Inequitable Conduct

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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

IP Newsflash - October 2014

Federal Circuit Affirms Inequitable Conduct Based On “Intentionally Selective” Disclosure - On September 26, 2014, a divided Federal Circuit panel affirmed the unenforceability of three American Calcar patents,...more

Federal Circuit Upholds Inequitable Conduct Post Therasense For Withheld Information

In American Calcar, Inc. v. American Honda Motor Co., the Federal Circuit upheld the district court’s finding that three Calcar patents are unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. Both courts reached this decision of...more

Apotex Inc. v. UCB, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Last week, the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding of inequitable conduct in Apotex v. USB, a relatively rare occurrence in the years after the Federal Circuit's decision in Therasense v. Becton, Dickenson. In the Therasense...more

Counterclaim and Defenses Dismissed; U.S. Patent Out of Suit Following Failure to Assert in Canada

Radiancy, Inc. v. Viatek Consumer Products Group, Inc. Case Number: 7:13-cv-03767-NSR (Dkt. 117) - Judge Roman, in an amended opinion, dismissed counterclaim defendant PhotoMedex from the case, and dismissed...more

Finding of No Inequitable Conduct Reversed on Appeal -- Ohio Willow Wood Co. v. Alps South LLC

Addressing statements and representations made to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (Board) in the context of reexaminations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s grant of...more

Developments in Patent Law 2013; The D.C. Bar Year in Review

In this article: - Patentability, Validity, and Procurement of Patents - Interpretation and Infringement of Patents - Enforcement of Patents - Patents at the U.S. Supreme Court - Excerpt...more

Business Litigation Report -- November 2013

In This Issue - Main Article: ..World Class: The International Proliferation of Class Actions Noted With Interest: ..Inequitable Conduct After Therasense: Calling a Knave a Knave Practice Area...more

Inequitable Conduct After Therasense: Calling a Knave a Knave

After years of calling the inequitable conduct defense to patent infringement a “scourge” and a “plague,” the Federal Circuit sought to put a stop to the overuse of the defense in Therasense. Ferring B.V. v. Barr Labs., Inc.,...more

Covenant Not to Sue Does Not Prevent Finding of Exceptional Case and Award of Attorneys' Fees Where Adverse Determinations Were...

Plaintiffs Kim Laube & Co. ("Laube") brought this patent infringement action against Defendant Wahl Clipper Corp. ("Wahl") for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,473,973 ("the '973 Patent"), which is titled "Disposable Cutting...more

Federal Circuit Review - October 2013

Late Payment of Patent Maintenance Fees Not Inequitable Conduct - In Network Signatures Inc, v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Appeal No. 12-1492, The Federal Circuit reversed summary judgment of...more

Federal Circuit Finds Inequitable Conduct in False Rule 131 Declaration

In Intellect Wireless, Inc. v. HTC Corp., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court decision holding Intellect’s patents unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. This is a rare case where the applicant was found to...more

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