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Sovereign Immunity

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

Eighth Circuit Upholds Dismissal Of Claim Against Department Of Health & Human Services Under ACA Transitional Reinsurance Program...

by Carlton Fields on

Seeking reimbursement of fees paid, allegedly by mistake, under the transitional reinsurance program in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the trustees of the Twin City Pipe Trades Welfare Fund’s sued the...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 1: Indigenous Gaming Issues In Canada

by Dickinson Wright on

The current division of jurisdiction over gaming in Canada came about as a result of a Federal-Provincial Agreement that was entered into in 1985, intended to address differences that had arisen between those governments...more

Legislation Exempting Tribes From The National Labor Relations Act Passes The House

by Varnum LLP on

The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (TLSA) passed the House of Representatives in the afternoon on January 10, 2018, with a 239-173 vote. The TLSA, if it becomes law, will exclude "any Indian tribe, or any enterprise or...more

State University's Filing Of Patent Infringement Action Waives Sovereign Immunity To IPR Proceedings

The PTAB (Patent Trial and Appeal Board) of the USPTO recently issued a decision that a filing of a patent infringement action by a public university waives sovereign immunity to inter partes review (IPR) proceedings in the...more

Top Four Stories of 2017

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its 11th annual list of top patent stories. For 2017, we identified nineteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

As Legislation Stalls, Tribes Remain Under National Labor Relations Act: What Should Tribal Employers Do Next?

by Varnum LLP on

Despite hopeful signs in early 2017, a proposed federal law to exempt Indian tribes and tribal employers from the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) has failed to progress beyond the most introductory legislative stages as...more

State Of Louisiana, As Absent Class Member, Escapes CAFA Settlement Trap

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Pennsylvania district court decision holding the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution prevented a private party from enjoining the state of Louisiana from bringing...more

False Claims Act: 2017 Year-in-Review

by WilmerHale on

False Claims Act (FCA) recoveries topped $3.7 billion in fiscal year 2017, marking the eighth straight year of annual recoveries in excess of $3 billion. Healthcare cases, including ones involving drug and device companies,...more

PTAB Deals A Crippling Blow To Sovereign Immunity

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Patent Trial and Appeal Board Chief Judge David Ruschke recently dealt sovereign immunity a crippling blow. Although Judge Ruschke confirmed that Eleventh Amendment immunity does apply to sovereign actors, he held that when a...more

The PTAB Strikes Back -- Issues Order Prohibiting St. Regis Mohawk Tribe from Filing Any Additional Papers in IPR

As previously reported, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe filed a request for oral hearing that included a "request for discovery into the identity and impartiality of the merits panel assigned to this case." The paper was replete...more

PTAB Recognizes Limits to Eleventh Amendment Sovereign Immunity

by Jones Day on

In a pair of near identical decisions issued on December 19, 2017, an expanded PTAB panel found that the Regents of the University of Minnesota had waived its defense of sovereign immunity by filing actions against the...more

The Board Says that IPRs are Adjudicatory Proceedings — What will the Supreme Court Say?

In Ericsson Inc. v. Regents of the University of Minnesota, [IPR2017-01186, IPR2017-01197, IPR2017-01200, IPR2017-01213, IPR2017-01214, IPR2017-01219] (December 19, 2017), Chief Administrative Patent Judge Ruschke, writing...more

Skeptical St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Requests Discovery Regarding Panel Selection Circumstances

The creation of adversarial procedures before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (post-grant review, inter partes review, and covered business methods review) has raised a number of...more

Allergan’s Mohawk Gambit May Be Doomed – PTAB Rethinks the Scope of Sovereign Immunity

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A few months ago, the Irish drug company Allergan moved to shield its key patents on its dry-eye drug Restasis from challenge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent Office by assigning these patents to...more

University Waives Eleventh Amendment Sovereign Immunity By Enforcing Patent Rights

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

The Regents of the University of Minnesota (“Patent Owner”) sued Ericsson Inc. and Telfonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (collectively, the “Petitioners”) in district court for patent infringement. When the Petitioners sought inter...more

Georgia Court Of Appeals Holds That Sovereign Immunity Shields County From Contractor’s Claims Based Upon Unwritten Change Orders

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Fulton County v. Soco Contracting Company, Inc., 2017 Ga. App. LEXIS 568 (Ga. Ct. App., November 15, 2017) - Fulton County contracted with SOCO Construction Company (“SOCO”) to build a cultural center near the Fulton...more

Assertion of Patents Results in Loss of Sovereign Immunity for Public Universities

On December 19, 2017, an expanded panel of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled that the state of Minnesota waived its Eleventh Amendment immunity to challenges to patent validity by inter partes review (IPR) by...more

Expanded PTAB Panel Finds Sovereign Immunity Waived By Patent Enforcement

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a case of first impression, an expanded PTAB panel (including Chief APJ Ruschke) found that a parallel enforcement action by a patent owner waives its sovereign immunity defense against under the 11th Amendment an AIA...more

Issue Ten: PTAB Trial Tracker

by Goodwin on

Board Curtails Use of Sovereign Immunity Defense to Avoid IPR - In Ericsson, Inc. v. Regents of the University of Minnesota, an expanded panel denied Patent Owner Regents of the University of Minnesota’s motions to dismiss...more

PTAB offers clarification on inter partes review and sovereign immunity

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The topic of sovereign immunity has been raised a number of times in recent months in inter partes review (“IPR”) proceedings. In these proceedings, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) has addressed whether state...more

PTAB Finds Sovereign Immunity in IPR Waived by Filing Infringement Action in Federal Court

by Goodwin on

Yesterday, in Ericsson Inc. v. Regents of the University of Minnesota, an expanded 7-judge PTAB panel ruled that a patent owner waives a claim to sovereign immunity in an IPR “by filing an action in federal court alleging...more

PTAB Decides Patent Infringement Lawsuit Waives Eleventh Amendment Sovereign Immunity to Inter Partes Review

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board was seemingly sufficiently vexed over the question of whether the St. Mohawk Indian Tribe was entitled to have the Board dismiss, on grounds of sovereign immunity, inter partes reviews on...more

Latin America Dispute Resolution Update – The Latest Developments in Cross-Border Disputes Involving the US and Latin America

NAFTA’s Future Looks Increasingly Uncertain - The United States, Mexico and Canada have now completed the fifth round of negotiations concerning the renegotiation of NAFTA, and the future of the treaty is looking...more

The Supreme Court - December 11, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear arguments in seven cases: China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh, No. 17-432: Whether the rule from American Pipe and Construction Co. v. Utah, 414 U.S. 538 (1974),...more

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