Google Patents and Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC)
July 24, 2015
Post by Paul S. Mazzola

Users of Google Patents might have noticed a recent update. In addition to a new interface and layout, the most exciting innovation is an improved searching function. As background, patentability requires an invention be novel and non-obvious. To determine whether these legal requirements are satisfied, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) substantively examines pend....... Read More

Federal Circuit Weighs in on Abbreviated Biosimilar Applications
July 23, 2015

The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) establishes an abbreviated pathway for regulatory approval of follow-on biological products that are highly similar to a previously approved product (the reference product).  The general structure of the abbreviated pathway, referred to as "biosimilar" licensure , is similar to that used for Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDA) unde....... Read More

Impact of eBay on Injunctive Relief
July 20, 2015

Both preliminary and permanent injunctions can be crucial forms of relief in any patent case. In addition to preventing continuing infringement of a patent, an injunction puts the patent holder in a much better bargaining position for future licensing negotiations. In its eBay decision in 2006, the Supreme Court required lower courts to apply a four-part common law test for granting injunctive relief. Prio....... Read More

Octane Fitness in Practice: Federal Circuit Applies Supreme Court Attorney Fees Standard
July 14, 2015
Post by Marcus A. Smetka

The Supreme Court decision in Octane Fitness LLC v. ICON Health and Fitness (previously discussed on Filewrapper®) changed the standard for awarding attorney fees in patent suits to the prevailing party in exceptional cases under Section 258 of the patent statute. In Octane Fitness, the Court further defined “exceptional cases” to mean those "that stands out from others with respect to the substanti....... Read More

The Continuing Saga of the First IPR at the Federal Circuit
July 09, 2015

    The Federal Circuit has simultaneously issued an order and an opinion in In re Cuozzo Speed Technologies, LLC, previously discussed on Filewrapper® as being the first appeal arising from an inter partes review (“IPR”) . The order issued by the Federal Circuit is a denial of the Petition for En Banc Rehearing to consider appl....... Read More

Kimble v. Marvel—SCOTUS Declines to Overturn Brulotte
June 26, 2015

            Patent portfolios are often a substantial asset to business associations, and even for the individual inventor an issued patent or two can be Big Business. Patent assignments (i.e. wholesale buying and selling of patents and patent applications) are not the only ways to trade in the commodity. Many transactions take the form of licenses or assignment in exchan....... Read More

Teva v. Sandoz Revisited
June 25, 2015

Teva v. Sandoz Revisited On June 18, 2015, a Federal Circuit panel reaffirmed that the key claim of the patent at issue inTeva v. Sandoz, was invalid as indefinite. The procedural posture and technical background leading up to this decision is discussed in aprior blog post.  The Federal Circuit ultimately concluded that they are still allowed to address if the question of law regarding indefiniteness....... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs in on Belief of Patent Invalidity and Induced Infringement
June 24, 2015
Post by Daniel M. Lorentzen, Ph.D.

Under 35 U.S.C. § 271, a party can be held liable for infringement of a patent under in a number of different ways. The most common liability is for direct, literal infringement of the patent, meaning that accused party actually practices every element of the asserted patent claim(s). The statute also includes provisions for liability based on importation products (§ 271(g)); contributory infringement ....... Read More

Geographical Scope of Permanent Injunctions Challenged
June 17, 2015

  Federal trademark rights are generally enforceable throughout the United States.  However, confusion can arise where contrary decisions have been made by district courts in different geographical regions relating to the same mark. The Fourth Circuit’s March decision in Georgia Pacific Consumer Prods. LP v. Von Dreble Corp, an appeal from the Eastern District of North Carolina, provides an exem....... Read More

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June 05, 2015

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