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The Supreme Court Strikes Down Laches as a Defense to Patent Infringement

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion, SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, in which it held that laches cannot be used as a defense to a claim of patent infringement. The opinion had been anticipated ever since the Court’s decision in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 572 U.S. ___ (2014) … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Ruling Loosens Standard for Awarding Enhanced Damages

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., once again changing patent law by loosening the standard by which district courts may award enhanced damages under 35 U.S.C. § 284. In so doing, the Court discarded the two-part test set forth by the Court … Continue Reading

It’s Never Too Late to File an Inventorship Dispute

Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit revisited the issue of inventorship disputes and iterated in a nonprecedential opinion that proving nonjoinder of inventors in an issued patent is a difficult threshold for a challenger to meet. In doing so, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court holding that the challenge to correct inventorship of two … Continue Reading

Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. – A Reminder to Think Carefully and Broadly when Drafting Patent Licenses

Summary: In Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. 576 U.S. __ (2015), the Supreme Court relied on stare decisis, declining to overrule its 1964 Brulotte v. Thys Co. decision and holding that a patent owner cannot charge royalties for the use of an invention after the patent expires. Justice Kagan’s June 22, 2015 opinion affirmed the … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Changes Standard of Appellate Review for Claim Construction

On January 20, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., which presented the question of the proper standard of review for factual findings by district courts during patent claim construction. The CAFC has long held that claim construction rulings, including underlying factual findings, are reviewed … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Changes Standard of Appellate Review for Claim Construction

Today the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc., 574 U. S.____ (2015), which presented the question of the proper standard of review for factual findings by district courts during patent claim construction. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC), the Nation’s sole appellate court … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Decision in Patent Case May Make it Easier to Obtain Attorneys’ Fees in Trademark and Trade Dress Cases

In Octane Fitness LLC v. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1749 (2014), decided in April 2014, the Supreme Court lowered the bar for obtaining attorneys’ fees in patent infringement cases. In particular, the Supreme Court replaced the previously restrictive interpretation of an “exceptional case” that qualifies for the award of attorneys’ fees … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit On Issues of Both Infringement and Validity

Today the United States Supreme Court issued two opinions addressing patent law issues—Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. In both cases, the nation’s highest court unanimously reversed the Federal Circuit. In doing so, the Court simultaneously raised the bar for patentees with respect to patent infringement and … Continue Reading

Two U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Make It Easier To Award Attorney Fees In Patent Infringement Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions reversing existing Federal Circuit precedent on the fees that can be awarded to the prevailing party in exceptional patent infringement cases. Both cases involved the interpretation 35 U.S.C. § 285, which is the patent statute for awarding attorney fees to the prevailing party “in exceptional cases.” In … Continue Reading
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