Priority Disputes

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Dynamic Drinkware, LLC v. National Graphics, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

It is well accepted that in order to establish that a patent is entitled to claim priority to a previously filed provisional application, it must be shown that the claims of the patent have written description support in the...more

Partial Subordination Agreement not Involving or Affecting Mechanics Lien Claimant Priority is Enforceable in Nevada

When visible construction begins, Nevada law says mechanic’s liens attach to the construction site. A construction lender wants to ensure that its deed of trust securing the construction loan has first priority to the...more

It just got a little bit harder to enforce judgment liens

Introduction - As everyone knows, the enactment of the Statute of Westminster II in 1285 ushered the concept of a “judgment lien” into English law. The statute – for the first time in English legal history –...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Former Spouses’ Relative Income a Critical Factor in Determining Whether the Assumption of Mortgage Payments...

Disputes between general creditors and creditors asserting domestic support obligation claims are becoming commonplace in consumer bankruptcy cases. The dispute typically arises because spouses’ or former spouses’ claims are...more

Lenders Across North Carolina Can Breathe Sigh of Relief - NC Supreme Court reverses decision in significant banking litigation

In a case that has implications for all banks in North Carolina, the North Carolina Supreme Court removed a cloud of uncertainty that has remained over the North Carolina banking industry for more than 18 months. The Supreme...more

Federal Circuit Review - February 2014

Defendant Bears Burden of Proof in Declaratory Judgment Case - In Medtronic, Inc. v. Mirowski Family Venture, LLC, Appeal No. 12-1128, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s determination that the burden of...more

Federal Circuit Finds Hole in “This” Priority Claim

In Medtronic CoreValve, LLC v. Edwards Lifesciences Corp., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the patent at issue was invalid because of a defective priority claim. While practitioners may cringe...more

Medtronic CoreValve, LLC v. Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2014)

The Federal Circuit's decision in Medtronic CoreValve, LLC v. Edwards Lifesciences Corp. provides a warning for patent practitioners seeking to claim priority to earlier filed patent applications: failure to specifically...more

Spanish Insolvency Act Amendment Offers Comfort to Parties in Sareb Transactions

On November 30, 2013, the Spanish legislator approved a recent amendment to Spanish insolvency law, introduced in March 2013, to clarify that a claim transferred to Spanish “bad bank” Sareb, and subsequently sold by Sareb to...more

Florida Supreme Court Declares "Superpriority" Municipal Liens Invalid

It has become increasingly common in recent years for Florida municipalities to enact local ordinances granting so-called “superpriority” status to liens for municipal assessments. These types of ordinances typically state...more

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