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BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Federal Circuit Concurrence -- Decide Patentability...

The Federal Circuit earlier today vacated a District Court's order dismissing BASCOM's complaint and remanded for further proceedings. BASCOM sued AT&T Inc. for patent infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,987,606, and the U.S....more

“Wow Moments” and Industrial Design Infringement

An inventor had a “wow” moment when he came across a design improvement for cold-weather visors – something suitable for the snowmobile helmet market. The helmet maker brought the improved helmet to market and also pursued...more

Keep Calm and IP On: Planning for UK IP Post-Brexit

This past Thursday the Brexit vote sent shockwaves around world, including the IP community and in particular with respect to IP rights in the UK and Europe. But concerns at the moment are speculative as nothing yet has...more

How the United Kingdom’s Vote to Leave the European Union Affects Your EU Trademarks and Patents

The United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). The vote to leave the EU will not affect the UK’s relationship with the European Patent Office (EPO). The EPO is governed by the European Patent Convention...more

EA Sports won’t be beaten at its own game – Escaping potential liability through successful § 101 motion to dismiss

It has been a long-standing business practice in the video game industry to update sports video game parameters to reflect real-world developments. Who would want to play NBA Live 95 if it didn’t incorporate Michael Jordan’s...more

Supreme Court Denies Sequenom’s Petition for Certiorari

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, denied Sequenom’s petition for certiorari, leaving in place the Court’s previous rulings prohibiting the patenting of laws of nature and natural...more

The Fifth Circuit Upholds Arbitration Award, Finding That Arbitrator Did Not Manifestly Disregard The Law And That The Award Did...

On May 23, 2016, the Fifth Circuit upheld an arbitrator’s approximate $1.45 million award in favor of McKool Smith P.C., a law firm who represented Curtis International Ltd., a Canadian electronics wholesaler, in patent...more

The IP Owner’s Guide to Brexit: Don’t Panic

By now, everyone has likely heard about the United Kingdom’s vote last week to leave the European Union. Few things are certain at this time, as governments around the world are still making plans to deal with Brexit....more

The UK Has Spoken “Brexit” - But What Does This Mean for the IP Community?

The immediate reaction to Great Britain’s June 23, 2016 vote to leave the European Union (“EU”) (commonly referred to as “Brexit”) has been nothing short of hysterical. This paper focuses on what Brexit means for the...more

Supreme Court To Review § 271(f)(1) Liability For Exporting A Component Of A Patented Invention (Life Tech V. Promega)

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to review the Federal Circuit’s ruling of infringement under 35 U.S § 271(f)(1) based on supplying from the United States a component of a patented invention. This case may...more

Supreme Court Denies Certiorari in Sequenom v. Ariosa

The Supreme Court issued an order this morning denying certiorari in Sequenom, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. Patent Docs will provide more analysis of the Court's denial of certiorari in a subsequent post....more

Brexit: IP Considerations in Light of the UK’s Vote to Leave the EU

While the “Leave” result of the June 23 referendum will not have an immediate impact on intellectual property, the eventual British exit (“Brexit”) from the European Union could have long-term implications for IP protection...more

Renewed Motion To Stay Pending IPR Is Denied

Most of the claims at issue will not be at issue in the IPR proceeding which weighs against a stay. This motion was filed when the case was in its early stages. While some progress has been made, a Markman hearing is still...more

Exergen Corp. v. Thermomedics, Inc. – How to Flunk s. 101

On June 22d, the Fed. Cir. issued a summarily affirmed the district courts Order that the method claims in suit did not pass the Alice/Mayo test for patentable subject matter. Claim 51 of U.S. patent no. 7787938 is...more

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Leaves Intact PTAB Authority to Institute and Regulate Inter Partes Review Proceedings

This week in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, the United States Supreme Court decided two important questions related to the power of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) over inter partes review proceedings. First,...more

Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Continuation Application Filed on Same Day Parent Issues Satisfies § 120...

Last week, in Immersion Corp. v. HTC Corp., the Federal Circuit reversed the decision of the District Court for the District of Delaware that U.S. Patent No. 7,148,875 ("the '875 patent"), assigned to Immersion Corp....more

Fingers Crossed: Supreme Court to Decide Patentability of Newly Discovered Natural Phenomena

The Federal Circuit threw down the gauntlet, and we are waiting to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court will take it up. Sequenom’s petition for certiorari was scheduled for conference on June 23rd; the Court’s decision whether...more

Alert: Brexit and the European Patent System

The result of the UK's referendum on European Union membership is that the UK has decided that it will leave the EU. For now, the UK remains part of the EU. The withdrawal process requires that formal notice be given of the...more

Federal Circuit Recognizes New, but Limited, Privilege for Patent Agent Communications

Introduction - Patent agents are licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), and perform the same duties as patent attorneys in proceedings before the USPTO, including preparing...more

MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc. v. B/E Aerospace, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016) - Equitable Assignor Estoppel Doctrine Expanded by Federal...

Arcane aspects of the law are frequently analogized as constituting "traps for the unwary," and patent law seems to have more than its share of minutiae that fall within that characterization. The equitable principle of...more

Patent Litigation for the Non-Specialist: How it Works and What to Expect

On June 15, 2016, we presented a webinar on Patent Litigation for the Non-Specialist: How it Works and What to Expect. A replay of our webinar is available here. The audience raised several great questions, some of which we...more

Supreme Court Holds that a Decision to Institute an IPR Proceeding Is Not Subject to Judicial Review and that the USPTO May Use...

On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee which involved an appeal from the first decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit from an Inter Partes Review...more

Early Returns (Part 2 of 2): The DTSA Lifts Off

(Editorial Note: This is the second in our two-part series exploring recent litigation under the newly-enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act.) We’ve been tracking the development of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) for...more

Federal Circuit Rules That PTAB May Base AIA Trial Decision on Facts Outside Petition for Review

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently affirmed a decision by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) invalidating two patents after an inter partes review proceeding, even though the decision...more

Biosimilars: Supreme Court Calls for Solicitor General’s Views in Amgen v. Sandoz

On Monday, June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court deferred a decision on the certiorari petitions filed by both parties from the Federal Circuit’s decision in Amgen v. Sandoz, 794 F.3d 1347 (2015), and instead called for the views...more

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