Patent Reform

By JD Supra Business Advisor | JD Supra's weekly magazine of advisories and updates on patent reform and related intellectual property matters. IP therefore I am?

Who Wins With Google's New Patent Marketplace (Other Than Google)?

There’s something off about Google’s Patent Purchase Promotion. Purchasing patents is not new. In fact, Google has a long history of buying patents. …

Patents

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 …

Walmart

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 <i>California Inst. of Tech. v. Hughes Commc’ns Inc.</i>, No. 2:13-CV-07245-MRP, 2014 WL …

Patents

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

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

Nature

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 …

Patents

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

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

Patents

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 …

Patents

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 …

Patents

“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” …

Patents

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 …

Patents

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 …