Patent

September 20, 2019
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Allergan’s Glaucoma Patents Saved by “Wherein” Clauses

CAFC 2018-2207 – The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that “wherein” clauses in patent claims can be limiting if they are material to patentability.
September 13, 2019
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Patent Specification Interpreted as Admission of Common General Knowledge

2019 FC 1065 – Canada's Federal Court ruled that two fiber optics patents were obvious in light of an admission made in the background sections.
September 6, 2019
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Pepsi Wins Squabble Over Scent-Releasing Trade Secrets

CAFC 2018-2091 – The Federal Circuit refused to grant lost profits and joint ownership to ScentSational Technologies for their scent-releasing bottle cap.
August 30, 2019
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Canadian Drug Pricing Regulator Ordered to Reconsider Differin

2019 FCA 196 – In an ongoing dispute between the PMPRB and Galderma, the FCA says the drug pricing regulator erred in its interpretation of the law.
August 23, 2019
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What Can Businesses Expect From the US Patent Reforms?

A draft bill released May 22nd proposes significant reforms to section 101 of the US Patent Act. Businesses should be aware of the commercial impact.
July 22, 2019
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Despite Contract, License Holder Cannot Sue for Patent Infringement: CAFC

Lone Star Silicon Innovations v Nanya Tech. Corp. (Fed. Cir., 2018-1581) When is a patent agreement an “assignment” as opposed to a mere “license”? A case […]
July 18, 2019
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US Postal Service Prohibited from Challenging Mail Sorting Patent

Return Mail v  United States Postal Service (USSC, No. 17-1594) In a decision released June 10, 2019, the United States Supreme Court blocked government bodies from […]
July 11, 2019
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US Supreme Court Asked to Resolve “Fundamental State of Disorder” in the Patent System

Glasswall Solutions Limited v  Clearswift, Ltd (USSC, No. 18-1448) A cybersecurity start-up is asking the US Supreme Court to take a bold stance on the judicial […]
July 8, 2019
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Federal Circuit Reinstates Software Patents in Favour of Alleged Patent Troll

Uniloc USA, Inc v  ADP, LLC (Fed. Cir., 2018-1132, 2018-1346) Software patents are notoriously difficult to obtain because they often claim outcomes or results, which are […]
July 2, 2019
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Oxymorphone Patent Is Not Obvious, Federal Circuit Confirms

Endo Pharmaceuticals v Actavis LLC, Fed. Cir., 2018-1054 A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) confirmed that an […]