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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

Appellate Decision Sets Stage for Next Skirmish in the Apple vs. Samsung Smartphone Wars

In a case where the district court denied Apple’s request for a permanent injunction against certain Samsung smartphones, the Federal Circuit has remanded the matter to the district court in order to reconsider its...more

This Day In Trade Secrets: In October 1859, New York Marble Maker Sues Over Disclosure Of Marbleizing Methods

One hundred and fifty-four years ago this month, New York marble marker Egbert Deming sued Ezra Chapman, seeking to prevent him from disclosing a secret method for making artificial marble. Chapman had agreed in writing not...more

October 1 Deadline for Public Comment on EU Unitary Patent System

As previously announced, the preparatory committee for Europe’s Unitary Patent System is soliciting public comment on its draft rules of procedure, which will be applied by the divisions of the new Unified Patent Court (see...more

The International Trade Commission: Easier Injunctive Relief-Except for Standard-Essential Patent Holders

Earlier this summer, the Obama administration dealt a blow to Standard-Essential Patent (SEP) holders by reversing an International Trade Commission (ITC) exclusion order granted in favor of an SEP holder. This action...more

Myriad Preliminary Injunction Hearing to Be Held September 11, 2013

The hearing on Myriad’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics is scheduled for September 11, 2013, before Judge Robert A. Shelby at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Utah....more

AIPPI Forum & ExCo 2013 in Helsinki

This year AIPPI Executive Commettee meeting will take place in Helsinki, starting on Saturday 7 September. Among the issues that will be studied and discussed, the introduction of grace period for patents (Q233), the degree...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - July 2013

In This Issue: - Good-faith Belief in Patent Invalidity Can Rebut Allegations of Induced Infringement - With the PTO’s cancellation of claims on reexam, a prior validity ruling goes poof - Grant of a Permanent...more

Aria Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

The Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a District Court decision denying a preliminary injunction to patentee Sequenom over the claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,258,540. While the Court rendered its decision based on...more

Latest Developments On Injunctive Relief For Infringement Of FRAND Encumbered SEPs

This memorandum is directed to the current state of the case law in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or “Commission”), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. District Courts for parties seeking to...more

Myriad’s Trade Secret Trump Card: The Myriad Database of Genetic Variants

One of the most interesting arguments that Myriad made in its Motion for Preliminary Injunctive Relief in its infringement action against Ambry Genetics Corporation relates to the database of genetic information that Myriad...more

News from Abroad: UK Court of Appeal Rules on Interim Injunctions

The Court of Appeal recently issued a decision concerning the issues that should be considered when granting an interim injunction. The proceedings related to Novartis' product zoledronic acid, which was used to treat...more

U.S. International Trade Commission Grants Injunctive Relief on Standard Essential Patent

The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued an exclusion order barring importation of certain older model Apple products for infringing a Samsung patent. The case is significant because the infringed patent was...more

Reed Smith Obtains Groundbreaking Decision that Clarifies RAND Obligations for Standards-Essential Patents

Defenses based upon a patentee’s failure to provide reasonable and non-discriminatory (RAND) license terms are becoming a bigger issue and more common as more patentees sue companies on patents they claim are essential to...more

In the ITC: ITC or district court? Look at the math

When considering the optimal forum for bringing a patent infringement case in the US, litigators may find it useful to take into account not only client exposure and received wisdom, but also statistical information about the...more

Patent Watch: Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH v. Genentech, Inc.

On May 10, 2013, in Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH v. Genentech, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Rader, Dyk, Reyna*) affirmed the district court's denial of Genentech's motion to enjoin Sanofi from...more

Patent Watch: Versata Software, Inc. v. SAP Am., Inc.

On May 1, 2013, in Versata Software, Inc. v. SAP Am., Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Rader,* Prost, Moore) affirmed-in-part, vacated-in-part and remanded-in-part the district court's judgment that...more

The Balance Of Convenience In Applications For Interlocutory Injunctions: Embertec Pty Limited v Energy Efficient Technologies Pty...

Embertec and Energy Efficient Technologies (EETECH) are competitors in the market for the sale and supply of standby power controllers (SPCs). On 14 August 2012 Embertec applied for an interlocutory injunction based on a...more

"New Year Will See More Policing of Patent Conduct by US and EU Competition Agencies"

If recent events are any indication, U.S. and European antitrust agencies will remain focused this year on the intersection of intellectual property and competition law. In particular, the agencies have concluded that under...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: *News From the Bench - Enough Already, Supreme Court Tells Petitioner in Mythology-Laced Opinion. - Divided Fed. Circuit Affirms Patentability of Claims to a 12-Can Dispenser Carton. -...more

Trademark Review - Volume 2 | Issue 12 December 2012

In This Issue: • Owner of “WOULD YOU RATHER...?” Wins $8.3 Million • PC ON A STICK Is Not Merely Descriptive • Sonoma Wine Producer Wins Geographically Limited Injunction • Brand Owners Awarded Favorable Damages...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - December 2012

In This Issue: ..News From the Bench: - Clarification of the “Vitiation Test” when applying the Doctrine of Equivalents. - The “Success More Likely Than Not” and “Ordinary Observer” Standards for a...more

Patent Watch: Presidio Components, Inc. v. Am. Tech. Ceramics Corp.

[A] finding of no competition for the purpose of irreparable harm conflicts with the clear finding of competition for the purpose of awarding damages. On December 19, 2012, in Presidio Components, Inc. v. Am. Tech....more

A FRANDlier Realm

Europe’s courts take sides in standards patent disputes - When a patent becomes essential for a product to operate according to industry standards—say, for a cellphone to connect to a 3G network—patent protection can...more

FRAND and Injunctive Relief: Exploring a Standard-Essential Patent Owner’s Right to Injunctive Relief

Introduction - Often, an industry-adopted technical standard includes technology covered by patents, and the owners of these patents agree to license the patents on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms as...more

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