After the UK’s June 2016 Brexit vote, it seemed almost certain that London would not ratify the Unitary Patent Protection agreement (UPP) and, as a result, would not become one of the seats of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).
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Washington, D.C. | November 2016 – In an open letter to the membership, LES President, and RatnerPrestia Shareholder, Brian P. O’Shaughnessy, asks “what will be the fate of the Obama Patent Reform Initiative in a Trump Administration?”

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Washington, D.C. | November 2016 – Sunjeev Sikand was selected to speak on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Roundtable 1 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on November 14, 2016.  Mr. Sikand made three recommendations to improve the USPTO’s existing subject matter eligibility guidance and training examples.  Recent decisions from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit have significantly impacted patent eligibility law and continue to generate substantial public debate.

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Philadelphia, PA | November 2016 – RatnerPrestia Shareholder Brian P. O’Shaughnessy will appear as a panelist in a Capitol Hill briefing addressing the importance to the U.S. economy of the Bayh-Dole Act. Mr. O’Shaughnessy also serves as President and Chair of the Board of the Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada), Inc. The Policy Briefing, which will also feature Joseph P. Allen, Former U.S. Senate Judiciary Counsel for Sen. Birch Bayh; and Stephen J. Susalka, Executive Director, Assn. of University Technology Managers (AUTM), will be held in the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn Office Building, Monday, November 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM, and will be hosted by the Eagle Forum.

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Philadelphia, PA | November 2016 – RatnerPrestia is pleased to announce the accomplishments of two Shareholders making headlines in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and Licensing Executives Society (LES) circuits.

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Philadelphia, PA | October 2016 – RatnerPrestia Shareholder Brian P. O’Shaughnessy has been elected President and Chairman of the Board of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc. (LES).  The election was held at the Society’s Business Meeting of the LES Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., October 24, 2016.  His one-year term commences at the close of the Annual Meeting, October 26th.

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Philadelphia, PA | September 2016 – Jonathan H. Spadt, RatnerPrestia President and CEO, will be speaking at The Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Global Series Meeting in Paris on October 14, 2016. Mr. Spadt is a member of the Global Series Committee and will be presenting with a group of high level speakers during the Session: Special Issues Concerning International Licensing of Intellectual Property, including Antitrust, Standard Essential Patents and International Exhaustion

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Philadelphia, PA | August 2016 – We are pleased to announce that we have moved our Pennsylvania office to 2200 Renaissance Boulevard, Suite 350, King of Prussia, PA 19406.   It has been a busy year for RatnerPrestia on the real estate front.  This new PA location is one of the three moves by RP within the last twelve months; we also moved our Washington, D.C. office to a larger location and opened a new office in Munich, Germany.  We are now positioned to accommodate future growth and continue to provide excellent client service within our state of the art facilities.
 
For more information about the move or for questions regarding administrative logistics, please contact Barbara Foley at 610-407-0700. 
 
RatnerPrestia is a law firm expert in all things IP.  The Firm handles procurement, enforcement, licensing, commercialization, global strategic IP planning, and all related business aspects of IP.  The Firm has attorneys experienced and successful in all relevant U.S. and German agencies and tribunals, including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, The German Patent Office, The European Patent Office, The U.S. International Trade Commission, and Federal Courts, both trial and appellate, in both the U.S. and Germany.   With clients based around the world, RP understands that IP is global.  For additional information, visit www.RatnerPrestia.com. 
     

In a combined opinion for two cases, Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. (No. 14–1513) and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc.(No. 14–1520), a unanimous Supreme Court rejected the two-part test for awarding enhanced damages under 35 U.S.C. § 284. The Federal Circuit had pronounced this test nearly a decade ago in In re Seagate Technology, LLC, 497 F. 3d 1360 (Fed. Cir. 2007) (en banc). Finding the Seagate test inconsistent with the statute, the Supreme Court broadly endorsed the free exercise of discretion by district courts in deciding whether an enhanced damages award is appropriate.

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On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a long awaited opinion in Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC v. Lee, 579 U. S. ____ (2016). In its opinion, the Supreme Court squarely sided with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, approving of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (“PTAB”) use of the broadest reasonable interpretation to interpret patent claims during inter partes reviews (“IPR”) The Supreme Court also affirmed that the PTAB’s decision to institute an IPR is not appealable, even where the PTAB considers prior art or arguments outside of the original IPR petition in deciding to institute an IPR. The Supreme Court unanimously decided the broadest reasonable interpretation issue, while a 6-2 vote supported the appealability issue.

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