Monthly Archives: June 2014

New IP Cases Filed In the Northern District of Texas

Over the last several weeks, a number of new intellectual property cases have been filed in the Northern District of Texas, including: Zenimax Media v. Oculus VR: Zenimax’s complaint (available here) asserts that Oculus wrongfully took Zenimax’s intellectual property and … Continue reading

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Are Magistrate Judges’ Orders on Claim Construction Reviewed De Novo By the District Court Judge?

I came across Judge Schneider’s decision in the East Texas Adaptix cases a couple of days ago (decision available here). The decision is notable for, among other things, the following analysis regarding what standard is applied when a district court … Continue reading

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Judge Godbey Grants Motion To Stay Pending Inter Partes Review

On May 27, 2014, Judge Godbey granted defendant’s motion to stay pending inter partes review of the patent-in-suit in Employment Law Compliance v. Compli (decision available here). The patent-in-suit had previously been the subject of a petition for ex parte reexamination, … Continue reading

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Judge Kinkeade Grants Transfer Motion In Patent Infringement Case

On May 15, 2014, Judge Kinkeade entered an Order (available here) that granted the defendant’s motion to change venue in Eight One Two v. Purdue Pharma.

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Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit’s Inducement Ruling in Akamai

On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in Limelight Networks v. Akamai (available here). The Supreme Court held that a defendant cannot be held liable for inducing infringement of a patent under 35 U. S. C. … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Reverses Federal Circuit Indefinite Standard in Nautilus

On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments (available here). The Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Federal Circuit’s standard for determining whether a patent was indefinite under 35 U. S. C. §112, ¶ … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Finds Laches Cannot Be Applied To Bar Relief On Copyright Claim Brought Within Three Year Limitations Period

On May 19, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (decision available here) that the equitable defense of laches (unreasonable, prejudicial delay in commencing suit) may not bar relief on a copyright infringement claim brought within § 507(b)’s three-year … Continue reading

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Federal Circuit Provides Guidance Concerning Advice of Counsel Defense in Patent Cases

On March 14, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued its opinion in SDI v. Imation Corp. (available here). Several important things to note regarding the advice of counsel defense: A good-faith belief of noninfringement can be established by reliance on advice … Continue reading

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Annual Judiciary Appreciation Luncheon to be Held on Thursday, June 26

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, the annual Judiciary Appreciation Luncheon will be held at the Belo from noon until 1:30 p.m. Chief Judge Fitzwater will lead a panel discussion on Tips for Practicing in the Northern District of Texas – … Continue reading

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“Afternoon at the Courthouse” Program to be Held on Thursday, June 19, 2014

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the Dallas Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Dallas Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers will be sponsoring an “Afternoon at the Courthouse” program at the Federal Courthouse. The program will start at 2:00 … Continue reading

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