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Patent Appeals to the District Court: Win or Lose, You Pay Attorneys’ Fees?

Recently, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appellate court that primarily hears appeals in patents cases) heard arguments in NantKwest Inc. v. Matal, No. 16-1794 on the issue of attorneys’ fees (a timely...more

Liability for "offering" a patent infringing object by undertaking domestic preparatory acts for later distribution in patent-free...

by DLA Piper on

In deciding what constitutes an "offering” as defined by Section 9 (1) German Patent Act, the previous case law looked to whether the potential offer behavior, according to its objective declarative value and the actual...more

Supreme Court To Consider Availability Of Extraterritorial Patent Infringement Damages

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

On January 12, 2108, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal addressing whether a patent owner proving infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f) is entitled to damages suffered outside the United States, or whether a...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

USPTO’S Attorney Fee Awards, Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

Under the American Rule “each litigant pays his own expense, win or lose, unless a statute or contract provides otherwise.” But recently the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has sought to flip the American...more

Can Juries Decide Patent Eligibility Under 35 U.S.C. § 101?

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No provision of the Patent Act has been more frequently litigated over the last several years than 35 U.S.C. § 101. After not having decided a § 101 case in nearly a decade, the Supreme Court issued four § 101 decisions in as...more

Update on AstraZeneca SCC and developments on “overpromising” under grounds other than utility

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SCC Update. On October 23, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed Apotex’s motion to amend the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment in AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc, 2017 SCC 36 (reported here, relating to...more

Burden of Proving Unpatentability of Amended Claims Placed on IPR Petitioners

by Jones Day on

In an en banc decision, the Federal Circuit in Aqua Products, Inc. v. Matal addressed the question of who bears the burden of proving that claims amended during inter partes review ("IPR") proceedings are or are not...more

Recovering Attorneys’ Fees Is Not a Snap

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing an award of attorney’s feeds under the Lanham Act and Second Circuit law, as well as under the Patent Act, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded the issue of attorneys’ fees and...more

Rx IP Update - August 2017

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Gilead prevails in SOVALDI appeal - The Federal Court of Appeal recently affirmed a trial decision relating to two competing patents over Gilead’s SOVALDI (sofosbuvir). In the trial decision, as previously reported, the...more

Proposed amendments to the Canadian Patent Rules published for public consultation

by Smart & Biggar on

The Government of Canada has opened a public consultation on proposed amendments to the Canadian Patent Rules, running from August 1 to September 8, 2017. The changes relate principally to pending amendments to the Patent...more

‘Picking and Choosing’ Under the AIA: What Happens if SAS Institute v. Lee Is Reversed?

One tongue-in-cheek criticism of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has been that it conducts itself as a certiorari court, determining what claims and issues it will decide in post-grant proceedings under the Leahy-Smith...more

CETA Draft Regulations Published on Patent Linkage and Term Restoration – 15 Day Public Comment Period

by Smart & Biggar on

The government has published the long anticipated draft regulations regarding: - changes to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations [“PMNOC Regulations”], and - proposed Regulations to implement...more

Business Litigation Report - June 2017

Courts May Not Depart from the Bankruptcy Priority Rule in Chapter 11 Structured Dismissals - For more than a century, a cornerstone of federal bankruptcy law has been the absolute priority rule, which ensures that a...more

Procure and Enforce—Canada's Highest Court Hands IP Owners Two Wins in Three Days

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued two IP decisions in the span of three days—both of which spell victory for IP rights-holders. One case confirms the availability of a novel form of worldwide injunction where a non-party...more

Pumping Up Exceptional Cases Under the Octane Fitness Standard

A flurry of activity from various courts this past week on “exceptional cases” under Section 285 of the Patent Act provided notable guidance for practitioners and patent owners, with a particular emphasis on the motivation...more

Wait For It: "Unreasonable Delay" in Bringing Suit is No Longer a Defense in Patent Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a 7-1 ruling in SCA Hygiene1 that eliminated the common-law defense of laches in patent infringement cases. The Supreme Court reasoned that laches is a “gap-filling doctrine” that does...more

U.S. Supreme Court Shuts Down Patent Troll Venue Shopping

by Wilson Elser on

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its unanimous decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341, S.Ct. 2017, and drastically changed the politics of venue selection in patent cases. The...more

Is there a legislative fix for biotech patents?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

By some accounts, we have entered a golden age for innovation in personalised medicine. Through scientific advancements in the study of genetic coding and molecular analysis, it is now possible to screen an individual for...more

What do Raging Bull and Adult Diapers Have in Common?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Apparently, quite a bit according to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has dipped its toe into the waters of intellectual property law again and has decided to overturn 150 years or more of common law precedent in its...more

Laches no longer a defense to patent infringement

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

While under attack for several years now, the patent infringement defense of laches was dealt a serious, and likely final, blow by the recent Supreme Court case of SCA Hygiene Products AB et al. v. First Quality Baby Products...more

Supreme Court and Precedential Federal Circuit Patent Cases

In SCA v. First Quality Baby Products, the Supreme Court holds that laches should not be available as a defense in patent cases, refusing to concur with the Circuit’s en banc holding that the Patent Act’s 6-year limitation on...more

SCA Hygiene Case Provides a Clear Win for Patent Owners

In SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, the Supreme Court last week overruled the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision that laches (unreasonable delay in bringing a claim) can bar recovery of...more

Supreme Court Corner: Q1 2017

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Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands COPYRIGHT – DECIDED: MARCH 22, 2017 HELD: An artistic feature of the design of a useful article is eligible for copyright protection if the feature (1) can be perceived as a two- or...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (North America), Issue 33, Q1 2017

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A new year is upon us, bringing swift and deliberate change, uncertainty and myriad paradigm shifts in the political and social landscape. It is fitting, then, that intellectual property practice should reflect these shifts...more

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