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IP Quarterly - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Hears Six Patent Cases This Term - Is Implied License the New Fair Use? - Navigating the Murky Waters of the Domestic Industry Requirements in the International Trade...more

General Ideas Protectable as Trade Secrets in California

Altavion, Inc. v. Konica Minolta Systems Laboratory Inc. - Clarifying case law that distinguished the protection available under patent law from that available under trade secret law, the California Court of Appeal...more

Patent Hold-Up or Patent Hold-Out? Judge Essex Adds His Voice to the SEP-FRAND Debate

Administrative Law Judge Essex recently issued the public version of his Initial Determination in ITC investigation No. 337-TA-868, ruling that the respondents are precluded from relying on the defense that the patent holder...more

AbbVie Deutschland GmbH v. Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014) - Absent Description of Representative Species to Support Entire...

Last week, in AbbVie Deutschland GmbH v. Janssen Biotech, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed judgments by the District Court for the District of Massachusetts in infringement and interference actions involving AbbVie...more

The Bifurcation Blues

In the last Letter from Europe, I looked at the potential ?nancial impact a single judge could have on the economy. As I alluded to in my conclusion, the Uni?ed Patents Court (UPC), a proposed common patent court open for use...more

After Actavis: Crafting Pharmaceutical Settlements that Avoid Antitrust Scrutiny

Last year’s Supreme Court decision in FTC v. Actavis cleared the way for more antitrust challenges to settlements between generic and branded pharmaceutical companies resolving Hatch-Waxman patent litigation. As a result,...more

The North Carolina General Assembly Nears Passage of Significant Legislation Affecting Business

The North Carolina General Assembly is working on significant legislation affecting the state’s business legal climate. The Legislature is one vote away from adopting Senate Bill 853 (SB 853)[1], which is intended to improve...more

A World Without Patents?

Planet Money’s recent podcast interviews two economists who advocate for the ultimate patent law reform: the abolition of patents. They argue that patents inhibit innovation. For example, the Wright Brothers...more

Need Nexus Between the Claimed Feature and the Marketed Product to Demonstrate Commercial Success

St. Jude Med., Cardiology Div., Inc. v. The Bd. of Regents of the Univ. of Mich. - In the final written decision of an inter partes review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) canceled all claims at issue on...more

USPTO Holds Forum on Subject Matter Eligibility -- Part IV

On May 9, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office held a four-hour long forum to receive public feedback on the Myriad-Mayo Guidance, which was issued by the Office on March 4. According to the Office's Guidance webpage, the...more

Commercial Success But No Nexus

Smith & Nephew, Inc. v. ConvaTec Technologies, Inc. - In the final written decisions of two related inter partes reviews (IPRs), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) sided with...more

EU Unitary Patent and Patent Court

The original proposals in the 1970's for the European Patent Convention (EPC) were intended to proceed in parallel with those for a Community Patent Convention. In the end, these were never implemented as a result of...more

The Duty to Indemnify Does Not Create Privity

Apple Inc. v. Achates Reference Publishing, Inc. - In the final written decisions of two related inter partes reviews (IPRs) concerning patents in the same family, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial...more

Continued Chaos in Obama Administration Patent Policy

President Obama has reportedly decided against nominating Johnson & Johnson executive Philip Johnson in the face of political pressure from the hi-tech industry and Members of Congress, including Senator Charles Schumer...more

Telemedicine and Mobile Health Innovations Amid Increasing Regulatory Oversight

The growing mobile health market is rapidly transforming health care delivery. More than 80 percent of physicians use mobile technology to provide patient care, and more than 25 percent of commercially insured patients use...more

Track One and the Patent Prosecution Highway  [Video]

Michael V. Messinger, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., discusses new patent acceleration tools available to create patent portfolios quickly. He provides an overview...more

Sudden Impact

I was once interviewed live on Bloomberg radio at some god-awful hour in the morning, following a 30% drop in the share price of Ely Lily resulting from a negative decision in a patent case by the U.S. Court of Appeals in the...more

Track One and the Patent Prosecution Highway [Video]

Michael V. Messinger, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., discusses new patent acceleration tools available to create patent portfolios quickly. He provides an overview...more

Turning The Tide on “Trolls”

When a non-practicing entity (NPE) accused 16,000 small businesses of violating its patent by merely emailing scanned documents, the New York attorney general cracked down, forcing a settlement. Then the FTC threatened to sue...more

Know Your Objections: Notices, Motions and Discussions with the PTAB

ABB, Inc. v. ROY-G-BIV Corp. - In a final written decision, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) commented that evidence can only be excluded by properly serving a notice and...more

Board Cuts Patent Owners Time in Half to Stay on Schedule

In Reloaded Games, Inc. v. Parallel Networks, LLC, IPR2014-00950, Paper 9 (July 8, 2014), Petitioner filed a second petition for inter partes review covering claims for which trial was not instituted in its first petition for...more

Board Allows Rare Motion for Additional Discovery

In a relatively rare grant of a Motion For Additional Discovery, in Atlanta Gas Light Co. v. Bennett Regulator Guards, Inc. (IPR2013-00453,, Paper 40), Patent Owner sought additional discovery pertaining to its contention...more

The PTAB Was Right the First Time

EMC Corp. v. PersonalWeb Technologies, LLC - In a final written decision in an inter partes review (IPR), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) determined that under the broadest reasonable interpretation claim...more

Business Litigation Report -- June 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Tronox Inc. v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (In re Tronox Inc.) – Bankruptcy Court Takes Unusual Steps to Declare Corporate Restructuring a Fraudulent Transfer - Noted With...more

Expert Testimony Must Be Supported by Evidence

Corning Inc. v. DSMIP Assets B.V. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued final written decisions in 10 inter partes review (IPR) challenges. Although early IPR decisions generally have sustained...more

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