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"Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Earlier Rulings, Chancery Court Stakes Out New Positions"

Delaware courts tackled a number of issues of importance in 2015. The Delaware Supreme Court clarified prior inconsistent case law by reiterating that deference must be given to decisions made by disinterested directors. It...more

"Insights Conversations: Securities Litigation"

From the impacts of U.S. Supreme Court Omnicare and Halliburton cases to the uptick in Securities Act class actions, litigation partners Scott Musoff and Susan Saltzstein discuss the latest securities litigation developments....more

Top Stories of 2015: #6 to #10

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Combatting FMLA Abuse

The Family and Medical Leave Act provides laudable protections to employees and their families. But FMLA leave is sometimes abused. That abuse drives up costs for employers and creates red tape and administrative hassles for...more

Does Asserting a "Good Faith" Affirmative Defense Waive the Attorney-Client Privilege?: Part I

As the most extreme example of an implied waiver, the "at issue" doctrine can waive privilege protection if a litigant affirmatively raises an issue that implicates privileged communications. Some courts hold that...more

Commil USA V. Cisco Systems: “I thought it was legal” is no defense to induced infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b)

The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Commil v. Cisco held that a good-faith belief of a patent’s invalidity, standing alone, is insufficient to provide a defense to a claim of inducing another’s infringement...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Defendant’s Belief a Patent Was Invalid Is Not a Defense to an Induced Infringement Claim

Addressing a syllogistic, perhaps paradoxical difference between belief of non-infringement and belief of invalidity, on May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. held that an accused...more

U.S. Supreme Court: Good Faith Belief That a Patent Is Invalid Is No Defense to Induced Patent Infringement

In a sharply divided opinion, the Supreme Court has determined that a party may be liable for inducing the infringement of a patent even if it has a good faith belief that the patent is invalid. The decision, Commil USA, LLC...more

Just Because You Think It’s Invalid Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Infringe!

A U.S. patent is “presumed” valid. That means a patent owner does not need to prove the patent is valid in a suit for infringement. And, as the U.S. Supreme Court just explained in Commil United States, LLC v. Cisco Systems,...more

Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. Further Clarifies the Requisite Intent for Induced Infringement after Global-Tech

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc. that an alleged infringer's belief regarding patent validity cannot be used as evidence in a defense to an induced infringement claim. In so...more

Supreme Court on Induced Infringement: Good-Faith Belief of Invalidity Not a Defense and Knowledge of Infringement Required

In a 6-2 decision this week, the United States Supreme Court in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., 575 U.S. ____ (2015) held that an accused infringer’s good-faith belief of patent invalidity is not a defense to a claim...more

Supreme Court Rejects Good-Faith Belief of Invalidity Defense to Claims of Inducement of Patent Infringement

The Decision in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. - On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a party’s good-faith belief in the invalidity of a patent is not a defense to a claim that the party has...more

Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.: A Good-Faith Belief of Patent Invalidity is Not a Defense to Induced Infringement

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 26, 2015, that a defendant accused of inducing the infringement of a patent cannot rely on a good-faith belief in the patent’s invalidity as a defense to liability. This ruling enhances the...more

Belief That a Patent Is Invalid Is Not a Defense to Inducement Liability

The Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. on Tuesday holding that a patent infringement defendant’s good faith belief that the patent in suit is invalid is not a defense...more

Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.: Defendant May Be Liable For Indirect Infringement Despite Good Faith Belief That Patent Is...

Practice Points: - Supreme Court holds that a good faith belief that a patent is invalid is not a defense to active inducement of infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b). The same result presumably holds for contributory...more

Good Faith Belief in Invalidity No Defense to Active Inducement

The U.S. Supreme Court (Justice Kennedy writing for the majority) has now eliminated a defense that has been available to parties accused of actively inducing patent infringement under 35 USC § 271(b). The Court held that a...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Good-Faith Invalidity Defense to Induced Patent Infringement

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., 575 U. S. ____ ( 2015), rejecting the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ recognition of a defense to induced patent...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Belief As To A Patent’s Validity Is Not A Defense To Induced Infringement

Following last year’s decision in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. et al., 572 U.S. ____ (2014) (holding that a finding of induced infringement requires that all infringing acts be performed by a single...more

Alert: Supreme Court Rejects Good-Faith Belief in Invalidity as a Defense to Induced Patent Infringement

In Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. (No. 13-896), the Supreme Court held that an accused inducer's belief that an asserted patent is invalid is not a defense to induced patent infringement. The decision reverses a...more

Good Faith Belief in Invalidity of Patent Will Not Immunize Induced Infringer

Bringing a lawsuit for a distinct variety of patent infringement has been made a little easier, which is good news for patent owners but probably bad news for victims of patent trolls. This outcome follows from a recent...more

Supreme Court Holds Good Faith Belief of Invalidity Not a Defense to Induced Infringement Claim

The U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Sys., Inc. (No. 13-896) that a defendant’s belief regarding patent invalidity is not a defense to a claim of induced infringement. Justice Kennedy authored the...more

Supreme Court Limits Defenses to Induced Infringement

In an important decision in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., the U. S. Supreme Court held yesterday that a good-faith belief in the invalidity of a patent cannot negate the intent required for induced infringement. The...more

Supreme Court Holds That Belief of a Patent’s Invalidity Is Not a Defense to Inducement of Infringement

On May 26, 2015, in Commil v. Cisco, the Supreme Court held by a 6-2 vote that an accused infringer's belief that a patent is invalid does not serve as a defense to charges of inducing infringement of the patent under §...more

Supreme Court’s Decision in Commil v. Cisco: Big Win for Pharmaceutical Industry

On May 26, 2015, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s decision in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc. and held that a defendant’s belief regarding patent validity is not a defense to an induced infringement...more

Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc.

While the Supreme Court’s section 101 decisions may garner the biggest headlines, the high court has also invested significant efforts in the area of induced infringement. Commil v. Cisco, decided on May 26, 2015, marks the...more

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