Archive for 'Patent'

Written by: Christopher H. Blaszkowski & Alyssa M. Pugh The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decisive ruling today in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC (No. 15-927), eliminating the defense of laches in patent cases. This ruling continues the Supreme Court’s recent trend of overturning Federal Circuit precedent.


Written by: Michael P.F. Phelps Apple’s design patent suit against Samsung certainly has earned its newsworthy status. Take the two biggest players in the booming smartphone market, lock them in protracted and heated battle, and slap one with a staggering $400 million in damages, and you have the makings for the design patent case of [...]


Written by: Kenneth N. Nigon, Stephen D. Harper & Alyssa M. Pugh On May 4, 2016, Robert Bahr, Deputy Commissioner For Patent Examination Policy at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), published a memorandum to the examining corps (Memorandum) clarifying how the examiners should analyze claims for subject matter eligibility. On the same date, [...]


Written by: Sunjeev S. Sikand This article first appeared in the January 25, 2016 edition of IP Law360   A January 4, 2016 article in IP Law360 raised several issues regarding the USPTO’s handling of the December 2015 power outage, including the USPTO’s statutory authority to declare the power outage days as federal holidays and vulnerabilities of [...]


Written by: Benjamin E. Leace & Christopher H. Blaszkowski This article first appeared in the February 3, 2015 edition of the Legal Intelligencer   Inter partes review (IPR) is a powerful alternative or supplement to patent litigation that permits a party to challenge a patent’s validity before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In fact, [...]


Written by: Benjamin E. Leace & Christopher H. Blaszkowski This article appeared in the August 5, 2015 Edition of The Legal Intelligencer Patent reform is again looming on the horizon. Legislators are again focused on curbing the “abusive” litigation practices of patent trolls. The House and the Senate have released competing legislation this year, respectively [...]


Written By: Brett J. Rosen & Lisa Mead Should your company spend additional resources to file a new patent application for purely defensive purposes? How should you respond to a cease and desist letter claiming that your company’s product, which has been commercially available for the past five years, is infringing a patent that issued [...]


Written By: Kenneth N. Nigon and Brian P. O’Shaughnessy The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued revised guidelines for determining patent eligible subject matter following recent groundbreaking precedent, including Alice Corp., Mayo, and Myriad. The guidance substantially alters the USPTO’s earlier, more restrictive examination procedures and instructions to examiners, and address the implications [...]


Written By: Kenneth N. Nigon The America Invents Act (AIA) changed U.S. patent law from a first to invent (FTI) system to a first inventor to file (FITF) system. This change took effect on March 16, 2013, when the new 35 U.S.C. §§ 102 and 103 became effective. While some questions about the new law [...]


Written By: Sunjeev S. Sikand This article appeared in theSeptember 25, 2014 Edition of IP Law 360 At the heart of nearly every patent litigation is a dispute over the meaning of claim terms. Such disputes often arise in the form of a claim definiteness challenge by the accused infringer. Recently, in Nautilus v. Biosig1, [...]

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