Patent Law

548 ABA Journal Patent Law articles.

Legal technology patents have increased 484% globally in last 5 years

In the past five years, there has been a 484 percent increase in legal technology patents globally, according to new numbers from Thomson Reuters.

“Technological innovation across the financial…

Fans of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ must be asking: Do patent trolls really exist?
Season four of the hit HBO series Silicon Valley introduced viewers to Stuart Burke, a man who has accumulated a pretty nice chunk of change engaging in what could best be described as a shakedown of music writers and song publishers through his acquisition of copyrights.
Court limits where plaintiffs can bring claims in three rulings

This Supreme Court term turned out to be important for civil procedure, with three significant rulings on personal jurisdiction—when a court has control of the particular parties in a case.

Patent lawsuits drop 21 percent in the Eastern District of Texas as SCOTUS ruling brings new era
Patent lawsuits in the federal court for the Eastern District of Texas are on the decline as a result of a May ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lululemon lawsuit claims competitor infringes its sports bra design

Lululemon Athletica claims in a federal lawsuit that Under Armour infringed its patents on a sports bra design that incorporates four criss-cross straps in the back.

Lululemon filed the suit…

Paralegal robot reviews patent documents
New software helps patent lawyers draft applications that are more likely to pass muster with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, as well as respond to official letters from examiners.

TurboPatent Corp. on June 28 launched artificial-intelligence products that compare patent claims with past applications to make predictions about patent eligibility.
Supreme Court decision allows resale of used ink cartridges despite patent holder restriction

A patent holder that restricts the reuse or resale of its printer ink cartridges can’t invoke patent law against a remanufacturing company that violates the restriction, the U.S. Supreme Court…

SCOTUS limits venue in patent suits, making it more difficult to file in friendly jurisdictions
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday narrowed the locations where patent infringement suits can be filed in a unanimous decision interpreting conflicting statutes on venue.
Erase ambiguity in patent eligibility law, ABA IP section urges USPTO

The American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law has weighed in on how patent eligibility should be determined by way of a letter to the U.S. Patent and Trademark…

Supreme Court rules patent holders may not bar otherwise timely lawsuits with laches

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that patent holders may not use the doctrine of laches—that is, may not argue that defendants slept too long on their rights—as a defense…

ABA amicus brief opposes expansive view of venue in patent cases, cites perception of forum shopping

The ABA has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that argues the patent venue law has been wrongly interpreted in a way that allows the nationwide filing…

Original ‘patent troll’ law firm has closed its doors

On the heels of the sudden death last August of Raymond Niro Sr., the passionate litigator for whom the term “patent troll” was coined, the Chicago-based Niro Law firm broke…

Supreme Court to hear case that affects how quickly biosimilar drugs are marketed

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case that could resolve how quickly patients will have access to copycat versions of biologic drugs.

At issue is whether…

$2.5B verdict is largest patent infringement award in US history; will award be tripled?

Jurors awarded $2.54 billion to a unit of Merck & Co. last week in a suit alleging its patented compound was used by Gilead Sciences Inc. to make the hepatitis…

SCOTUS overturns Apple’s $399M award against Samsung for smartphone infringement

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a $399 million award to Apple for Samsung’s infringement of three smartphone design components because of an error in interpreting the damages statute.


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