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Supreme Court Weighs Patent Eligibility of Software
By Mary Schnoor — Edited by Elise Young

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, a case with the potential to determine whether, or when, computer-implemented inventions (i.e., software) are patent-eligible subject matter. Many commentators hope the Court will use this case as an opportunity to clarify what makes an invention an “abstract idea” that is ineligible for patenting.

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Posted On Apr - 10 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Deference to Plaintiff Trumps Convenience to Parties in Recent Transfer of Infringement Cases
By Insue Kim – Edited by Elise Young

The Federal Circuit upheld the transfer of venue of Elcommerce, from the Eastern District of Texas, emphasizing that there is “‘no requirement under § 1404(a) that a transferee court have jurisdiction over the plaintiff . . . [as long as] the transferee court ha[s] jurisdiction over the defendants in the transferred complaint.’” However, in Barnes & Noble and Apple, district court decisions to deny transfer were upheld on grounds that they were not “clearly and indisputably incorrect . . . .”

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Posted On Mar - 11 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Foreseeability Does Not Preclude Application of the Doctrine of Equivalents
By Mengyi Wang – Edited by Elise Young

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington’s grant of summary judgment, finding that Ring & Pinion Service Inc.’s (“R&P”) Ziplocker product did not infringe ARB Corporation Ltd.’s (“ARB”) U.S. Patent No. 5,591,098 (“the ’098 patent”). Ring & Pinion Service Inc., slip op. at 2.

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Posted On Feb - 27 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Clarifies Scope of Inurement Doctrine; Implicit Direction Sufficient
By Elise Young – Edited by Geng Chen

The Federal Circuit affirmed the invalidity of Solvay’s patent. The court ruled that inurement does not require the inventors to direct reduction to practice, but that authorization is sufficient. As such, Honeywell’s reduction to practice in the United States inured to the original foreign inventors because their agreement implicitly authorized reduction to practice.

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Posted On Feb - 19 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

GoldieBlox Backs Down from Copyright Fight with Beastie Boys

GoldieBlox, Inc. v. Island Def Jam Music Group
By Elise Young – Edited by Alex Shank

On November 21, after the Beastie Boys’ threatened suit, toy company GoldieBlox filed for declaratory judgment that its use of the Beastie Boys’ song, “Girls,” in one of its ads was fair use. The ad, for girls’ engineering toys, had previously gone viral. In their response, the Beastie Boys emphasized their consistent refusal to allow use of their songs in advertising. GoldieBlox removed the ad and promised to drop the suit if the Beastie Boys’ backed down.

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