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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

Pro-Patent Coalition Writes Letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees

Last week, what is described as "a broad coalition" representing patent holders and inventors sent a letter to Representatives Bob Goodlatte (VA, 6th) and John Conyers (MI, 13th), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of...more

Big Ten Lobbies Congress to Tread Lightly on "Patent Reform"

One of the frustrations for participants in the patent wars of the early 21st Century has been the failure of many of the most vulnerable stakeholders to take a stand against overreaching proposals by proponents of a crisis...more

Federal Circuit Issues an Opinion in 40 year Dispute over “Gore-Tex” Blood Vessel Graft Patent

(January 13, 2015)  The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s finding that W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (“Gore”) willfully infringed U.S. Patent No. 6,436,135 (“the ’135 patent”) . ...more

Patent Claim Construction Subject to Hybrid Review Standard

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA v. Sandoz, Inc., U.S. No. 13-854 (Jan. 20, 2015) - Answering the long debated question of what deference the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit should give in reviewing district court...more

In Battle Over Patents, Non-Signatory Ties Too Uncertain To Grant Motion To Dismiss

The District Court of Colorado recently denied Defendant Garmin International’s motions to dismiss and to stay pending arbitration, concluding that Plaintiff MSPBO was not bound by an arbitration agreement to which it was not...more

Why Did the Supreme Court GVR the Shire Lialda Case?

On January 26, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari, vacated, and remanded Shire Development LLC v. Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to the Federal Circuit “for further consideration in light of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA,...more

District Court Holds Plaintiff and Plaintiff's Attorneys Jointly and Severally Liable for Attorney's Fees and Costs After Finding...

After trial, HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. ("HTC") filed a motion seeking to recover attorney fees and costs from plaintiff's attorneys as well as from plaintiff Intellect Wireless, Inc. ("IW"). IW withdrew its...more

SCOTUS Changes the Rules for Patent Claim Construction on Appeal

For almost 100 years, Canadian Courts have consistently held that the interpretation of a patent claim is a question of law. On appeal, claim construction is reviewed on a de novo basis, without deference to the judge's...more

Claims Regarding Newly Accused Products Will Not Be Included In Trial Scheduled The Following Week

Two newly accused products will not be the subject of trial the following week but are excluded without prejudice for later consideration. The false marking “defense” is not a defense but only a limitation on damages....more

Validity of Sequenom Patent Still to Be Decided

Although Sequenom has settled its dispute over U.S. Patent 6,258,540 with some parties, its case against Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. remains active. Thus, we all should be waiting with bated breath to see whether the Federal...more

Some Patents May Survive Alice and Myriad

Guidance published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on December 16, 2014 indicates a slight softening in its position regarding patentable subject matter. The patent community has been hard hit in the last few...more

Myriad Throws in the Towel

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's decision in AMP v. Myriad Genetics in 2013, Myriad (paradoxically to those either not paying attention or who over interpreted the scope of the Court's holding in its opinion) filed...more

Supreme Court Cuts Out a Slice of the Federal Circuit’s De Novo Pie

Recently, the Supreme Court changed the standard of review the Federal Circuit must use when reviewing district court claim construction decisions in patent cases. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., 574 U.S. ___...more

The Supreme Court Clarifies the Standard for Reviewing Fact-finding in Claims Construction

On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision on the standard of review of factual findings by the trial court in construing patent claims. The Court ruled that factual findings in the context of...more

Article: January 2015 ITC Litigation Update

The ITC as a Favorable Venue in Light of Increasing IPR Petitions and District Courts Propensities to Stay Pending IPR. Since its inception in September 2012, inter parties review (“IPR”) has become a powerful tool for...more

Transfer to California is granted

Plaintiff’s choice of forum disfavors transfer. However, the deference to be given to its choice of forum is reduced because its principal place of business is in Ohio....more

Claims Are Construed Relating To Polysorbate Patents

Andrews, J. Claim construction opinion issues. The court considers 17 terms from five patents regarding formulation and device patents relating to polysorbates....more

Claims Regarding User Interface Systems And Methods For Cars Are Held Invalid

The disputed technology relates to user interface systems and methods for a vehicle. The parties agreed during oral argument that construction of the term “page” is the only matter at issue for determining whether a...more

Court Orders Production of Work Product Documents under Crime-Fraud Exception to Attorney-Client Privilege Where Defendants Had...

In an earlier filed decision, the district court had previously found that Escort and its defense counsel had knowingly misled the plaintiff, Fleming, which warranted a sanction of attorney fees. As explained by the district...more

Arguing a Post-Alice §101 “Abstract Idea” Rejection during Patent Prosecution

Since the Federal and Supreme Court rulings in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, et al., we have seen some issued patents invalidated on the grounds of patent-ineligible subject matter directed to an...more

Supreme Court Permits Appeal To Go Forward in LIBOR Antitrust Lawsuit

On January 21, 2015, the Supreme Court decided a narrow but important issue of appellate jurisdiction in cases that have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. A...more

Court Rules On Claim Construction And Indefiniteness

Robinson, J. Claim construction opinion issues. The court considers terms from six patents relating to optical sensor circuit modules....more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2015

RAND Commitment Relevant to Damages - In ERICSSON, INC. v. D-LINK SYSTEMS, INC., Appeal Nos. 2013-1625, -1631, -1632, and -1633, the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part the district court’s judgment...more

Breath of Fresh Air: Software Patent Upheld After Alice

Last Friday in a note to subscribers, I predicted, tongue-in-cheek, an 80% probability that #AliceStorm would continue this morning.  Some days I’m glad to wrong. Today is one of those days. Yes, a patent eligibility decision...more

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