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Protecting and Enforcing your High Technology Intellectual Property

In This Presentation: - Software Patents Issues in the USPTO - Functional Claiming in Software Patents - Covered Business Method (CBM) Review - Will the Supreme Court kill all software patents this term? -...more

House and Senate Bills Would Provide Incentive for Repurposing Old Biologics

Last month, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) introduced legislation in the Senate and House, respectively, that would extend the term of certain patents claiming a method of using a biological...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Tables Patent Reform, Again

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary was set to consider the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 (S. 1720) earlier today during an Executive Business Meeting. Instead, the Committee again tabled the bill, this...more

Stopping Bad Legislation -- The Innovation Alliance Speaks Out

On the day before the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up S. 1720 (The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act), the Innovation Alliance delivered a letter to Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley...more

Judge Robinson revises her procedures: how will patent litigation change in Delaware? Top points

Judge Sue L. Robinson, the longest-tenured judge in the District of Delaware, changed her procedures and form scheduling order (hereafter, the Revised Order) last week. Judge Robinson has often compared herself to an...more

Stopping Bad Patents -- Senator Schumer Takes on the "Patent Trolls"

In what turned out not to be an April Fools' Day joke, Senator Charles Schumer (at right) of New York participated earlier today in a Google+ Hangout sponsored by the Internet Association. According to their website, this...more

Intelletual Property Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - USPTO Issues New Guidelines for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility of Claims - Eastern District of Texas Unveils New Patent Case Track - Opening Briefs Submitted to U.S. Supreme Court in...more

Watch out USPTO, JPO is Coming!

The Japanese government has announced an initiative to reduce patent examination time from 2.5 years to about 14 months. When they achieve 14 months examination time, the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) will provide the shortest...more

Senate Judiciary Committee Takes Up, Then Tables, Patent Reform

Earlier today, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held an Executive Business Meeting in which the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act was considered, then held over for another week. Nevertheless, several members of...more

New Scheduling Order May Preview Future Delaware "Local Patent Rules"

On March 24, 2014, Judge Sue L. Robinson of the District of Delaware adopted a new model Scheduling Order for patent cases litigated in her court. Apart from providing a comprehensive set of deadlines for virtually every...more

Move over, Congress: The Supreme Court may be this year’s game-changer on patent reform

In a normal year, the U.S. Supreme Court does not normally grant certiorari to patent law cases. In a good year, the Supreme Court may grant certiorari to a single case impacting patent law. In 2014, the nation’s highest...more

Wisconsin Legislators Pass Bill to Thwart “Patent Trolls”

On March 20, 2014, Wisconsin lawmakers passed a bill in an attempt to limit the ability of non-practicing entities (NPE) – also commonly referred to as “patent trolls” – to file claims demanding patent licensing payments. ...more

USPTO Eases Requirements for Track I Prioritized Examination

In a Federal Register Notice issued March 5, 2014, the USPTO announced interim rules under the Track I prioritized examination program that ease the formal requirements for obtaining Track I prioritized examination of a new...more

Down the rabbit hole: Alice case chases the elusive white rabbit of patent reform

Patent trolls — non-practicing entities best known for threatening expensive patent litigation in order to collect licensing fees from accused infringers — are a well-documented problem. Measures aimed at reforming patent...more

Two Important Bills for IP Rights Holders Adopted in France

This OnPoint covers the implications of two important recent developments for IP rights holders in France: (i) the ratification by the French parliament of the Agreement creating the Unified Patent Court (law no. 2014-199,...more

Eastern District of Texas Creates “Track B” for Efficient Management of Patent Cases

On February 25, Chief Judge Leonard Davis of the Eastern District of Texas issued a general order regarding a new specialized case management procedure available for patent cases in the district. The order creates a special...more

Patent Litigation and the Proposed Innovation Act of 2013  [Video]

Robert Greene Sterne, founding director of the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C., speaks on the proposed Innovation Act of 2013. Currently before the United States Congress, the proposed...more

Senate Legislation Update -- The Commerce Committee Gets in the Act

Last Thursday, Sen. McCaskill, along with Sen. Rockefeller, introduced the "Transparency in Assertion of Patents Act" (S. 2049). Of course, several other bills are currently pending in the Senate that have been introduced by...more

Lawmakers Go Hunting for “Patent Trolls”

Oregon has now become the second state to take aim at non-practicing entities (NPEs), more colorfully called “patent trolls,” with laws addressing patent enforcement. On February 25, 2014, the state attorney general...more

Beware the Ides of March at the US Patent and Trademark Office

Last March, the USPTO experienced an enormous spike in the typical number of application filings per week, as numerous US provisional and non-provisional patent applications were filed in advance of the March 16, 2013...more

New York Attorney General’s “Groundbreaking Settlement” with a “Patent Troll” and the Broader Implications of the “Guidelines for...

Earlier this month, New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a “groundbreaking settlement” agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC (“MPHJ”), a company many (including the Mr. Schneiderman) deem a...more

A Minor Shift in Patent Term Adjustment Calculations - Novartis AG v. Lee; Exelixis, Inc. v. Lee

Presented with a challenge to patent term adjustments as determined by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) under 35 U.S.C. § 154(b), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that post-allowance delays are ...more

Angels Rush in Where Fools Fear to Tread: State Enforcement Against Patent Trolls

I. INTRODUCTION - Nobody likes trolls — those mythical creatures, “considered dangerous to human beings,” who hide under bridges waiting to prey on unsuspecting travelers. Like their mythological namesakes, patent...more

Patent Reform – Limiting the Number of Patents?

Proposals for reforming the patent system are popular topics these days. One of the ideas floating around is that the number of patents issued, or possibly the number of patent applications accepted, per year should be...more

Patent Issues Remain a Priority for the White House

On February 20, 2014, the White House hosted an event "highlight[ing] progress on the [Obama] Administration's patent policy agenda." Orrick intellectual property attorney Wesley Helmholz attended the event at the White...more

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