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A Plaintiff Walks a Bunch of Defendants Into a Bar…

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Have you heard the one about the multi–defendant patent case? The one where a single plaintiff sues dozens of unrelated companies for patent infringement together in the same case on the theory that being accused of infringing the same patent creates enough common issues of law and fact to bind those defendants together in a...

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The First State

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Delaware, the first state to ratify the constitution, may soon be first in another category: federal district court with the most patent cases. In a guest post on PatentlyO, Professor Paul Janicke of the University of Houston Law Center reports on his study of new patent cases filed from October 1, 2011, through March 31,...

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Passing the Buck

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A short note on a theme with long legs. We talk, from time to time, about patentability under Section 101. In a recent case out of the Eastern District of Virginia, plaintiff attempted to argue that the question of patentable subject matter—specifically, whether or not the claimed invention was an abstract idea not eligible for...

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Small Change

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We end a quiet week with a quick word on a short order from Judge Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas in the case of Tivo v. Verizon Communications. Under the new regime inaugurated by the America Invents Act, patent–owners cannot name unrelated alleged infringers in the same case just because they believe those...

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Supreme Court Wraps Up Its Patent Docket

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In its final patent–related opinion of the term, the Supreme Court answered a fairly obscure question in Kappos v. Hyatt: what standard should the district court apply in ruling on an appeal from the Patent Office’s denial of a patent application. Under 35 U.S.C. § 145, a disappointed patent applicant can take his or her...

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NPEs By The Numbers

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We read with interest the report of Article One Partners (HT: IPWatchdog), regarding the results of a survey pertaining to IP litigation issues across various sectors. While noteworthy on other grounds, we at IP Wise found most interesting the (sobering) statistics pertaining to non–practicing entity a/k/a troll litigation: NPE litigation in the high technology industries...

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Is Innovation Another Cost of Defense?

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People in the patent and tech communities have strong opinions about patent trolls/non–practicing entities, not even agreeing on what to call them. The moniker “patent troll” reflects the fact that these entities only use the patents they own negatively, i.e., to block other people from engaging in the sphere of productivity allegedly covered by the...

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No Privilege for Plaintiff’s Patents

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We’ve blogged, oh, a time or two, about the Federal Circuit’s opinion in ResQNet v. Lansa and the aftershocks in the district courts. Since ResQNet, at least some courts have allowed defendants (at least in certain circumstances) the ability to get a peek at the man behind the curtain, to examine the negotiations behind license...

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What Did YouTube Know, And When Did It Know It

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Viacom sued YouTube for copyright infringement of approximately 79,000 video clips posted to the popular DIY video site. In 2010, YouTube argued that it couldn’t be held responsible for infringing conduct by people posting clips to YouTube without the company’s knowledge. The district court agreed, ruling on summary judgment that YouTube was entitled to safe...

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Taking Trademark Infringement Personally

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Today’s entry is a cautionary note to corporate officers about trademark infringement. The Chicago IP Litigation Blog highlighted a recent decision from a federal court in Chicago concluding that an individual acting as a corporate officer can be held personally liable for trademark infringement he or she was personally involved in or aware of. The...

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