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ITC Section 337 Update - April 2015

Motorola’s Appeal To Ninth Circuit Of A Jury Determination That Motorola Breached Its FRAND Obligation – In a case involving the first time a federal district court judge determined a FRAND royalty rate for standard essential...more

Joint Defendants Succeed on Motion to Stay Pending Reexam

For defendants in patent infringement cases, moving to stay the case pending the outcome of a concurrent U.S. Patent Office reexamination proceeding is a fairly common building block that has the potential to streamline or...more

District Court Dismisses Action after Patent Is Transferred to President of Company

After Plaintiff Pi-Net International, Inc. ("Pi-Net") brought suit against Defendants Focus Business Bank and Bridge Bank, N.A. for patent infringement, the Patent and Trademark Office initiated an Inter Partes Review ("IPR")...more

Court Report - April 2015 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. 1474971 Ontario, Ltd. v. Allergan, Inc. et al. 1:15-cv-03372; filed April 26, 2015 in the Northern District of...more

Enablement is Key – Especially in Biotech Patents

Enablement is the requirement that a patent teach a person skilled in the art (the field of the invention) how to make and use the invention without undue experimentation. In other words, a patent must describe the invention...more

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

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

IP Newsflash - April 2015 #2

Federal Circuit Decides Sua Sponte To Consider Patent Exhaustion Issues En Banc - On April 14, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a precedential order pursuant to Fed. R. App. P. 35(a) ordering that the pending appeal in...more

Judgment On The Pleadings Of Validity Is Granted

Andrews, J. Defendants’ motions for judgment on the pleadings of invalidity pursuant to section 101 are denied. Plaintiff’s motion for judgment on the pleadings of validity pursuant to section 101 is granted....more

USPTO makes changes to AIA post grant proceedings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be making a series of rule changes to America Invents Act reviews. Some will be effective immediately, others will be implemented in phases. The rule changes are a direct response to...more

Apotex Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Case Name: Apotex Inc. v. Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., 2014-1282, -1291 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 5134 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 31, 2015) (Circuit Judges Taranto, Mayer, and Clevenger presiding; Opinion by Taranto, J.) (Appeal from N.D. Ill.,...more

Boston Scientific Files Second IPR Petition Against UAB Patent

Boston Scientific Corporation (“Boston Scientific”) filed a petition with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on April 10, 2015 requesting inter partes review of U.S. Patent No. 6,266,563 (“the ’563 Patent”). The petition...more

DOJ’s Endorsement of IEEE Patent Policy Takes Center Stage at IP Antitrust Conference

On April 14 in Washington, DC, Global Competition Review hosted its Second Annual IP & Antitrust USA conference. The conference covered various hot topics being closely followed by IP antitrust practitioners, including (1)...more

AstraZeneca AB v. Apotex Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit rendered a decision on damages in what may be the last of a long-running series of ANDA cases involving AstraZeneca's Prilosec® (omeprazole) franchise. As set forth in the opinion,...more

Teva Pharms USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc.

Case Name: Teva Pharms USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., No. 10-13-854, 135 S. Ct. 831 (Mar. 20, 2012) (Breyer, J. delivered opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C.J., and Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ.,...more

Game Over: Plain and Ordinary Construction Results in Summary Judgment

Claim Construction Order and Order Granting Summary Judgment, Segan LLC v. Zynga Inc., 14-cv-01315 (Judge Vince Chhabria) - It is ordinary in patent cases for the patentee to ascribe “plain and ordinary” meaning to...more

LEGO Tries New Angle To Guard Its IP Against Upstart MEGA BLOKS

With the huge popularity of last year’s LEGO movie and record breaking profits—LEGO has now eclipsed Mattel as the world’s largest toy company—you might think that there are few threats to LEGO and its IP on the horizon and...more

Section 337’s Potential for Defending Biologics Market Share Against Biosimilars

Enforcement of biologic patents at the United States International Trade Commission under Section 337 provides certainty and tactical advantages to patent holders that are unavailable in district court under the BPCIA. For...more

District Court Denies Motion for Leave to Amend Answer to Assert Affirmative Defense of Patent Misuse

The defendants in this patent infringement action filed several motions for leave to amend their answers to include various affirmative defenses, including: (1) the affirmative defense of patent misuse; (2) the affirmative...more

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Innovation Act, Fee-Shifting

Tuesday, April 14, the House Judiciary Committee convened to discuss H.R. 9, the “Innovation Act,” which was introduced in February 2015 by the Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The hearing came a day after the...more

Live Testimony for Fact Witness Can Be Appropriate at IPR Oral Hearing

With the Patent Office considering changes to inter partes review practice to potentially increase the use of live testimony at oral hearings, it is worth reviewing the first case in which the Board allowed such live...more

Drafting Software Patents In A Post-Alice World [Video]

It has been a challenging year for software patent owners following the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. Since that ruling was handed down, a large number of software patents have been...more

First IPR Design Patent Decision Affirmed by Federal Circuit

In the first inter partes review of a design patent, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s final decision that the only claim was unpatentable. Design patent D617,465 on a drinking cup was the...more

Federal Circuit Addresses Damages in the Hatch-Waxman Context

On April 7, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Astrazeneca AB v. Apotex Corp., No. 2014-1221, affirming an award of a reasonable royalty of 50% in a case arising from the...more

InSite Vision Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

The Federal Circuit showed once again the importance of a district court's factual findings (and the deference the appellate court gives those findings, particularly when supported by expert testimony), in InSite Vision Inc....more

Japanese IP High Court’s Challenges

The Intellectual Property High Court of Japan established in April 2005 will have its 10th anniversary this April. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit founded in 1982 is the model for this IP specialized court....more

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