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CalAmp Hit with Treble Damages for Willful Infringement of a Patent Assertion Entity’s Portfolio of Auto Tracking Patents

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments & Awards - In a final judgment dated July 19, 2017, a Florida federal court awarded treble damages to Omega Patents, a non-practicing patent licensing entity, for the infringement of five patents directed...more

Intellectual Property Legislation Update: The Trade Protection Not Troll Protection Act of 2017

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

This past June, a group of U.S. Senators introduced the first patent-focused piece of legislation of the 115th Congress: the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, which proposes a myriad of changes to the United States patent system....more

Interplay Between Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs) and ITC Section 337 Proceedings

Since the passage of the America Invents Act (“AIA”) in 2011, Inter Partes Reviews (“IPRs”) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) have assumed growing importance in patent litigation in federal district courts. ...more

Supreme Court Alters the Landscape of Venue for Patent Infringement Litigation

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (Case No. 16-341) altering the landscape of venue for patent infringement litigation. The Supreme...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upends Nearly 30 Years of Patent Venue Law

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC officially reinstating a more restrictive standard for where patent holders can file patent...more

Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Limits Venue in Patent Infringement Suits

by Snell & Wilmer on

In yet another unanimous intellectual property decision, the United States Supreme Court recently held in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC that “reside,” as used in the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. §...more

The Supreme Court Reverses Decades-Old Venue Precedent and Re-affirms Fourco

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Setting up a major shift in patent litigation, the Supreme Court in T.C. Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, today rejected the long-standing Federal Circuit precedent of VE Holding Corp. v. Johnson Gas Appliance...more

"Strategies for Litigants in Patent Infringement Cases Using Motions to Dismiss Post-Alice"

Nearly three years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on patent eligibility in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l. The decision, which ushered in an unprecedented wave of cases invalidating...more

[Webinar] Best Patent Practices in a Transforming Environment | Part II: Evolving Strategies for Patent Enforcement and Licensing...

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Today’s patent practice is rapidly transforming. The practice is undergoing sea changes in patent eligibility, enforcement strategies, and damages. Now more than ever, innovative companies need to adopt best practices to...more

2016 Antitrust Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present its 2016 Antitrust Year in Review. In this report, we summarize the most significant antitrust matters and developments of the past year. We begin with a look at the...more

FTC Report on Patent Assertion Entities Recommends Patent Litigation Reform

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On October 6, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its report on patent assertion entity (PAE) activity. The report is the result of research that began in September 2014 to address a gap in the agency’s understanding...more

FTC Releases Report on Patent Assertion Entities

by Snell & Wilmer on

Three years ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced a study of “patent assertion entities” (“PAEs”): “businesses that acquire patents from third parties and seek to generate revenue by asserting them against alleged...more

Alert: Antitrust Agencies Release Update to IP Licensing Guidelines for Comment

by Cooley LLP on

The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are seeking public comment on a proposed update to the agencies' Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual...more

Guest Post -- Keeping an Eye on Patent Trolls

The Question Worth Pondering: Innovation Provokers or Idea Thieves? - In the past five years Cisco and J.C. Penney have spent close to $350 million fending off demands from patent trolls, which are more politely known...more

Competition/antitrust law

by Dentons on

Focus on the US - Cartel enforcement activity and stiffer criminal penalties against price fixing - The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to investigate and seek criminal charges against worldwide cartels. This...more

Texas Takes a Stance Against Patent Trolls

by White & Case LLP on

Since the U.S. Congress began implementing reforms to the patent system, states too have been considering measures to protect their residents and business from abusive patent litigation. While the federal government has...more

Alert: Top 10 Antitrust Developments and Trends to Watch in 2016

by Cooley LLP on

Attention in the US during 2016 will be on the presidential campaign, and the election in November will bring a change in the "antitrust guard" at the top of the DOJ and FTC – even if a Democrat wins – that will drive the...more

In a First, E.D. Tex. Finds Plaintiff’s Massive Litigation Campaign Asserting Patent Invalid Under Alice ‘Exceptional,’ and Awards...

by Reed Smith on

On December 17, 2015, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas awarded attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. section 285 to defendants in a set of consolidated patent lawsuits initiated by eDekka LLC. 12/17 Order at...more

Leave the Baggage Behind: Deciding How Much Party Background Is Admissible

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order on Motions in Limine, Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-03999 (Judge Beth Freeman) - Litigators know that, at trial, what you’re not allowed to say can sometimes be just as important as what...more

Update: Patent Trolls Are Targeting the Energy Industry

by Morgan Lewis on

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

Federal Judge Permits MPHJ’s Suit Challenging Vermont’s Bad Faith Patent Demand Letter Law To Proceed

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

We previously discussed the Vermont attorney general’s enforcement action against MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC, a non-practicing entity that has recently been the subject of regulatory scrutiny. The attorney general’s...more

Is the Competition Bureau Targeting You? New IP Enforcement Guidelines

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 9, 2015, the Canadian Competition Bureau released updated draft Intellectual Property Enforcement Guidelines (IPEGs) for public comment. The comment period is open until August 10, 2015. It is the third publication of...more

Trolling for an Inventive Method for Patent Enforcement

In the wake of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert leaving their respective shows on Comedy Central for newer pastures, John Oliver has emerged as a new beacon of political humor and satire. If you haven’t watched his show, and...more

4 off-the-radar things you need to know about proposed patent reforms

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Current patent reform efforts in Congress center around two pieces of legislation. One, pending in the House of Representatives is sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) (H.R. 9, known as the “Innovation Act”). The other is...more

Two signs that patent reform momentum may be slowing

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

With the rise of patent trolls, software patents, and spiraling patent litigation costs over the past 10 years, there arose a call for patent reform. There was a call to limit the ability of patent assertion entities to...more

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