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Consent judgment with no explanation of how claim construction affected noninfringement vacated

In a decision Tuesday, the Federal Circuit vacated a consent judgment entered by a district court and remanded the case for clarification. The district court entered a consent judgment, stipulated by the parties, stating the defendants' products did not infringe under the district court's claim construction of several terms, but that the plaintiff could still […]

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Ninth Circuit: Patent law terms in employment agreement should be given patent law definitions

In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit held a district court's jury instructions regarding construction of the patent ownership provisions of an employment agreement erred in applying contract law rather than patent law. The court determined that jury instructions defining the terms "conceive," "reduce to practice," and "Work of Dr. Yu" (a possible coinventor) required […]

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Roundup of media coverage of Quanta v. LG decision

The media and legal blogs have begun to weigh in on yesterday's decision in Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. , holding method claims can be exhausted by the sale of a product substantially embodying the claim. Click below for a sampling of the coverage from various sources. Media New York Times Wall Street […]

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Quanta v. LG: Method claims can be exhausted; harder to assert infringement later in distribution

The Supreme Court today decided Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc., dealing with the doctrine of patent exhaustion (also called the first sale doctrine). In a nutshell, the Court made it more difficult for patent holders to maintain a claim for infringement down the distribution chain of a product. There were three main aspects […]

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Suprme Court provides unanimous decision in Quanta v. LG: Federal Circuit reversed

This morning the Supreme Court decided Quanta v. LG, reversing the Federal Circuit's decision. We'll post a link to the decision (written by Justice Thomas) as soon as it's available.

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Today’s opinion in Quanta v. LG now available

The opinion of the Court in Quanta Computer, Inc. v. LG Electronics, Inc. is now available here. Thanks to SCOTUSBlog for making a copy of the decision available online. Update (10:45): The closing paragraph of the decision is a good, concise summary: The authorized sale of an article that substantially embodies a patent exhausts the […]

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No lost profits when patent owned by parent but practiced by subsidiary

In a decision this week, the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court's grant of summary judgment in the damages phase of a patent infringement case denying recovery for lost profits. The patentee's wholly-owned subsidiary actually practiced the claimed invention, but the subsidiary paid a standard license royalty to the patentee for use of the invention, […]

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License under method patent not limited to use with licensor’s products absent express limitation

In a decision Wednesday, the Federal Circuit affirmed-in-part, vacated-in-part, and reversed-in-part a district court's decision regarding two patents. The district court held the broadest claims of both patents invalid and not infringed, and dismissed claims of inequitable conduct relating to the patents. The Federal Circuit affirmed with respect to one patent, but vacated and reversed […]

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Assignee of patent not bound by previous assignee’s agreement to arbitrate

In a decision yesterday, the Federal Circuit affirmed a finding by a district court that a party may not be compelled to arbitrate as provided in a patent license agreement when the party was not a signatory party to the agreement but merely an assignee of the patent covered by the agreement. As a result, […]

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Wal-Mart learns a lesson in copyright licensing the hard way

A story in yesterday's Wall Street Journal (via Bill Patry) illustrates how important it is for parties to a transaction to know what they're getting up-front. Starting way back in the 1970s, Wal-Mart hired an outside company, Flagler Productions, to document various aspects of Wal-Mart's operations. Flagler produced videos of Wal-Mart corporate officers and directors, […]

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