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Semiconductor Energy Laboratory v. Yujiro Nagata: Assignor Estoppel is Affirmative Defense, No Supplemental Jurisdiction

Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (“SEL”) appealed the decision of the District Court of California that dismissed with prejudice SEL’s complaint versus Yujiro Nagata (“Nagata”) due to a …
By Jason Williams
4 years ago 0

Celebrating Presidents Who Advocated for the U.S. Patent System

President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln both played an important role in the development of the U.S. patent system. Given that today we celebrate these …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 3

Planting Progeny Seeds Without Consent is Patent Infringement

In its amicus brief, CLI responds by arguing that the term “makes,” as used in Section 271(a), has its plain and ordinary meaning, which embraces the concepts …

Apple Awarded Patent for New Method of Hash Data Security

On Tuesday, February 12, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued 27 patents to electronics manufacturer Apple Inc., including two design patents and a couple of patents related …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 1

Playboy’s Trademark and False Advertising Complaint Dismissed

Playboy Enterprises International, Inc. v. Play Beverages, LLC, et al., U.S. District Judge S. James Otero has granted the Defendants' Motion to Dismiss on the basis …
By Adrienne Kendrick
4 years ago 0

A Guide to Patenting Software: Getting Started

Any good patent application that covers a software related invention will need to put forth three specific pieces of information. First, you need to describe the overall …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 14

Apple Patent Application Improves Mandarin Chinese Translation

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office only released 16 published patent applications from Apple this week, which is a fair amount less than usual. Many of the applications …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Tiffany Sues Costco Over Counterfeit Diamond Rings

The dispute between Tiffany and Costco first came to light in November 2012 when a customer alerted Tiffany to the sale of what was promoted on in-store signs …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 3

Copytele Sues Taiwanese Manufacturer for Conspiracy to Steal Patented Technologies

CopyTele claims that AUO and another Taiwanese firm, E Ink Holdings, conspired to steal patented technologies from CopyTele to monopolize production of display screens for popular consumer …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Economic Prong of Domestic Industry And Value-Added Analysis

One of the requirements of finding a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 is that the Complainant must establish that “an industry in the United …
By Jason Williams
4 years ago 0

The RCE Backlog: A Critical Patent Office Problem

The backlog of unexamined patent applications was down over 15.1% in September 2012, compared with October 2010. At the same time, however, the number of unexamined RCE filings grew 95.56%, after …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 5

10 Fun Love Patents for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day is again upon us, a day for lovers to express their undying affection for one another by giving gifts of chocolates, flowers, and love coupons. …
By Stewart Walsh
4 years ago 0

Refocusing Kirtsaeng Analysis on Extra-Territoriality Principles

The parties and amici have filed over 25 briefs in this case, almost none of which address or even consider whether the actual right granted under Section 109(a)—…
By Kevin Tottis
4 years ago 1

USPTO Publishes Final Rules and Guidelines Governing First-Inventor-to-File

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today published final rules of practice implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith …
By U.S.P.T.O.
4 years ago 0

Does the term “Invention” in the Specification Limit the Claims?

There are some that will tell you that the use of the term "invention" or "present invention" in the specification will limit the claims. This misguided belief …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 20