Posts Tagged: sovereign immunity


The PTAB lacks authority to decide the applicability of tribal sovereign immunity

Native American tribes possess and exercise inherent sovereign immunity. It is also undisputable that such power may be abrogated, limited or qualified only by the express and …
By Terry Fokas
4 days ago 23

Amicus Brief Advocating Against Tribal Sovereign Immunity Filed in PTAB Proceedings

The motion of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (“the Tribe”) is based on the misplaced theory that Tribal Sovereign Immunity is applicable to administrative proceedings before the …

Laurence Tribe, Erwin Chemerinsky say PTAB should recognize Tribal Sovereign Immunity

Tribal sovereignty is not a “sham” or a “contrivance,” even when it produces results Petitioners do not like. There is no dispute that the St. Regis Mohawk …
By Derek Gilliland
7 days ago 24

PTAB Chief Ruschke says Expanded Panel Decisions are Conducted in Secret

Ruschke noted that his authority to expand the panels for PTAB trials doesn’t require him to notify the parties in the trial that the decision to …
By Steve Brachmann
15 days ago 5

Allergan’s RESTASIS® patents declared invalid by Eastern District of Texas

Judge William C. Bryson of the United States Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found that Allergan's RESTASIS® patents were infringed by Teva Pharmaceuticals …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 17

Efficient infringer lobby achieves bipartisan effort to abrogate Native American tribal sovereignty

The patent deal with the St. Regis tribe doesn’t shield the patents from validity challenges coming from a Hatch-Waxman trial recently concluded in Texas federal court. “…
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 15

FREE Webinar: Hot Topics in Patent Litigation

A multitude of changes to patent law and practice have altered the face of patent litigation in America. From patent venue decisions in district courts that seem …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 0

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Outraged at Senator McCaskill over Sovereign Immunity Bill

McCaskill's seemingly calculated ploy to get out in front of other Senators, all alone in her demand for a legislative solution that strips Native American Indian Tribes …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 13

Senator McCaskill introduces bill to abrogate Native American Sovereign Immunity

Senator McCaskill (D-MO) has introduced a bill to abrogate the sovereign immunity of Indian tribes as a defense in inter partes review (IPR) proceedings at the United …
By Gene Quinn
2 months ago 34

Indian Tribe files Motion to Dismiss RESTASIS Patent Challenge based on Sovereign Immunity

Earlier today the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe filed a Motion to Dismiss in six separate inter partes review (IPR) proceedings relating to the Allergan drug RESTASIS®. The …
By Gene Quinn
3 months ago 23

Mylan calls Allergan’s patent deal with Indian tribe a “sham” transaction in PTAB hearing on sovereign immunity defense

The tribe is raising a sovereign immunity defense in the case as the tribe is a sovereign entity which is not amenable to a suit unless it …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 12

Sovereign Immunity of Patents: While a Strong Benefit to Patent Owners, These Patents Remain Subject to Traditional Challenges

The United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently dismissed another inter partes review (“IPR”) based on an assertion of 11th Amendment sovereign immunity.  This decision …