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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.
August 16, 2019
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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 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 […]
April 3, 2019
Method of Medical Treatment Patents in Danger?

Method of Medical Treatment Patents in Danger?

Hikma Pharmaceuticals v. Vanda Pharmaceuticals, SCOTUS Docket No. 18-817 - The beginning of the end for method of treatment patents?
May 23, 2017

SCOTUS Lands a Blow Against Patent Trolls by Limiting Patent Litigation Venues

581 U.S. ___ (2017) - SCOTUS reaffirmed one of its previous holdings to find that the proper venue for bringing a patent infringement suit against a domestic corporation is either where the defendant resides, or where the defendant has committed acts of infringement and has a regular place of business.
April 18, 2017

SCOTUS affirms that design features incorporated into clothing may be eligible for copyright protection

580 U. S. (2017) - SCOTUS affirmed a lower court's decision that designs in the cheerleading uniforms designed, made and sold by Varsity were copyrightable material under section 101 of the Copyright Act of 1976.
February 23, 2015

United States Supreme Court Clarifies that Claim Construction can Involve Subsidiary Factual Disputes that are Reviewed on a Clear Error Standard

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc, et al v Sandoz, Inc, et al, 574 US __ (2015) - United States Supreme Court clarified that claim construction can involve subsidiary factual disputes that are reviewed on a clear error standard, while the ultimate question of claim construction is reviewed de novo.
July 3, 2014

US Supreme Court Tightens the Standard for Definiteness of Patent Claims

Nautilus Inc v Biosig Instruments Inc, No 13-369, 572 US ____ (2014) - On the matter of interpreting the meaning of electrodes in a "spaced relationship with each other", the US Supreme Court held that a patent is invalid for indefiniteness if its claims, read in light of the specification and the prosecution history, fail to inform, with reasonable certainty, those skilled in the art about the scope of the invention and remanded the case to the Federal Circuit.