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Webinar: How to Practice Patent Law After Alice

Presented by the IP Legal Network, this free webinar on December 9, 2014, at 1 pm EST, will provide practical advice for navigating the tumult that has followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank.  Many people are talking about how to respond to Section 101 challenges and draft applications to […]

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Inadequate Infringement Contentions Are Struck

Because of insufficiencies in a plaintiff’s infringement contentions, a plaintiff was precluded from asserting the doctrine of equivalents (DOE) concerning any claim, and was also precluded from asserting any infringement with respect to one means-plus-function claim. Dynetix Design Solutions v. Synopsys, Inc., No. C 11-5973 PSG (N.D. Cal. Aug. 22, 2013). Regarding the doctrine of […]

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CFAA – “without authorization” and “exceed authorized access”

This blog has previously covered the division of authority concerning how to interpret “without authorization” and “exceed authorized access” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 USC § 1030.  Does the CFAA merely prohibit logging in to a system one is not authorized to access, or does the CFAA impose liability on those who […]

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Functional Language Can Have Patentable Weight

The Federal Circuit has held that functional language in a software claim should be given patentable weight.  In re Jasinski, No. 2012-1482 (Feb. 15, 2013). Accordingly, the Court reversed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s rejection of claims as allegedly anticipated.  If applied to claims in other software patents and patent applications, this decision, although […]

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Estoppel and Inter Partes Review of Patent Validity

Do the estoppel provisions of the inter partes re-examination statute preclude a third party from relying on prior art in litigation where, after the third party has included the prior art in its request for inter partes re-examination, the USPTO has determined that the prior art does not present a substantial new question of patentability? […]

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The America Invents Act for Non-Patent Lawyers

The America Invents Act, as every patent lawyer knows, makes significant changes to the practice of patent law in the United States.  Especially if you are not a patent lawyer, you may find helpful my recent article,  “Some Basics of the America Invents Act for Non-Patent Lawyers,” published in the August 2012 issue of the […]

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Claims for Vicarious Liability for Direct Patent Infringement Dismissed (But Claims for Direct Infringement Were Adequately Pled)

Allegations that the popular Slingbox device directly infringes two patents satisfied Form 18 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and thus survived a motion to dismiss.  Joao Control and Monitoring Systems of California LLC v. Sling Media Inc., No. C-11-6277 EMC (N.D. Cal. Aug. 7, 2012).  However, the plaintiff’s allegations that Sling Media was […]

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Settlement Agreement Does Not Prevent Suit Against Microsoft Customers

There is a reason why parties negotiating settlement agreements in patent cases often devote considerable time and energy to negotiating language covering use of patented technology by the licensee’s customers and downstream users.  Despite, or perhaps because of, this attention, disputes sometimes arise.  Illustratively, Microsoft was recently denied summary judgment on its claim that Eolas […]

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Check Fraud Prevention Patent Passes Bilski Test

Saying the issue was a “close call,” a Missouri court has ruled that method and apparatus claims directed to using encrypted codes to prevent check fraud are patent-eligible under 35 U.S.C. § 101.  Advanced Software Design Corp. v. Fiserv, Inc., No. 4:07CV185 (E.D. Mo. May 15, 2012).  The question came before the Court on the […]

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Notes on the New Detroit Patent Office

This article was originally published in the May 7, 2012, issue of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  Here is a link to my previous comment on the Detroit Patent Office. In July, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will open a branch office in downtown Detroit.  You may have heard a year or so ago […]

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