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New procedures, laws crack down on ‘patent trolls’

Q: There’ve been several stories lately about proposed laws intended to crack down on patent trolls. What is a patent troll? A: To understand what a patent troll is, it’s best to first understand what a patent really...more

IP Quarterly - Summer 2014

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Hears Six Patent Cases This Term - Is Implied License the New Fair Use? - Navigating the Murky Waters of the Domestic Industry Requirements in the International Trade...more

SimpleAir Wins a $85 Million Jury Verdict Against Google

A Texas jury has awarded SimpleAir, Inc. $85 million from Google for infringing the company’s patent generally relating to transmitting Internet-based data to computers and mobile devices. Google’s accused services included...more

Patent Perspectives

A patent is a legal right to keep others from making, using or selling an invention. A patent does not of itself give the owner the right to use the patented invention. For example it is quite possible for someone to patent...more

Tesla Patent Pledge….Too Good to be True?

On Thursday June 12, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Moters, posted a blog post that said “…Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” At first glance, a good thing. It...more

Eastern District of Texas Can’t Keep Every Case Filed There

In re Toyota Motor Corporation - Granting a defendants’ petition for a writ of mandamus, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ordered the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to transfer a...more

Combining Two Drugs Is Not Always Obvious

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GMBH v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc. - Addressing the obviousness of combining two known hypertension medications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a ruling of...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses Federal Circuit’s En Banc Decision In Limelight v. Akamai and Rejects The Application Of...

On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Techs., Inc., No. 12-786, ruled that a party can be liable for induced infringement under § 271(b) only when one party has committed direct infringement...more

High Court Nixes “Amorphous” Federal Circuit Indefiniteness Standard

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday reversed long-standing Federal Circuit precedent, replacing the test used to determine whether a patent is indefinite with a new reasonable certainty standard (NAUTILUS, INC. v. BIOSIG...more

Federal Circuit Review - Attorney's Fees, FRAND-encumbered Patents, and IPRs (May 2014)

Standard For Obtaining Attorney’s Fees Too High - In OCTANE FITNESS, LLC v. ICON HEALTH & FITNESS, INC., Appeal No. 12-1184, the Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Federal Circuit’s affirmance of the district...more

Patent Reform Bill, And Its Revisions To Bankruptcy Code Section 365(n), Stalls In The Senate

In December 2013 I wrote about the Innovation Act, H.R. 3309, a bill focused on patent infringement litigation and other patent law reforms that passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis. My interest in the...more

Three Point Shot - May 2014

Tiger Woods Misses the Cut in Golf Memorabilia Dispute - Tiger Woods skipped The Masters this year for the first time in 20 years because he was recuperating from back surgery. But his back may not be the only source...more

Federal Circuit Rules No Per Se Prohibition Against Injunctions For FRAND-Encumbered Standard Essential Patents

On April 25, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in the appeal from Judge Posner’s ruling that denied both Motorola and Apple damages and injunctive relief in Apple Inc. v....more

The ‘‘Burden’’ of Patent Infringement: Supreme Court Holds That Burden of Proof Remains With Patentee Even in Declaratory Judgment...

The Supreme Court of the United States has made it clear that the traditional canons of litigation — including those involving jurisdiction and which party bears the burden of proof — hold true in patent cases, even those...more

Business Litigation Report -- April 2014

In This Issue: -- Main Article: DOJ’s Use of Expansive Legal Theories Broaden FCPA Jurisdiction -- Noted With Interest: Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules Aim to Lessen Burden of Discovery --...more

Document Library to Protect and Capitalize on Intellectual Property

All companies need to take steps to document their rights in and the value of their intellectual property. When your core business is based on key intellectual property, be it a distinctive brand (trademark), innovative...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Patentees Bear the Burden of Proof of Infringement in DJ Actions Brought by Licensee

A patentee bears the burden of proving infringement when a licensee seeks a declaratory judgment of non-infringement, the U.S. Supreme Court has held. The ruling reversed the Federal Circuit and clarified declaratory...more

Allegations Regarding Third-Party Beneficiary Issues and Alter-Ego Status Belong in the First-Filed Venue - Futurewei...

Addressing an appeal of a dismissed action filed second-in-time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling on defendants’ motion to dismiss, finding that additional, related claims for...more

Licence To Pill: Exclusive Or Not? Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v Apotex Pty Ltd

The Federal Court of Australia held that Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) is not the exclusive licensee of a patent relating to aripiprazole under the terms of the licence granted to it by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd...more

Innovation Act, Passed By The House, Would Make Major Changes To Section 365(n)’s IP Licensee Protections

It isn’t law yet, but on December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a significant patent reform bill known as the "Innovation Act." Although the focus of the legislation is on patent infringement litigation...more

Patent Trolls, Anti-Trolls, and Antitrust Law Collide in Patent Licensing Dispute

We previously wrote that regulators are considering using antitrust laws to reign in perceived abuses by non-practicing entities or, more familiarly, “patent trolls” – entities that purchase the rights to patents not to...more

FTC Expands Reporting Requirements For Transfers Of Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued final changes to the premerger notification rules that affect whether pharmaceutical companies must report certain proposed acquisitions of exclusive patent rights to the FTC...more

Defensive Patent License to Launch in February 2014

The Defensive Patent License (DPL) is coming in February 2014. The DPL is a patent license proposed by the directors of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley as a...more

Getting Tangled in the Web of a Hybrid Royalty Clause

Frequently, parties enter into IP license agreements in which the licensor grants a license or other rights to a bundle of its intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, know-how, etc.) pertaining...more

Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction Found Where Patent License Negotiations Reached an Impasse and NDA Did Not Preclude a Lawsuit

Plaintiff Biomet, Inc. ("Biomet") filed a complaint for Declaratory Judgment against Bonutti Skeletal Innovations, LLC ("Bonutti") seeking a declaration that the manufacture, use, or sale of Biomet's products does not...more

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