Brann, Peter


Oil States Versus The Administrative State

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The Supreme Court has now heard from the petitioner in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC. At issue is not only the fate of inter partes review of patents by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, but possibly the ability of administrative agencies to review and retract their own erroneous decisions....

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B&I Partners Assist Microsoft In Ending Patent Case

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Partners Stacy Stitham and Peter Brann, acting as local counsel, assisted Microsoft in obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of a patent lawsuit filed in the District of Maine. While the federal lawsuit was pending, Microsoft invalidated the patent in the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), which was then affirmed on appeal. The plaintiff sought a...

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Brann & Isaacson attorneys selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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Seven Brann & Isaacson attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018: George S. Isaacson, Commercial Litigation; Litigation and Controversy—Tax; Martin I. Eisenstein, Litigation and Controversy–Tax; Tax Law; Martha E. Greene, Trusts and Estates; Peter D. Lowe, Employment Law—Management; Benjamin W. Lund, Corporate Law; Real Estate Law; Peter. J. Brann,...

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Law Court Affirms B&I Trial Court Victory

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Peter Brann and Michael Carey prevailed today in the Law Court, Maine’s highest court, on an appeal concerning a class action lawsuit challenging a probate judge’s scheduling decisions on constitutional grounds. Brann and Carey took over the defense just prior to trial and won despite findings by the trial judge that the probate judge knew...

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Texas Welcomes TC Heartland

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What does the Supreme Court opinion in TC Heartland mean for the business of patent litigation in Texas—particularly the Eastern District of Texas? On first read, TC Heartland seemed to herald the end of the kind of forum–shopping that enabled the Eastern District of Texas to land 40% of all newly filed patent cases. The...

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Supreme Court’s Federal Circuit Reversal Streak Continues

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The 2016 Term of the Supreme Court has not been kind to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the specialized appellate court that handles all patent appeals. In each of the six patent cases from the Federal Circuit decided by the Supreme Court, reversal was the result. Specifically, the high court: Reversed the Federal Circuit...

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Supreme Court Sharply Limits Patent Forum–Shopping In TC Heartland

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Today, May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court struck a powerful blow against forum–shopping in patent litigation and the related patent troll plague. In a concise opinion by Justice Thomas in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, a unanimous Supreme Court held that a domestic corporation “resides” only in its State of incorporation for purpose...

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TC Heartland: A View from the (Supreme) Courtroom

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Having led the team that filed an amicus curiae brief for 48 Internet companies, retailers, and associations in support of TC Heartland, Peter Brann attended the oral argument in TC Heartland v. Kraft at the Supreme Court yesterday. Though not a disinterested observer, he offers these thoughts on what he saw: Although the venue question presented...

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Wall Street Journal Quotes Peter Brann On Impact Of Major Supreme Court Patent Case

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In a March 23, 2017, article, the Wall Street Journal quotes Partner Peter Brann on the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in a major patent case, TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands. The case, which is scheduled for oral argument on Monday, March 27, 2017, has the potential to put a stop...

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Big Week For IP In The Supreme Court

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While the political world roils, the Supreme Court issued two major IP law decisions this week. In SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, the Court, in an opinion by Justice Alito, held that the equitable doctrine of laches could not be asserted as a defense in patent cases. Laches is an old doctrine...

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