inc., v. Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc., [2015-1329, 2015-1388] (December 12, 2016), a complicated action where each party claimed the other directly and indirectly infringed its patents,...more

ANDA Update - Volume 2, Number 3

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On-Sale Bar Is No Bar for Selling Manufacturing Services to the Inventor - Addressing what constitutes an invalidating “sale” under § 102(b), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sitting en banc affirmed the...more

Grecia v. McDonald's: District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss Where McDonald's Could Not "Use" System for Patent Infringement...

The plaintiff, Grecia, alleged that McDonald's infringed certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,533,860 ("the '860 patent") and of U.S. Patent No. 8,402,555 ("the '555 patent") through its use of the "tokenization systems" of...more

The Evolving Standard for Pleading Direct Patent Infringement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It has been a little more than half a year since the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure abrogated Rule 84 and put an end to the Form 18 bare-bones style patent complaint. The question on the minds of many...more

Sale and Offer for Sale Determined by Where “Substantial Activities of the Sales Transactions” Occur

In Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., [2013-1472, 2013-1656](August 5, 2016), on remand from the Supreme Court, which held that 35 USC 284 gives district courts the discretion to award enhanced damages in...more

Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Polar Electro Oy (Fed. Cir. 2016); Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. v. Garmin Int'l., Inc. (Fed. Cir....

In parallel decisions regarding litigation over the same patent, the Federal Circuit affirmed a District Court decision that the claims were invalid for indefiniteness under 35 U.S.C. § 112(b). This decision, expressly...more

Motions To Dismiss For Failure To State A Claim Are Granted In Part And Denied In Part

by Morris James LLP on

Thynge, C. M. J. Report and recommendation recommending that defendants’ motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim be granted in part and dismissed in part. The disputed technology relates to methods of fabricating...more

Legal FAQ: Introduction to Patent Litigation

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Who enforces a patent? When can a district court patent case be filed? What does the patent holder have to prove to win an infringement suit? Fenwick patent litigators Charlene Morrow and Dargaye Churnet cover these and other...more

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