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H.R. 3309 ? The Innovation Act
December 17, 2013

    On December 5, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passedH.R. 3309, the "Innovation Act", with bipartisan support by an overwhelming margin of 325-91 votes. H.R. 3309 was drafted to address the perceived growing problem of abusive patent litigation attributed to alleged “patent trolls.” Early next year, the Senate will likely consider a companion bill, S. 1720, the "Patent Transpar....... Read More


    Seventh Circuit issues a stinker of an opinion in copyright case
    March 20, 2007

      The Seventh Circuit succinctly sums up the field of commerce of its decision today in JCW Investments, Inc. v. Novelty, Inc.: Somewhat to our surprise, it turns out that there is a niche market for farting dolls, and it is quite lucrative. The case presents some interesting issues, such as whether the copyright in such a doll is valid and infringed, whether greater attorney fees may be awarded under the copy....... Read More


      Voluntary dismissal prevents award of attorney fees under § 285
      February 27, 2007

        In a recent case, the Federal Circuit found that when a plaintiff voluntarily dismisses its case under Rule 41(a)(1)(i) before an answer is served, the defendant is not a "prevailing party." As a result, attorney fees under § 285 could not be awarded by the district court. More details of the case after the jump.RFR Industries holds two patents directed toward railroad crossing fillers, specifically a produ....... Read More


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