Posts Tagged: litigation


Control Over District Court Litigation is Required for Time Bar Under 35 U.S.C. § 315(b)

An IPR petition is not time-barred for reasons of privity with a district court defendant in a prior litigation when no evidence shows that the petitioner controlled …

Supreme Court Holds PTAB Must Decide Validity of All Challenged Claims in IPRs

As in civil litigation, the petitioner in an inter partes review is master of its complaint and is “normally entitled to judgment on all of the claims …

Fishing for Trade Secrets

Modern discovery can be quite disruptive and expensive. Recognizing that there is a particular danger of abuse in trade secret cases, where defendants are often individuals or …
By James Pooley
3 years ago 2

Why Patent Contingency Litigation is Declining?

Contingency representation is monetarily feasible for attorneys and law firms if and only if there is a high likelihood of success. Even in the best case scenario …

Three rounds of IPR petitions invalidates VirnetX patent after Apple gets around statute of limitations

Luckily for Apple and Microsoft, however, VirnetX did not assert the ‘135 patent against Mangrove Partners, a hedge fund, which filed a petition for IPR against the ‘135 patent …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 3

ITC institutes 337 investigation into allegations of patent infringement by Schick Hydro

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) announced that it had decided to open a Section 337 investigation over allegations of potential patent infringement in the consumer hygiene …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 0

Proposed Amendments to Rule 11 Will Adversely Impact Patent Owners

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), has sponsored a bill to amend Rule 11 — H.R. 720. The changes are made to remove the safe harbor provision and make sanctions mandatory. …
By Jianqing Wu, Ph.D.
4 years ago 0

Lex Machina commercial litigation report shows that one-fifth of commercial cases include IP claims

The total number of intellectual property claims included in all commercial cases is higher than the figure of 11,643 commercial cases including at least one IP claim. “It …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 0

Inherent obviousness necessitates specific motivation to modify lead compound in pharma process due to surprising, unexpected results

Inherent obviousness cannot be based on what the inventor thought, and, in addition, the results in a particular case may not be inherently obvious depending on what …
By Jay S. Pattumudi
4 years ago 2

View from the Courtroom: What to Expect When You Try to Get a TRO in Your Unfair Competition Case

Experience shows that most unfair competition or trade secret theft issues can be resolved without the need for litigation; often, an exchange of letters between the parties’ …
By Steven Blackburn
4 years ago 3

Developing a Plan for Employee Departures in California

As discussed elsewhere in this Take 5, although California employers generally cannot restrict an employee’s ability to work elsewhere, California employers can protect their trade secrets and …
By Peter Steinmeyer
4 years ago 0

Northern District of California revises local patent rules, requires damages disclosures early and often

Damages discovery in patent cases is usually contentious, expensive, and non-uniform in application by the courts. The patent owner, on one hand, wants to discover all possible …

Have U.S. Patent Laws Become Unconstitutional?

As more reports come out that patent filings for individuals and small businesses are down and a general recognition that real innovation does not come from large …
By Adam Ullman
4 years ago 51

Don’t Feed the Trolls: Practicality in View of the FTC’s Report on Patent Assertion Entities 

The Norwegian fairy tale “Three Billy Goats Gruff” was far ahead of its time and the moral of that story has a very relevant, modern application. In …
By Ravi Mohan
4 years ago 9

Could an Email Stub Be the Downfall of Your Next Legal Case?

When responding to an eDiscovery request, you have likely experienced clients that have on premises email archives. The standard discovery process that the email archive vendors suggested …
By Bill Tolson
4 years ago 0