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PTAB Designates Two Recent Decisions as Informative

Garmin Int’l, Inc., et al. v. Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC; Idle Free Systems, Inc. v. Bergstrom, Inc. - The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) recently designated as “informative” two decisions earlier released...more

Spread Out! Double Space Everything

In Microsoft Corporation v. Cellular Communications Equipment LLC, IPR2015-00011, Paper 3, (October 17, 2014), the Board gave Microsoft’s petition a filing date but required Microsoft to re-file the Petition because it...more

IP Newsflash - October 2014 #3

Federal Circuit Affirms Willful Infringement Judgment and Enhanced Damages Award - In an October 14, 2014, decision, the Federal Circuit upheld a judgment of willful infringement and an award of enhanced damages...more

Patent Owner Allowed to Request Discovery about Petitioner’s Testing

In Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. v. Enplas Corporation, IPR2014-00605, Paper 13 (October 16, 2014), the Board authorized the Patent Owner to move for additional discovery about testing that Petitioner conducted. ...more

Myriad’s Continuing Patent Debate

On October 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit entertained oral argument in the interlocutory appeal of the district court’s denial of Myriad’s motion for preliminary injunction against Ambry Genetics....more

Inducing Infringement Claim Dismissed on Sua Sponte Order Where Alleged Infringer Did Not Perform All Method Steps and Did Not...

In this patent infringement action, the district court issued a sua sponte order requiring plaintiff to show why its inducing infringement claims should not be dismissed as a matter of law. After addressing the United States...more

Infringement Contentions From Copending Litigation Not Allowed as Supplemental IPR Information

The circumstances under which the Board will entertain the inclusion of “supplemental evidence” in an inter partes review proceeding remains a moving target. It is worth noting, therefore, the case of Mentor Graphics Corp. v....more

Supreme Court: Should Appeal Give Deference to Lower Courts on Claim Construction?

On October 15, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., et al. v. Sandoz Inc., et al., case number 13-854. At issue is the level of deference that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Court Report - October 2014 #3

About Court Report: Each week we will report briefly on recently filed biotech and pharma cases. Tris Pharma Inc. v. Actavis Laboratories FL Inc. et al. 1:14-cv-01309; filed October 15, 2014 in the District Court of...more

Motions to Amend Hard to Come By

Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. v. Aqua Products, Inc. - In a Final Written Decision the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found all instituted claims unpatentable and denied patent owner’s motion to amend claims. Zodiac...more

Success Protecting Intellectual Property in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO

For a drug discovery start-up, patent protection of the intellectual property underlying the commercialization pursuit is critically important. If the company is a university or research institution spin-out that obtained...more

Cambridge Assoc., LLC v. Capital Dynamics (PTAB 2014); PNC Bank v. Secure Axcess, LLC (PTAB 2014)

As the fallout of the Supreme Court's Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank decision propagates through the USPTO and lower courts, many patent applications and patents directed to business methods are being rejected or struck down for...more

PTAB Offers Guidance Regarding Discovery in Inter Partes Reviews

Still confused about how much discovery you will be able to obtain in an IPR? Fear not, as two of the PTAB’s Administrative Patent Judges have weighed in with a primer on inter partes review discovery. ...more

Don’t Try to Barnstorm Proof of Printed Publication

The PTAB recently denied institution of inter partes review based on a petitioner’s failure to prove that a document was indeed a printed publication qualifying as prior art to the patent at issue. ...more

CBM Review Cannot Proceed if Petitioner Filed Civil Suit Challenging Patent’s Validity Prior to Filing Review Petition

SecureBuy LLC v. Cardinal Commerce Corp. - Addressing the circumstances under which a Covered Business Method (CBM) patent review may proceed, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Patent Trial and Appeal...more

Rehearing Denied in Three Derivation Proceedings

In Catapult Innovations Pty Ltd. v. adidas AG, DER2014-00002, Paper 21, DER2014-00005, Paper 15 and DER2014-00006, Paper 15 (October 15, 2014), the Board denied rehearing of the Board’s decision denying institution of the...more

Apotex Inc. v. UCB, Inc.

Nature of the Case and Issue(s) Presented: Apotex appealed the district court’s finding that the ’556 patent was unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. The ’556 patent describes a method for making moexipril tablets used...more

District Judge Orders LG Electronics To Arbitrate In TV Patent Suit

The Southern District of New York ordered LG Electronics Inc. to arbitrate with technology patent licensing company Wi-LAN Inc. a dispute over whether certain LG television models infringe patents LG does not own. The...more

Legitimate, Creative Advocacy Bars Rule 11 Sanctions

Worldwide Home Products, Inc., v. Bed, Bath and Beyond, Inc., et al. Case Number: 1:11-cv-03633-MHD - Worldwide sued Bed, Bath and Beyond (BBB) for patent infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7938300 (“Nestable...more

Institution Decisions, Dispositions, and Joinder Motions for October 16, 2014

Institution Decisions - In United States Endoscopy Group, Inc. v. CDx Diagnostics, Inc., IPR2014-00642, Paper 7 (October 16, 2014), the Board instituted inter partes review of claims 1-39 of U.S. Patent No. 6,258,044...more

First Final CBM Decision Invalidates Patent Under § 101

U.S. Bancorp v. Retirement Capital Access Management Co. - In the first final written decision issued in a Covered Business Method (CBM) proceeding, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB, the Board) ruled that it has...more

Finally Facing First Inventor to File Issues

It has been over three years since the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act was signed into law by President Obama, and just over eighteen months since the effective date of the first-inventor-to-file changes to 35 USC § 102....more

PTAB Getting Tough on Petitions Seeking to Circumvent Page Limit

Old habits are hard to break. Patent attorneys love to put forth every argument in their arsenal and let the chips fall where they may. Problem is, Congress set up inter partes review procedures to ensure a just, efficient...more

Sherry Knowles Addresses Real World Impact of Myriad-Mayo Guidance at BIO Symposium

Last month, at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) IP & Diagnostics Symposium in Alexandria, VA, Sherry Knowles of Knowles IP Strategies addressed the impact of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Myriad-Mayo...more

Controlling the Cost of Patent Litigation [Video]

Patent litigation costs continue to skyrocket. Complicating the problem is that defendants are facing potentially hundreds of their products being accused of patent infringement, and patent owners have to select from...more

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