Inequitable Conduct

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“Unclean Hands” Doctrine Erases Merck’s Damage Award

In my last post on the district court’s ruling in Gilead v. Merck, I implied that Gilead had convinced the Judge that Merck had employed inequitable conduct (“IC”) in conducting its negotiations with Pharmasset, the company...more

Merck’s Solvaldi® Patents Unenforceable for Egregious Misconduct

In Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Merck & Co., Inc., Case No. 13-cv-04057-BLE (N.D. Cal., June 6, 2016), Judge Beth Freeman, sitting in equity, found that the record compelled a finding that Merck and its employee “D” had obtained...more

Newsletter: May 2016

Pleading Common Law Fraud Under Rule 9(b): Conflicting Circuit Court Interpretations - Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b) prescribes the standards for pleading a common law fraud claim. The Rule states that “[i]n...more

Inequitable Conduct Counterclaim Is Dismissed

Hillman, J. (sitting by designation) Defendant’s motion to dismiss inequitable conduct counterclaim is granted. The counterclaim is dismissed as moot. Oral argument took place on March 29, 2016....more

IP Newsflash - April 2016 #2

DISTRICT COURT - Expert’s Failure to Disclose Certain Materials Relied upon in Forming Opinion Warrants Mistrial - On February 29, 2016, Judge Robert Payne of the Eastern District of Virginia declared a mistrial as...more

Unenforceability Due to Client Failure to Correct Counsel’s Misrepresentations to PTO - The Ohio Willow Wood Company v. Alps...

In the ongoing saga between two manufacturers of liners for prosthetic limbs, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit confirmed a finding of inequitable conduct committed by the patent owner while the patent at issue...more

Price Tag for Patent Invalidity Ruling in Inequitable Conduct Case is $26 Million - TransWeb, LLC v. 3M Innovative Properties Co.

Affirming a ruling of invalidity and an antitrust damages award of trebled attorneys’ fees in a patent abuse case, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit highlighted the severe penalties that may befall patent owners...more

Federal Circuit Review | March 2016

Under O2 Micro, a District Court Must Provide a Claim Construction if the Parties Dispute the Meaning of a Claim Term - In Eon Corp. IP Holdings LLC v. Silver Springs Networks, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1237, the Federal...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Inequitable Conduct Ruling in Ohio Willow Wood Company

In the latest iteration of Ohio Willow Wood Company[1] (OWW), the Federal Circuit upheld a district court ruling of inequitable conduct against OWW despite the presence of a litigation screen. The Federal Circuit had affirmed...more

Federal Circuit Backs Finding of Inequitable Conduct in Reexamination of Prosthetics Patent

The Federal Circuit has affirmed a district court’s awarding of attorneys’ fees to Alps South (Alps) based on inequitable conduct by Ohio Willow Wood (OWW) during reexamination of its patent for gel-coated, cushioned socks...more

Ohio Willow Wood’s Appeal of IC Finding Goes Up In Smoke

On February 19th, the Fed. Cir. affirmed a District Court’s finding of inequitable conduct in Ohio Willow Wood Co. (OWW) v. Alps South (Alps), LLC, following the Fed. Cir.’s remand of summary judgment of no inequitable...more

Massachusetts Court Takes the Temperature of Defendant’s Inequitable Conduct Claim on Summary Judgment

In a recent decision out of the District of Massachusetts, Judge Stearns assessed Kaz’s inequitable conduct defense on summary judgment – and found it to come up short by a degree. The opinion is an important reminder that to...more

After Granting Motion for Summary Judgment on Issue of Non-Infringement, District Court Orders Parties to Proceed to Bench Trial...

The District Court granted Transcend's motion for summary judgment on the issue of non-infringement and denied the patent owner's, Glaukos', motion on the issue of inequitable conduct. The District Court then set a bench...more

Clear Contractual Terms Prevail Over Equitable Principles in Bankruptcy Cases (Again)

Bankruptcy courts in the U.S. are widely viewed as favorable fora for debtors, trustees and creditors’ committees to pursue creative and difficult causes of actions against deep-pockets lenders and others in an attempt to...more

Inequitable Conduct Counterclaim Remains In The Case For Trial

Burke, M.J. Report and Recommendation that (1) Defendants’ Lambda and LOS’s motion to exclude opinions of Dr. Wayne Knox be denied as moot; (2) that defendant Tzathas’ motion for summary judgment be denied; and (3) that the...more

Equitable Conduct Affirmative Defense Is Stricken

The court finds that defendants’ inequitable conduct defense is not plausible since it is based solely on plaintiff’s failure to disclose information related to the Interference. The court finds that the BPAI terminated the...more

Inequitable Conduct Is Sufficiently Pled

Robinson, J. Plaintiff’s renewed motion to dismiss and strike inequitable conduct allegations against Clean Harbors is granted as unopposed. Plaintiff’s renewed motion to dismiss and strike inequitable conduct allegations...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending July 10, 17 & 24, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Eviction/Summary Judgment: Error to grant summary judgment where plaintiff failed to refute multiple affirmative defenses including an assertion that the eviction would cause an inequitable...more

IP Law Tracker Docket Review

Each month, we review significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan. Below is the...more

June Court Decision Round-Up

JDS Technologies, Inc. v. Avigilon USA Corp., Case No. 15-10385, 2015 WL 3603525 (E.D. Mich. June 5, 2015) - U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn denied Avigilon’s motion to dismiss for failing to adequately plead allegations...more

Pretrial Motions Are Decided Before Trial

Helios Software, LLC, et al. v. Spectorsoft Corporation, C.A. No. 12-81-LPS -MPT, May 22, 2015 Stark, C. J. The court makes various pretrial rulings in advance of a June 15, 2015 jury trial. ...more

Shedding Light on How to Plead Inequitable Conduct

Order Denying Motion to Dismiss. iLife Technologies Inc. v. AliphCom, Case No. 14-cv-03345-WHO - Pleading inequitable conduct—fraud on the Patent Office (PTO) by withholding or misrepresenting material information—can...more

Practitioner Guilty of Inequitable Conduct: Considerations and Takeaways From the American Calcar v. Honda Decision

In its 2011 Therasense, Inc. v. Becton Dickinson & Co. decision, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit set forth a more forgiving "but-for" causality standard for determining whether a patent is unenforceable due to...more

Post-Therasense: Federal Circuit Divided on Inequitable Conduct

Am. Calcar, Inc. v. Am. Honda Motor Co., Inc. - In a post-Therasense decision, addressing the issue of inequitable conduct the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a district court’s finding that the...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

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