Posts in District Courts


Andrei Iancu: The man who may be the next USPTO Director

If the Washington, DC rumor mill is correct Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross will soon announce that Andrei Iancu will be the next Under Secretary of Commerce for …

The PTAB Killing Fields: VirnetX patents worth more than $1 billion in district court lost at PTAB

So obviously the patent claims VirnetX has used to pursue infringers such as Apple and Microsoft are not the weak patents that opponents of the patent system …

Dunkin’ Donuts sues coffee shop over “America Runs On Dunkin'”

Dunkin’ Donuts allegations center around a message displayed on windows at the Mike’s Coffee location: “North Now Runs On Mike’s”. Although Steve Copoulos, the owner …
By Steve Brachmann
5 days ago 0

Lex Machina PTAB report highlights top petitioners, patent owners and law firms appearing in cases

Some of the reports most interesting findings involve which entities are most active at the PTAB as well as the law firms representing parties most frequently during …
By Steve Brachmann
6 days ago 0

Diverging Viewpoints on Venue Change Following T.C. Heartland

In two recent decisions following T. C. Heartland, district courts have applied two different methodologies in resolving motions to change venue... In the first decision a trial …
By Damian R LaPlaca
7 days ago 0

Makers of Bionic Wrench awarded $5.9M by federal jury against Sears in willful infringement verdict

The inventor of the two patents-in-suit is Dan Brown, Sr., president and founder of LoggerHead. He also teaches engineering at Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute. Brown …
By Steve Brachmann
10 days ago 15

State Farm, Allstate and Hyatt among companies targeted by patent owner alleging infringement of online piracy prevention tech

Venadium LLC filed a series of five patent infringement suits against well-known entities in the insurance, hotel accommodation and industrial supply space. The suits, which have been …
By Steve Brachmann
17 days ago 2

AIA Did Not Alter Reviewability Bar of District Court Remand Decisions Under §1447(d)

The district court determined that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction because Preston’s state-law claims did not arise under federal law and Nagel’s patent counterclaims did …

Federal Circuit Reverses and Remands District Court’s Refusal to Award Attorney Fees

Rothschild sued ADS for patent infringement of Rothschild’s patent related to a home security system. The district court granted Rothschild’s motion to dismiss and denied …

Federal Circuit Reverses Grant of Attorney Fees; Case Not Exceptional Under 35 U.S.C. § 285

In the Federal Circuit case of Checkpoint Systems v. All-Tag Sec, The Federal Circuit held that the district court erred in finding this case exceptional under 35 U.…

Smartflash v. Apple: A poster child of the current ills wrecking the U.S. patent system

despite the media widely lambasting Smartflash as a patent troll, inventor Patrick Racz actually created a company called Internet plc “to develop, manufacture, and commercialize the invention”; …
By Steve Brachmann
21 days ago 12

CIPU media survey reflects high subjectivity in mainstream media reporting of patent infringement stories

The media study shows high subjectivity among patent infringement news coverage, with 42% of the articles surveyed advocating a specific narrative... The study, which focused on coverage of …
By Steve Brachmann
22 days ago 7

Is the Supreme Court’s venue decision in TC Heartland anti-patent?

The TC Heartland decision strikes me as more anti-business than it is anti-patent. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision all patent owners will now …
By Gene Quinn
23 days ago 18

PTAB overturns two Cisco patents, clearing way for Arista to overturn ITC exclusion order

Arista Networks (NYSE:ANET) was recently successful in its attempts to overturn the validity of a patent held by San Jose, CA-based tech multinational Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:…
By Steve Brachmann
24 days ago 3

Halo v. Pulse: CAFC Dismisses Premature Appeal of Pending Judgment Interest Award

The Court first addressed whether the district court’s decision awarding Halo pre- and post-judgment interest and ordering the parties to either file a stipulation on the …