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In re: TC Heartland LLC: Status Quo for Venue Selection in Patent Suits (For Now)

The Federal Circuit, in In re: TC Heartland LLC (No. 2016-105), recently issued an opinion denying TC Heartland’s petition for a writ of mandamus to direct the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to either...more

DOJ Files IPR Petitions Against Discovery Patents

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed six petitions for inter partes review (IPR) of three patents assigned to Discovery Patents, LLC. The patents cover security alarm systems and methods for providing secure real-time...more

Legislative Developments in Post-Grant Proceedings

Amidst a spate of high-profile IPR filings in the life sciences space by hedge fund financiers, the biotechnology industry has mobilized behind two chief legislative strategies designed to limit or eliminate its exposure to...more

Patent Venue Legislation Could Have A Dramatic Impact on Popular Patent Venues

This March, three United States Senators introduced the “Venue Equity and Non-Uniformity Elimination Act of 2016.” The bill would dramatically narrow the venue statute that applies to patent cases and, it appears, prevent...more

The VENUE Act -- A Last-Ditch Attempt at Patent Reform?

It has been some time since we have heard serious discussions about patent reform legislation from Congress. Sure, the Innovation Act (H.R. 9) is still pending in the House, and the Patent Act (S. 1137) is still pending in...more

Washington Insight - February 2016

Further Observations From Campaign 2016 - With the first votes having been cast, former Governor Ehrlich shares his candid observations and predictions about the Democratic and Republican candidates’...more

Outlook for Patent Reform in 2016

With the final session of the 114th Congress under way, the likelihood of Congress taking up and passing comprehensive patent litigation reform legislation becomes more and more remote. From a timing standpoint alone, the...more

Split Federal Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Single PTAB Panels Rendering Both Institution & Final Written Decisions

On January 13, 2016, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the PTAB in Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. v. Covidien LP, IPR2013-00209, that all of the claims of U.S. Patent 8,317,070 are obvious. While the obviousness...more

Top Stories of 2015: #11 to #15

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its ninth annual list of top patent stories. For 2015, we identified twenty stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

BIO CEO: IPR System Threatens Medical Innovation

In an article published earlier this fall on Medium, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) President and CEO Jim Greenwood urges Congress to modify the inter partes review (IPR) system, which he argues has "turn[ed] the...more

A Win for Kyle Bass’s Hedge Fund as the PTAB Dismisses Celgene’s Sanctions Motions

The Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) dismissed Celgene Corporation’s (“Celgene”) motions for sanctions against the Coalition for Affordable Drugs (“the Coalition”). As we previously reported, the Coalition is an...more

Intellectual Property Newsletter - September/October 2015

PTAB Update on Inter Partes Review - On August 19, 2015, the Director of the USPTO released a blog post reporting on the state of post-grant review proceedings created by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011 and...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

Summer is (Almost) Over & Congress is Back!

While summer isn’t officially over until September 22, for most here in the nation’s capital the vacations are nearly completed and it is back to work as Congress returns from the long August recess and Labor Day...more

Rep. Goodlatte Releases Report on H.R. 9

Last week, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, released a 200-page Report on H.R. 9, "The innovation Act," introduced by Chairman Goodlatte with several co-sponsors earlier this year. The bill sets...more

House Committee Advances Competing Patent Reform Legislation

With yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee vote, there are now competing, and in some respects significantly different, patent reform proposals under serious consideration in the House and the Senate. Among the most important...more

Possibility of More Reform Spurs Increase in Patent Case Filings

Lex Machina’s Spring 2015 Patent Case Filing Trends: "Patent case filings have been generally higher in the first five months of 2015 than in the last 8 months of 2014. May of 2015 had the most patent cases filed on any...more

Patent Pending: The Outlook for Patent Legislation in the 114th Congress

The field of patent law is in a state of flux. Just four years after the America Invents Act (“AIA”) went into effect, Congress is taking up the issue once again, this time seeking to pass legislation to curb abusive patent...more

House Committee Advances Patent Reforms Aimed to Curb Patent Litigation Abuses

On June 11, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve the Innovation Act of 2015, a bill aimed to curb abusive litigation by so-called patent trolls. "Today in this committee, we are taking a pivotal step...more

July Congressional Agenda

After a weekend of fireworks, parades, and apple pie, Congress returns from the Independence Day recess this week with the Senate scheduled to be in session for five weeks and the House of Representatives in session for four...more

House Committee Passes Innovation Act – Medical Device Group Expresses Opposition

The Innovation Act (H.R. 9), a patent reform bill introduced this congressional session, received bipartisan support in a 24-8 positive vote by the House Judiciary Committee on June 11, 2015. The bill is now scheduled to...more

Innovators Beware! Patent Reform Creates the New “Anti-Patent” Troll

Recent years have seen a wave of efforts to control frivolous patent-infringement lawsuits perpetrated by so-called patent trolls. These started with the America Invents Act of 2011 and have been followed by the Patent Law...more

An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was...more

New USPTO Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot Program

On June 15, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued Notice in the Federal Register announcing a new pilot program, the Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot. Under the program an appellant may have an ex...more

Congress Continues to Promote Patent Reform Efforts

In recent years, Congress has devoted a great deal of attention to patent reform. Those efforts led in 2011 to passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was the most extensive revision of the patent laws in...more

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