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PTAB Invalidation of Patents Following Jury Verdict of Infringement Does Not Necessarily Impact Willfulness Finding

In a recent decision, Judge Schroeder of the Eastern District of Texas rejected the argument that decisions of the United State Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) invalidating patents held infringed by a jury means that a...more

PTAB Allows Petitioner to Supplement Record Regarding Publication Date of Prior Art Reference

On October 23, 2017, a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) panel granted Petitioner’s Motion to Submit Supplemental Information (“the Motion”) on the publication date of an asserted reference. At the time the Petition was...more

Recent PTAB Decision Highlights Importance of Secondary Considerations in Obviousness Challenges

Obviousness challenges are popular post-grant challenges before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Generally, under 35 U.S.C. § 103 (“§ 103”), the courts make legal and factual inquiries into (1) the scope and content...more

PTAB Upholds Stay of IPR Pending Review by Supreme Court

A Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) panel upheld a stay of co-pending inter partes review (IPR) proceedings pending a decision on the patent owner’s petition for writ of certiorari....more

Court Denies Preliminary Injunction in Light of Pending IPR of Similar Patent Claims

A district court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to preliminarily enjoin a defendant from selling saliva collection kits for DNA testing....more

Federal Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Joint Infringement Allegations under Iqbal/Twombly Pleading Standard

On September 30, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion affirming the District Court for the Southern District of New York’s dismissal of the plaintiff ’s complaint under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) because the complaint...more

PTAB Denies Institution of IPR Based on Petitioner’s Failure to Rebut Strong Evidence of Objective Indicia of Non-Obviousness

Petitioners Praxair Distribution, Inc. and NOxBOX Limited filed petitions requesting inter partes review (IPR) of the claims of four related patents owned by Mallinckrodt Hospital Products IP Ltd. (“Mallinckrodt”). The claims...more

Magistrate Judge Love Denies Motion for Summary Judgment as To Defendants’ Affirmative Defenses and Counterclaims Related to...

On August 23, 2016, Magistrate Judge John Love in the Eastern District of Texas denied plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment as to defendants’ affirmative defenses and counterclaims. These defenses and counterclaims related...more

Subject Matter Jurisdiction Remains in Hatch-Waxman Patent Infringement Action after ANDA Filer Changes from Paragraph IV to...

The District Court of Delaware denied defendant Wockhardt’s motion to dismiss a patent infringement action based on the reasonable inference that plaintiff AstraZeneca may need to assert its patent rights in the future. On...more

Preliminary Injunction Granted Due to Weakened Invalidity Defense in Light of Inter Partes Review Decision

A judge in the Northern District of California has enjoined a group of defendants from selling a laboratory DNA sequencing machine. The plaintiff first asserted the patent against one defendant in litigation in the District...more

PTAB Explains how to Determine Whether a Reference Qualifies as a “Printed Publication” Under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b)

In a final written decision issued on August 30, 2016, in an inter partes review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) examined whether a “Request for Comments” (RFC) document qualified as a printed publication under 35...more

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB’s Conclusion that Claims Challenged in Reexamination Would Have Been Obvious

Federal Circuit Reverses PTAB’s Conclusion that Claims Challenged in Reexamination Would Have Been Obvious - On August 31, 2016, the Federal Circuit issued a non-precedential opinion reversing a judgment by the Patent...more

PTAB Holds Patent Eligible for Post-Grant Review After Petitioner Successfully Demonstrates that Patent Is Not Entitled to...

On September 2, 2016, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled that U.S. Patent No. 9,157,017 (the “’017 patent”) was eligible for post-grant review (PGR) even though, on its face, the patent claims priority to a...more

Applying New Halo Standard, the Federal Circuit Reverses Course and Affirms Finding of Willful Infringement

Upon remand by the Supreme Court following its decision in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1923 (2016), a panel of the Federal Circuit reconsidered its previous decision to vacate a jury’s...more

IP Newsflash - June 2015

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - CAFC: If (No Factual Findings), Then (No Deference) - Two days ago, on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit in Shire v. Watson again affirmed its reversal of the...more

IP Newsflash - April 2015

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Patent Directed to Online Auction Held Invalid Under § 101 - A district court recently granted a defendant’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that a patent directed to an...more

IP Newsflash - May 2014 #2

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Judge in the Northern District of California Excludes Damages Expert Opinion that Used the Entire Handset as the Royalty Base - Judge Grewal of the Northern District of California granted...more

IP Newsflash - May 2014

Supplemental Information Containing Petitioner’s Statements Allowed in IPR - A PTAB panel has granted a patent owner’s (owner) motion to submit supplemental information in an inter partes review (IPR). A motion to...more

IP Newsflash - May 2014

Improper Submission of New Evidence Undermines Patent Challenge - In its final written decision, a PTAB panel granted a patent owner’s (owner) motion to exclude evidence submitted by a petitioner in support of its...more

IP Newsflash - May 2014

District Court Cases - Statistics on Inter Partes Review Proceedings Found Persuasive by Court in Granting Stay - A district court in California has granted a defendant’s motion to stay a patent infringement...more

IP Newsflash - April 2014

Federal Circuit Cases - Denial of Petition for Inter Partes Review Is Not Appealable - A Federal Circuit panel has granted a motion to dismiss an appeal from a Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) order denying...more

IP Newsflash - April 2014

For the First Time, PTAB Rules for Patent Owner After Inter Partes Review Trial Instituted - A PTAB panel has held, for the first time, that all challenged claims of a patent are valid following completion of an inter...more

IP Newsflash - April 2014

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Rule 11 Sanctions Warranted Due to Plaintiff’s Objectively Unreasonable Claim Construction - A district court in Delaware has granted a defendant’s motion for sanctions against a plaintiff...more

Objective Indicia of Non-Obviousness Proffered by Patent Owner Deemed Insufficient to Establish Nexus

A PTAB panel has rejected a patent owner’s evidence of objective indicia of non-obviousness because it lacked the proper nexus with the claimed subject matter. In its brief, the patent owner had argued that praise by others,...more

IP Newsflash - March 28, 2014

DISTRICT COURT CASES - In the Eastern District of Texas the Trend of Successful Motions to Dismiss Willful Infringement Allegations Continues, While Similar Attacks on Direct Infringement Allegations Still Face Tough...more

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