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Supreme Court Weighs in on Belief of Patent Invalidity and Induced Infringement

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 […]

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“Intangible” Software Unpatentable? – AllVoice Developments v. Microsoft

  In this non-precedential opinion (Fed. Cir. 2015) the Court held claims 60-68 of U.S. Patent No. 5,799,273 (the “‘273 Patent‚¬) invalid under 35. U.S.C. § 101 as not being directed to one of the four statutory categories of inventions identified in 35 U.S.C. 101. Claim 60 is set forth below: 60. A universal speech-recognition […]

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Apple v. Samsung-Part I, Trade Dress & Functionality

Trade dress is a form of intellectual property related to trademarks, which deals with characteristics of visual appearance, usually of a product or its packaging, but also potentially of a commercial space such as a store or restaurant. Like trademarks, trade dress signifies to consumers the source of a product or service.Also, like trademarks, trade […]

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Apple v. Samsung-Part II, A Design Patent Breakdown

  The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently decided the appeal for Apple v. Samsung, involving allegations of trade dress dilution, design patent infringement, and utility patent infringement. The case relates to Samsung’s alleged copying of Apple’s popular iPhone smartphone. A jury previously found that Samsung infringed Apple’s design and utility […]

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