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SCOTUS: Timing is everything in patent infringement cases

Three years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “laches” — a plaintiff’s unreasonable delay in pursuing an infringement claim — couldn’t preempt a claim for damages sustained within the Copyright Act’s statute of limitations. Now the Court has extended its reasoning to patents, eliminating the laches defense for infringement allegedly committed within the Patent Act’s six-year statute of limitations.

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Access denied: Court shuts down copyright infringement claims

Vocabulary matters in the courts, as one company found out recently. According to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the term “volitional conduct” has nothing to do with voluntary actions when it comes to direct copyright infringement. The court explained the meaning in a case where it also denied a copyright holder’s secondary liability claims for infringement.

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Four Patterson Thuente IP Attorneys on 2018 Best Lawyers in America List

Patterson Thuente IP is pleased to announce that four lawyers have been named to the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Congratulations to the following attorneys:   Eric H. Chadwick, Litigation – Patent James H. Patterson, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law Brad D. Pedersen, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law Bradley Thorson, Patent Law

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Patterson Thuente Listed on 2017 IAM Patent 1000

We are proud to be listed among the top patent firms in the world in this year’s IAM Patent 1000. Patterson Thuente appears in the prestigious publication, published by Globe Business Media Group of London, as one of the world’s leading patent service providers. IAM is acknowledged within the industry as the leading IP business media platform; as such, we are honored to have our own Amy Salmela, Jim Patterson, Eric Chadwick, and Brad Pederson featured as distinguished professionals. IAM characterizes Patterson Thuente as a firm that “excel[s] at developing and executing strategic solutions to the complex IP matters that are crucial to success in today’s highly competitive global marketplace,” and highlights our “interdisciplinary expertise, deep technical and scientific knowledge and clear understanding of how intellectual property affects [our] clients’ bottom line.” Further information, quoted from IAM’s official press release, underscores the significance of this honor. The IAM Patent 1000 has become the definitive directory
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Amy Salmela Profiled in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Patterson Thuente’s Amy Salmela is the focus of a July article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. A link to the article is included below (full text available to subscribers), which spotlights Salmela’s rise through the firm, and her current objectives to increase diversity. Read the Article
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IP in an Ever-Evolving World

Jay Erstling recently spoke on the evolving world of IP law at Dennemeyer’s Forum on The Future of IP Law & Technology in eight US cities. Here, he share some of his thoughts on the subject, as well as what was learned during the forum Q&A discussions.

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Patterson Thuente IP Attorneys Listed by Super Lawyers

Jim Patterson and Brad Pedersen were named to the 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers® listing for intellectual property.

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Business method patent surprisingly survives judicial scrutiny

Business method patents on software have had a tough time in the courts in recent years. But a recent ruling may now provide some hope for patent holders. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Trading Technologies Int’l, Inc. v. CQG, Inc. marks a rare example of the court finding software to be patent-eligible. The ruling provides valuable guidance on just what it takes for these patents to withstand judicial scrutiny.

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Application accepted: Court says marks can cover certain software

Does a company that provides software perform a service that supports a service mark? In today’s technology-driven markets, this question is raised with increased frequency. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in In re JobDiva, Inc. delivered good news to companies using this business model, although it also cited a caveat.

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Why novelty doesn’t make abstract ideas any less abstract

When the inventors of a new design process admitted that they had mentally performed the patented steps themselves, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals took them at their word. The patent holders in Synopsys, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corp. ultimately failed the two-step abstract ideas test.

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