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When Is It Too Late to Amend an ITC Complaint?

by Jones Day on

In a recent order, Administrative Law Judge McNamara denied Complainants Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. and ATI Technologies ULC’s motion for leave to file an amended complaint to assert U.S. Patent Nos. 8,760,454 and 9,582,846...more

International Trademarks: Japan has Embraced Color

by Revision Legal on

Trademarking colors has been a complex and confusing legal history question. Color has always been allowed as part of the mark design, but for many years trademarking was denied for stand-alone colors and schemes. Even now...more

Japan Legal Update Volume 31 | November 2017

by Jones Day on

Labor & Employment - Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Requests Employer Associations to Prepare for the Conversion Rule - As April 1, 2018, will mark the fifth year since the "Rule on conversion of...more

Canada Provides More Guidance On Patent Eligibility Of Diagnostic Method Claims

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While the patent eligibility of diagnostic method claims remains questionable in the United States, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has issued updated guidance on the types of diagnostic method claims that can–and...more

ITC Clarifies Domestic Industry Requirement for Unregistered Trade Dress

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The ITC issued an Opinion finding a violation of Section 337 and issuing a general exclusion order and cease and desist orders. Of note, the Commission clarified that the “domestic industry” for unregistered trade dress need...more

Statistics on the Backlog Problem and "Fast-Track" Options in Brazil

The recent proposal of automatically granting pending applications without examination is nothing but a desperate measure against a problem that has been haunting applicants and practitioners for decades. Apart from the...more

Proposed Emergency Patent Grant Measures in Brazil

The Brazilian Government may soon launch an emergency measure to eliminate the Patent Office's backlog by automatically granting 231,000 pending non-pharmaceutical applications. The proposed rules for implementing the new...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - November 2017

An Update on Brazilian Patent Law – Emergency Backlog/Fast-Track Options and Enforcement Issues - We are delighted to have as contributors to the November Global Patent Prosecution newsletter, Ricardo Nunes and Andre...more

USPTO Expands Collaborative Search Pilot Program

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As announced in this October 30, 2017 Federal Register notice, the USPTO is expanding the Collaborative Search Pilot Program under which applicants can request that multiple intellectual property offices exchange search...more

Preparing European Priority Applications for Stronger U.S. Patents

The current U.S. patent climate mandates a heightened focus on quality prosecution. For consumer product companies headquartered in Europe, and for those that regularly innovate there, this means preparing and filing European...more

Expediting Patent Prosecution with the New Expanded Collaborative Search Pilot Program

On November 1, 2017 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) implemented an expansion of the Collaborative Search Pilot Program (CSP), which began in 2015 and ended earlier in 2017, to expedite prosecution of related...more

Limited Exclusion Order Does Not Require Specific Findings as to Components

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a limited exclusion order issued by the International Trade Commission (ITC) against infringing “network devices, related software and components thereof,” finding no...more

USPTO and EPO Examiners Discuss Key Considerations for Filing Effective Precision Medicine and Bioinformatics Applications in the...

At a symposium and webinar presented by Fenwick & West and Mewburn Ellis, we asked U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office examiners to provide perspective on the preparation and prosecution of patent...more

Uniloc USA v. Sega of America: Evaluating the Priority Date of a Means + Function Claim

Uniloc USA owns US 5,490,216 (‘216), with claims directed to “[a] registration system for licensing execution of digital data in a use mode….” Sega petitioned for Inter Partes Review of the ‘216 patent, arguing that Claims...more

Looking Beyond Patents at the International Trade Commission—Is the ITC an Underutilized Forum?

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency responsible for enforcing Section 337 of the Tariff Act, a trade statute designed to protect U.S. industries from...more

ALJ Finds Violation in Mobile Device Holders Investigation

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ALJ Pender’s initial determination in Certain Mobile Device Holders and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1028 (Sept. 12, 2017), finding a violation of Section 337, provides important guidance on what investments count...more

ITC Denies Request to Modify Protective Order

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In a recent Notice, the Commission denied Respondents’ motion to modify the administrative protective order (APO) to permit them to use a third party’s confidential business information in related European proceedings....more

ALJ Shaw: ITC is a Viable Forum for Enforcement of SEPs

The public version of ALJ Shaw’s Initial Determination (ID) in U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation Certain Magnetic Data Storage Tapes and Cartridges Containing the Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-1012 (1012...more

Saving grace

by McAfee & Taft on

One of the benefits of a patent under the U.S. system is, for a limited time, the patent owner gets the exclusive right to manufacture, use and sell the invention. The public policy behind this is to create an incentive for...more

South East Asia: 5 reasons why it is an essential patent filing destination

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Here are the top 5 reasons why you should file your patent in South East Asia. 1. South East Asia is big - South East Asia, and the 10 member countries of ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations) in...more

Respondents Denied Leave to Amend Answer to Complaint

by Jones Day on

In Certain Digital Cable and Satellite Products, Set-Top Boxes, Gateways and components Thereof; Inv. No. 337-TA-1049, ALJ McNamara recently denied a motion by Respondents to amend their answer to the complaint to add the...more

Trump Nominates Replacement Commissioners

by Jones Day on

As we have previously posted, the ITC currently has two open Commissioner positions after the exits of Commissioners Kieff and Pinkert earlier this year. On September 28, 2017, President Trump announced his nomination of...more

Hogan Lovells ITC Section 337 Monthly Highlights

by Hogan Lovells on

The latest news round-up from our Hogan Lovells ITC Section 337 practice, including a new section featuring "tips from the bench" by former ITC Judge Theodore (Ted) R. Essex. Please see full Publication below for more...more

Doctrine of Equivalents and Prosecution History Estoppel Around the World

Please see full Doctrine of Equivalents Chart for Countries around the World. ...more

Global Patent Prosecution Newsletter - September 2017

Worldwide Doctrine of Equivalents and Prosecution History Estoppel - The doctrine of equivalents (DOE) arises in the context of a patent infringement action where the accused product or process does not literally infringe...more

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