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High Stakes: Iowa Ends Up Paying $1M For Blocking Pro-Marijuana T-Shirts

by Reed Smith on

The state of Iowa will be covering the bill in a protracted lawsuit over Iowa State University’s decision to bar a chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (“NORML”) from using the university’s...more

Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Pharmacosmos A/S (Fed. Cir. 2018)

Which parties to an IPR proceeding have standing to either appeal or participate in an appeal from an adverse final written decision by the Board? The Federal Circuit had previously held that a petitioner that did not...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

PATENT CASE OF THE WEEK - Knowles Electronics LLC v. Iancu, Appeal No. 2016-1954 (Fed. Cir. 2018) - In an appeal from an inter partes reexamination, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the PTAB invalidating a...more

Court Makes Motion to Dismiss in Trademark Dispute Magically Disappear

A basic tenet of litigation is that the court must have personal jurisdiction over the parties to the case. In one recent decision, an out-of-state defendant in a trademark infringement dispute could not use a motion to...more

Bring All Your Claims Together: No Piecemeal Declaratory Judgment Actions

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a dispute over royalty payments, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that a patent holder lacked standing under the Declaratory Judgment Act to challenge its own patent’s validity to expedite the...more

New Use Patent for Janssen’s REMICADE valid and infringed by Hospira’s biosimilar INFLECTRA

by Smart & Biggar on

On March 7, 2018, the Federal Court upheld the validity of Kennedy’s patent for a use of infliximab (Janssen’s REMICADE) (Patent No. 2,261,630 [the “630 patent”]), and granted Kennedy’s counterclaim that Hospira’s biosimilar...more

Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before O’Malley, Plager and Taranto. Appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Judge William H. Alsup. Summary: Historical findings of fact relevant to...more

Case File: Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC

The Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC (No. 16-712) has the potential to dramatically change Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) practice and the patent system...more

Significant Intellectual Property Trademark Decisions

by Harris Beach PLLC on

2017 was a year filled with significant developments in case law for trademarks. The below rulings highlight some successes and obstacles faced by companies in the protection of their trademarks and their brand as a...more

Owning the Patent Isn’t Always Enough for Standing

by Jones Day on

In a recent Initial Determination (“ID”), Administrative Law Judge Lord ruled that a patent owner did not have standing to sue without joining a third party to which certain rights had been transferred. Certain Audio...more

Federal Circuit Review - February 2018

by Knobbe Martens on

Improperly Drafted Employment Agreement Leads to Dismissal of Patent Case Due to Lack of Standing - In Advanced Video Technologies LLC v. HTC Corporation et al., Appeal Nos. 2016-2309, 2016-2310, 2016-2311, the Federal...more

Intellectual Property Law Year in Review - March 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

This year was a significant year for intellectual property cases at the Supreme Court level. In fact, the Supreme Court granted certiorari for seven patent cases, and decided five of these cases before the end of the year....more

Don’t Count on Employment Agreement Promise of Assignment for Standing

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing whether a patent owner with incomplete ownership interest had standing to sue, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a district court’s decision, finding that the plaintiff did not have full...more

2017 In Review – Trademarks, Copyrights and Patents

Trademark Law - Let Them Register Offensive Trademarks! - In June of 2017, in Matal v. Tam, the Supreme Court held that the disparagement clause of the federal Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First...more

Toyota Requests Adverse Judgment After University of Minnesota is Dismissed from IPR on the Basis of Sovereign Immunity

by Knobbe Martens on

A closely watched case on sovereign immunity, Reactive Surfaces Ltd., LLP, v. Toyota Motor Corp., IPR2017-00572, has now been terminated by the patent owner’s request for adverse judgment....more

Washington Redskins’ Us Trademark Registrations Reinstated By The Fourth Circuit

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On January 18, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reinstated the Washington Redskins’ federal trademark registrations originally cancelled by the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board (“TTAB”) in 2014 in...more

Abbvie Inc. v. Medimmune Limited

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Prost, Dyk and Chen. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Summary: A party may not seek a declaratory judgment to obtain piecemeal...more

Federal Circuit Bleeps Lanham Act Ban on Immoral or Scandalous Marks

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Following the Supreme Court of the United States’ 2017 decision in Matal v. Tam (i.e., the Slants case) finding the proscription on the registration of disparaging trademarks under § 2(a) of the Lanham Act to be an...more

State Waived Sovereign Immunity by Asserting Challenged Patents in District Court

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a rare order by an expanded panel that included the chief, deputy chief and vice chief judges, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied the patent owner’s motions to dismiss based on sovereign immunity under the...more

After the Supreme Court Touchdown, Washington Redskins Are Finally Winning at the Fourth Circuit and the PTO

Two incredible things happened in 1992 for the NFL football team Washington Redskins. It won the Super Bowl and applied to register a trademark Washington Redskins. It has not been so lucky ever since. It has not won another...more

At The Bench: Patent Law 2017 Takeaways

Viability of Diagnostic Method Claims - Problem: It has become increasingly difficult to fend off validity challenges when asserting diagnostic method claims. Claims directed to methods of determining risk or disease...more

Federal Judge Refuses To Close Courtroom During Trade Secret Trial Between Silicon Valley Titans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a closely watched trial in which Waymo LLC—a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet—has sued Uber for theft of trade secrets, a California federal judge has denied Waymo's motion to close the courtroom to the...more

Notice - It's What's Required

The U.S. Constitution guarantees due process before a person can be deprived of life, liberty, or property. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) enforces the due process protection in the USPTO and Board proceedings. Under...more

PTAB Strategies and Insights - January 2018

The PTAB Strategies and Insights Newsletter is designed to be a valuable resource for all stakeholders in the global patent arena throughout the patent life cycle. To that end, articles will provide perspectives from both...more

PTAB Finds that Suing in Federal Court Waives Sovereign Immunity

by Knobbe Martens on

On December 19, 2017, a seven-judge expanded PTAB panel ruled that the University of Minnesota (UM) waived its Eleventh Amendment immunity defense when it filed a patent infringement action in federal district court. ...more

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