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United States: IP and Antitrust

United States antitrust law seeks to encourage free and open competition by preventing exclusionary conduct that threatens the competitive process. Intellectual property rights (IPR) laws, by contrast, are designed to...more

New North Carolina Law Provides Tool to Battle Patent Trolls

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed a bill aimed at the abusive assertion of patents. It was part of the Commerce Protection Act of 2014 (S 648, S.L. 2014-110, section 2.1) and was signed into law by Governor...more

Motion to Stay Pending CBM Review Granted Where Non-Practicing Entity Did Not Seek Preliminary Injunction

Boku, Inc. ("Boku") filed a CBM petition with the PTAB seeking review of the patentability of Plaintiff's U.S. Patent No. 7,273,168 (the "'168 patent"). The petition challenged all claims of the '168 patent on grounds that...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

Docs @ BIO -- Federal District Court vs. the PTAB

Yesterday, BIO 2014 presented a session entitled "Navigating Patent Challenges Under the America Invents Act" during which the presenters analyzed the differences between patent challenges in Federal District Court and before...more

Why patent reform won’t wait for Congressional action

Last month, after repeated delays and countless compromises, Sen. Patrick Leahy took the Senate’s version of comprehensive patent reform legislation off the calendar — dashing the hopes of those seeking reform without even a...more

Nintendo Latest Victory Against NPE

On May 19, 2014 a U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted a joint motion to dismiss Wall Wireless’ patent lawsuit against Nintendo filed in February of 2009, which implicated the Nintendo DS and DSi...more

Looking Upstream: Weighing Proposed Changes To Customer Stays In Patent Litigation*

At a time when congressional partisanship is the norm, curbing lawsuits filed by nonpracticing entities (NPEs) may be one of the few issues uniting Washington. Over the past year, both Republicans and Democrats introduced...more

A Rebuttal to The Economist's "Stalking Trolls"

On March 8th, The Economist published an article deriding both so-called "patent trolls" and "software patents" as being impediments to innovation in the United States. Unfortunately, as we have seen all too often when the...more

December 2013: Japanese Litigation Update

Japanese Government Tightens Insider Trading Regulations. On June 12, 2013, the Japanese Diet passed an amendment to the Japanese Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, including enhancements of many insider trading...more

Legislation Targeting Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs) Passes in House by Comfortable Margin

On Thursday, December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the “Innovation Act” (H.R. 3309), a bill principally aimed at curtailing certain patent infringement litigation practices of non-practicing entities...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

U.S. House Passes Bill to Reform Patent Litigation

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill today called the “Innovation Act,” H.R. 3309, which was aimed at reigning in abusive patent litigation filed by “non-practicing entities (NPEs)” or “patent trolls.” The bill...more

"Non-Practicing Lawmakers" -- The Mark-up of H.R. 3309 (Innovation Act)

As we have previously reported, Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA), the Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, introduced the "Innovation Act" (H.R. 3309) to curb abusive patent litigation, and conducted a hearing of his...more

What To Do About NPEs: Do We Risk Throwing the Baby Out with the Bath Water?

Goodwin Procter LLP Hosts Forum On Non-Practicing Entities - On October 9, 2013, more than 45 leaders from private practice, industry, government, and academia gathered at the New York office of Goodwin Procter LLP to...more

United States Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Two Cases That Could Potentially Deter Non-Practicing Entities From Filing Frivolous...

On October 1, 2013, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review the “exceptional” case standard for awarding attorneys’ fees in two separate patent-infringement cases. Both cases relate to patentees who are...more

US China Trade War–Developments In Trade, Customs, Patents, Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in the trade, solar cells, Customs, 337/patents, antitrust and securities areas. On September 26th there were reports that the United States and China have been negotiating for the past...more

House Judiciary Committee Drafts Legislation Proposing Sweeping Changes in Patent Infringement Litigation

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia has released a second discussion draft of legislation intended to restrict litigation brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs). In June 2013, the White...more

Non-Practicing Entity Sued Under RICO for Bringing Allegedly Frivolous Patent Infringement Cases

A company that has filed a series of cases alleging infringement of a patent has found itself named as a defendant sued under the federal Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The case, FindTheBest.com, Inc. v....more

The War on Patent Trolls -- Congress Prepares for Battle

In case it was not clear that Congress is serious about combatting the perceived problem of "patent trolls," Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vermont) and Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) published an opinion piece this week on the POLITICO.com...more

The GAO Issues a Report on Patent Litigation Trends -- It Turns Out that the Sky Is Not Falling

As we have previously reported, the patent system is under attack, and has been for quite some time. Generally, these attacks either begin with the assumption that the patent system is "broken," or that conclusion is reached...more

Bad Faith Patent Litigation Is Bad News For Plaintiffs

Affirming a $1.6 million dollar award for attorney fees against a non-practicing entity (NPE) for pursuing and maintaining patent litigation in bad faith, the Federal Circuit has served notice that patent litigants "must...more

Applying Can Openers to Real World Problems: The Failure of Economic Analysis Applied to Software Patents

A shepherd is tending a huge flock of sheep in a field beside a country road. A man comes walking down the road and approaches the shepherd. "I bet you $100 against one of your sheep that I can tell you the exact number in...more

Federal and State Governments Position Patent Trolls in their Crosshairs

The number of patents filed in recent years has increased with the proliferation of complex products containing thousands of components. So too has the incidence of lawsuits or threats of suit....more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Spring 2013

Copyright co-ownership is a well-established method of allocating rights within the software, recording, and motion picture industries. In theory, it presents a clear and simple arrangement and provides a strong degree of...more

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