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Words Of Degree Used In Oral Contraceptive Patent Are Indefinite

The disputed technology relates to an oral contraceptive regimen. During claim construction proceedings, the court found it was unable to construe the disputed terms containing words of degree – “High,” “low,”...more

Judge Declines To Sever And Stay As Trial Date Approaches

Stark, C. J. Defendant’s motion to sever and stay claims regarding one patent is denied. Plaintiff’s motion for judgment on the pleadings is deferred for further briefing. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment is granted...more

Benefits of Showing Discovery as “Routine” Instead of “Additional”

The PTAB issued an order granting in part a request for discovery by an IPR petitioner. IPR2014-00727 - C&D Zodiac, Inc. v. B/E Aerospace, Inc. ...more

District Court Declines to Lift Stay Even After Patent Trial and Appeal Board Issued Written Decision on CBM Petitions

The district court stayed several consolidated cases pending certain proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). In the order granting the stay, the district court stated: "Upon issuance of a final decision...more

Helping U.S. Patent Applicants Get Speedy Examination

U.S. patent applicants often have an interest in expediting the patent examination process. The desire to speed examination can result from issues related to the availability of an inventor, possible infringing activity by a...more

Data Shows Spike In Patent Attorney Fee Motions And Awards After Octane

Prior to last year’s Supreme Court decisions in Octane Fitness LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc, 134 S. Ct. 1749 (2014) and Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., 134 S. Ct. 1744 (2014), district courts awarded...more

Wearables and the Future of Intellectual Property Law [Video]

Wearables are a fast-growing segment of the consumer technology market. But how will these new devices affect the field of intellectual property law? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Aaron Fahrenkrog discuss patent damages,...more

Federal Circuit Held District Court Abused Discretion in Refusing to Award Attorneys’ Fees

On April 10, 2015, in a precedential opinion, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals–Judge Moore writing–vacated and remanded U.S. District Court Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer’s 2014 decision denying fees, finding that it “cannot...more

A Modest Proposal (or Two)

Any observer of the interaction between the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court over the past decade has recognized that the Court has become increasingly critical of the Federal Circuit's patent jurisprudence and of...more

Strategies for Pharma Companies Facing Bass-Like Challenges in IPR Proceedings

Kyle Bass is at it again. On April 20, 2015, Bass filed his sixth inter partes review (IPR) Petition against a patent covering Pharmacyclics, Inc.’s cancer drug, IMBRUVICA®. Then, on April 22, 2015, Bass filed his seventh IPR...more

Does the AIA Have a Prior Art Exception You Can Use?

U.S. patent applications filed after March 16, 2013, when the “First-Inventor-to-File” portion of the America Invents Act (AIA) took effect, have started to be published. Thus, it is a good time for applicants to consider...more

Trolling for an Inventive Method for Patent Enforcement

In the wake of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert leaving their respective shows on Comedy Central for newer pastures, John Oliver has emerged as a new beacon of political humor and satire. If you haven’t watched his show, and...more

Federal Circuit’s Initial Reaction to Teva

In the nearly three months since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that subsidiary factual findings in claim construction proceedings must be reviewed for clear error, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has decided...more

An In-Depth Look at USPTO Patent Quality Problems

The comment period for the USPTO’s proposed patent quality initiatives is open until May 6, 2015, and the Office of Inspector General for the Commerce Department has given stakeholders plenty to think about in its final...more

Amgen v. Sandoz Update -- BIO Files an Amicus Brief at the Federal Circuit

On March 19, 2015, U.S. District Judge Seeborg of the Northern District of California denied a motion for a preliminary injunction filed by Amgen to prevent the imminent launch by Sandoz of a biosimilar version of NEUPOGEN®...more

Senju Pharm. Co., Ltd. v. Lupin Ltd.

Case Name: Senju Pharm. Co., Ltd. v. Lupin Ltd., 2013-1630, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 4541 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 20, 2015) (Circuit Judges Newman, Plager, and Moore presiding; Opinion by Plager, J.; Dissent by Newman, J.) (Appeal from...more

Legislation Introduced in House to Eliminate Uncertainty Regarding AIA Grace Period

Last week, legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives that would amend 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) "to correct the drafting problem in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act relating to the grace period." The bill,...more

Diehr in the Headlights | Photonics Patents Blog

Since last year’s decision in Alice v.CLS Bank by the Supreme Court, the number of patents for computer-based inventions that have been struck down by challenges of their eligibility for patent protection has skyrocketed. ...more

BIO files brief in support of mandatory notice requirement in the BPCIA

On April 14, 2015 the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) filed an amicus curiae brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit1 in support of remand or reversal of the Amgen v. Sandoz lower court’s ruling that...more

30 Months of IPR Practice – By the Numbers

UntitledWelcome to Volume 9 of our IPR-PGR Report. After 30 months of IPR practice, some trends are taking shape. Overall, the percentage of petitions put into trial has gradually decreased, down to 76% this quarter, from a...more

Cadence Pharms., Inc. v. Exela PharmSci Inc.

Cadence Pharms., Inc. v. Exela PharmSci Inc. Case Name: Cadence Pharms., Inc. v. Exela PharmSci Inc., 2014-1184, 2015 U.S. App LEXIS 4700 (Fed. Cir. Mar. 23, 2015) (Circuit Judges Reyna, Linn, and Wallach presiding;...more

Is The Deck Stacked Against Patent Owners In The PTAB? [Video]

Two years after the creation of the America Invents Act post-grant proceedings, many patent owners are facing an uphill battle when attempting to defend their intellectual property before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board...more

ITC Section 337 Update - April 2015

Motorola’s Appeal To Ninth Circuit Of A Jury Determination That Motorola Breached Its FRAND Obligation – In a case involving the first time a federal district court judge determined a FRAND royalty rate for standard essential...more

Joint Defendants Succeed on Motion to Stay Pending Reexam

For defendants in patent infringement cases, moving to stay the case pending the outcome of a concurrent U.S. Patent Office reexamination proceeding is a fairly common building block that has the potential to streamline or...more

District Court Dismisses Action after Patent Is Transferred to President of Company

After Plaintiff Pi-Net International, Inc. ("Pi-Net") brought suit against Defendants Focus Business Bank and Bridge Bank, N.A. for patent infringement, the Patent and Trademark Office initiated an Inter Partes Review ("IPR")...more

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