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Sixth Circuit: Some claims relating to license agreement with arbitration clause not arbitrable

In a recent decision, the Sixth Circuit considered the scope a mandatory arbitration clause in a software license agreement, and specifically whether the clause mandated arbitration of certain copyright infringement and other claims arguably related to the agreement. The district court entered an order compelling arbitration.The Sixth Circuit partially reversed. According to the court, given […]

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Roundup of media coverage of oral arguments in Quanta v. LG

After the Supreme Court heard oral argument last week in Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. (No. 06-937), the media and blogosphere have begun to weigh in on the arguments. You can find our take on the arguments in this post, or click below for a sampling of the coverage from other sources. A […]

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Oral argument in Quanta v. LG – some highlights

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. (No. 06-937), a case regarding the scope of the concept of patent exhaustion, also known as the first sale doctrine. While the entirety of the arguments is worth a read (the transcript is available here), click below for our […]

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Federal Circuit again tackles the meaning of “a”

In a decision this week, the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part and reversed-in-part a district court's grant of summary judgment of non-infringement with respect to two patents relating to cleaning printing press cylinders. Both findings were based on issues of claim construction, with one centering around an issue that has reached the Federal Circuit multiple times: the […]

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Eleventh Circuit: Trademark licensee liable for infringement when deviating from license

In a decision Tuesday, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court's finding of trademark infringement against a trademark licensee. The alleged infringer was actually licensed to use the mark owner's trademark, but did not use the mark as described in the license, instead using an abbreviated form. As a result, the court affirmed the jury's […]

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Patent Reform Act of 2007 to be passed in 2008?

The internet is abuzz with talk that the much-maligned Patent Reform Act of 2007 (H.R. 1908 & S. 1145) may be passed in some form this month. A draft version of the Senate Judiciary Committee's report on the bill was released earlier this week, and while it does not contain any revised provisions, it does […]

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Timely article in Popular Science regarding the USPTO and its backlog

The passage below is from an article in Popular Science, and is timely given the current workload of the USPTO and statements by Director Dudas that application pendency will continue to increase: The Patent Office Has Become A National Disgrace THE Patent Office, in Washington, D. C, recently sent to a workman in a chemical […]

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Tomorrow at the Supreme Court: Oral argument in Quanta v. LG

Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. (No. 06-937). The case will determine whether patent owners who sell products embodying their patents conditionally are able to recover damages for patent infringement if the products are subsequently sold beyond the scope permitted by the original sale. The […]

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Seventh Circuit: Injunction against use of plaintiff’s copyrights and trade secrets too vague

In a decision last week, the Seventh Circuit vacated and remanded a district court's preliminary injunction in a copyright and trade secret case. The court addressed the degree of specificity necessary for an injunction against misappropriating trade secrets and infringing copyrights, and vacated the injunction because it failed to detail the substance of the trade […]

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Pre-KSR obviousness instruction does not result in plain error post-KSR

In a decision this week, the Federal Circuit affirmed findings of infringement of two patents by two defendants. The court also reversed an invalidity ruling of one of one claim that had been the subject of reexamination, but remanded the case to the district court for a determination of the obviousness of one claim based […]

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