October 28, 2011, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of
Virginia issued an important decision for intellectual property licensees, and
creditors generally, in cross-border insolvency proceedings. In this Analysis, John
D. Sigel, George W. Shuster Jr., Benjamin Loveland and Meg McKenzie...
By Dabney Carr
A patentee's settlement negotiations with other parties can be very important information to an accused infringer, and plaintiff-patentees will typically fight to avoid disclosure of those negotiations. In a ruling of first impression earlier today, the Federal Circuit granted...
In light of the recent trend in patent cases towards
permitting discovery of patent licenses granted as part of settlement
agreements ("settlement licenses") on the grounds that such licenses
are pertinent to a reasonable royalty award for the infringement of the subject
patent, it was just...