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Business Litigation Report - June 2017

Courts May Not Depart from the Bankruptcy Priority Rule in Chapter 11 Structured Dismissals - For more than a century, a cornerstone of federal bankruptcy law has been the absolute priority rule, which ensures that a...more

June 2017: Equitable Defenses in Patent Cases After SCA Hygiene

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated opinion in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, 580 U.S. , No. 15-927, slip op. (Mar. 21, 2017), eliminating the...more

Franchisors, Got Claims? Don't Let Them Spoil Like Bad Cheese

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is the tale of two restaurants, each facing trademark infringement claims under the Lanham Act brought by two, separate franchisors. The franchisees’ restaurants had three things in common: First, cheese is a key...more

Wait For It: "Unreasonable Delay" in Bringing Suit is No Longer a Defense in Patent Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a 7-1 ruling in SCA Hygiene1 that eliminated the common-law defense of laches in patent infringement cases. The Supreme Court reasoned that laches is a “gap-filling doctrine” that does...more

Summaries of All Supreme Court and Precedential Federal Circuit Patent Cases Decided Since Jun. 1, 2016

This paper is based on reports on precedential patent cases decided by the Federal Circuit distributed by Peter Heuser on a weekly basis. Please see full publication below for more information....more

Recent Developments In Patent Law May 17, 2017

Update to TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, Case No. 16-341 (May 22, 2017) - In an 8-0 opinion written by Justice Thomas (Justice Gorsuch did not participate), the Supreme Court rules that a defendant...more

Federal Circuit Review | April 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Patentee’s Unnecessarily Broad Prosecution Disclaimer Affirmed by Federal Circuit - In Technology Properties Limited LLC v. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Appeal Nos. 2016-1306, -1307, -1309, -1310, -1311, the Federal...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Expands Availability of Equitable Limitations Defence

In a recent decision, Weatherford Canada Partnership v. Artemis Kautschuk und Kunstoff-Technik GmbH (Weatherford), the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) upheld the dismissal of the plaintiff’s claim against two defendants on...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling on Incontinence Products Spill Over into Fashion?

by Knobbe Martens on

On March 21, 2017 the Supreme Court issued a monumental holding removing the availability of laches as a defense in a claim for damages under patent infringement. The case changes decades of legal precedent, and adopts...more

Standing Up to Your Siblings: Who Can Bring a Financial Elder Abuse Claim?

by Downey Brand LLP on

While financial elder abuse is a serious problem in California, not just anyone can sue to protect an abused elder. This is especially true if the elder does not want to bring suit in the first place. On April 19, 2017, the...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - April 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Supreme Court Restricts the Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. Patent Law for Exported Goods - On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court in a landmark decision held that the supply of a single component of a multicomponent...more

What do Raging Bull and Adult Diapers Have in Common?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Apparently, quite a bit according to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has dipped its toe into the waters of intellectual property law again and has decided to overturn 150 years or more of common law precedent in its...more

Laches no longer a defense to patent infringement

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

While under attack for several years now, the patent infringement defense of laches was dealt a serious, and likely final, blow by the recent Supreme Court case of SCA Hygiene Products AB et al. v. First Quality Baby Products...more

Supreme Court and Precedential Federal Circuit Patent Cases

In SCA v. First Quality Baby Products, the Supreme Court holds that laches should not be available as a defense in patent cases, refusing to concur with the Circuit’s en banc holding that the Patent Act’s 6-year limitation on...more

Sit Back, Make the Popcorn, and Watch: Patent Owners, You Have Six Years to Bring Your Infringement Claim

In SCA Hugiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, [15–927] (March 21, 2017), the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit and held that laches cannot be invoked as a defense against a claim for damages...more

SCA Hygiene Case Provides a Clear Win for Patent Owners

In SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, the Supreme Court last week overruled the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision that laches (unreasonable delay in bringing a claim) can bar recovery of...more

Supreme Court Corner: Q1 2017

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Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands COPYRIGHT – DECIDED: MARCH 22, 2017 HELD: An artistic feature of the design of a useful article is eligible for copyright protection if the feature (1) can be perceived as a two- or...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (North America), Issue 33, Q1 2017

by DLA Piper on

A new year is upon us, bringing swift and deliberate change, uncertainty and myriad paradigm shifts in the political and social landscape. It is fitting, then, that intellectual property practice should reflect these shifts...more

No More Laches Defense for Patent Infringement

by Cole Schotz on

In what some perceive as a major shift from decades of precedent, the United States Supreme Court held last week that laches – unreasonable delay – is no longer a valid defense against a claim for patent infringement so long...more

A Big Week for Intellectual Property: Supreme Court Decides Patent and Copyright Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two opinions on intellectual property issues. On March 21, 2017, the Court decided in a 7-1 opinion that laches is no longer a valid defense to a claim of patent infringement occurring...more

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Extends Petrella Rule Barring Laches to Patent Context

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Three years ago, in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., the Supreme Court held that the equitable defense of laches is not available against copyright claims for damages brought within the Copyright Act’s three-year...more

Laches not available to defeat patent infringement damages claim: SCA Hygiene Products v First Quality Baby Products

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In a 7-1 decision on March 21, 2017, in the case of SCA Hygiene Products AB v. First Quality Baby Products LLC, the United States Supreme Court reversed an en banc decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and...more

Laches Limited To Being An Equitable Defense In Patent Cases

In SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, the Supreme Court made plain that laches is merely an equitable defense in patent cases, and will not bar a damage claim if brought within the six year...more

Supreme Court Rejects Laches Defense in Patent Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that laches is not a defense in the majority of patent cases. Justice Alito, writing for the 7-1 majority, found the application of laches to patent disputes incompatible with the...more

The Other Shoe Drops on Laches Defense in IP

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In 2014, the Supreme Court’s opinion in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. held that the equitable doctrine of laches is not available as a defense to copyright infringement when the claim is brought within the three years...more

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