Paul J. Cronin

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TC Heartland v. Kraft: The Supreme Court Asks Tough Questions, Doesn’t Tip Its Hand After Oral Argument

On March 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in TC Heartland v. Kraft, a case that centers on where patent infringement lawsuits can be filed. Key Takeaways If the Supreme Court sides with TC Heartland, patent infringement hotbeds like the Eastern District of Texas would likely see a drastic reduction in filings … Continue Reading

Will the Supreme Court Reform Patent Venue Law in TC Heartland v. Kraft?

Q: Why is the technology industry following TC Heartland v. Kraft so closely? Paul Cronin: The Supreme Court recently agreed to take up TC Heartland, a case that will address the issue of where patent infringement lawsuits can be filed. The tech industry wants the Supreme Court to end the practice of “forum shopping,” or … Continue Reading

USPTO Introduces New Program to Expedite Patent Appeals, but at the Expense of Withdrawing another Appeal

Summary: The USPTO announced a year-long program aimed at reducing the backlog of pending ex parte patent appeals. An ex parte patent appeal is an appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board typically made by applicants after receiving a final rejection from an examiner and failing to reach agreement on the allowability of the patent … 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