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One More Dribble from Aqua

As explained in a recent post about Bosch Automotive Service v. Matal, the Federal Circuit held that the Aqua Products decision puts the burden on the IPR petitioner to show that a patentee’s proposed amendments do not comply...more

Microsoft Corporation v. Biscotti, Inc.

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Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Newman, O’Malley, and Reyna. Appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: Anticipation is not proven by multiple, distinct teachings in a single prior art document that a...more

iLife is Full of Un-Nintendo-ed Consequences

It is a commonplace among patent lawyers to say that if an independent claim is novel and nonobvious, then the corresponding dependent claims must also be novel and nonobvious. See, e.g., MPEP §2143.03 (“If an independent...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

In both HTC v. Cellular and Microsoft v. Biscotti, the Circuit affirms rare IPR determinations that all of the claims of the patents at issue are not invalid. In Travel Sentry v. Tropp, the Circuit vacates summary judgment in...more

Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, LLC v. Matal

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Federal Circuit Summaries - Before NEWMAN, CHEN, and HUGHES. Appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: In inter partes review, the patent challenger bears the burden of proving that proposed amended...more

Word Games At The PTAB

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In 2016, the PTAB changed the limits for the length of certain filings in post grant proceedings, including petitions and responses, from limits based on the number of pages to limits based on the number of words. The USPTO...more

Aqua Holds Water; Board’s Denial of Motion to Amend Vacated Because Board Improperly Put Burden on Patent Owner

In Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, LLC v. Matal, [2015-1928] (December 22, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s finding of unpatentability of claims 1, 4–15, and 20–22, of U.S. Patent No. 6,904,796, on a remote...more

You Have Goat to be Kidding Me

Billie Goat Tavern & Grill in Chicago has sued St. Louis-based The Billie Goat Chip Company for trademark infringement, claiming the sale of Billie Goat Chips in Illinois and elsewhere is causing confusion with their tavern....more

Cesari S.R.L. v. Peju Province Winery L.P.: Relying on Supreme Court Precedent, District Court Holds that Trademark Trial & Appeal...

Federal district courts continue to apply the Supreme Court’s ruling in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Indus., Inc., 135 S.Ct. (2015) with unpredictable results. The latest such example comes from the Southern District of New...more

Utah Supreme Court Clarifies Administrative Agencies’ Fact Finding Duty and the Standard of Review for Administrative Appeals

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In McElhaney v. City of Moab, 2017 UT 65, —- P.3d —-, the Utah Supreme Court held that an adjudicative land use decision, and likely all administrative decisions subject to substantial evidence review on appeal, must include...more

Federal Circuit Affirms Board on Claim Construction, No Anticipation, and Nonobviousness

In HTC Corp. v. Cellular Communications Equipment, LLC [2016-1880] (December 18, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s Final Written Decision, finding no error in the Board’s claim...more

Recap of PTAB’s “Chat with the Chief”

On December 19, 2017 the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “Board”) held a “Chat with the Chief” webinar in which Chief Judge David Ruschke presented very recent developments on a variety of topics related to practice before...more

When Is It Too Late to Amend an Answer to an ITC Complaint?

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We recently posted about when a complainant is permitted to amend its complaint and the good cause that must be shown. Similar issues arise where a respondent wants to amend an answer without showing good cause. An order...more

In Re: Erik Brunetti

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Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Dyk, Moore, and Stoll. Appeal from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: The bar in § 2(a) of the Lanham Act against registering immoral or scandalous trademarks is an...more

Rx IP Update - December 2017

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PMPRB News - PMPRB releases scoping paper relating to proposed amended Regulations - As previously reported, on December 2, 2017, Canada’s Governor-in-Council published proposed Regulations Amending the Patented...more

Refusal To Register Scandalous And Immoral Trademarks Ruled As Unconsitutional By Federal Circuit

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Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in In re Tam that a refusal to register disparaging trademarks is an unconstitutional violation of freedom of speech reported on June 19, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...more

Federal Circuit Makes Way For FUCT, Striking Down The Statutory Bar On Immoral Or Scandalous Trademark Registrations As...

On December 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit struck down the Lanham Act's ban on registering immoral or scandalous trademarks as unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds in In re Brunetti, --- F.3d...more

B&B Hardware Precludes Defense To Likelihood Of Confusion In District Court

In 2015, the Supreme Court, in its decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. (“B&B”), held that sometimes issue preclusion should apply to prior Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) decisions. 135 S. Ct....more

The Federal Circuit Criticizes A PTAB Partial Institution

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The PTAB’s practice of partially instituting IPRs has been in the news lately, with Jones Day recently arguing against that practice at the Supreme Court on behalf of the SAS Institute (“SAS”). On December 5, 2017, the week...more

Obviousness v. Anticipation: That Which Doesn’t Disclose Still Could Teach

By Bryan K. Wheelock, Principal In CRFD Research, Inc., v. Matal, [2016-2198] (December 5, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed two Final Written Decisions invaliding claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,191,233 on user-directed...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | December 2017

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Sen. Hatch Introduces New Bill Regulating Cosmetic Safety - Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced legislation aiming to modernize cosmetics regulation, proposing amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act...more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - December 2017

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Amendments to the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act - On November 17, 2017, the governor signed into law two measures that address sexual harassment in the Illinois state Capitol. Applicable to local governmental...more

DOJ sides with Lucia against the SEC in dispute over whether ALJs are inferior officers

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The Supreme Court is considering a cert petition requesting that it hear the Lucia case, which we have blogged about extensively due to its potential impact on the outcome of the PHH case. Significantly, the DOJ recently...more

In Reversal, SEC Agrees That Its Administrative Law Judges Are Inferior Officers That Require Commission Appointment, But Still...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Solicitor General submitted a brief to the United States Supreme Court in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, urging the Court to grant certiorari and resolve a circuit...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Oil States Regarding Constitutional Challenge to Inter Partes Review

We first covered the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Oil States Energy Servs., LLC v. Greene’s Energy Grp., LLC, 137 S. Ct. 2239 (2017), a case with the potential to substantially alter the patent litigation landscape,...more

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