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Flurry of U.S. Supreme Court decisions - restrictions for inventors?
Each year the U.S. Supreme Court decides about 70 to 90 cases. So far this year, six have been patent law cases sent up from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Wed Aug 20, 2014
Beware the Death Squad
On August 14, 2014, Law360 quoted PTAB Chief Judge James Smith commenting that the Board's reputation as a patent "death squad" a phrase coined by former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader.
Tue Aug 19, 2014
LGBT legal group sues VA to provide same-sex benefits
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert MacDonald is being sued to provide veterans benefits to same-sex spouses.
Mon Aug 18, 2014
IP Newsflash - August 2014 #3
On July 25, the Federal Circuit vacated an injunction and $18 million civil contempt fine in a patent infringement case after a subsequent reexamination invalidated the claims at issue.
How Vringo's Reversal At CAFC Just Increased My Confidence In A VirnetX Affirmation
The Vringo reversal was a 2-1 majority with Judge Chen writing the dissent. Judge Chen sits on the VirnetX panel.
Fri Aug 15, 2014
Google Wins Bid Against Vringo To Overturn Multimillion-Dollar Patent-Infringement Verdict
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington has settled a dispute between Google and Vringo over filtering technology that determines placement of advertisements in search query results.
Vringo shares dive after court tosses patent claims
A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected patent claims brought by a Vringo Inc subsidiary against several companies including Google, sending Vringo shares plummeting.
Thu Aug 14, 2014
Ongoing Developments in Patent Law: Claim Construction on Appeal, Indefiniteness, and PTAB Decisions
There are a few patent cases to keep track of in the future that may have an impact on claim construction, indefiniteness, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions.
Federal Circuit Smokes Cuban Entity on Standing Issue
The U. S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's decision, holding that a Cuban cigar manufacturer's standing to pursue cancellation of two federal registrations was not barred in light of a prior decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which held that the Cuban Assets Control ... (more)
Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings
Revenue for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2014 wa... )--Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. , a global consumer products company with market-leading brands, announced today that Douglas L. Martin, 51, will join th... )--The Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise , owner of Foxwoods Resort CasinoA , announced today that it has entered into discussions ... (more)
United States Court of Appeals Dismisses MPHJ Technology Investments Appeal
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Washington, D.C., has dismissed the appeal of MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC from an order of the United States District Court in Vermont that favored the State of Vermont.
Wed Aug 13, 2014
Intel Successfully Defends its Patent Case but Owes its Own Attorneys $9 Million for the Defense.
Federal Circuit Appellate Judge Timothy Dyk has been sitting by designation as the trial judge in this patent infringement lawsuit over video compression technology.
Sham Hatch-Waxman Infringement Suits And FDA Citizen Petitions; A...
Under what is commonly known as "Noerr-Pennington immunity," persons exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government for redress are generally immune from antitrust liability, even though their actions may harm competition or competitors.
The assault on patents
The United States patent system is under assault. The most significant changes to patent system in the past two centuries have been, or are in the process of being made.
Tue Aug 12, 2014
Notorious 'scanner troll' gets no succor from Federal Circuit
MPHJ Technology became infamous by sending out thousands of letters demanding $1,000 per worker from small businesses using basic scan-to-email functions.
Mon Aug 11, 2014
Convenience Trumps Potentially Higher Royalties
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated a denial of a motion to sever and transfer, directing the district court to grant petitioner's motion because the transferee forum was more convenient than the transferor forum.
Fri Aug 08, 2014
Federal Court of Appeals Rules that California Water District May...
A recent federal appellate decision may clear the way for water purveyors to collect damages when the federal government shortens water deliveries, in breach of water supply contracts.
No "Plausible Basis" to Establish Federal Circuit...
Addressing whether a declaratory judgment action qualified as a civil action relating to patents for purposes of establishing appellate jurisdiction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit transferred an appeal back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, finding that the ownership dispute surrounding a dental implant ... (more)
Thu Aug 07, 2014
Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Enforce Patent When Co-Owner Refuses to Participate in Litigation
Addressing whether standing and joinder are matters dictated by substantive patent law or by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 19 , the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a lower court's ruling of no standing, finding that plaintiff STC.UNM could not involuntarily join a patent co-owner in an infringement action.