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I’m So Sorry to Report that You’ve Been Sued

Part of our regular practice is defending companies that have been sued. Most commonly we defend against claims of patent or trademark infringement, though we also handle copyrights, trade secrets and IP-based contract disputes (e.g., licenses). Through decades of experience we have developed sensible procedures for learning early about new lawsuits against clients, for notifying [...]

By |2023-11-19T20:59:16-08:00November 19th, 2023|Uncategorized, Litigation|0 Comments

Grecia is the Word, Have You Heard, His Complaints were Dismissed?

Judges won't readily dismiss a lawsuit. Usually, they will give the plaintiff several chances to correct flaws in a complaint before dismissing with prejudice. It's especially rare to see a judge dismiss a patent suit with prejudice because the infringement allegation is so weak that the patentee has no chance of success. These rare cases [...]

By |2023-02-12T20:08:17-08:00February 12th, 2023|Litigation, Patent, Pleading Standards|0 Comments

Summary Judgement in Seattle: Inventorship and Noninfringement without an Expert Report

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2023. As we start the third decade of SoCal IP Law Group, we have some court decisions on fairly fundamental issues of patent law and procedure.  In Plastipak v Premium Waters, the Federal Circuit (J Stark) vacated and remanded on whether the plaintiff had sufficient rights to sue for infringement. [...]

By |2023-01-08T19:12:27-08:00January 8th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

IPR Procedure: motion to exclude evidence, and motion to terminate

Two cases of interest in IPR practice, Provisur Technologies, Inc. v. Weber, Inc., and Polaris Innovations, Ltd. v. Brent. Both of these are precedential opinions of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.In Provisur, the PTAB invalidated claims directed to classifying slices or a portion cut from a food product according to an optical [...]

By |2022-10-23T22:08:52-07:00October 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Less Whack in Waco; Echos of 2015

Summer time and the living is easy, so I’m a bit delayed in this week’s post. Apologies. In this week’s post, I highlight shifts in the patent litigation environment in Texas. The Eastern District of Texas, especially Marshall and Tyler, used to be the top venue choice for patent owners who wanted a fast path [...]

Federal Circuit – Our Views of the Bench

Who are the people in your neighborhood? Our neighborhood includes the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The CAFC currently has 19 sitting judges. Here's a list of the judges with links to their bios. The judges have diverse and interesting backgrounds. The bench includes a Chief Judge. Ever wonder how the chief judge [...]

By |2022-05-06T09:38:37-07:00May 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boardside Chats from the PTAB

The USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) handles five kinds of cases: 1. Appeals by patent applicants when an examiner has rejected their application at least twice.2. Appeals by patent owners in reexaminations3. Inter parte reviews (IPRs)4. Post Grant Reviews (PGRs)5. Covered Business Method Patent Reviews (CBMs) In support of the PTAB's public outreach [...]

By |2022-03-17T15:11:50-07:00March 17th, 2022|Prosecution Appeal, Training, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pushing Out the Boundaries of IPR Estoppel

In unrelated opinions published one week apart, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has pushed out the boundaries of IPR estoppel. IPR estoppel, like many patent law issues, seems esoteric, but it can have tremendous economic impact. Though estoppel is usually an issue of equity, well within a judge's sense of fairness, IPR [...]

By |2022-02-23T16:55:45-08:00February 17th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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