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March 2016 Archives

Vacuum Toilet Patent Dispute Decided by Federal Circuit

A recent federal case brought both victory and defeat to two companies battling over patent disagreement related to vacuum toilets in commercial airplanes. The court addressed a number of pressing issues including the doctrine of assignor estoppel and whether or not a coin could reasonably be considered a "tool."

DE Has Specific Jurisdiction Over Pharma Co. Mylan, Federal Circ. Rules

The Federal Circuit gave a nod to the famous personal jurisdiction case International Shoe by making the determination that the West Virginia pharma company Mylan purposefully availed itself of Delaware law through its actions in seeking FDA approval to market generics.

The circuit's decision comes on the heels of two major plaintiffs' suits against Mylan: Acorda and AstroZeneca.

Foreign Furniture Firm Floundering in Forum Fracas

Have you ever seen one of those armchairs built to look as if it were modeled after a B-52 bomber? Well, the maker of these retro-cool furniture pieces is bringing a lawsuit against a Canadian company for infringing on its IP, but there seems to be a little trouble with the proper venue ...

The Federal Circuit Now Recognizes a Limited Patent-Agent Privilege

A split Federal Circuit just recognized a limited privilege enjoyed by patent agents citing a number of factors including "reason and experience" of the current litigation realities.

Although patent agents already enjoy a higher level of intimacy with clients, this will be the first time intellectual property courts have come out and said that anyone besides a patent attorney may refuse to reveal confidential information about client patents.

Nintendo Beats Back Another Patent Troll Over Wii Remote

Patent troll lawsuits seem to be hitting everyone these days. Fortunately, Nintendo secured a win against patent troll company UltimatePointer. The suit against Nintendo seemed to come back from the dead after already being denied at least once in 2014.

Fortunes have reversed again in the long, long, long-running patent litigation between Apple and Samsung. The Federal Circuit, in its third appellate ruling in the dispute, held that two Apple touch-screen patents were invalid because of obviousness, including the iPhone's famous slide-to-unlock and autocorrect features.

The Federal Circuit ruling overturns a jury verdict awarding Apple $120 million.