Our weekly SoCal IP Institute meeting on Monday, February 22, 2016, will be a discussion of the following:
Maling v. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, Dunner, LLP, (Mass. SJC 12/23/15) (available here). An inventor sued the firm prosecuting his patents alleging that the same firm represented his competitor without disclosing the engagement to him. The Massachusetts Superior Court dismissed the claim alleging that he failed to state a claim. On appeal, the Massachusetts Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s decision.
Transweb LLC v. 3M Innovative Properties Company, et. al, (Fed. Cir. 2/10/16) (available here). 3M sued Transweb for patent infringement in the District of New Jersey. The district court held that 3M’s patents were invalid due to pre-filing public uses of the claimed inventions and also due to inequitable conduct during prosecution of the patents. On appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision.