Patents License Agreements

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U.S. Supreme Court Preserves 50-Year-Old Rule Barring Post-Patent Royalties

On Monday, June 22, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, declining to reverse longstanding, yet controversial, precedent holding post-patent term royalties to be unlawful per...more

The Finite Life of a Patent Upheld: No Royalties After Expiration

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6 to 3 ruling citing stare decisis, upheld the half-century rule against royalty payments accruing after expiration of a patent. The Court’s decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC is a...more

Practice Considerations Post Kimble v. Marvel

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kimble et al. v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, rejuvenates a 50-year old rule addressing patent royalties, bringing it to the forefront of patent and licensing practice. On June 22,...more

Supreme Court Declines To Overrule Brulotte Rule: Post-Expiration Patent Royalties Remain Unlawful

Background - Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a patent license agreement that requires the licensee to pay royalties after the expiration of the licensed patent is unlawful per se, because such payments...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - June 2015

Apls South, LLC v. Ohio Willow Wood Co. (No. 2013-1452, -1488, 2014-1147, -1426, 6/5/15) (Lourie, Moore, Chen) - Chen, J. Vacating judgment and remanding with instructions to dismiss due to lack of standing. “Precedent...more

Federal Circuit Finds Nunc Pro Tunc Agreement Does Not Confer Standing

The tenuous nature of an exclusive licensee’s standing to enforce a patent was something I learned early in my legal career, when I was a judicial clerk at the Federal Circuit. In Alps South LLC v. Ohio Willow Wood Co., the...more

Supreme Court Shows Reluctance to Overturn Brulotte’s Prohibition on Post-Expiration Royalties

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, one of the most important cases on the Court’s docket this term for antitrust and patent law practitioners. As we previously discussed, in...more

Kimble and Post-Expiration Royalties: The Next Big Thing, or Much Ado About Nothing?

Today, as we previewed here, the US Supreme Court analyzed the question of whether patent holders should be allowed to contract for royalty payments that continue to accrue after the expiration of the subject patent. While...more

Supreme Court to Hear Argument on March 31 Whether to Overrule Brulotte v. Thys, Co.

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court held in Brulotte v. Thys Co., 379 U.S. 29 (1964) that a license agreement requiring royalty payments for use of a patented invention after expiration of the patent term is unlawful per se. ...more

Supreme Court Corner - Q1 2015

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. Patent – Decided: January 20, 2015 - Holding: When reviewing a district court’s resolution of subsidiary factual matters made during its construction of a patent claim,...more

Solicitor General Argues that Antitrust Principles Do Not Warrant Overturning Brulotte

On Friday the Solicitor General filed an amicus brief in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises. As we previously noted, in Kimble, the Supreme Court will consider whether to overturn Brulotte v. Thys Co., a 50-year-old precedent...more

Patent Exhaustion Update: The Federal Circuit Allows Royalties From Different Entities In Supply Chain

Patent exhaustion, or "the first sale doctrine," requires that the initial authorized sale of a patented item by a patent owner or licensee, terminates their ability to subsequently use their patent rights against that item....more

Qualcomm Agrees to $975 Million Fine and Conduct Remedies to Resolve Chinese Standard Essential Patent Licensing Investigation

The assertion of standard essential patents (SEPs) by patent-holders has raised patent, contract, and competition issues in jurisdictions around the world. One SEP holder, Qualcomm, has faced particular scrutiny with respect...more

In Battle Over Patents, Non-Signatory Ties Too Uncertain To Grant Motion To Dismiss

The District Court of Colorado recently denied Defendant Garmin International’s motions to dismiss and to stay pending arbitration, concluding that Plaintiff MSPBO was not bound by an arbitration agreement to which it was not...more

Back to the Future—Supreme Court to Review Rule On Post-Expiration Patent Royalties

Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in affirming a district court decision that toy maker Marvel was not required to make payments after the expiration of a patent,...more

Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Sys., Inc. Guidance on Determining Damages for Standard Essential Patents

Patents claiming inventions which must be used to comply with certain technical standards (for example, the Wi-Fi standard or standards for 3G) are referred to as standards-essential patents or “SEPs”. There has,...more

Supreme Court Corner: Q4 2014

KIMBLE V. MARVEL ENTERPRISES, INC. Patent Licensing - Cert. Pending - Issue: Whether the Supreme Court should overrule Brulotte v. Thys Co., which held “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects...more

Will the Supreme Court Remove Brulotte’s Shadow Over Patent Licensing?

Fifty years ago, in Brulotte v. Thys Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that the collection of royalties after a patent’s expiration constitutes per se patent misuse. Although criticized by scholars, antitrust agencies, and the...more

Judge Griesa declines to revisit Federal Circuit’s finding that a license and settlement agreement is “clear on its face.”

Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc. Case Number: 1:13-cv-03288-TPG - Defendant Roxane Laboratories, Inc. (“Roxane”) was sued by Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Endo”) when Endo learned that...more

Supreme Court 2014 Patent Preview

On average, the U.S. Supreme Court historically hears fewer than one patent case each term. For example, in the 14 years between 1982 and 1995, the Court decided only five patent cases. In the seven years between 1995 and...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether License Agreements May Require Payment of Royalties After Patent Expiration

The U.S. Supreme Court Friday agreed to revisit a longstanding precedent that bars patent owners from collecting royalties after their patents have expired, even if those post-expiration payments represent compensation for...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Whether Post-Patent Term Royalty Schemes Lawful

On Friday, December 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari on Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc., No. 13-720, opening the possibility that the Supreme Court will overturn Brulotte v. Thys Co., 379 U.S. 29 (1964),...more

Actual Negotiations Trump 40-Year Georgia-Pacific Test to Determine Type of Patent Licensing Royalties

The Grigoleit Co. v. Whirlpool Corp. - Addressing a lower court’s reasonable royalty determination that chose not to rely on the Georgia Pacific factors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently...more

Defendant Ordered to Provide Access to Licensee Websites

BNB Health Grades, Inc. ("Health Grades") filed a patent infringement action against MDx Medical, Inc., d/b/a Vitals.com ("MDx"). During the litigation, Health Grades identified licensing agreements and associated systems...more

IP Newsflash - November 2014 #2

Federal Circuit: Licensor Has No Standing to Sue Where it Has Transferred “All Substantial Rights” to Its Licensee - The Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by Judge Schneider in the Eastern District of Texas to...more

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