Author Archives: Steven Callahan

The Party’s Over: The Death of Patent Cases In the Eastern District of Texas

Today, the Supreme Court released its much-anticipated decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods (decision available here). The Supreme Court reversed decades of Federal Circuit case law that essentially allowed a patent-infringement defendant to be sued wherever it sold the … Continue reading

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Judge Kinkeade Invalidates Investpic’s Patent Under Alice

On May 18, 2017, Judge Kinkeade issued an Order (available here) that invalidated a patent owned by Investpic. SAP filed a declaratory-judgment lawsuit against Investpic seeking a declaratory judgment that the patent was not infringed and invalid. SAP then moved … Continue reading

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Judge Lindsay Tosses High School Student’s Lawsuit Over Bringing “Clock” to School

On May 18, 2017, Judge Lindsay entered an Order (available here) that dismissed a lawsuit brought on behalf of a high-school student who was arrested and suspended in 2015 from his high school in the Irving Independent School District “after … Continue reading

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PWC’s 2017 Patent Litigation Study

PWC’s 2017 Patent Litigation Study is out (available here) and worth a read for those who litigate patent cases. Notable aspects of the study include that 2016 saw 9% fewer patent cases filed when compared to 2015, median time-to-trial is … Continue reading

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Two Practice Tips

I recently came across two (non-N.D. Tex.) decisions, both involving the same well-known defendant. The decisions highlight two useful reminders. First, be sure to study the applicable local rules and any presiding judge’s individual rules of practice. In the first … Continue reading

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Judiciary Appreciation Luncheon / CLE To Be Held On June 16, 2017

The Federal Bar Association and the Judicial Committee of the Dallas Bar Association are hosting the annual Judicial Appreciation Luncheon on June 16, 2017 at the Belo Mansion. Chief Judge Lynn will facilitate a panel discussion amongst other district, bankruptcy, … Continue reading

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New(ish) N.D. Tex. Patent Cases

Here’s a list of patent cases filed in the Northern District of Texas since the last time I posted about new patent cases: Collin Street Bakery v. Landmark Technology (Complaint available here); Commscope Technologies v. Communication Components, Inc. and Communications … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rules That Designs On Surface Of Cheerleading Uniforms Are Copyright Eligible

On March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands (decision available here). The Court held that the arrangement of “lines, chevrons, and colorful shapes appearing on the surface of [] cheerleading uniforms” are … Continue reading

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Goodbye Laches Defense In Patent Cases

On March 21, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products (decision available here). In SCA, the patent owner accused the defendant of infringement in 2003. The defendant responded, claiming that the … Continue reading

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Supreme Court’s Life Technologies v. Promega Decision

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its Life Technologies v. Promega decision (available here). The Patent Act (Section 271(f)(1)) prohibits the supply from the United States of “all or a substantial portion” of the components of a patented … Continue reading

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