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Document Library to Protect and Capitalize on Intellectual Property

All companies need to take steps to document their rights in and the value of their intellectual property. When your core business is based on key intellectual property, be it a distinctive brand (trademark), innovative...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Patentees Bear the Burden of Proof of Infringement in DJ Actions Brought by Licensee

A patentee bears the burden of proving infringement when a licensee seeks a declaratory judgment of non-infringement, the U.S. Supreme Court has held. The ruling reversed the Federal Circuit and clarified declaratory...more

Allegations Regarding Third-Party Beneficiary Issues and Alter-Ego Status Belong in the First-Filed Venue - Futurewei...

Addressing an appeal of a dismissed action filed second-in-time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling on defendants’ motion to dismiss, finding that additional, related claims for...more

Licence To Pill: Exclusive Or Not? Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v Apotex Pty Ltd

The Federal Court of Australia held that Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) is not the exclusive licensee of a patent relating to aripiprazole under the terms of the licence granted to it by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd...more

Patent Trolls, Anti-Trolls, and Antitrust Law Collide in Patent Licensing Dispute

We previously wrote that regulators are considering using antitrust laws to reign in perceived abuses by non-practicing entities or, more familiarly, “patent trolls” – entities that purchase the rights to patents not to...more

FTC Expands Reporting Requirements For Transfers Of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued final changes to the premerger notification rules that affect whether pharmaceutical companies must report certain proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights to the FTC...more

Getting Tangled in the Web of a Hybrid Royalty Clause

Frequently, parties enter into IP license agreements in which the licensor grants a license or other rights to a bundle of its intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, know-how, etc.) pertaining...more

Federal Government Supports Licensees in the Battle over Burdens of Proof

The federal government recently filed its amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in Medtronic, Inc. v. Boston Sci. Corp. At issue is who should bear the burden of proof when a licensee says it does not infringe a...more

Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction Found Where Patent License Negotiations Reached an Impasse and NDA Did Not Preclude a Lawsuit

Plaintiff Biomet, Inc. ("Biomet") filed a complaint for Declaratory Judgment against Bonutti Skeletal Innovations, LLC ("Bonutti") seeking a declaration that the manufacture, use, or sale of Biomet's products does not...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Hybrid IP Agreement With Flat Royalty Rate Unenforceable Post Patent Expiration

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals recently reluctantly refused to enforce a hybrid intellectual property agreement – that is, an agreement involving a bundle of patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property...more

European Union Antitrust Law and License Agreements: Proposed changes to the Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation...

SaChanges afoot - European antitrust law (often referred to as competition law) has tried for several decades to balance patent rights (which, until EU-wide patent rights are implemented, remain inherently...more

In the ITC: The public interest factors – newest patent troll countermeasure?

The International Trade Commission opened its doors to non-practicing entities (NPEs) with its decision in Certain Coaxial Cable Connectors and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-650 (reported in IPT News, Q3 2010), holding...more

Patent Watch: Frolow v. Wilson Sporting Goods Co.

On March 15, 2013, in Frolow v. Wilson Sporting Goods Co., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Newman, Clevenger, Moore*) affirmed-in-part, reversed-in-part and remanded the district court's summary judgment...more

It’s Not Just Boilerplate! Best practices for drafting collaboration agreements to protect your IP

In This Presentation: - 1. The collaboration conundrum - 2. The Tekmira case: a cautionary tale Outline - 3. Best practices for drafting specific provisions Please see full presentation below for more...more

W.L. Gore’s Impact on Pending Maryland Cases and Audits

In a case decided late last month, Comptroller of the Treasury v. Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc. and Future Value, Inc., Nos. 1696 and 1697 (January 24, 2013), the Maryland Court of Special Appeals held that patent royalties...more

Antitrust and Competition Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - A Modern Look at the Nine ‘No-Nos’ of Patent Licensing Under U.S. Antitrust Law: The First Four ‘No-Nos’ - Supreme Court Grants Cert. in Watson Reverse Payment Settlement Case - 7th Circuit...more

Federal Circuit Affirms ITC Jurisdiction for Non-Practicing Entities

On January 10, 2013, the Federal Circuit reaffirmed broad ITC jurisdiction for non-practicing patent enforcement entities by denying Nokia Corp.’s petition for rehearing of InterDigital Commc’ns, LLC v. Int’l Trade Comm’n...more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 1 - January 2013

In This Issue: • Prior Litigation Precludes Lawsuit • Disclosure of Broad Genus Does Not Disclose Species • Preamble Limits Claims - Excerpt from Prior Litigation Precludes Lawsuit: In...more

How Do You Solve a Problem Like PAEs?

Policy makers in Washington, DC have been hearing about the problems created by patent assertion entities – PAEs or, to some, “patent trolls” – from a number of quarters over the past few years. PAEs are generally entities...more

How Does Bankruptcy Affect Rights Under an Agreement Not to Sue on Patents?

When a debtor rejects an executory contract, Section 365(n) of the Bankruptcy Code allows a licensee of intellectual property to retain certain rights under the rejected contract. An important question arises, therefore,...more

Watch That Incubator

Make sure you’re protected before diving into academic collaboration - Today, many universities operate business incubators, and some are seeing significant success. Since 2006, for example, the University of...more

Top Posts of 2012

Here’s a quick summary of the top five blog posts from 2012. 1. American Express Can’t Enforce Arbitration Agreement Antitrust Class Action Waiver. Discussing the Second Circuit case refusing to enforce an American...more

USPTO Proposes to Require Disclosure of Patent Ownership, Exclusive Licenses

Last year, on November 23, 2011, the USPTO announced that it was considering collecting information on patent ownership and requiring disclosure of patent ownership information throughout the patent application process....more

Patent Watch: Cummins, Inc. v. TAS Distrib. Co.

[R]es judicata [may attach where] the present matter relates to patent invalidity, misuse, and unenforceability [and] the prior case dealt only with enforcing the "all reasonable efforts to market and sell" under [a license...more

Points & Authorities - Fall 2012

In This Issue: - The Innovative Design Protection Act: Bound for Success or Doomed to Fail? - Strategic Licensing Considerations - New Faces - Points from the President - Think Again Before Walking Away from...more

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