Posts Tagged: statute of limitations


Service Starts § 315(b) Time-Bar Even If Complaint Involuntarily Dismissed Without Prejudice

In Bennett Regulator Guards, Inc. v. Atlanta Gas Light Co. the Federal Circuit ruled the time-bar for filing a petition for inter partes review in Section 315(b) …

Apple to pay VirnetX $93.4 million in costs and interest for patent infringement

On Monday, September 25th, Zephyr Cove, NV-based patent owner VirnetX Holding Corporation filed a Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding an …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 5

Judge Allows Zorro Copyright Claims to Move Forward Against Original Zorro Copyright Owner

On Friday, May 11th, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila entered an order deciding motions made in a copyright case involving competing musical productions based on the …
By Steve Brachmann
12 months ago 0

En Banc Federal Circuit Reverses Achates, Time-Bar Determination is Appealable

Inter Partes Review proceedings (IPRs) are subject to statutory timing provisions. The Court, sitting en banc, reviewed whether PTAB decisions determining whether an IPR was timely filed …

Federal Circuit says IPR time-bar determinations under § 315(b) are appealable

Today, the Federal Circuit reversed Achates, and ruled that time-bar determinations under § 315(b) are appealable. "We find no clear and convincing indication in the specific statutory language …
By Gene Quinn
1 year ago 7

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
2 years ago 3

Equitable Estoppel After the Loss of Laches from SCA v. First Quality

Equitable estoppel may be appropriate for the defendant in SCA v. First Quality since the plaintiff was silent for years after the defendant asserted invalidity (possibly fulfilling …
By Ryan Kenny
2 years ago 3

Supreme Court Eliminates Key Defense in Many Patent Infringement Suits

In a strong reversal of the Federal Circuit, the US Supreme Court held in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v First Quality Baby Products, LLC, No. 15-927 (March 21, 2017), …
By Rob Kramer & Joel Bock
2 years ago 0

Termination of an OED Disciplinary Proceeding: How A SOL Defense May Be Properly Construed

The Hearing Order concluded that the parties raised sufficient issues of material fact to warrant the ready-to-go Hearing to determine when respondent’s alleged misconduct was actually “…
By Steve Lipman
3 years ago 2

USPTO Issues Final Rules of Discipline for Patent Practitioners

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced today that it will publish final rules in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, that relate to the …
By Gene Quinn
7 years ago 3

The Risk of Sleeping on Your Patent Rights

While this patent statute of limitations is an extraordinarily long statute of limitations by legal standards there is another very important piece to the puzzle that needs …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 16