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Versata: The Federal Circuit Explains the Parameters and Appealability of CBM Proceedings

On July 9, 2015, the Federal Circuit decided its first appeal of a covered business method (“CBM”) patent review. In Versata Development Group Inc. v. SAP America, Inc. et al., Case No. 14-1194 (Fed. Cir. July 9, 2015)...more

A Flurry of PTAB Activity

Since the passing of the America Invents Act, a number of already issued patents have come under new scrutiny through various post-grant procedures. One of the more prominent post-grant procedures is the Inter Partes Review...more

Possibility of More Reform Spurs Increase in Patent Case Filings

Lex Machina’s Spring 2015 Patent Case Filing Trends: "Patent case filings have been generally higher in the first five months of 2015 than in the last 8 months of 2014. May of 2015 had the most patent cases filed on any...more

Allergan Fights Back, Files Complaint Against Venture Fund That Filed IPR Petition

Last month, Allergan, Inc. and Allergan Sales, LLC filed suit against Ferrum Ferro Capital, LLC and Kevin Barnes ("FFC") in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging that FFC attempted to extort...more

Lego Mark Wars: Toy Giant Snaps Together Two Favorable 3D Trademark Rulings in Europe

On June 16, 2015, Lego Juris A/S obtained two favorable decisions from the General Court of the European Union which will afford protection to famous Lego “minifigure” as a three-dimensional (3D) trademark; a protection that...more

News from Abroad: Pravastatin Sodium Case, Japan Product-by-Process Claiming Practice: Supreme Court Overrules the Grand Panel of...

Product-by-process claim drafting and interpretation practice were greatly modified by the Pravastatin Sodium Case decisions (Japan Supreme Court, June 5, 2015, Second Petty Bench, case Nos. 2012(ju)1204 and 2012(ju)2658). ...more

Congress Continues to Promote Patent Reform Efforts

In recent years, Congress has devoted a great deal of attention to patent reform. Those efforts led in 2011 to passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was the most extensive revision of the patent laws in...more

Post-Trial Motions Are Denied

The disputed invention relates to measure-through-motion technology. Defendant conceded infringement of two patents-in-suit in light of claim construction before trial. A 10-day trial was held in August, 2014. The jury...more

Design Patent Case Digest: Kreative Power, LLC v. Monoprice, Inc.

Decision Date: March 3, 2015 - Court: Northern District of California - Patents: D653,215 - Holding: Defendant’s motion for summary judgment GRANTED - Opinion: On June 26, 2014, Kreative Power, LLC...more

Inter Partes Review: How this year’s hot-topic could revolutionize your business

Inter partes review (IPR) is this year’s hot-button issue, whether in the news or on Capitol Hill. Which begs the question, what’s the fuss about IPR and what can it do for your business? ...more

New procedures available for invalidating patents before the USPTO

Business executives have long struggled with whether to defend a patent infringement suit in court, try to settle the dispute for less than the cost/risk of defending it, or seek to deal with the problem patent by requesting...more

Rules that reflect different traditions

Some practitioners outside Germany have concerns about bifurcation. In a response to the previous article, Adam Cooke considers how it will work in practice in the UPC - Once the Unitary Patent and UPC come into effect...more

Challenge to Patent Validity by a Licensee

The United States Supreme Court has issued a decision which some commentators believe may increase the risk that patent licensees will challenge the validity of patents under which they are licensed....more

Employment Client Alert: Court Upholds Enforceability of Ambiguous Employment Contract

In Pacific Corporate Group Holdings, LLC v. Keck, No. D062277, published December 12, 2014 (Keck), the Court of Appeal held that an employee could enforce the terms of an employment contract where the parties’ conduct showed...more

For the First Time PTAB Upholds Validity of Pharma Patents

On December 9, 2014, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) upheld the validity of three Supernus Pharmaceutical’s patents relating to once-daily formulations of doxycycline. The trio of decisions is significant because...more

Banking software patent is found to be invalid

Robinson, J. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of invalidity is granted; plaintiff’s motion for validity is denied. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of non-infringement is granted; plaintiff’s motion for...more

Federal Circuit Provides Additional Guidance on Litigation Stays Pending USPTO Post-Grant Proceedings

The Federal Circuit reversed yet another denial of a motion to stay pending a USPTO post-grant trial, this time involving a case pending in the District of Delaware. In its decision,Versata Software, Inc. v. Callidus...more

Stanford Patent Found Invalid in IPR proceedings but Licensee’s IP Survives

In a decision this month (IPR2013-00308), the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has ruled against Stanford University’s patented method for detecting Down’s syndrome and other chromosomal defects, finding all of the...more

Ineligible Subject Matter in One Court Is Still Ineligible in Another

DietGoal Innovations LLC v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. - Addressing the issue of whether the court was bound by another court’s holding that a patent was invalid for being directed to patent-ineligible subject...more

Federal Circuit Addresses Plethora of Issues in Affirming $19.5 Million Damage Award

SSL Services, LLC v. Citrix - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in an opinion that broached issues of claim construction, non-infringement, willful infringement, invalidity, the legal implications of a...more

District Court Delivers Significant Blow to GS CleanTech's Patents

A recent ruling in a closely watched patent infringement case involving several patents relating to methods for processing ethanol byproducts — and specifically recovering oil from thin stillage — could significantly impact...more

PTAB Adopts Broad View of Inherency Doctrine

Ariosa Diagnostics v. Isis Innovation Ltd. - Addressing a variety of issues in a recent inter partes review (IPR), the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) determined that...more

Trademark Assignments: Keeping it Valid

After a trademark achieves federal registration, ownership of the mark may change hands for a variety of reasons. When a trademark owner transfers their ownership in a particular mark to someone else, it is called an...more

Does “Valid Issuance” Require A Stock Certificate?

As I mentioned yesterday, every holder of shares is entitled to a signed certificate pursuant to California Corporations Code Section 416(a) (unless the corporation a system for issuing, recording and transfering...more

Inter Partes Review: Validity Before the PTAB [Video]

The PTAB is beginning to develop a reputation as being harsh towards patent owners and the validity of their patents. Why have patent owners struggled so much before the PTAB? Attorneys Seth Northrop and Cyrus Morton discuss...more

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