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Copyright Claims Based on Submission of Prior Art to Patent Office Finally Dismissed: Were They The “Weakest Infringement Claims...

Copyright Claims Based on Submission of Prior Art to Patent Office Finally Dismissed: Were They The “Weakest Infringement Claims of All Time”? In April 2012, we reported on four copyright lawsuits filed by the American...more

Eastern District of Texas Adopts Model Order Limiting the Assertion of Patent Claims and Prior Art References

The Eastern District of Texas recently adopted a “Model Order Focusing Patent Claims and Prior Art to Reduce Costs.” The Model Order restricts the number of patent claims and prior art references that can be raised during...more

Board Adopts Claim Construction that is Even Broader than that Proposed by Petitioner

In two challenges of the same patent, Nuvasive was able to get a total of 30 challenged claims of a Warsaw Orthopedic patent into separate trials for inter partes review, in cases styled as NuVasive, Inc. v. Warsaw...more

Copyright Notice without Day and Month Insufficient to Establish Reference as Prior Art

In a concise decision, iOnRoad was able to get three challenged claims of a Mobileye Technologies patent into a trial for inter partes review in a case styled as iOnRoad, Ltd. v. Mobileye Techs., Ltd. (IPR2013-00227),...more

Doctrine of “Tacking” was Properly Applied to Establish Bank’s Priority in Trademark Action

In a trademark infringement action, a jury found in favor of a foreign bank and against a California financial corporation, where the bank established prior use under the “tacking” doctrine. The Ninth Circuit Court of...more

Unwired Planet v. Google: Court Reverses Decision Limiting Google to Prior Art References

Unwired Planet LLC ("Unwired Planet") filed a patent infringement action against Google and it originally identified 124 claims from ten patents as its asserted claims against Google. Unwired subsequently reduced the number...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Spencer v. Taco Bell Corp.

Decision Date: October 2, 2013 - Court: M.D. Florida - Patents: D643,474 - Holding: Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of patent invalidity and non infringement...more

Prior Publication Exclusion Bars Coverage for Advertising Injury Claims, Despite Continued Advertisement of Additional Allegedly...

Although the sale of its Navajo product line constituted “personal and advertising injury” within the meaning of its liability insurance policies, Urban Outfitters was not entitled to defense or indemnity for claims brought...more

Research Foundation of State University of New York v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

When assessing the validity of a patent, you cannot ignore the dependent claims. That was the main takeaway from the recent Federal Circuit case, Research Foundation of State University of New York v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals...more

BakerHostetler Patent Watch: Apple, Inc. v. Int'l Trade Comm'n

[E]vidence relating to all four Graham factors -- including objective evidence of secondary considerations -- must be considered before determining whether the claimed invention would have been obvious to one of skill in the...more

BakerHostetler Patent Watch: Cheese Sys., Inc. v. Tetra Pak Cheese and Powder Sys., Inc.

Where a court holds a claim obvious without making findings of secondary considerations, the lack of specific consideration of secondary considerations ordinarily requires a remand....more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 7, July 2013

“Reverse Payment” Settlements Face Greater Antitrust Scrutiny Following U.S. Supreme Court Ruling in FTC v. Actavis: Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc. - Resolving a split among the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the...more

News from Abroad: UK Court of Appeal Considers Sufficiency

The Court of Appeal recently heard a case relating to Genentech's patent, which claimed the use of human vascular endothelial growth factor (hVEGF) antagonists for the treatment of non-cancerous diseases which are...more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 5 - May 2013

In This Issue: • Patent Office Must Prove Prior Art Reference Is Enabling • Complaint Was Adequate Despite Non-Infringing Possibilities • FDA Approval Not Relevant to Obviousness Analysis - Excerpt from...more

Dey, L.P. v. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2013)

Enactment of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in 2011 focused the patenting community on the changes of U.S. patent law from "first to invent" under the 1952 Patent Act to "first inventor to file" under the AIA as the...more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 4, April 2013

Obviousness-Type Double Patenting May Exist When There Is Neither Common Ownership nor Common Inventorship - Addressing an obviousness-type double patenting rejection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Employee and Inventor Witnesses in Patent Trials: The Blurry Line Between Expert and Lay Testimony

Parties in patent infringement lawsuits frequently must choose a witness to explain complex or scientific technology behind an invention or an accused product that sits at the heart of a claim or a defense. Often, the parties...more

Patent Watch: Saffran v. Johnson & Johnson

On April 4, 2013, in Saffran v. Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Lourie,* Moore, O'Malley) reversed the district court's judgment that Johnson & Johnson and Cordis Corp. infringed U.S....more

The Decision Maker's Guide to Contested Proceedings Under the American Invents Act [Video]

Under the America Invents Act, a patent owner has many tools available when considering contested proceedings. Some of those options include inter partes review, covered business method review proceedings, supplemental...more

Protection By Design: Industrial Design Law In Canada

Bodum – a maker of popular coffee-press and glass products – wanted to protect their design for a double-walled drinking glass in a competitive marketplace. Apple wanted to protect the design of their popular handsets like...more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 3 | Issue 2 February 2013

In This Issue: • Licensing to Foreign Manufacturers Satisfies Domestic Industry • Appeal Found to Be Moot in Light of “Side Bet” • Mere Design Choice Leads to Obviousness Finding • Design Patent Infringement...more

USPTO Considers Best Practices to Improve Patent Application Quality

In a Federal Register Notice published January, 13, 2013, the USPTO asks the public to consider potential best practices aimed at improving patent application quality ”in order to facilitate examination and bring more...more

Federal Circuit Review - Volume 2 | Issue 12 December 2012

In This Issue: • Indexing Not Required for Online Prior Art Publication • Claim Indefinite for Not Disclosing Any Structure • Aluminum Not Inherently Disclosed - Excerpt from Claim Indexing Not Required...more

News from Abroad: Speculation Invalidates Invention?

Originally published in Forresters on December 23, 2012. Over the past few years the UK patents courts have moved closer to the approach of the European Patent Office (EPO) on inventive step. In particular, the UK...more

Two Federal Circuit Rulings Clarify the Standard for Preliminary Injunction Motions and the Use of Online References as Prior Art

In two recent cases, the Federal Circuit discussed the standard to apply in deciding whether to grant a preliminary injunction for patent infringement and when an online reference may be used as prior art to invalidate a...more

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