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Ballard Spahr LLP: Popularity of USITC Surges for Blocking Infringing Imports

By Katrina M. Quicker and Richard W. Miller Patent holders are increasingly turning to the U.S. International Trade Commission when faced with infringing imports because it has the power to issue exclusion orders-a remedy that is not available in judicial forums-and because the USITC has earned...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Justices Deny Patent Protection for Medical Process

By Mary Anthony Merchant , J. Gibson Lanier , and Scott D. Marty In one of the most anticipated IP cases on this year's docket, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday held that a medical process for testing blood was not eligible for patent protection because the patent claims only recited laws of nature...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Tell it to the Judge, Federal Circuit Rules The Judge—Not Jury—Decides Threshold Issue of Willful Infringement in Patent Cases

By Marc S. Segal For patent holders, it just got a little harder to prove that an alleged infringer's conduct was "willful" now that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that one of the key questions must be decided by the judge, not the jury. In its June 14, 2012...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Race to the Patent Office – Start Your Engines!

By Mary Anthony Merchant, Ph.D. The race to the Patent Office begins March 16, 2013, when the new first-to-file patent system takes effect. Start your engines, or at least think about the consequences of this system for current and future patent portfolios. Before March 16, actions can be taken...