Posts Tagged "IP litigation"

Coding error: Court rejects software patent

Oops — they did it again. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected yet another software patent. The court, which hears all appeals involving patents, found that the patent was for a patent-ineligible invention.

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SCOTUS limits venue for patent lawsuits

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has dramatically tightened the restrictions on where patent owners can file infringement lawsuits. The court’s unanimous ruling is expected to rein in the “forum shopping” that so often occurs in patent infringement cases, where patentees try to file in judicial districts considered to be more plaintiff-friendly, such as the defendant-dreaded Eastern District of Texas.

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A uniform standard for copyright industrial designs

Fashion and apparel have long existed in a cloud of copyright confusion. Clothing often incorporates design elements, which may be protectable, and functional elements, which aren’t. The U.S. Supreme Court has now established a two-part test intended to resolve “widespread disagreement” regarding copyright protection for such “industrial designs.”

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Manufacturer vs. distributor: Who owns that unregistered trademark?

Manufacturers that let their distributors use their unregistered trademarks may later find themselves in a fight over the marks’ ownership. This article highlights how one federal court of appeals recently addressed such ownership disputes and adopted a different test for determining ownership of common law trademarks where there is no agreement addressing the issue.

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TC Heartland and improper venue waiver in patent infringement lawsuits

The dust has settled on the Supreme Court’s May 2017 TC Heartland decision that a domestic corporation “resides” only in the state of incorporation under the patent venue statute—28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). Yet despite this clarity, a new issue has emerged: If a defendant failed to raise the defense of improper venue in district court because it was not available before TC Heartland, did they inadvertently waive it?

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Why Patent Litigation is Necessary

Obtaining patent protection is the culmination of hard work and perseverance—from the engineers/inventors/R&D team who develop the invention to company leadership who make the financial investment to the attorneys who take the idea through the patent process. The result is an intangible asset that provides the patent owner with an advantage over the competition and one that should be jealously guarded.

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Eric Chadwick Selected for National Fellowship

Eric Chadwick, intellectual property attorney and head of the litigation department at Patterson Thuente IP, has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA).

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New Year, New Ideas

New Year, New Ideas The New Year has finally arrived and we are ready for 2017! We wanted to outline some important IP advice for your company this year.

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