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Troutman Sanders LLP: Judge Smith Severs Patent Claims Against Multiple Defendants

By Dabney Carr While the AIA bars the joinder of patent infringement claims against multiple defendants (discussed here ), there are still a few pre-AIA suits alleging that multiple defendants independently infringed the same patents. Judge Smith recently became the latest Eastern District of Virginia...

Green Patent Blog: GE Patent Rides Through Mitsubishi Attacks

A previous post discussed one of GE's more recent wind patent infringement suits against Mitsubishi. Filed in the Northern District of Texas in Dallas, the complaint ( gecomplaint.pdf ) alleges that Mitsubishi's 2.4 megawatt wind turbine infringes U.S. Patent Nos. 6,879,055 ('055 Patent...

Green Patent Blog: New Lawsuit to Decide Fairness of Solar Paste Patent PR

In an interesting case of ancillary legal wrangling, DuPont has filed a declaratory judgment (DJ) action asking an Oregon federal court to declare that the company's press release and customer letters about its patent infringement suit against Heraeus Precious Metals (Heraeus) does not violate...

DLA Piper Intellectual Property and Technology Alert: When Repairing A Patented Product Is Permitted (Schütz v Werit)

On 13 March 2013 the UK Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the question of whether replacing part of a patented product infringes the patent in question[1]. In reaching its decision, the Supreme Court has shifted the balance in favour of those who repair and re-condition products. The...

California Federal Jury Awards $290 Million in Apple, Samsung Retrial

SAN FRANCISCO — (Mealey’s) In its third day of deliberations, a California federal jury on Nov. 21 awarded Apple Inc. damages of $290,456,793 for Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s infringement of several smart phone patents ( Apple Inc. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. , No. 11-1846, N...

Federal Circuit Affirms No Legally Sufficient Evidence Could Support a Finding of Infringement

Mformation Technologies Inc. et al. v. Research In Motion Ltd. et al. , No. 2012-1679, 2013-1123, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 16181 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 22, 2014) (Prost, J.). Click Here for a copy of the opinion [an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers] . Mformation sued...

Fitch Even IP Alert: Ultramercial—Strike Three, or Third Time's a Charm?

Regardless of how you feel about the old rubric “The third time’s a charm,” the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reached a different result in its third consideration of Ultramercial’s patent claims than was reached the first and second times. This time, in Ultramercial...

Gevo Gets Good GVR in Supreme Court Decision

A previous post discussed one significant piece of the massive patent litigation between BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax and the advanced biofuels company Gevo . The most recent prior thread of this case – which resembles a yo-yo in its narrative – was an appellate court win for Butamax....

Big Win for Butamax as PTAB Knocks Out All Claims of Gevo Patent

Previous posts (e.g., here and here ) discussed various threads of the major biofuels patent litigation between BP-DuPont joint venture Butamax and the advanced biofuels company Gevo . A relatively new mechanism for challenging the validity of a U.S. patent is inter partes review (IPR), an administrative...