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Firm Profile: Mintz Levin
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111, United States
Phone: 617-348-1696
Fax: 617-542-2241
Areas of Practice
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Litigation
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • D.C.
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
Other Countries
  • Israel
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys
400+ Attorneys

Federal Circuit Concludes that TC Heartland Was a Change in the Law, Reviving Venue Transfer Motions for Defendants Previously Held to Have Waived the Argument

On November 15, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit resolved a split among district courts on the question whether the United States Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision constituted a change in the…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Federal Circuit Affirms Delaware Alice Decision

In issuing its precedential decision earlier this month in Two-Way Media v. Comcast, the Federal Circuit affirmed a Delaware district court determination that four data streaming patents were directed to ineligible subject…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

USPTO Publishes New Rule Governing Privilege for Patent Attorneys and Agents

Earlier this week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published a new rule governing when privilege exists for communications between clients and their domestic or foreign patent attorneys and patent agents…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Yahoo Asks Federal Circuit to Determine Whether TC Heartland Changed, or Merely Clarified, Venue Rules

In an interesting development in the post-TC Heartland world, it appears that the Federal Circuit will soon answer the question whether the Supreme Court’s venue decision was a change in the law, or merely a course-correction to…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Potential Future Harm to Patent Holder Found to Justify Imposition of Preliminary Injunction

In Vecco Instruments Inc. v. SGL Carbon, LLC, No. 17-CV-2217 (E.D.N.Y. Nov. 2, 2017), Judge Pamela Chen in the Eastern District of New York recently granted Vecco’s motion for a preliminary injunction enjoining SGL Carbon. The…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

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
 /  Administrative Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Apple and Samsung Are Headed Back to the Court Room

Following a lengthy and extensive litigation that began in 2011 that culminated in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in December of 2016, smartphone industry titans Apple and Samsung will again find themselves in Federal District…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

Federal Circuit Clarifies the Requirements for a Teaching Away by the Prior Art

In a precedential opinion issued on October 11, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the Patent Trial and Appeals Board’s (“PTAB”) finding of non-obviousness where the prior art taught away…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Chief Judge Stark Rejects Motion for Enhanced Damages Award Due to the Public Interest in the Accused Hepatitis C Virus Treatments

Last month, following a jury verdict in federal district court in Delaware awarding Plaintiff Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC $2.54 billion in damages—“the largest damages verdict ever returned in a patent [infringement] trial”—Chief…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

General Plastic Industrial Co. v. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha: PTAB Explains Factors Considers for Follow-On Petitions

On September 6, 2017, an expanded panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued an “informative” decision in General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd, v. Canon Kabushiki Kaisha setting forth the Board’s framework for analyzing…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

AQUA PRODUCTS: The Federal Circuit Shifts The Burden of Proof On Amending Claims During An IPR From The Patent Owner To The Petitioner

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Aqua Products Inc., v. Matal materially changes the burden of proof associated with the patentability of amended claims during an inter partes…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

Canada Institutes Certificates of Supplementary Protection for Approved Drug Products

On September 21, 2017, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) signed between the European Union (EU) and Canada provisionally entered into force in Canada.  Among other things, this agreement seeks to harmonize…more
 /  Health, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

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
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Recap on Design Patent Drawings

This post is a follow-up to our prior post To Seek Design Protection or Not, That is the Question! where we discuss situations where it is worth considering seeking a design patent. Here we highlight takeaways from a USPTO…more
 /  Administrative Law, Intellectual Property

“In Light of the Specification”: Federal Circuit Weighs in on the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation

The Federal Circuit yesterday issued an opinion in In re: Smith Int’l, Inc., No. 2016-2303 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 26, 2017) reversing an affirmance by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the rejection of several claims of U.S. Patent…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property
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