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Manufacturing as a Service

CONTEXT, a market research firm, projects that the worldwide 3D printer market (including printers, materials, and ancillary services) will grow to $17.8 billion over the next five years. One reason for the rapid expansion...more

Entitled to Narrow Claim Construction

In Ruckus Wireless, Inc. v. Innovative Wireless Solutions, LLC, [2015-1425, 2015-1438] (May 31, 2016), the Federal Circuit agreed that the claim term “communications path” did not include wireless communications paths, in...more

Expiring Patents; HP’s Machine; Beachwood, Ohio’s MakerGear

Here is a bulletin providing further validation that the cost of 3D printing will decline. 3D printing’s key patents are expiring or soon will expire. These include patents for liquid-based, powder-based, and...more

Federal Circuit Review | May 2016

Federal Circuit Construes Claim Term in a Manner that Rendered Claim Language Superfluous - In SimpleAir, Inc. v. Sony Ericsson Mobile Commc’ns AB, Appeal No. 2015-1251, the Federal Circuit vacated the district court’s...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.25.16

It’s a week of big fat NOs so far, with Tribune emphatically turning down Gannett yesterday and Monsanto doing the same to Bayer and its massive all-cash $62 billion offer...more

Late Request for Further Briefing to Supplement IPR Petition Not Allowed - Hewlett-Packard Co. v. U.S. Philips Corporation

Addressing the timing and availability of motions or presentation of substantive arguments in the context of an inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) dismissed the petitioner’s belated...more

California Court Finds Duty to Accommodate Does Not Extend to Off-Site Employees Who Fail to Engage in Interactive Process

In this era of rapidly evolving technology, information technology (IT) providers frequently staff their employees at locations where their products are being used. IT providers supply their skilled talent to businesses in...more

Are We Witnessing A Pushback By Courts To Anti-SLAPP Motions?

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the date the DC anti-SLAPP statute became effective, recent decisions have me wondering if we are witnessing increased hostility against anti-SLAPP statutes nationwide?...more

2015: A Year-End Review of Litigation Using California’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

Annually, California’s Courts of Appeal and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals regularly issue several dozen published opinions interpreting California’s anti-SLAPP statute, Civil Procedure Section 425.16 et seq., and...more

2015 IP Law Year In Review

Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., 135 S. Ct. 1920 (May 26, 2015) - ..Does a defendant’s belief that a patent is invalid serve as a defense to charges of inducing infringement? NO - ..Inducement requires...more

Federal Circuit Review | January 2016

The Federal Circuit Will Review Appeals from Inter Partes Review Proceedings Under the “Substantial Evidence” Standard - In Merck & Cie v. Gnosis S.p.A., Appeal No. 2014-1779, the Federal Circuit affirmed a PTAB IPR...more

Post-Grant PTAB Procedures Are Constitutional - MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co.

In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the constitutionality of inter partes review (IPR) proceedings. The Federal Circuit ruled that because patents were a public right,...more

Thinking in 3D: Special Report: 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”)

Benesch’s Mark Avsec attended this year’s CES show in Las Vegas, where additive manufacturing took center stage. In 2015, 3D printing stories each seemed to possess a similar headline: “Here is the first 3D-printed...more

Federal Circuit Confirms Constitutionality of IPR Proceedings

On December 3, 2015, in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co., a panel of the Federal Circuit unanimously upheld the constitutionality of IPR proceedings, finding that delegation of patent invalidity determinations to a...more

Review of 2015 Federal Circuit Decisions Addressing IPR Claim Construction and Procedural Issues

2015 was a busy year for post-grant review appeals at the Federal Circuit and produced notable opinions in the areas of claim construction, IPR procedural issues, and the constitutionality of IPRs in general. In 2015, the...more

Intellectual Property Law - December 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole: Trends in Software Patent Court Decisions Post-Alice - Why it matters: In Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court held that claims for a computer-based software method for reducing...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Post-Issuance Trials

Last week, the Federal Circuit held in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Co., _____ F.3d _____ (Fed. Cir. 2015) that inter partes review trials do not violate Article III and the Seventh Amendment of the...more

Federal Circuit Deems IPR Constitutional: The Patent Office Can Correct Its Own Mistakes

On December 9, 2015, the Federal Circuit ruled in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Company that vesting the Patent Office with power to take back previously conferred patent rights through inter partes review does not...more

Federal Circuit Unanimously Upholds the Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Company

On December 2, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Company (No. 2015-1091), finding inter partes reviews (IPRs) by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the Board) constitutional...more

Federal Circuit Deems IPR Constitutional: The Patent Office Can Correct Its Own Mistakes

Yesterday the Federal Circuit ruled in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Company (here) that vesting the Patent Office with power to take back previously-conferred patent rights through inter partes review does not violate...more

As Reliance on “Digital Influencers” Grows, So Does FTC Enforcement

As we saw in a prior post regarding Kim Kardashian and Instagram, the FDA pays attention to how brand companies use paid celebrities to endorse their products. Likewise, the FTC closely scrutinizes how brand companies use...more

Support from Specification Not Enough for Covered Business Method Review - ServiceNow, Inc. v. Hewlett-Packard Company

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) determined that a patent directed to a web services management was not eligible for covered business method (CBM) review under § 18 of the America Invents Act (AIA) and that...more

Safe Harbor No More: The Everchanging Landscape of Data on the Digital Frontier

Justice in unincorporated territory is often made up of unwritten codes and gentlemen’s agreements focused on individual freedoms and laissez faire trade. But once the space is populated and providing cash flow, and the need...more

Software Is Unpatentable Despite Being Directed To A Particular Technical Environment

Robinson, J. Defendants’ motions for summary judgment of invalidity are granted and plaintiffs’ cross-motions of validity are denied. Defendants’ motions to strike the expert declaration are denied as moot....more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for August 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month, with links to primary...more

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