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IP Newsflash - September 2014 #2

Airline Rewards Conversion Method Invalid Under Alice and Bilski - On September 2, 2014, Federal Circuit Judge William Bryson, sitting by designation in the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that two patents on a...more

Python Safety Files Trade Dress and Patent infringement Complaint Against Ty-Flot

On June 18, 2014, Python Safety, Inc. (“Python”), of Woodstock, GA filed a complaint against Ty-Flot, Inc. (“Ty-Flot”), of Manchester, NH, alleging federal trade dress infringement and unfair competition, infringement of US...more

8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment

So, you’re about to raise money for the first time. Good luck! Before you start approaching VC firms for pitch opportunities, though, be aware that investors typically expect a certain amount of organization and structure...more

Stay of Reissue Lifted Up Final Written Decision

In Hewlett-Packard Company v. MCM Portfolio LLC, IPR2013-00217, Paper 32 (September 12, 2014), after the issuance of its Final Written Decision...more

Court Report - September 2014 #4

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. et al. 1:14-cv-01156; filed September 10, 2014 in the...more

Judge Griesa finds a patent prosecution bar does not preclude litigation counsel from assisting in an IPR, and would have reached...

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. et al. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. et al. Case Number: 1:12-cv-08060 - Patentee Endo asked the court to rule that the protective orders in the patent infringement cases it filed...more

IP Strategies for Software Tech Companies

In This Presentation: - Key IP Concerns for Software Tech Companies - New Post-Grant Proceedings for Challenging Patents - Impact of Alice on Software Patents and the Importance of Building a Strong Patent...more

Arguments in Claim Charts Continue to Plague Petitions

In Google Inc. v. Visual Real Estate, Inc., IPR2014-01338, Paper 3 (September 2, 2014), the Board according the petition a filing date, but objected to the claim chart, because they contained arguments. ...more

Patent Filings, Institution Decisions and Dispositions for September 12, 2014

Institution Decisions In Corning Optical Communications RF, LLC v. PPC Broadband, Inc., IPR2014-00736, Paper 10 (September 12, 2014), the Board instituted inter partes review of claims 1–7 of U.S. Patent No. 6,676,446....more

PGR Report -- The Attack of 35 U.S.C. § 112

Last week, on September 2, 2014, Accord Healthcare, Inc. ("Accord") filed what appears to be the second-ever Post-Grant Review ("PGR") (see Petition). This PGR was for U.S. Patent No. 8,598,219 ("the '219 Patent"), which is...more

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Warrants an Ongoing “Reasonable Royalty”

Sabatino Bianco, M.D., v. Globus Medical, Inc. - Comparing and contrasting Texas trade secret law to jurisprudence relating to patent infringement damages, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held...more

Court Report -- Part III: September 2014

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Forest Laboratories LLC et al. v. Sigmapharm Laboratories LLC 1:14-cv-01119; filed September 3, 2014 in the District...more

Third time’s a charm – infringement contentions not stricken

Times Three Clothier, LLC v. Spanx, Inc. - Case Number: 1:13-cv-02157 - We had previously reported on Times Three’s two failures to produce satisfactory infringement contentions in its infringement case against...more

Patent Filings, Institution Decisions, and Dispositions for September 11, 2014

Institution Decisions - In Medtronic, Inc. v. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Inc., IPR2014-00488, Paper 17 (September 11, 2014), the Board instituted inter partes review of claims 1–9 of U.S. Patent No. 7,769,605 (“all...more

Receiver Appointed To Oversee Sell-Off Of Corporation's Intellectual Property

When I wrote last week about Americana Development, Inc. v. Ebius Trading & Distributing Co., the Business Court had entered a TRO against the Defendants prohibiting them from disposing of the intellectual property of...more

PTAB Threatens Sanctions for Unauthorized E-mails

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., et al. v. Black Hills Media, LLC - Addressing a patent owner’s unauthorized e-mail arguing for additional discovery and the petitioner’s likewise unauthorized responsive e-mail, an...more

U.S. Bancorp v. Solutran, Inc. (PTAB 2014)

In the weeks since the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Supreme Court decision, we have been watching patents and applications fall left and right due to use of that case's more stringent test regarding patent-eligibility. This test...more

Supreme Court Corner - Q3 2014

RECENT DECISIONS - NAUTILUS, INC. V. BIOSIG INSTRUMENTS, INC. Patent: Decided: June 3, 2014: Holding: In a unanimous (9-0) opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Court held that the Federal...more

Patent wars: can the energy industry avoid them?

With the technological advances and resultant surge in oil and gas production in the last few years, it is not surprising that the number of patents issued to energy companies has increased substantially. In 2012 alone, the...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - Issue 23, Q3 2014

In This Issue: - Substitution Allowed? State Biosimilar Laws Are Evolving - Patent Wars: Can The Energy Industry Avoid Them? - Surviving A Trademark Opposition Challenge: Do You Have A True...more

The Uncertain Future of Predicted Utility

There is no more contentious question in Canadian patent law at the moment than the question of utility. Much of the debate focuses on whether an invention need only have a scintilla of utility or whether utility must be...more

Complaint Alleges Malpractice in Claims Drafted for Push Up Bra Inserts

Runberg, Inc. d/b/a Zephyrs v. McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, et al. - Case Number: 652543/2014 - Runberg owns U.S. Patent No. 8,216,021 (“Engineered push up insert”), which claims a kidney-shaped push up insert...more

Patent Filings on September 10, 2014

Motorola Mobility LLC v. Intellectual Ventures I LLC, IPR2014-00500, Paper 12 (September 10, 2014) instituted inter partes review of claims 1, 4–6, 8, 10, 13–15, 17, 21, 24–26, 28, 30, 33–35, 37, 39, and 40 of U.S. Patent No....more

The Alice Guidance Categories of Potential Abstract Ideas

The Alice Guidance lists four example categories of abstract ideas: - fundamental economic practices - methods of organizing human activities - an idea of itself (sic), and - mathematical...more

Despite Lack of Familiarity with Specific Technology-at-Issue, Industry Expert Not Excluded

The Board continued its reluctance to exclude evidence in inter partes review proceedings in Primera Technology, Inc., v. Automatic Manufacturing Systems, Inc., Final Written Decision, IPR2013-00196 by denying a motion to...more

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