Category Archives: Developing Law

Much Ado About Nothing: Tribal Sovereign Immunity In Inter Partes Reviews

I predict that tribal sovereign immunity will have little, if any, effect on inter partes reviews (IPRs). But if I’m wrong (and I’ve *occasionally* been wrong before), tribal sovereign immunity will lead to the death of IPRs, absent Congressional action. … Continue reading

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In Re Cray—Another Blow To East Texas’ Patent Docket: Employees Working From Home Are Generally Not Enough To Confer Venue Upon A District In Patent Cases

On September 21, 2017, the Federal Circuit issued its decision in In re Cray Inc. (available here). As I noted in an earlier post, after the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision, the only proper venue for a patent-infringement case against … Continue reading

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Impression Products v. Lexmark: Supreme Court (Again) Cuts Back Patent Rights

On May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Impression Products v. Lexmark (available here). The Court decided two issues. First, if a patentee sells an item under an express restriction on the purchaser’s right to reuse or … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Allows Trademark Registration Of “Derogatory” Terms

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Matal v. Tam (available here). In Tam, a band applied for a federal trademark registration of the band’s name, “The Slants.” “Slants” is a derogatory term for persons of … Continue reading

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Supreme Court’s Biosimilar Decision in Sandoz v. Amgen

On June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Sandoz v. Amgen (available here). The Court interpreted 42 U. S. C. § 262(l), enacted as part of the Biologics Price Competition Act of 2009 (BPCIA). The BPCIA governs … Continue reading

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Stuck in Dodge? Can You Challenge Venue In Patent Cases Under TC Heartland If You Previously Failed to Contest Venue?

As I previously noted, the Supreme Court’s recent TC Heartland decision dramatically curtailed where patent holders can sue defendants for infringement. Prior to TC Heartland, under the Federal Circuit’s decisions (dating back to 1990 in VE Holding), patent owners could … Continue reading

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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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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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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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