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Misstatements on Application for In Forma Pauperis Status Results in Dismissal of Patent Infringement Action with Prejudice

Plaintiff filed a patent infringement action and also filed an application to proceed in pro per and In Forma Pauperis. The defendants file a motion to dismiss the action based on false statements in the application....more

Augusta-Based Eagle Parts Files Complaint Against Allshields, Inc. Alleging Infringment of "Windshield Fastening Device" Patent

On April 3, 2014, Eagle Parts & Products, Inc. of Augusta, Georgia (“Eagle”) filed a complaint against Allshields, Inc. of Raleigh, North Carolina (“Allshields”) alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,380,860 (“the ‘860...more

Generic’s Counterclaims for Non-Infringement are Proper Despite Covenant Not to Sue From Brand

On April 9, 2014, in Purdue Pharmaceutical Products, L.P. v. TWi Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Civ. No. 12-5311 (D.N.J.), Judge Jose L. Linares of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled that a generic...more

EDNY – First-Filed Action Forum Should Determine Whether an Exception to the First-to-File Rule Applies

On November 26, 2013, Silver Line Building Products LLC (“Silver Line”) filed a declaratory judgment complaint in the Eastern District of New York against J-Channel Industries Corporation (“J-Channel”), seeking a declaration...more

Patent Troll Legislation Stuck in Fee-Shifting Debate

Patent reform legislation has garnered much national attention over the past year, as Congress has introduced numerous proposals to curb perceived litigation abuse by patent trolls. (See our previous alert here.) The House of...more

Update on Myriad Appeal and Announcing a Public Forum on the USPTO 101 Guidelines

Myriad has appealed the district court decision that denied its motion for a preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics Corp. According to a report in Bloomberg BNA Life Sciences Law & Industry Report™, on April 14, 2014,...more

In Da (Trade Secrets Theft) Club: $15 Million Judgment Against Rapper 50 Cent

The rapper known as “50 Cent” stole trade secrets to the tune of $15 million, an arbitrator found. A filing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida earlier this month disclosed the final award...more

Vermont Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Vermont And Against Alleged Patent Troll In Preliminary Decision

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell won a major victory in his groundbreaking effort to use state law to crack down on “patent trolls.” In State of Vermont v. MPHJ, LLC, the Vermont federal court has rejected the...more

Novel Aspect of Invention Determined in Favor of Datascape in Patent Dispute Against Sprint

Judge Clarence Cooper adopted Special Master Gale R. Peterson’s report in its entirety ruling in favor of Datascape, Inc., in denying the summary judgment motion of Spring Spectrum, L.P, and Sprint Solutions, Inc....more

University of Pittsburgh v. Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

The Federal Circuit used its decision that the District Court erred in certain of its claim construction determinations to reverse a jury award of greater than $100 million, but left intact large portions of the District...more

Edwards Secures Preliminary Injunction Against Medtronic

On April 11, 2014, according to a press release, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware issued a preliminary injunction barring Medtronic, Inc. from selling its CoreValve TAVI product to most new customers in...more

Federal Circuit Find Fractures in Roche Boniva Patents

In Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. v. Apotex, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment that two Roche Boniva patents are invalid as obvious. The conclusion of obviousness is not particularly remarkable...more

Marathon Cross Examination

In Facebook Inc. v. Software Rights Archive, LLC, IPR2013-00479, Paper 28 (April 9, 2014) the patent owner asked for leave to cross-examine petitioner’s expert witness for a total of 14 hours, in view of the fact that there...more

U.S. Patent Office Issues Extensive Subject Matter Eligibility Guidelines

The United States Patent Office periodically issues guidance for examiners (“Examiners”), often in response to a recent court decision or new statute. These guidelines do not have the force of law, but nevertheless establish...more

Cumulative Art Rejections v. Estoppel: Balancing Competing Interests In IPR Petitions

Inter Partes Review, or IPR, is one of the new procedures implemented through the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act that challenges a patent’s validity at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent...more

April 2014: ITC Litigation Update

Inducement in the ITC Following Suprema? A split Federal Circuit panel held in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC (Dec. 13, 2013) that an exclusion order issued by the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) under Section 337 “may not be...more

No 102(e) Prior Art in a CBMR

In Trulia, Inc, v. Zillow, Inc., CBM2013-00056, Paper 19 (April 10, 2014), it was called to the Board’s attention that the prior art relied upon in the petition was 102(e) which is not proper prior art for a covered business...more

Early Assignment of your Invention as a Method to Maintain Priority Rights in a European Patent Application

The European Patent Office (EPO) has been a desirable venue for seeking patent protection in Europe. For instance, a patent application granted by the EPO can provide patent protection in many European countries, such as the...more

Implications of U.S. Sanctions Program on Intellectual Property Owners

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...more

Carnegie Mellon v. Marvell: District Court Enhances Damages to $1.5 Billion

After a jury returned a verdict against Marvell for patent infringement, Carnegie Mellon ("CMU") filed several motions, including for prejudgment interest, for supplemental damages, for enhanced damages, for an ongoing,...more

Can’t Sneak in Another Argument

In Rackspace Hosting, Inc. v. Rotatable Technologies, LLC, IPR2013-00248, Paper 27 (April 9, 2014), the petitioner submited a seven page request for oral argument including arguments...more

Getting a Word in Edgewise

The Board has been stingy granting additional pages for submissions, but in Corning Optical Communications RF, LLC v. PPC Broadband, Inc., IPR2013-00345, Paper 32 (April 11, 2014) the Board granted petitioner an additional 5...more

API Manufacturers Are Not Proper Defendants In Hatch-Waxman Actions

A district court judge in New Jersey recently granted an API supplier’s motion to dismiss claims filed against the supplier in an ANDA suit, raising questions about whether an API supplier belongs as a defendant in these...more

The First (and Second) Outright Win for the Patent Owner

In a heartening (to patent owners) reminder that invalidation in an IPR is not automatic, in ABB Inc. v. Roy-G-Biv Corp., IPR2013-00062 and IPR-00282, Paper 84 (April 11, 2014), the Board found that ABB failed to show that...more

What to Do When A Reply Exceeds its Proper Scope

In addition to handing a patent owner the first outright win in an inter partes review, in ABB Inc. v. Roy-G-Biv Corp., IPR2013-00062 and IPR-00282, Paper 84 (April 11, 2014), and ABB Inc. v. Roy-G-Biv Corp., IPR2013-00074...more

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