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Texas Litigation Since the Plunge in Oil Prices

by Winstead PC on

Texas attorneys have discussed a rise in litigation since the decline in oil prices that begun in 2014. However, many of the discussions have centered on anecdotal references to increases in certain types of litigation...more

Federal Circuit Breathes Life Back into Clean Coal Technology Suit

After a series of “Dead on Arrivals” from the Northern District of Illinois, the Federal Circuit on Tuesday resuscitated a patent infringement suit filed by Nalco Company against Chem-Mod, LLC, and others in the Northern...more

Defining Trade Secrets: Texas Supreme Court May Soon Decide How Particular Trade Secrets Owners Must Be In Court

In every trade secrets case, the plaintiff faces the same fundamental dilemma: In order to enforce their rights in court, they must identify (at least to some degree) the trade secrets at issue. ...more

Colombian Researchers Patent Optimized Process For Biodiesel Production

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Researchers at the National University of Colombia (UN) have designed and patented a faster and less costly process for producing biodiesel. The process uses a tube reactor that allows the oil from crops, such as palm,...more

Will Inter Partes Reviews Be Abolished By The Supreme Court?

by Dickinson Wright on

On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could undermine a key provision in the America Invents Act. Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC (Oils States). The issue...more

Copyright in Seismic Data

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The seismic industry is of considerable significance to Canada's oil and gas business. In Geophysical Service Incorporated v Encana Corporation, 2016 ABQB 230 the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench had an opportunity to assess...more

US: Supreme Court hears argument on constitutionality of inter partes review

by Hogan Lovells on

On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will determine the constitutionality of inter partes review, a proceeding before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and...more

Is a Patent a Private or Public Right? -- Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's...

Leading up to the Supreme Court oral argument for Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC on November 27, 2017, there was a lot of discussion regarding whether patents were a private or public right. ...more

Centuries of Precedent are Little Help as IPR Constitutionality Divides Justices

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

This morning the Supreme Court heard arguments in the heavily anticipated case of Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC on the question of whether AIA trials at the patent office, such as inter partes...more

Supreme Court Justices’ Questions in Oil States Suggest Inter Partes Review Will Be Upheld as Constitutional

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No. 16-712. The case presents a direct challenge to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s...more

Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group: Supreme Court to Decide if Patents are Private or Public Rights

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Rory P. Pheiffer, a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department and a member of both the Emerging Companies and Life Sciences and Medical Devices practice groups, addressed the Supreme Court Case Oil States Energy...more

PTAB Under Attack

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear argument in two patent cases that cut to the heart of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) authority to adjudicate patent validity through inter partes review (IPR)...more

Energy & Sustainability Connections Newsletter - August 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - This month’s edition of Energy & Sustainability Connections brings the latest developments in energy investing, legal insights, company activity, and industry events straight to your inbox....more

Brexit - Legal Implications

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In our latest memorandum, we have briefly outlined some of the main legal implications of Brexit according to different models, including the EEA model. In light of recent comments made by Theresa May, it is unlikely that...more

A Court Divided: Judges File Widely Varying Opinions on CBM Review Eligibility

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The standards used by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for determining what qualifies as a covered business method (CBM) patent under AIA § 18(d)(1) and 37 CFR 42.301(a) have not always been consistent (see, for...more

Business Litigation Report - June 2017

Courts May Not Depart from the Bankruptcy Priority Rule in Chapter 11 Structured Dismissals - For more than a century, a cornerstone of federal bankruptcy law has been the absolute priority rule, which ensures that a...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2017

by King & Spalding on

Mineral and Royalty Interest MLPs: An Alternative Exit For PE-Backed Mineral and Royalty Interest Cos. - Oil and gas exploration companies no longer have to go door-to-door, or ranch-to-ranch, to negotiate oil and gas...more

US: Supreme Court takes up constitutionality of inter partes review

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide the constitutionality of inter partes review, a proceeding before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) that allows third parties, typically alleged...more

High Court to Address Constitutionality of Inter Partes Reviews

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, No. 16-712 (U.S. June 12, 2017) granted certiorari to decide next term if certain American Invents Act (AIA) review proceedings,...more

Patents or Trade Secrets? Yes, Please.

by Hogan Lovells on

Most energy companies implement Intellectual Property (“IP”) strategies to protect and exploit company IP (offense) and navigate third-party rights (defense). Traditionally, these policies emphasize patents. But today’s...more

Life, Liberty, and…IPRs? SCOTUS to Weigh in on Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review Proceedings

by Bryan Cave on

Today, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, No. 16-712 (June 12, 2017), to decide whether post-grant proceedings created under the America Invents Act (“AIA”) are...more

The Supreme Court - June 12, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases today: Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., No. 15-1039: The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA”), governs “biosimilar” drugs – a...more

BREAKING NEWS: SCOTUS to Consider Whether AIA Review is Constitutional

by Goodwin on

The U.S. Supreme Court granted Oil States Energy Services’ petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of the constitutionality of post-grant review proceedings by the USPTO’s PTAB. Oil States appealed to the U.S....more

Norway and Sweden agree on extending the El-certificate system

by DLA Piper on

Norway and Sweden have agreed on changes to the El-Certificate support system. This is good news for the RE marked in the Nordics as there have been a lot of uncertainty on the future of the support system, when Norway from...more

U.S. Steel ITC Case Alleging Chinese Government Hacked Its Network and Stole Its Secret Formulas May Be Revived

First, a little background for those unfamiliar with the wonderful world of the International Trade Commission (ITC). Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337) prohibits “unfair methods of competition and...more

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