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Dealing with Competing Class Actions, Part One – Race to Judgment and First-to-File Rule

Multiple actions involving the same subject matter and the same defendant are a common feature of the U.S. class action landscape. In this series of blog posts, we’ll examine the problem of competing class actions, which...more

Risks of Cover Page Provisional Applications

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Since June 8, 1995, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has offered inventors the option of filing a provisional patent application. These applications are typically used as a faster and lower-cost first...more

FDA Marketing Exclusivity Periods Limited To Same Active Moiety

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Otsuka Pharm. Co., Ltd. v. Price, No. 16-5229 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 29, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the district court decision upholding FDA’s “same moiety” test for defining...more

Second Circuit Accepts Appeal of False Claims Act First-To-File Issues

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Second Circuit recently agreed to accept an interlocutory appeal to decide the question whether a violation of the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” rule compels dismissal of the complaint or whether it can be cured by...more

Ten Tips on Preparing and Prosecuting Patent Applications

by Snell & Wilmer on

1. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize. A patent defines a piece of intellectual property. As with a parcel of land, the patent’s owner can legally prevent any trespass (called an infringement) on the patent. Analogous to the...more

RWS Inovia Releases 2017 Report on Global Patent Trends

Patent services provider RWS inovia recently released its eighth annual report on global patent and IP trends. In compiling "The 2017 U.S. Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator," RWS inovia, which produces products for PCT...more

FCA Deeper Dive: FCA’s First-to-File Bar

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

One-E-Way, Inc. v. ITC, Fed. Cir. Case 2016-2105 (June 12, 2017) - A divided panel reverses a determination of indefiniteness by the ITC, ruling that under Nautilus, the claim language, in combination with the...more

TC Heartland: The End of an Era in Patent Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Monday, May 22, the Supreme Court reached a unanimous decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, overruling the Federal Circuit’s interpretation of the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), and...more

What Rights Will I Lose if I Pitch My Invention to Investors Before I File a Patent Application?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Did you know that the individual often credited with popularizing karaoke did not reap the financial rewards of his invention to the extent possible? It's true—Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue invented karaoke in Kobe, Japan...more

Under the First-to-File Rule, District Court Stays Case Filed Hours After a Declaratory Judgment Action

Under the first-to-file rule (not to be confused with the provision from the America Invents Act), when two actions involving overlapping issues and parties are pending in two federal venues, the first-filed case is generally...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Cases

by Jones Day on

The Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two False Claims Act ("FCA") cases brought by private relators against insurance and other companies based on the alleged failure to reimburse the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

Don’t Get TRUMPed By a First-Filer

Reading over this story on Donald Trump’s decades of headaches (and conveniently-timed successes) with the TRUMP trademark and the Chinese Trademark Office, I was reminded, as I always am, of the importance of filing federal...more

Trump Trademark Registration in China Signals Positive Change In China IP Law

by Miller Canfield on

A short while ago, China finally granted the Trump Organization a trademark registration after a 10-year struggle. The timing of the announcement has fueled concern because just days before, President Trump had a phone call...more

[Webinar] Best Patent Practices in a Transforming Environment | Part I: Evolving Strategies for Patent Procurement - Feb. 22nd,...

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Today’s patent practice is rapidly transforming.  The practice is undergoing sea changes in patent eligibility, enforcement strategies, and damages.  Now more than ever, innovative companies need to adopt best practices to...more

Don't "Be Like Mike": The Importance of Registering Your Trademark in China

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

For companies that manufacture or sell their products in China, it is critical to register your trademarks with the Chinese trademark office as soon as practical. Unlike the United States, China is a first-to-file...more

Judge Oetken Holds That Forum-Selection Clause in License Agreement Does Not Trump First-to-File Rule Altogether

On September 16, 2016, District Judge J. Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) denied plaintiff Comcast Corp.’s (“Comcast”) motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to enjoin defendant Rovi Corp. (“Rovi”) from continuing to litigate its...more

The PTAB Review - June 2016

Post-Grant Review Proceeding Filings Ramp Up In addition to inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) review proceedings, the America Invents Act (AIA) provides for post-grant review (PGR) proceedings. PGR...more

Top Five Reasons Why You Should File For Trademark Protection In Cuba

As the U.S. and Cuba progress towards normalizing trade relations, many U.S. companies are contemplating whether it makes sense to do business in Cuba. While some companies already plan to enter the Cuban market, others have...more

District Court Rejects “Worthless Services” FCA Claim, Interprets First-to File Bar and Res Judicata in FCA Context

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a 2-count False Claims Act (FCA) complaint against Unisys Corporation. United States ex rel. Soodavar v. Unisys Corp., 2016 WL 1367163...more

Cuban Trademark Protection: Is now the time?

by McAfee & Taft on

Recent relaxations in travel restrictions and talks to end the economic embargo the United States has imposed on Cuba for more than 50 years have increased interest in the Cuban market. With its close proximity and 11 million...more

Sixth Circuit Reverses Dismissal, Under First-to-File Rule, of Action Brought by Putative Class Members of Earlier-Filed Class...

by BakerHostetler on

Last week, in Baatz v. Columbia Gas Transmission LLC, No. 15-3208, 2016 WL 731900 (6th Cir. 2016), a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a group of landowners in Medina,...more

Can Disclaimer Be Used To Avoid PGR Institution?

by Reed Smith on

The PTAB recently instituted post-grant review in Core Survival, Inc. v. S & S Precision, LLC (PGR2015-00022, paper 8). While the patent owner did not argue that that the patent was eligible for post-grant review, the facts...more

Decision on Institution in PGR petition (PGR2015-00019); US Patent 8,876,991

by Fish & Richardson on

To date, activity in the PGR (post-grant review) field is insignificant compared to activity in the IPR (inter partes review) or CBM (covered business method review) fields. For example, while there have been 3,953 petitions...more

New Georgia Statute on Bad Faith Patent Cases May Discourage Both Weak and Strong Cases from Being Brought in Georgia

Plaintiff Walter Farmer (“Farmer”) initiated suit in September 2014 asserting infringement of claim 1 of his U.S. Patent No. 7,362,007 (the “’007 Patent”), issued April 22, 2008, and covering uninterruptable power supply...more

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