In In re Hodgdon Powder Company, Inc., the TTAB overturned a prior refusal to register a color mark for gunpowder. In doing so, the TTAB found that Hodgdon Powder Co. had proven acquired distinctiveness under Section 2(f) of the Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. § 1052(f), for the color “white”as applied to gunpowder in […]
In The Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc., the full Federal Circuit recently elaborated what exactly constitutes a “sale”for the purposes of the “on sale”bar under Pre-America Invents Act (AIA) 35 U.S.C. § 102(b). Pre-AIA § 102(b) and AIA § 102(a)(1) forbid the granting of a patent where the claimed invention was “on sale”prior to an […]
On Tuesday, the Federal Circuit revived a life-sciences patent that was invalidated as being directed to a law of nature. The patent involved a method for multiple freeze-thaw cycles in liver cells. In Vitro Technologies designed the method by using previously frozen cells and then pooling the cells that remained viable for re-freezing and thawing […]
On Tuesday, the Federal Circuit sustained an injunction preventing generic drug maker Apotex, Inc. from selling a similar version of Amgen Inc’s Neulasta drug without a 180 day notice period after being approved by the FDA. The drug is used to boost white blood cell counts in cancer patients and is made using living cells. […]
The Federal Circuit has handed down its decision in Rapid Litigation Management v. CellzDirect. The technology at issue in the case is a method of freezing-and-thawing a group of hepatocytes and then selecting those that are still viable. The patent-owner sued the defendant for infringement of the patent, and the defendant in turn filed a […]
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