Prosecution

September 13, 2019
Fibre optic cable photographed in the dark

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.
August 23, 2019
Photograph of the United States Capitol Building, home of the US Congress, in Washington DC.

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.
August 16, 2019
A statue of Lady Justice.

US Supreme Court Lifts Ban on Profane Trademarks

SCOTUS, No. 18-302 (Iancu v Brunetti): In a recent decision, the US Supreme Court abolished the longstanding ban on registering vulgar and offensive words as trademarks.
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 […]
June 18, 2019

Raptors Win but Trademark still under Claw

The Raptors may have won the NBA championship but they still have a court battle ahead, this time against popular energy drink Monster Energy.
June 11, 2019
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CAFC Refuses to Hear Appeal from Patent Decision

AVX Corporation v Presidio Components (Fed. Cir., 2018-1106) A case recently dismissed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) confirms that […]