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Patent IPRs and Allergan’s Sovereign Immunity Defense

In an age of rising healthcare costs, pharmaceutical companies can be an easy target in calls for patent reform. Patent protection helps drug manufacturers recoup their investment in developing the new drug,. It also...more

Federal Circuit Review - February 2018

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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

PTAB Holds Indian Tribes Don’t Offer an Out from IPR

In a highly anticipated decision on the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s motion to terminate inter partes review proceedings, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board rejected tribal sovereign immunity to IPRs. The PTAB’s decision also...more

PTAB Panel Finds Tribal Immunity is Not a Barrier to IPR

In a case that has received significant attention over the past several months, a United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) panel recently concluded that the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s claim of tribal immunity did...more

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is not entitled to Sovereign Immunity at the PTAB

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The PTAB dismissed the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s attempt to avoid IPR of patents covering Restasis®, which Allergan transferred to the Tribe in a highly publicized patent deal. See Allergan and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe...more

Sovereign Immunity at the PTAB: Where do we stand?

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Sovereign Immunity - Sovereign immunity exempts a sovereign from the jurisdiction of a court - States are entitled to sovereign immunity under the 11th amendment Seminole Tribe of Fla v. Florida, 517 U.S. 44 (1996) ...more

PTAB Denies Allergan & Mohawk Tribe’s Motion to Terminate IPRs Based on Sovereign Immunity

by Goodwin on

As we’ve reported on previously, Allergan, Inc. assigned its rights to patents covering its Restasis® dry eye treatment to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (“Tribe”) and simultaneously licensed back those patents in exchange for...more

Tribal Sovereign Immunity a No-go in Allergan IPR

by Workman Nydegger on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently rejected the sovereign immunity claim asserted in the inter partes review (IPR) proceedings between Mylan...more

Are You Sure You Own That Patent?

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Hint: The standard employment agreement you have been using that includes an assignment of IP provision might not be sufficient. - In the United States, employers don’t own an employee’s or consultant’s inventions unless...more

If Your Employment Agreements Use This One Word, Ownership of Your Patents May Be in Jeopardy

by Carlton Fields on

What is the difference between an employment agreement that says “I hereby assign inventions I create during my employment to my employer,” and one that says “I will assign inventions I create during my employment to my...more

Don’t Just Agree to Transfer Patent Rights—Do It!

Patent owners and employers: Pay attention to the words in assignment and employment agreements that transfer patent ownership to you. A recent Federal Circuit case once again emphasizes the need to use particular language to...more

Advanced Video Technologies LLC v. HTC Corporation Et Al.

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Newman, O’Malley, and Reyna. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Summary: A co-inventor did not transfer ownership interests in a...more

Intellectual Property Basics

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This handout provides an entry level discussion of intellectual property and sets out IP action steps. TABLE OF CONTENTS - Introduction - Trademarks - Copyrights - Patents - Trade Secrets - Keep Attorneys From...more

The Southern District of New York Finds “Work Made For Hire” Under Italian Copyright Law

Musical scores incorporated into films are usually produced with the specific film in mind. In the U.S., we call such works “works made for hire,” meaning that the artist does not retain authorship rights to the music....more

Court Permits St. Regis Mohawk Tribe to Join Restasis® Litigation, but Nixes Allergan’s Patents

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Today, Judge Bryson, a Federal Circuit judge sitting by designation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, issued an Opinion and Order granting Allergan’s motion to join the St. Regis...more

Judge Sweet Holds that Standing Question Cannot Be Resolved Until Trial

On September 14, 2017, District Judge Robert W. Sweet (S.D.N.Y.) denied the motion of Ferring B.V., et al. (“Ferring”) to dismiss for lack of standing a patent infringement suit brought by Allergan, Inc., et al. (“Allergan”)....more

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

In In Re Cray, the panel grants Cray’s petition for a writ of mandamus, ruling that the district court’s handling of the case is not consistent with its case law regarding what is “a regular and established place of...more

Buyer Beware: Make Sure Your Copyright Assignment Is Valid

by Payne & Fears on

You are in negotiations with a copyright owner to obtain a license to her work, which you want to publish, distribute, and/or license yourself. You want to ensure that you have the right to enforce the copyright against...more

Allergan and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Enter Patent Agreement to Defend Against IPR of RESTASIS® Patents

by Knobbe Martens on

In a creative move to take advantage of recent PTAB decisions regarding Sovereign Immunity, (see e.g., Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation, IPR2016-01274 and Neochord, Inc. v. University of Maryland,...more

Pharma Patents Assigned to Indian Tribe to Thwart Inter Partes Review

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we have previously reported, sovereign immunity of state universities (who are instruments of state government) has been used to avoid IPRs under the immunity clause of the US Constitution (“Sovereign Immunity of State...more

How Coexistence Agreements Work

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In trademark law, coexistence agreements are contracts whereby two trademark owners agree to use their similar marks, but agree to limitations. For example, the two owners might agree that their respective goods or services...more

So Why Do I Have To Sign This Declaration Again?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

This is a question that I often am asked when inventors have been working with us for an extended period of time. In the past, we could use an existing, executed declaration in the family for a new member, but not after...more

Naming Exclusive Licensee as Defendant, Exclusively, Leads to Dismissal of Declaratory Judgment Action

For declaratory judgment (DJ) actions concerning patents, whether a patent owner’s conduct is sufficient for there to be a real and immediate controversy is the usual jurisdictional hurdle. In BASF Plant Science, LP v. Nuseed...more

Intellectual Property and Business: Part 4

by Barley Snyder on

(NOTE: This is the final part of a series of alerts linking intellectual property and economic strategy.) Once a business identifies that it has acquired intellectual property, business policies and conduct can make...more

Intellectual Property and Business: Part 3

by Barley Snyder on

(NOTE: This is part 3 of 4 in a series of alerts linking intellectual property and economic strategy. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. Check back each week for a new installment.) - Selling Intellectual Property...more

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