Posts Tagged: SCOTUS


An Ax(le) Needs Grinding: Can the Federal Circuit Turn the Wheel?

I recently opened a Bordeaux and re-read the petition for certiorari in American Axle v. Neapco. Not because I like watching horror films or black-and-white footage of …
By Meredith Addy
2 days ago 8

CareDx v. Natera: The Latest in Patent Eligibility of Medical Diagnostics

The latest ruling involving patent eligibility of medical diagnostics comes from Chief Judge Connolly of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in a …
By Scott Bluni
6 days ago 0

SCOTUS Grants Government’s Request to Participate in Case Interpreting PRO IP Act Language on Copyright Invalidation

The U.S. Supreme Court today granted a motion made by the Acting U.S. Solicitor General to participate in oral argument as an amicus in the …
By Eileen McDermott
7 days ago 0

Employing a Trademark Test to Determine When a Patent is ‘Directed To’ a Section 101 Judicial Exception

Under U.S. trademark law and court precedent, determining whether there is a likelihood of confusion involves weighing a number of factors (13 factors to be exact), known …
By Wayne Reinke
13 days ago 12

USPTO and Copyright Office Reports Attempt to Quantify Extent and Effect of IP Infringement by State Entities

On August 31, at the request of Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) provided a report to Congress …
By Logan Murr & Eileen McDermott
2 months ago 0

Practical Considerations for Patent Assignments After the Supreme Court’s Decision in Minerva Surgical v. Hologic

On June 29, 2021, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc. in which it clarified the proper limits of the centuries-old doctrine …
By Lauren Baker
2 months ago 0

Bobcar SCOTUS Petition Seeks Redress for Constitutional Violations Posed by Federal Circuit’s Abuse of Rule 36

On August 2, New York City-based marketing company Bobcar Media filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Court to consider …
By Steve Brachmann
2 months ago 4

Amici Ask SCOTUS to Correct Third Circuit’s ‘Overly Simplistic’ Formulation of Trademark Functionality in Ezaki Glico

On July 29, several IP organizations and one global snack conglomerate filed amicus briefs at the U.S. Supreme Court asking the nation’s highest court to grant …
By Steve Brachmann
3 months ago 0

USPTO Delivers on Senators’ Request for Patent Eligibility Jurisprudence Study

In March of this year, a bipartisan group of senators asked Drew Hirshfeld, who is Performing the functions and duties of the Director of the U.S. …
By Eileen McDermott
3 months ago 11

Do You Really Want to Make PTAB Judges ‘Inferior Officers’? —Think Again!

In a recent Supreme Court decision in Arthrex v. Smith & Nephew, the Court held that the unreviewable authority wielded by Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) at the Patent …
By Ron Katznelson, Ph.D.
4 months ago 32

USPTO Provides Guidance on Director Review Process Under Arthrex

This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that it would be implementing an interim rule at the agency in response to the U.S. …

Industry Commenters Say Minerva Ruling is a Win for Employee Mobility

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc., Cytyc Surgical Products, LLC that the doctrine of assignor estoppel”—which bars …
By IPWatchdog
4 months ago 2

Minerva v. Hologic: SCOTUS Retains but Limits Assignor Estoppel Doctrine, Criticizing CAFC Approach

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 this morning in Minerva Surgical, Inc. v. Hologic, Inc., Cytyc Surgical Products, LLC that the doctrine of assignor estoppel”—which …
By Eileen McDermott
4 months ago 1

Arthrex Aftermath: How the Landmark Supreme Court Decision Drives the PTAB’s Future

A working definition of inertia is the tendency of a body to maintain its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force. …
By Scott McBride & Alex Vogler
4 months ago 18

Supreme Court to NCAA: You are Not Immune from Antitrust Laws

On June 21, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston (Alston) in which the nation’s highest court affirmed …
By Steve Brachmann
4 months ago 0