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Williams Mullen Alert: Will Federal Circuit's Model Order In Patent Cases Solve The E-Discovery 'Problem'?
Posted on 29 Feb 2012 by Williams Mullen

By Monica McCarroll and John B. Swingle Chief Judge Rader of the Federal Circuit caused quite a stir among both the patent and eDiscovery bars when he unveiled a new Model Order intended to curb perceived abuses of eDiscovery in patent cases. Chief... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Says Employment Law Case Belongs In District Court, Not Federal Circuit
Posted on 10 Dec 2012 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Dec. 10 that a federal employee claiming that an agency action appealable to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) violates an antidiscrimination statute in 5 U.S. Code Section... Read More

High Court Sides With Petitioner In Patent Dispute Over Treatment Protocols
Posted on 20 Mar 2012 by Melissa Ritti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 20 held that processes claimed by a patent that recites laws of nature are not patentable absent additional features providing "practical assurance" that the processes are genuine... Read More

Oral Arguments Held In Microsoft Word Patent Case
Posted on 18 Apr 2011 by Melissa Ritti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The evidentiary standard for proving patent invalidity was debated April 18 before the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute involving the popular word-processing software program Microsoft Word ( Microsoft Corp. v . i4i Limited... Read More

Supreme Court Takes Up Patent Inventorship Dispute
Posted on 1 Nov 2010 by Melissa Ritti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Four months after inviting the views of the U.S. solicitor general, the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 1 agreed to hear a case that could better define the rights of federal contractor universities in patent disputes arising... Read More

Federal Circuit Affirms Rejection Of Vaccine-Autism Link
Posted on 14 May 2010 by Michael Lefkowitz

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) In the first appeal to be considered of the Vaccine Court’s rejection of a connection between childhood vaccines and autism, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed May 13 that the petitioners’... Read More

Patentability Of Medical Treatment Claims Debated Before Supreme Court
Posted on 8 Dec 2011 by Melissa Ritti

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- One year after vacating and remanding a Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals determination that medical treatment protocol steps are patentable, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on Dec. 7 in the same case ( Mayo Collaborative... Read More

City of Houston Seeks U.S. Supreme Court Review for the Denial of its Request to Register its Municipal Seal with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Posted on 13 Jan 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

On December 30, 2013, the City of Houston, Texas filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court to challenge a decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, In re City of Houston, 731 F.3d 1326... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: Supreme Court Addresses Indefiniteness In Nautilus
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

Claim must ‘inform with reasonable certainty’ By Tamsen Barrett On Monday, June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court articulated its standard for indefiniteness under 35 USC §112, second paragraph and held that 35 USC §112, second paragraph... Read More

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari In Patent Dispute Over Hatch-Waxman Provision
Posted on 27 Jun 2011 by Melissa Ritti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court will review the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' ruling, in a case of first impression, that the counterclaim provision of the Hatch-Waxman Act is available "only if the listed patent... Read More

U.S. High Court: Little Tucker Act Doesn't Waive Government's Sovereign Immunity
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Little Tucker Act doesn't waive the U.S. government's sovereign immunity when it comes to damages actions filed under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Nov. 13 ( United... Read More

Supreme Court Partly Reverses, Says Isolated DNA Not Patentable
Posted on 13 Jun 2013 by Melissa Ritti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a unanimous ruling June 13, the U.S. Supreme Court found that although complementary DNA, or "cDNA," is patent-eligible, isolated DNA is not ( The Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. Myriad Genetics... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Farmer's Petition In Seed Patent Dispute
Posted on 9 Oct 2012 by Melissa Ritti

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Oct. 5 to weigh in on a dispute of "core practical importance to agriculture and of vital interest in patent law," according to a petition for certiorari ( Vernon Hugh Bowman v... Read More