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The Supreme Court's Growing Intellectual Property Docket

In the closing decades of the twentieth century, the United States Supreme Court appeared to follow an informal policy of benign neglect toward the law of intellectual property. The Court entertained a case every few years...more

Court Rules On Curative Jury Instruction Regarding Damages

Transcenic, Inc. v. Google, Inc., C.A. No. 11-582-LPS, January 12, 2015. Stark, J. Court resolves dispute regarding curative jury instruction relating to damages....more

Identifying the Real Party in Interest

Samsung Elecs. Co. v. Black Hills Media, LLC; Medtronic, Inc. v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Sys., Inc. - Two recent decisions from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) clarify the test for identifying the...more

The Stuff of Novels

We’ve all heard of Google. But have you heard of Google X? Google X is Google’s super somewhat secret research facility, a la Q Branch of Ian Fleming’s 007 spy novel fame, which has as its mission the...more

Computer-Implemented Business Transaction Claim Must Describe an “Inventive Concept” to Be Patent Eligible

BuySAFE, Inc. v. Google, Inc. and Loyalty Conversion Systems Corp. v. American Airlines, Inc. - Addressing subject matter eligibility of claims purporting to apply abstract mental processes directed to business...more

Terms of Degree Must Provide Objective Boundaries

Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc. - Providing further elaboration on the “reasonable certainty” standard in an indefiniteness analysis involving a term of degree, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Handling Dependent Claims in a Motion to Amend

In Google Inc. v. Arendi S.A.R.L., IPR2014-00452, Paper 16 (October 27, 2014), the Board advised the patent owner on addressing dependent claims when an independent claim is amended. ...more

Federal Circuit Review | October 2014

Inequitable Conduct Ruling Upheld - In AMERICAN CALCAR, INC. v. AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., Appeal No. 2013-1061, the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding of inequitable conduct. Calcar asserted patents related to...more

PTAB Addresses Issue of Whether IPR Prior Art is Enabling

A “Hail Mary” of sorts, for Patent Owners, in their fight to defend the patentability of a challenged patent, can be an argument that a particular prior art reference is not relevant to the patentability analysis because it...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

Alice in Wonderland: The Ongoing Impact of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l on Computer-Implemented Inventions

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l (Alice)[i]. In Alice, the Court held that several patents that pertained to a computerized platform for eliminating risk...more

Lightning Strikes and Patent Owner Gets Additional Discovery

In Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. v. Black Hills Media, LLC, IPR2014-00717, Paper 17, IPR2014-00735, Paper 17 (October 2, 2014), the patent owner presented sufficient information to call into question whether Google was also a...more

Patent Law Developments: Indefiniteness and Damages

Interval Licensing v. AOL, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)- The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s opinion in Interval Licensing v. AOL, Inc. is the first case interpreting the general (and highly criticized) standard...more

Update on Injunction Against Google (Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc.)

Last summer, Google was ordered by a Canadian court to de-index certain offending websites which were selling goods that were the subject of an intellectual property (IP) infringement claim (Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Jack,...more

Post-Alice Federal Circuit Finds Software-Related Patent Not Patent Eligible; Tips on Business Method Patents in New Landscape

In its first precedential decision regarding a business-related invention since the Supreme Court's 2014 Alice v. CLS Bank decision, the Federal Circuit held claims invalid for lack of patent eligibility under Section 101 of...more

Early Lessons on Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International and Section 101 From Recent Court Decisions

Alice and its immediate aftermath in the lower courts – In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014), the US Supreme Court held that claims to “generic computer implementation” of abstract ideas are...more

Arguments in Claim Charts Continue to Plague Petitions

In Google Inc. v. Visual Real Estate, Inc., IPR2014-01338, Paper 3 (September 2, 2014), the Board according the petition a filing date, but objected to the claim chart, because they contained arguments. ...more

Trouble for Software & Business Method Patents – Federal Circuit Invalidates Patent Claims Using Alice Framework

BUYSAFE, INC. V. GOOGLE, INC. To secure a patent in the United States, an invention must meet a number of requirements. In addition to being novel, useful, and non-obvious (35 U.S.C. §102 and §103), an invention must...more

Patent Troll Watch - States Are Pushing Patent Trolls Away from the Legal Line

Oregon introduces bill to make improper patent license demands a violation of its unlawful trade practices law - In February 2014, Senate Bill 1540 was filed, which would make patent trolling a violation of the...more

Business Litigation Report -- June 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Tronox Inc. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (In re Tronox Inc.) – Bankruptcy Court Takes Unusual Steps to Declare Corporate Restructuring a Fraudulent Transfer - Noted With...more

SimpleAir Wins a $85 Million Jury Verdict Against Google

A Texas jury has awarded SimpleAir, Inc. $85 million from Google for infringing the company’s patent generally relating to transmitting Internet-based data to computers and mobile devices. Google’s accused services included...more

Business Litigation Report -- May 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Cloud Computing Is a Hot Topic… in Business and the Courtroom - Noted With Interest: ..Garlock: Lifting the Veil on Asbestos Trust Claims - Practice Area...more

High Court Nixes “Amorphous” Federal Circuit Indefiniteness Standard

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday reversed long-standing Federal Circuit precedent, replacing the test used to determine whether a patent is indefinite with a new reasonable certainty standard (NAUTILUS, INC. v. BIOSIG...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #40

We are pleased to present the 40th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we discuss fee shifting provisions in corporate bylaws, the settlement of high stakes smartphone...more

What’s in a Structure? Google Loses Bid to Have Java Interfaces Deemed Unprotectable, as Federal Circuit Reaffirms Copyright...

The intersection of copyright and patent law is of great interest to anyone who seeks to develop or use creative works that are also functional, in particular developers of software, which by its very nature is functional. In...more

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