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Are Inter Partes Reviews “Quintessential” Agency Adjudications?

A superlative or excessive statement is often a dead give-away that the statement may not be true.  In deciding whether the America Invents Act’s inter partes review provisions violate Article III of the Constitution of the United States, the Federal Circuit in MCM Portfolio LLC v. Hewlett-Packard Company, 815 F.3d 1284, 1291 (Fed. Cir. 2015) … Continue Reading

German Federal Constitutional Court delays UPC

The launch of the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent has been dealt a blow from an unexpected corner. Following delays caused by Brexit and the political uncertainty in the UK, the attention suddenly shifts to the ratification process in Germany. It is being reported that the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has asked the … Continue Reading

Uncharted Waters: ITC Administrative Law Judge Recommends $37 Million Penalty For Prohibited Fish-Finder Sales

138290667In an enforcement proceeding stemming from the ITC’s December 2015 decision in Certain Marine Sonar Imaging Devices, Inv. No. 337-TA-921, ALJ David Shaw has found that the ITC’s cease and desist order was violated by continued infringing sales of imported products and has recommended that respondent Garmin be assessed a civil penalty of $37 million. … Continue Reading

Exhausted: The Supreme Court Takes The Federal Circuit To Task (Again)

138290667On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court continued its recent string of decisions reversing Federal Circuit holdings on fundamental issues of patent law.  Taking on patent exhaustion in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Int’l, Inc., No. 15-1189, the Court unanimously held that that “a patentee’s decision to sell a product exhausts all of its … Continue Reading

Change of Scenery: TC Heartland Reshapes the Patent Litigation Landscape

Earlier today (May 22, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that venue for patent infringement suits against U.S. companies is limited to the company’s state of incorporation or where the company has a “regular and established place of business.”  The Supreme Court’s decision—TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, Case No. 16-341—dramatically … Continue Reading

Preparing for (or Avoiding) a Schoolyard Brawl: Rationalizing Patent Value

Patents are expensive and should provide value to any company that spends money on them.  There is no single way to value patents, and the value of a patent may change depending on the company’s needs and as products and markets develop.  We offer here a few practical suggestions to value patents and prepare for … Continue Reading

No Clear Consensus on Patent Venue During TC Heartland Oral Argument

Further to our colleagues’ prior blogs on this matter (here, here, and here), on March 27, the US Supreme Court heard arguments in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC  to decide whether 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) (“patent venue statute”) is the sole and exclusive provision controlling venue in patent infringement actions or … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Tosses Laches Defense To Patent Damages

Yesterday, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision in SCA Hygiene Prods. v. First Quality Baby Prods., 807 F.3d 1311 (Fed. Cir. 2015) (en banc), and effectively abolished laches (unreasonable, prejudicial delay) as a defense to patent infringement claims or damages.  The Court’s decision does not disturb the Federal Circuit’s additional holding … Continue Reading

New Trend of Examining Inventivity of a Patent Claim in China

A case handled by Sum Lam, Patent Litigator and Chinese Attorney-at-Law of Squire Hong Kong Office, has just been selected as a Guiding Case 2016 by Peking IP Court. The case is an administrative litigation for Chinese patent application 200710007290.2 published as CN101007901A  (corresponding to DE102006003957 (A1)   US2009022898 (A1)   US8147918 (B2)  KR101354886 (B1)   JP5634676 (B2)   WO2007085320 (A2)   EP1976940 (A2)  CN105646879 (A)   BRPI0621249 (A2) ) between DEGUSSA (now Evonik) v. Chinese Patent … Continue Reading

Pink or Orange: Colors That Are the By-Product of a Functional Improvement to a Product Are Not Entitled to Trade Dress Protection

On January 5, the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado ruled that ceramics company CeramTec GmbH is not entitled to trade dress protection for the pink color of its hip implant components.  C5Med. Werks, LLC v. CeramTec GmbH, D. Colo., No 14-cv-00643-RBJ, 1517 decision highlights the limits of trade dress protection, which only extends to non-functional … Continue Reading

Is the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation of Claim Terms, as Applied in Inter Partes Review, Converging on the Standard Applied in Litigation?

This past summer, the Supreme Court settled the debate about the standard to be applied by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) in construing patent claims – finding its use of the broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI), the approach used by the US patent office for the past century, was proper.1 Its decision left in … Continue Reading

Shot in the Dark Likely to Reshape the Map of U.S. Patent Litigation

In a somewhat surprising move, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to address the question of the proper forum for patent litigation in TC Heartland, LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341.  Although the U.S. Code contains a special venue provision for patent infringement actions that the Supreme Court had interpreted to be … Continue Reading

When A Radio Is Just A Radio: Claim Construction Principles Revisited

Ordinary meaning can limit features in claims to the features’ purpose and principal use, according to the Federal Circuit’s recent decision in Asetek Danmark A/S v. CMI USA Inc., No. 16-1026 (Fed. Cir. 2016). The patents-in-suit are directed to systems and methods for cooling the “central processing unit (CPU) or other processing unit of a … Continue Reading

ALJ Reverses Prior Domestic Industry Finding In Light of Lelo Inc. v ITC

In a significant development in ITC domestic industry law, ALJ Pender has reversed his prior ruling in Certain Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treatment Systems and Components Thereof (337-TA-890) that Complainants had established a U.S. industry in their products—a prerequisite for investigations under Section 337.  The reversal is based on the intervening Federal Circuit authority in Lelo Inc. … Continue Reading
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