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Patent Strategies for Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are rapidly emerging as disruptive technologies. As has happened with many new technologies, particularly disruptive ones, a patent arms race is occurring. The number of patents...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

The Supreme Court - January 16, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear arguments in twelve cases: Animal Science Products v. Hebei Welcome, No. 16-1220: Whether a court may exercise independent review of an appearing...more

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

The Supreme Court is taking another patent case, granting certiorari in WesternGeco v. Ion. A divided panel of the Circuit had ruled that the plaintiff was not entitled to lost profits as a result of the sale of components of...more

Wi-Fi, One v. Broadcom: En Banc Federal Circuit Held The Time-Bar Determinations (§ 315(b)) Appealable

n its first en banc decision of 2018, the Federal Circuit held that “judicial review is available for a patent owner to challenge the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s determination that the petitioner satisfied the...more

Advanced Video Technologies LLC v. HTC Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2018)

One of the most important (if not the most important) inquiries in performing due diligence involving acquisition of a patent portfolio is ensuring that the entity asserting ownership of the patents actually has proper title...more

Patented Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Inventions

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Part of the enjoyment of Halloween and Christmas is seeing the clever decorations and novelties people come up with for these two celebrations. But did you know, some of these are patented inventions? With (belated) Season’s...more

PTAB Designates Two 35 U.S.C. §315(b) Cases Informative

by Jones Day on

On January 10, 2018, the PTAB designated two decisions weighing on 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) as informative: Luv N’ Care, Ltd. v. McGinley, IPR2017-01216, Paper 13 (P.T.A.B. Sept. 18, 2017) (AIA § 315(b), insufficient funds at...more

The Ultimate Reasonable Royalty Award Must be Based on the Incremental Value that the Patented Invention Adds

In Exmark Manufacturing Company Inc. v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC. [2016-2197] (January 12, 2018), the Federal Circuit vacated summary judgment that claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 5,987,863 is not anticipated or...more

Supreme Court Certiorari Grants: Winter 2018 Term

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

1. Redistricting. Abbott v. Perez, Nos. 17-586 & 17-626. Do Texas’s Congressional districts treat racial minorities unconstitutionally? When the district court ordered the parties to appear at a hearing to redraw the...more

Court releases final Unwired Planet v Huawei judgment and gives guidance on confidentiality in licensing disputes

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Final Unwired Planet v Huawei judgment published - On 30 November 2017 the High Court of England and Wales handed down two final judgments on confidentiality in Unwired Planet v Huawei: the final version of the substantive...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Finds PTAB Time Bar Determinations Appealable

by Finnegan – AIA Blog on

On January 10, the en banc Federal Circuit held in Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp. that inter partes review time bar determinations under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) are appealable, and explicitly overruled Achates Reference...more

Finjan v. Blue Coat Systems: Attaching Security Profile to a Downloadable Is Patent Eligible

by BakerHostetler on

In Finjan v. Blue Coat Systems, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rendered a decision containing interesting rulings on patentable subject matter (affirming the District Court determination that certain claims were...more

Federal Circuit "Blue Coat" Decision: Virus-Scanning Software Survives Alice Attack Applying "Enfish"

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On January 10, 2018, the Federal Circuit added Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Sys., Inc., No. 2016-2520 (Fed. Cir.), to its Enfish jurisprudence and upheld the subject matter eligibility of a software patent directed to...more

Exmark Manufacturing Company v. Briggs & Stratton Power

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Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Wallach, Chen, and Stoll. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. Summary: Reexaminations of patents confirming validity are not dispositive of...more

Software Innovations Make Non-Abstract Improvements to Computer Technology

In Finjan, Inc., v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., [2016-2520] (January 10, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed subject matter eligibility of U.S. Patent No. 6,154,844; affirmed infringement of the U.S. Patent Nos. 6,154,844 and...more

US Federal Circuit Rules That PTAB Timeliness Rulings for IPR Petitions Are Subject to Judicial Review

by Dechert LLP on

In a 9-4 split, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc ruled that Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) determinations as to whether an inter partes review (IPR) petition was timely filed are reviewable on appeal, overruling a...more

PTAB Life Sciences Report - January 2018

About the PTAB Life Sciences Report: Each month we will report on developments at the PTAB involving life sciences patents. Micro Labs Ltd. v. Santen Pharmaceutical Co. - PTAB Petition: IPR2017-01434; filed May 12,...more

PTAB Designates Two New Informative Decisions Addressing IPR Filing Issues

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

The PTAB recently designated two decisions as informative that concern the time bar to filing an inter partes review (IPR). Under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b), “An inter partes review may not be instituted if the petition requesting...more

An Arrow in the Quiver of Patent Owners: Federal Circuit Decides That Not All Aspects of PTAB’s Institution Decisions Are "Final...

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has decided that patent owners may appeal the decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) regarding the timeliness of inter partes review petitions under 35 U.S.C. §...more

Federal Circuit Holds That IPR Time-Bar Determinations Can Be Appealed

Earlier this week, the Federal Circuit issued an en banc opinion in Wi-Fi One v. Broadcom that holds the PTAB’s determinations of whether an IPR petition was timely filed under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b) are appealable. In reaching...more

Anticipation Requires More Than A Reference That Discloses All The Elements

by Jones Day on

In Microsoft Corp. v. Biscotti, Inc., Nos. 2016-2080, -2082, -2083, 2017 WL 6613262 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 28, 2017), a divided Federal Circuit panel affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision that Microsoft failed to...more

Wordlogic Corp. v. Fleksy, Inc. (N.D. Ill. 2017)

Wordlogic brought an action against Fleksy in the Northern District of Illinois, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,681,124 and 8,552,984. Flesky moved to dismiss the case under Rule 12(b)(6), on the grounds that...more

Judge Andrews Issues Markman Ruling In Infringement Action Construing Nine (9) Disputed Terms In Patents-In-Suit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By Memorandum Opinion entered by The Honorable Richard G. Andrews in Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC et al. v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Civil Action No. 16-812-RGA (D.Del. January 12, 2018), the Court rendered its Markman ruling...more

Top 10 Highlights of Canadian IP Law and Practice in 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

2017 was a year of significant developments to Canadian IP law and practice, with important court decisions and numerous legislative amendments. We have taken the opportunity to review the top 10 highlights from the past...more

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