Posts Tagged: Northern District of Illinois


Hospira Patent Claims that Previously Survived IPR Held Invalid

While the claims-in-suit had previously survived validity challenges in an inter partes review (IPR) proceeding at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and in a District …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 0

CAFC Upholds Section 101 Invalidity Finding on Rule 12(b)(6) Motion, Nixing Patents Covering App Management

On Monday, April 9th, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the invalidity of a series of patents asserted against the American subsidiary of Japanese …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 22

McDonald’s Payment Devices Do Not Infringe Digital Rights Management Patents

The Federal Circuit panel of Circuit Judges Timothy Dyk, Jimmie Reyna and Richard Taranto noted that “the matter at hand reveals a gap in our jurisprudence on …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 2

Wrigley sues Chicago area e-cig firm over Doublemint, Juicy Fruit liquid vapor products

Chicago-based chewing gum company Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company filed a trademark infringement suit against e-cigarette seller Chi-Town Vapers LLC of Bensenville, IL. The suit targets Chi-Town for …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 1

Is TC Heartland All Good News for Patent Litigation Defendants?

Joint-defense groups lower costs and increase efficiencies for all defendants in the groups. Certain prominent patent litigation boutiques and Big Law departments have skillfully made a business …
By Zachary Silbersher
3 years ago 2

PwC patent litigation study shows recent drop in lawsuits despite increasing patent grants

About 5,100 patent infringement cases were filed in the U.S. during 2016, according to the PwC litigation study. This represents a 9 percent drop in lawsuits from 2015’s totals …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 2

Federal Circuit limits breadth of claims based on definition in specification, prosecution history

On April 6, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision in The Medicines Company v. Mylan, Inc. (2015-1113, 2015-1151, and 2015-1181) …
By John M. Rogitz
3 years ago 0

Sportbrain files smartwatch fitness tracker patent suits against Apple, HP, Michael Kors and New Balance

At the center of each lawsuit is the assertion of a single patent covering personal data collection technology integrated into a series of smartwatches. The patent-in-suit asserted …
By Steve Brachmann
3 years ago 2

IP litigation report shows downward trends in patent, file sharing copyright and IPR cases

One aspect of the recent Lex Machina report that should jump out to anyone who has closely followed the patent litigation sector over the past few years …
By Steve Brachmann
4 years ago 1

PTAB Gone Rogue on Covered Business Methods

In CBM2015-00161, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) recently instituted a Covered Business Method (CBM) review on …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 64

Motorola Sues Apple for Patent Infringement With Sparse Complaint

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, Motorola, Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Motorola Mobility, Inc., filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Apple’s …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 4

Patent Trolls: A Conspiratorial Story of Symbiosis

I can't tell you the reason why companies choose to be targets, but I think I have a compelling idea. Those companies that are the ones who …
By Gene Quinn
10 years ago 5