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PTO’s Rehearing Petition in Bosch: Signaling Future Rulemaking After Aqua Products?

by Jones Day on

On February 5, 2018, the PTO filed a petition for rehearing of Bosch Auto. Serv. Sol’ns, LLC v. Matal, 878 F.3d 1027 (Fed. Cir., Dec. 22, 2017). The petition asks the panel “not . . . to alter its judgment, but only to...more

ANDA Your Patent is Not Infringed

In Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, [2017-1560] (February 9, 2018), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court finding that it did not abuse its discretion in denying Merck’s request for...more

Federal Employment Law Updates

by White & Case LLP on

New Tax Law Limits Deductibility of Confidential Sexual Harassment and Abuse Settlements - Effective December 22, 2017, new Section 162(q) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), denies businesses...more

From De Novo To Clear Error: Don't Risk Your Standard Of Review When Objecting To A Magistrate's Report

by Carlton Fields on

Most attorneys know that failing to contemporaneously object to an adverse ruling can subject the issue to a more stringent standard of review on appeal. For example, failing to object below to a ruling of law means that,...more

Federal Circuit Review - January 2018

by Knobbe Martens on

Where Parties Raise an Actual Dispute Regarding Claim Scope, the Court Must Resolve It In Nobelbiz, Inc. v. Global Connect, L.L.C., Appeal Nos. 2016-1104, 2016-1105, the Federal Circuit held that where parties raise an actual...more

FDA proposes rule to codify existing guidance on supervisory review of CDRH decisions

by Hogan Lovells on

On January 17, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) issued a proposed rule to update the framework for requesting internal agency supervisory review of certain decisions related to devices regulated...more

Key Developments in Delaware Corporation Law in 2017

Developments in appraisal law, the application of Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC in post-closing damages actions and the potential expansion of Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corporation (MFW) — a case examining the standard of...more

Seventh Circuit Says: Clear Error Standard Applies To Court Review Of Withdrawal Liability Arbitrator’s CBA Interpretation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Seventh Circuit has now applied a clear error standard of review to a withdrawal liability arbitrator’s interpretation of a collective bargaining agreement, thus enhancing the role of the arbitrator in...more

Anticipation Analysis Indisputably Allows for Some Flexibility; Substantial Evidence Still Supports Finding of No Anticipation

In Microsoft Corp v. Biscotti, Inc., [2016-2080, 2016-2082, 2016-2083] (December 28, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the Board’s determination in the IPR’s that Microsoft failed to show by a preponderance of the evidence...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies the “Reasonable Expectation of Success” Required in Hatch-Waxman Obviousness Challenges

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Federal Circuit recently clarified the standard that patent challengers must satisfy when attempting to invalidate patented inventions directed to new uses for known drugs. Although designated as a nonprecedential...more

Respondents in FERC v. Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC To Receive “Trial De Novo”

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On December 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued an opinion finding that a “trial de novo governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence” shall be...more

Microsoft Corporation v. Biscotti, Inc.

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Newman, O’Malley, and Reyna. Appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: Anticipation is not proven by multiple, distinct teachings in a single prior art document that a...more

Delaware Chancery Court Extends Application of MFW Standard to Conflicted Stock Issuances

by Hogan Lovells on

In a recent decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss a complaint asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of a stock issuance proposed by a controlling stockholder. IRA Trust f/b/o...more

FDA 2017 Year in Review: Refining Medical Device Pathways and Introducing Pilot Programs to Promote Quality

This is the third installment of our year-in-review series covering major developments at FDA.  While the previous two installments, pertain to FDA actions on drugs and biologics, this post will address developments related...more

Utah Supreme Court Clarifies Administrative Agencies’ Fact Finding Duty and the Standard of Review for Administrative Appeals

by Snell & Wilmer on

In McElhaney v. City of Moab, 2017 UT 65, —- P.3d —-, the Utah Supreme Court held that an adjudicative land use decision, and likely all administrative decisions subject to substantial evidence review on appeal, must include...more

Reversing the Course: Changes Coming to the NLRB - The Board Reverses Course on Handbooks and Joint Employers While the General...

Peter B. Robb took over as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ("Board") on November 17, 2017, and soon after issued an official memorandum signaling his intention to reexamine Board precedent from the prior...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - I. Insurance Issues B.

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES - B. Where a claim is advanced against a parent in negligence for injury suffered by his child, the family member exclusion clause in the parent’s homeowner’s policy was held to exclude coverage for the...more

Immoral and Scandalous Matter are as Registrable as Disparaging Matter; The Principal Register is FUCT

In In re Brunetti, [2015-1109] (December 15, 2017), the Federal Circuit reversed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, which affirmed the examining attorney’s refusal to register the mark FUCT because it comprises immoral or...more

In Re: Erik Brunetti

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Dyk, Moore, and Stoll. Appeal from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: The bar in § 2(a) of the Lanham Act against registering immoral or scandalous trademarks is an...more

Boards Beware: Delaware Supreme Court Limits Application of Deferential Standard for Reviewing Director Equity Awards

On December 13, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion, In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Case No. 169, holding that, except under limited circumstances, the court will not apply the...more

Court Of Chancery Expands MFW To Recapitalization

by Morris James LLP on

IRA Trust FBO Bobbie Ahmed v. Crane, C.A.. 12742-CB (December 11, 2017) - This is an important decision because it extends the holding of MFW to a stock reclassification. Under the 6-part test of MFW, the business judgment...more

Application of Discounts in Valuation of Interests in Privately Held Entities

by Jaburg Wilk on

When representing high net worth individuals in divorce proceedings, frequently one of the assets is an ownership interest in a privately held business or professional practice. Establishing a value for the business can be...more

Work Stoppages: GC Memorandum 18-02 Signals the “Trump Board” Will Have the Opportunity to Review Controversial Changes With...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On Friday, December 1, 2017, newly appointed NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb issued a memo setting forth a wide range of issues that must be submitted to Advice before Complaints will be authorized....more

Court Of Chancery Applies Corwin And Test For Control

by Morris James LLP on

Peter Van Der Fluit v. Yates, C.A. No. 12553-VCMR (Nov. 30, 2017) - Briefly, under Corwin, the informed vote of a majority of the disinterested stockholders subjects a transaction to the business judgment rule when the...more

Federal Court finds PMPRB unreasonable in finding Galderma patent 'pertains to' medicine in DIFFERIN

by Smart & Biggar on

In a November 9, 2017 decision, Justice Phelan of the Federal Court found that the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board Panel (Board) was unreasonable in its assessment that a patent ‘pertained’ to Galderma Canada’s DIFFERIN...more

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