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The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the United States and is charged with interpreting federal law, including the United States Constitution. The Court's docket is largely discretionary... more +
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the United States and is charged with interpreting federal law, including the United States Constitution. The Court's docket is largely discretionary with only a limited number of cases granted review each term.  The Court is comprised of one chief justice and eight associate justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to hold lifetime positions. less -

Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi (Fed. Cir. 2017)

Last month, the Federal Circuit rendered a decision in Amgen Inc. v. Sanofi that brought clarity to how the Court (and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) should apply the written description requirement in 35 U.S.C. § 112(a)...more

Little Life Left in Promega v. Life Technologies Dispute

In Promega Corporation v. Life Technologies Corporation, Nos. 2013-1011, -1029, -1376 (Fed. Cir. Nov. 3, 2017), on remand from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit reviewed its prior holdings and considered whether they...more

Federal Circuit Concludes that TC Heartland Was a Change in the Law, Reviving Venue Transfer Motions for Defendants Previously...

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...more

Federal Circuit Ruling Makes It Possible To Move For A Change In Venue Even In Patent Infringement Cases In Which The Deadline For...

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On November 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision that could provide opportunities for defendants in pending patent litigation to file motions to change venue even in cases in which...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Venue Waiver After TC Heartland

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Federal Circuit issued guidance yesterday for district courts deciding venue challenges after the Supreme Court’s May 2017 decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. In In re Micron Technology, Inc.,...more

Perspectives on the PTAB Newsletter - November 2017

The Perspectives on the PTAB Newsletter is designed to be a valuable resource for all stakeholders in the global patent arena throughout the patent life cycle. To that end, articles will provide perspectives from both sides...more

Supreme Court Preview -- Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC

On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases that were ultimately appealed from IPR Final Written Decisions issued by the PTAB. The first of these, Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene's...more

Federal Circuit Holds TC Heartland Is an Intervening Change in the Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The court offers clarification on a patent litigation venue issue that has caused “widespread disagreement” nationwide....more

Pending Supreme Court PTAB cases

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Scott McKeown, Ropes & Gray IP litigation partner and chair of the firm’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) group, discusses potential impacts of pending Supreme Court PTAB cases, Oil States and SAS Institute....more

Three Years of Alice: Federal Circuit Cases Upholding Patent Eligibility Under Alice Step 2

This post follows our previous post summarizing Federal Circuit cases upholding software patent claims on Alice Step 1 grounds.  Here, Step 2 decisions are explored in more detail, with a focus on additional lessons learned...more

Oil States Energy and SAS Institute: SCOTUS to Review Inter Partes Reviews

by Revision Legal on

As we recently discussed with respect to the proposed STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, legal debate continues to swirl around inter partes reviews. The US Supreme Court has entered the ring recently by accepting certiorari on...more

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

Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. v. Warner Chilcott Co. (Fed. Cir. 2017)

The Supreme Court most recently revisited the proper standards for making an obviousness determination ten years ago, in KSR Int'l. Co. v. Teleflex. Inc. While in some ways changing the obviousness standard, for example...more

2017 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit, With Some Significant Cases from 2016

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

Three Years of Alice: Federal Circuit Cases Upholding Patent Eligibility Under Alice Step 1

It has now been over three years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its transformative patent decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank. During that time, the Federal Circuit has issued only a precious few decisions upholding...more

Willful Infringement, Opinion Letters, & Post-Halo Trends

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

This short article aims to review recent trends in findings of willful patent infringement and enhanced damages, both in volume of motions made and the success rate of those motions. However, to appreciate current trends...more

Your State Or Mine: Patent Lawsuits Can Now Only Be Brought Where Corporations Have Physical Locations

For decades, companies have been subject to patent infringement lawsuits almost anywhere that they had sales, whether through a physical store or online. Often, based on online sales, the defendant corporation could be...more

Does the Federal Circuit's In re Cray Decision Suggest a New Business Model for Savvy Infringers?

Patent law has always been tasked with interpreting law in an ever-shifting factual environment, where well-established principles need to be applied to new technology. Twenty years ago, the Federal Circuit grappled with the...more

Top SCOTUS Cases Tech Companies Should Watch – Fall 2017 Preview

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term promises to be a big one, featuring a patent case that could be a game changer for many clients and a host of other cases that may affect how tech and life sciences companies deal with...more

The Federal Circuit’s Raytheon Co. v. Cray, Inc. Decision

by Cozen O'Connor on

In the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, district courts have been faced with numerous motions to transfer venue. In response to those motions, district...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Venue Law in the Wake of TC Heartland

by Morgan Lewis on

On September 21, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in In re: Cray Inc. clarifying how district courts should determine whether a patent infringement defendant maintains a “regular and...more

Recent Trends on the U.S. Doctrine of Equivalents

U.S. courts have long recognized that a product or process which does not literally infringe a patent can nevertheless infringe under the "doctrine of equivalents" if it is equivalent to the claimed invention. The percentage...more

Octane Fitness Hits the Showers: Federal Circuit Affirms Attorneys’ Fees Award in Landmark Case

After an eight-year battle through the Federal Courts, the fight over attorneys’ fees in Octane Fitness v. ICON Health & Fitness has likely reached its end with the Federal Circuit upholding the hotly disputed $1.6 million...more

At The Bench: 2017 Mid-Year Case Review

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l, 137 S. Ct. 1523, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) The Supreme Court held that all patent rights are exhausted upon the first sale of a patented product, regardless of where the sale is made or...more

Back to “Normal”?: Patent Venue After TC Heartland

On May 22, 2017, in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the Supreme Court reversed decades of expansive patent venue interpretation by the Federal Circuit. A succinct 10-page opinion by Justice Thomas...more

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