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The Fate of Patent Laches: SOL

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court abolished a decades-old rule that allowed for application of the equitable defense of laches in patent cases. Until now, patent owners were required to justify filing suit after a period of...more

Finding of Exceptionality Leaves Unsuccessful Infringement Plaintiff Liable for Over $50 Million in Attorney Fees and Costs

Needless to say, a finding of exceptionality under 35 U.S.C. § 285 can have crippling consequences. Just ask Rembrandt Technologies, LP, which recently was slapped with an order to pay the prevailing defendants in a...more

NPE’s Warning Letters, In-Person Meeting with Accused Infringer, and Prior Lawsuits Are Sufficient To Establish Person...

In a recent case applying the constitutional limits of personal jurisdiction in a declaratory judgment action filed by an accused patent infringement against a foreign non-practicing entity, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Sportbrain Sues Smartwatch Manufacturers, PTAB institutes IPR against Patent-in-Suit

Sportbrain Holdings LLC (“Sportbrain”) is a company that was previously engaged in the business of selling fitness trackers. Sportbrain recently sued eight smartwatch manufacturers for alleged infringement of its U.S. Patent...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in...more

Patent Rights in the U.S.: Is the Pendulum Finally Swinging Back to Center?

The U.S. patent system has long struggled to strike a balance that both encourages patent rights and prevents patent abuse. Finding that balance requires giving patent owners the right amount of patent enforcement power,...more

ITC Section 337 Update – August 2016

DeLorme Seeks Certiorari Review Of Consent Order Penalty Based On Expired Patent — On July 13, 2016, DBN Holding, Inc. and BDN LLC (“DeLorme”) filed a petition for writ of certiorari to review a judgment of the United States...more

Rising Tide of State-Enacted Patent Reform

It started with Vermont in 2013. Since then, over half the states have enacted legislation aimed at curbing patent infringement suits from non-practicing entities. Now, the band may add another member: Massachusetts....more

To Confer Standing, Assignment Must Transfer Entire Exclusive Right

Addressing the issue of standing, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s dismissal of a patent case brought by an exclusive licensee, finding that the original assignee had not transferred...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - November/December 2015

The State of Patent Law: The Interplay of Recent, Pending, and Proposed Changes - Recent developments in the field of patent law have given weight to the old adage that the only thing that is constant is change. Enacted...more

Preemption Challenge to State Demand-Letter Regulations Confers Jurisdiction Under Post-AIA 35 U.S.C. § 1295(a)(1) - Vermont v....

Addressing jurisdictional issues, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit relied on post-AIA 35 U.S.C. § 1295(a)(1) to exercise, for the first time, jurisdiction over an appeal in which only a counterclaim arose...more

Pigs Fly, Hell Has Frozen Over, and the New York Times Supports Small Inventor and University Patenting

Admittedly, only on its Op-Ed page. But last Saturday Joe Nocera wrote a remarkably sane and reasoned column, entitled "The Patent Troll Smokescreen," pointing out that "big companies with large lobbying budgets" are using...more

The Supreme Court to Review Enhanced Damages -- Octane Revisited, or Something Entirely Different?

On October 19, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in two related cases: Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. (Supreme Court docket number 14-1513) and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. (Supreme Court docket...more

The Suddenly Offensive Claim of Patent Invalidity

At the heart of almost every claim of patent infringement is a battle fought over the validity of the patent at issue. Born out of the idea that an invalid patent cannot be infringed, accused infringers have defended...more

Federal Circuit Confirms Laches Remains Available in Patent Infringement Actions

Laches is an equitable defense based on a plaintiff’s unreasonable delay in pursuing a claim. In 2014, the Supreme Court effectively eliminated the laches defense in copyright cases, ruling that the copyright statute allows...more

"Florida Patent Litigation: A Popular Venue for Patentees (Not Just Retirees)

Florida has been one of the busiest locations for patent cases for the past few years, with both the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida each regularly landing in the top 10 out of the 94...more

Filing Serial Lawsuits for Nuisance Settlements May Be “Exceptional” if Improper Intent Established - SFA Systems, LLC v. Newegg,...

In considering a district court’s denial of attorneys’ fees in view of the Supreme Court’s Octane Fitness standard for finding an “exceptional case” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 (IP Update Vol. 17, No. 5), the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Attorneys' Fees May be Easier to Obtain in Lanham Act Cases Post-Octane Fitness

Intellectual property litigation is expensive for both the plaintiff and defendant. However, because defendants are required to defend themselves in a lawsuit—in comparison to a plaintiff who has the choice to file and...more

Supreme Court Ruling Encourages Courts to Award Attorney's Fees

Have you ever wished you could make the abusive party on the other side of your patent suit pay for your attorney's fees? The U.S. Supreme Court has made your wish a reality. Recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent has made it...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Unpatentability in Much Anticipated First Review of CBM Decision

Since the America Invents Act (AIA) passed in 2012, Covered Business Method (CBM) reviews have become the Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of non-practicing entities, also referred to as patent trolls. Many CBM...more

Update: Patent Trolls Are Targeting the Energy Industry

New data shows a sharp increase in the number of patent troll lawsuits being filed against energy companies in 2015. As we predicted in our March 2014 White Paper, “Are Patent Trolls Now Targeting the Energy...more

The Status of Business Method Patents

Business method patents have a checkered history. They were once very much in vogue—numerous such patents issued, and many of them were litigated. Then, about two years ago, Congress enacted a special procedure that made it...more

Newsflash, Politico: ‘Patent Death Squad’ Alive and Well

Politico, the popular political journalism publication, recently ran the story “Patent Reform Advocates: PTO Process Not Patent ‘Death Squad.’” The story was based on a blog post by patent reform advocate Unified Patents. ...more

Defendants’ Request For Stay Is Denied

The PTAB has not yet instituted the IPR petition. The deadline for decision on whether to institute the IPR petition is October 22, 2015. Delay in petitioning for IPR could create some tactical disadvantage to plaintiff and...more

Motion To Stay Pending IPR Is Denied Without Prejudice

The PTAB has not yet instituted the IPR petition. The deadline for decision on whether to institute the IPR petition is October 22, 2015. Delay in petitioning for IPR could create some tactical disadvantage to plaintiff and...more

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