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EU Court annuls the Commission rejection of Lufthansa's request to waive merger commitments

by White & Case LLP on

On 16 May 2018, the General Court annulled the Commission’s decision rejecting Lufthansa's request for a waiver of commitments it had given when it acquired Swiss in 2005. The Court faulted the Commission for not carrying out...more

PTAB Strategies and Insights - May 2018

The PTAB Strategies and Insights newsletter is designed to increase return on investment for all stakeholders looking at the entire patent life cycle in a global portfolio. This month, we are please to introduce our new...more

USPTO Proposes Change In Claim Construction Standard For Post-Grant Proceedings

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On May 9, 2018, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued a notice of proposed rule for changing the standard for construing claims in unexpired patents in inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR), and...more

New Proposal Would Create Consistent Standard Between USPTO and District Courts for Interpreting Patent Claims

On May 8, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a proposed change to how it will handle challenges to patents. In essence, the proposal would result in a consistent claim construction standard...more

USPTO Proposes Phillips-Type Claim Construction For Post Grant Proceedings at the PTAB

by Knobbe Martens on

The USPTO published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on May 9, 2018 seeking to change the claim construction standard for PTAB trials from the current broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) to the claim construction standard...more

USPTO Proposed Rule Change to Adopt the Same Standard for Interpreting Claims in AIA Trials as the US District Courts and ITC

The big news of this week in the U.S. patent world is the publication of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on May 9, 2018, for “Changes to the Claim Construction Standard...more

Energy Heating, LLC. v. Heat On-The-Fly, LLC

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Moore, Hughes, and Stoll. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. Summary: A district court must articulate a reasonable basis for denying...more

Proposed Rule: No More BRI in PTAB Trials

by Jones Day on

Today, the USPTO issued a press release announcing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Claim Construction Standards used in PTAB Proceedings. The rule proposed by the Office would change the prior policy of using the Broadest...more

USPTO Proposes Claim Construction Rule Change from BRI to Philips in AIA Review Proceedings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced a propose change to the standard for construing both unexpired and amended patent claims in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings under the America Invents Act...more

The Practicing the Prior Art [Self] Defense Box

In 01 Communique, the Federal Circuit provided clear guidelines regarding the frequently raised “practicing the prior art” argument. Quite simply, the argument that a defendant is not liable because the claimed elements...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2018

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of April 2018. ...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Standard of Appellate Review of Creditor’s Insider Status

In U.S. Bank N.A. v. Village at Lakeridge, LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision on standards of appellate review, holding that appellate courts should review a bankruptcy court’s determination of whether a...more

Using “Old Cases,” District Court Applies Per Se Standard of Review to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Restrictive Practices in Antitrust...

by Mintz Levin on

Since 2013, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has faced a series of purported class actions consolidated in the U.S. District Court in Alabama. In a recent decision focused upon the appropriate standard of review, the...more

Alabama Federal Court Will Analyze Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Claims Under Per Se Standard; Defers Decision on “Single...

A court’s decision regarding the proper standard of review in a Sherman Act Section 1 case—whether to analyze the defendant’s conduct as a per se antitrust violation or under the “rule of reason”—is highly significant. The...more

Calif. Case Shows Propriety Of Telecom CEQA Exemptions

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

On Feb. 5, 2018, the Sixth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal issued a crucial ruling concerning California Environmental Quality Act review for wireless telecommunications facilities in the public...more

Not So Secondary: Overcoming Obviousness With Objective Indicia

by Jones Day on

On April 2, 2018, the PTAB issued a final written decision in Fox Factory finding that the petitioner failed to carry its burden in showing the instituted claims were unpatentable as obvious. Fox Factory, Inc. v. SRAM, LLC,...more

Federal Circuit Review - March 2018

by Knobbe Martens on

Distribution Agreements Can Constitute Offers for Sale Under Section 102(b) - In The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc., Appeal Nos. 2014-1469, 2014-1504, the Federal Circuit held that a distribution agreement qualified as...more

2018 resolution: conduct ERISA fiduciary training

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Retirement plans are one of the most important benefits provided by employers to employees, second only, perhaps, to medical benefits. For many employees, retirement plan benefits represent a key element of their long-term...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC, Appeal No. 2017-1118, -1202 (Fed. Cir. 2018) - In an appeal from a jury trial, the Federal Circuit reversed the District Court’s decision denying Oracle’s motion for JMOL and remanded...more

Oracle America, Inc. v. Google LLC

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before O’Malley, Plager and Taranto. Appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Judge William H. Alsup. Summary: Historical findings of fact relevant to...more

Courts Rule in Favor of Advisers in Three Mutual Fund Excessive Fee Cases

by Dechert LLP on

Within recent weeks, there have been three noteworthy court rulings in pending Section 36(b) cases, with one court granting a motion to dismiss and two different courts fully granting substantive motions for summary judgment....more

Federal Reserve Proposes Changes to Material Supervisory Determination Appeals Process

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Reserve Board (the Board) recently proposed revisions to its guidelines for appeals of material supervisory determinations. The revisions are aimed at improving and expediting the appeals process, particularly...more

Defence + Indemnity: February 2018 - I. Insurance Issues C.

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES - C. The SEF 44 Endorsement is not a standalone policy and exclusions in the underlying policy apply to it such that a claimant passenger of a stolen vehicle is entitled to benefits if he/she did not...more

Aptos Residents Association vs. County of Santa Cruz: More CEQA Certainty for Vital Wireless Telecommunications Networks

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

On February 5, 2018, the Sixth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal issued its decision in a case called Aptos Residents Association v. County of Santa Cruz (2018 WL 1069730). The case affirms that wireless...more

Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies That Section 144 Compliance Will Not Automatically Bestow Business Judgment Protection

by White and Williams LLP on

Most directors and officers are aware of Section 144 of the Delaware General Corporation Law, which provides that a corporate transaction involving an interested director or officer is not void solely because of that reason,...more

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