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Apple Turnover Trade Dress Totally Flipped

As if we all haven’t already indulged a little too much over the holidays, we chose our first day back to write about non-traditional trademark …

Judge Derides the “Pencil-and-Paper Analysis” for Software Patents, Finds Error-Correction Claims Valid

On November 3, 2014, Judge Mariana Pfaelzer issued an order in California Inst. of Tech. v. Hughes Commc’ns Inc., No. 2:13-CV-07245-MRP, 2014 WL …

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The Transformative Nature of The Fair Use Doctrine: The On-going Debate

While the 7th Circuit, in Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC, 766 F.3d 756 (2014), affirmed a finding of fair use, the court’s analysis expresses …

Supreme Court Leads the Way in Patent Litigation Reform

On June 2, the United States Supreme Court issued a pair of unanimous decisions in closely watched patent cases, both of which will make it harder to …

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Rumors of the Patent Troll’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Octane Fitness v. ICON has been hailed by patent reform advocates and some commentators as a death blow to …

Proposed Legislation Seeks to Limit Patent Trolls’ Access to ITC Investigations

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, U.S. Congressmen Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) introduced legislation aimed at reducing the ability of …

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A Brief History of the Patent Law of the United States

Public perception of the patent system has swung widely over the years from highs, such as those in the late nineteenth century when Mark Twain could …

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“Patent Trolls” in the Crosshairs – But How Will Patent Reform Legislation Impact the Rest of Us

Both Congress and the White House have been actively pursuing patent litigation reform in an attempt to combat the perceived “patent troll” problem. …

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Inventors Take Note: Supreme Court to Decide How Ambiguous is Too Ambiguous for Patents

The first time you laid eyes on a patent claim, your reaction was probably something like “what the heck does that mean?” Your second reaction was …

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U.S. Supreme Court Eases Rules for Attorneys’ Fees Awards in Patent Cases

In two cases decided yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court made it easier for trial judges to award attorneys’ fees to prevailing parties in federal …

Patent Trolls Beware: Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Circuit in Twin Rulings on Attorney Fee Awards in Patent Litigation

On April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its highly anticipated decisions in a pair of cases governing the award of attorney fees in …

NC Begins Work On Patent Troll Bill

Recently, a joint legislative committee sent a report to the North Carolina General Assembly that recommended passing an anti-troll bill during the …

What’s the best way to improve the odds in patent troll litigation?

One can hardly talk about the patent law or patent litigation anymore without addressing the issue of patent assertion entities (PAEs). PAEs develop …

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Senate Judiciary Committee Takes Up, Then Tables, Patent Reform

Earlier today, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held an Executive Business Meeting in which the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act was …

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Down the rabbit hole: Alice case chases the elusive white rabbit of patent reform

Patent trolls — non-practicing entities best known for threatening expensive patent litigation in order to collect licensing fees from accused …

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Patent troll roll call: The threatening letter-writer

Patent trolls, non-practicing entities, patent monetization companies, or patent assertion entities: regardless of what they are called, in this …

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Ninth Circuit Makes Bad Copyright Law from Bad Facts

In a decision that is already being criticized as “horrific” and “judicial activism,” the Ninth Circuit created copyright protection for an acting …

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Forward-Publishing Patents: A Way to Tell Competitors "Stay Out"?

Will forward-publishing your patent help or hurt you in the long run? Sonos’ announcement this week that they will forward-publish patent …

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A Rebuttal to The Economist's "Stalking Trolls"

On March 8th, The Economist published an article deriding both so-called "patent trolls" and "software patents" as being impediments to innovation in …

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Sonos Forward-Publishes Patents: Strategic Upside, Limited Downside

Sonos' policy to forward-publish its patents seems to be more a calculated public relations move with some strategic upside and limited …

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Will 'Forward-Publishing' Make The Patent System a More Relevant R&D Tool?

Forward-publishing patents might be a case of good PR practice meeting good patent practice. On the other hand, Sonos might be onto something....
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