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Alert - June 28, 2017

On June 23, 2017, the Federal Circuit held that a party appealing a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”)...

Alert - June 26, 2017

The June 15 decision by the Federal Circuit, EmeraChem Holdings, LLC v. Volkswagen Group of Am., Inc., highlights the power of a procedural challenge to a final written decision by the PTAB...

Alert - June 22, 2017

This past Monday, June 19, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1052(a), is unconstitutional under the First Amendment.  Matal v. Tam, No. 15-1293, 582 U.S. ___ (2017).  Section 2(a), often referred to as the “disparagement clause”...

Alert - June 12, 2017

On June 5, 2017, the Federal Circuit arrived at two different conclusions concerning whether a case is exceptional under 35 U.S.C. § 285, reversing the district court in both cases...

Alert - May 31, 2017

On May 30, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. (Case No. 15-1189), limiting the use of patent rights to enforce post-sale restrictions on goods sold by the patent owner or the patent owner’s licensee...

Alert - May 24, 2017

On May 16, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the GOOGLE trademark had not become generic, providing guidance on preventing genericide.  Elliott et al. v. Google, Inc., No. 15‑cv-15809, 2017 US App. LEXIS 8583 (9th Cir. May 16, 2017)...

Alert - May 23, 2017

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (Case No. 16-341) altering the landscape of venue for patent infringement litigation...

Alert - May 16, 2017

In Helsinn Healthcare S.A., v. Teva Pharm. USA, Inc., the Federal Circuit recently held that, despite changes to the statutory language of § 102 under the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), the Court’s pre-AIA interpretation of the on-sale bar remains the same with respect to public sales...

Alert - April 14, 2017

On April 7, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced its PTAB Procedural Reform Initiative...