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Business Litigation Report -- December 2014

In This Issue: Main Article: - Cloud Computing: Legal Issues on the Horizon Noted With Interest: - Stays Pending Covered Business Method Patent Review: VirtualAgility v....more

Seeds Worth More than Gold

Plant Breeders are Learning the Value of Protecting Their Inventions - Agricultural espionage: it’s not exactly the stuff of John le Carré novels. But recently a Chinese woman was charged in a plot to steal U.S. corn...more

Why We Need Our Patent System: Masimo, Orange County’s Shining Example

Did you ever wonder how people can call for the end of our patent system? The answer is simple. They have no experience with great inspiring inventors. We at Knobbe Martens have the honor of frequently working with great...more

Inter Partes Review: Lessons Learned and Emerging Trends

Introduced by the America Invents Act (AIA), Inter Partes Review (IPR) first became available on September 16, 2012. “IPRs have really taken off and filings have increased over time as more and more people consider how useful...more

Israel, Finland and the US top the Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 reports that Israel, Finland and the US provide the best political, social and financial conditions to cultivate cleantech innovation and commercialisation over the next 10 years....more

After Alice: Patent Eligibility Considerations for All Technology Inventors

The technological advances of post-WWII America spurred the growth of patenting of modern technology. From chemicals to useful bacteria, and from petroleum derivatives to computer chips, many of the inventions that are now a...more

On Obtaining and Asserting Both Trade Secret and Patent Protection: The ITC and Federal Circuit Weigh In

We’ve written previously about how intellectual property owners can obtain both patent and trade secret protection in the same technology. A case out of the Federal Circuit illustrates that IP holders sometimes choose to...more

Recent Albany County Supreme Court Decision Calls into Question the New York State Public Service Commission’s Framework for...

An Albany County Supreme Court decision issued on July 31, 2014 calls into question the New York State Public Service Commission’s (“Commission”) analytical framework for making trade secret determinations. While the...more

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Getting Sued and Fighting Back

You finally figured out the product. You hired the right guys. You released your beta version to 10,000 users and the response has been off the charts. You’re about to close your third round of funding with a valuation you...more

IP Strategies for Software Tech Companies

In This Presentation: - Key IP Concerns for Software Tech Companies - New Post-Grant Proceedings for Challenging Patents - Impact of Alice on Software Patents and the Importance of Building a Strong Patent...more

Customer Collaboration and Predictive Analytics Can Lead to Successful Product Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing companies increasingly implement “Intellectual Property Plus,” an expanded view of IP assets and risks. Through this lens, companies incorporate customer expectations and preferences in new product...more

August 2014: ITC Litigation Update: ITC Tightens Domestic Industry Requirement for Licensors After Recent Federal Circuit...

ITC Tightens Domestic Industry Requirement for Licensors After Recent Federal Circuit Decisions: Certain Computers and Computer Peripheral Devices, and Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-841...more

Life Sciences Spotlight - Issue 4, 2014

Since our last edition, there has been a number of developments in the Life Sciences sector across the Asia Pacific region and we are pleased to be able to update you on these recent trends. It is evident that the...more

Technology Design Concepts Can Be Trade Secrets

Conventional wisdom holds that software algorithms and source code can be protected as trade secrets, but broader technology “design concepts” can only be safeguarded by registering for patent protection. But that...more

Court Denies Monetary Sanctions Based on Overdesignation of Documents As Confidential-Outside Counsel Eyes Only But Orders...

In this patent infringement action brought by plaintiff Trustees of Boston University ("BU") , BU alleged that defendants infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738 (the "'738 Patent"), which pertains to light emitting diodes...more

Argentina: Favorable Venue for Manufacturers Licensing Their Technology/Intellectual Property Rights

Argentina, together with Brazil and Mexico, are Latin America’s three largest economies representing more than 80 percent of the region’s manufacturing output. In addition, Argentina has proven to be a favorable venue for...more

Lie Still: Claim Construction on Hospital Bed Unduly Limited

Hill-Rom Services, Inc. v. Stryker Corp. - Addressing whether there were any reasons to depart from the plain and ordinary meaning of terms in claim construction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Evonik Invests In Biosynthetic Technologies, Maker Of Biobased Lubricants

In a July 16, 2014, announcement, Evonik stated it has closed on an equity investment in Biosynthetic Technologies, LLC (BT), a specialist in biobased lubricants headquartered in Irvine, California. BT has developed and...more

Expanded Technologies Seeks Declaration of Non-Infringement and Invalidity of Wallner's “Expanded Metal” Patent

On May 9, 2014, Expanded Technologies, Inc. (“Expanded Tech”) filed a complaint against WallnerTooling/Expax, Inc. (“Wallner"), seeking both a Declaration of Non-Infringement and a Declaration of Invalidity of U.S. Patent...more

What Did the Court Really Say About Patent Eligibility?

Implications of Alice v. CLS Bank - Late last week, the United States Supreme Court decided Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, et al., a case the technology community had hoped would clarify what kinds of...more

Alice In Wonderland

For those of you interested in the patent component of “the useful Arts,” the Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’. The decision was much anticipated because of the impact it was...more

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms That Abstract Ideas Are Patent-Ineligible Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int'l

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Circuit's en banc decision that petitioner Alice Corporation's asserted patent claims are invalid for being directed to a patent-ineligible abstract idea....more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Abstract Idea Implemented on Generic Computer is Not Patent Eligible

Patent claims that merely require generic computer implementation do not transform a patent-ineligible abstract idea into a patent-eligible invention, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Alice Corp v. CLS Bank, decided on...more

Computer Implementation Not Enough to Render Abstract Ideas Patent Eligible

The Supreme Court yesterday issued its long-awaited decision in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International addressing the patent eligibility of computer-implemented inventions under 35 USC §101. The Court’s unanimous...more

Software Is Still Patentable, With Caveats

On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion on software and business method patents in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, et al. In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Thomas, the Court held all of...more

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