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The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the United States and is charged with interpreting federal law, including the United States Constitution. The Court's docket is largely discretionary with only a limited number of cases granted review each term.  The Court is comprised of one chief justice and eight associate justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to hold lifetime positions. less -
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University of Utah v. Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Zur Foerderung der Wissenschatfen E.V. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Despite the Supreme Court's admonition, in Octane Fitness, LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. and Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., Inc., that attorney's fees and other measures of enhanced damages be granted, in a...more

A Big Week for Intellectual Property: Supreme Court Decides Patent and Copyright Cases

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two opinions on intellectual property issues. On March 21, 2017, the Court decided in a 7-1 opinion that laches is no longer a valid defense to a claim of patent infringement occurring...more

Enhanced Patent Damages in the Wake of Halo May Not Be So Easy to Come By

Background - Last year, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1923 (2016), the Supreme Court weighed in on the question of enhanced damages in patent cases and rejected the then-existing...more

Export of Single Component of Patented Combination Does Not Impose Liability Under § 271(f)(1)

In reversing the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, an essentially unanimous Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the “supply of a single component of a multi-component invention for manufacture abroad does...more

Litigation Alert: Supreme Court Extends Petrella Rule Barring Laches to Patent Context

Three years ago, in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., the Supreme Court held that the equitable defense of laches is not available against copyright claims for damages brought within the Copyright Act’s three-year...more

Laches not available to defeat patent infringement damages claim: SCA Hygiene Products v First Quality Baby Products

In a 7-1 decision on March 21, 2017, in the case of SCA Hygiene Products AB v. First Quality Baby Products LLC, the United States Supreme Court reversed an en banc decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and...more

Laches Limited To Being An Equitable Defense In Patent Cases

In SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, the Supreme Court made plain that laches is merely an equitable defense in patent cases, and will not bar a damage claim if brought within the six year...more

Supreme Court Rejects Laches Defense in Patent Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that laches is not a defense in the majority of patent cases. Justice Alito, writing for the 7-1 majority, found the application of laches to patent disputes incompatible with the...more

The Future of “Single Use Restrictions” in Jeopardy

In 1992, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that manufacturers of patented medical devices can use the patent laws to enforce single-use restrictions on medical devices. Mallinckrodt, Inc. v....more

TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC -- 98 Professors Chime In

As we reported last week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC case on Monday March 27. In that previous report, we covered the background of the case, and...more

The Other Shoe Drops on Laches Defense in IP

In 2014, the Supreme Court’s opinion in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. held that the equitable doctrine of laches is not available as a defense to copyright infringement when the claim is brought within the three years...more

Be Aggressive, B-E Aggressive – SCOTUS Encourages IP Plaintiffs

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two much anticipated intellectual property cases. Supreme Court Rejects Laches in Patent Infringement Cases - The first, SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag et al. v. First Quality...more

US Supreme Court Knocks out the Equitable Defense of Laches in Patent Law

The Supreme Court of the United States in SCA Hygiene Prods. Aktiebolag, et al. v. First Quality Baby Prods., LLC, et al., has held that the equitable defense of laches is no longer a valid defense to patent damages claims...more

Supreme Court Rejects Laches as Bar to Damages for Timely Asserted Patent Infringement Claims

The Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of the laches defense in patent infringement actions, aligning its interpretation of laches under the Patent Act with that under the Copyright Act....more

Supreme Court Curbs Laches as a Defense in Patent Cases

In SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, decided on March 21, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly reduced the role of the laches defense in patent actions: "Laches cannot be interposed as a defense...more

Supreme Court Eliminates the Laches Defense in Patent Cases

The Supreme Court held that laches is no longer a defense against patent infringement. The Patent Act’s six-year statute of limitations already limits the window for damages for infringement, which precludes any further...more

U.S. Supreme Court Eliminates Laches Defense for Damages in Patent Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, held in a 7-1 decision that the defense of laches is not available under the Patent Act to bar claims for damages. SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby...more

The U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Much Anticipated Patent Exhaustion Case

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the highly anticipated case regarding the patent exhaustion doctrine, Lexmark Int’l, Inc. v. Impression Prods., Inc., No. 15-1189...more

Sections 101 and 112: Eligibility, Patentability, or Somewhere in Between?

We wrote earlier about the Supreme Court’s renewed interest in patent eligibility and seemingly unintended confusion between the patent eligibility requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 101 and the remaining patentability requirements...more

Supreme Court Preview -- TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC

Next week, on Monday March 27, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC case. This case involves the interpretation of the current patent venue statute. And while...more

Quantity - Not Quality - Counts for Patent Infringement: More Than One Component of an Invention Must be Supplied for Patent...

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in a recent decision in Life Technologies Corp v. Promega Corp. that the "supply of a single component of a multicomponent invention for manufacture abroad does not give rise to §...more

Alert: Supreme Court Eliminates Laches Defense for Many Patent Infringement Cases

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, which addressed the viability of the equitable defense of laches under the patent laws. Key...more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Laches Defense in Patent Cases

In SCA Hygiene Products AB et al. v. First Quality Baby Products LLC et al., the United States Supreme Court held that laches cannot be invoked as a defense against a claim for patent infringement damages brought within U.S.C...more

U.S. Supreme Court Eliminates Defense Of Laches In Patent Infringement Cases

On March 21, 2017, in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolah Et al. v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, Et al. (Case No. 16-927), the U.S. Supreme Court eliminated laches — an equitable doctrine barring suits after unreasonable...more

SCOTUS Declares That Time Has Expired for Laches Defense in Patent Cases

On March 21, the Supreme Court of the United States held in Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products that laches is not a defense to a damages claim when the Patent Act’s six-year statute of limitations has...more

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