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The top five intellectual property traps in M&A transactions
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • August 31 2010

In M&A transactions, many lawyers assume that intellectual property (IP) rights will automatically transfer with the purchase and that IP issues can be cured by general representations and warranties


Teachings incorporated by reference for anticipation purposes need not be individually named
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • September 28 2009

Finding that material not explicitly contained in the single, prior art document may still be considered for purposes of anticipation if incorporated by reference into the document, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded a district court’s summary judgment that patents were not invalid for anticipation


Adidas wins US case against two and four stripe
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • September 10 2008

Less than a month after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling in Adidas v Marca Mode 2008 C-10207, Adidas has won a U.S.$305 million payout in the United States from Collective Brands in a lawsuit seven years in the making


Inducement and Risk of Liability for Worldwide Sales
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • July 26 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States agreed to review a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit regarding active inducement


A dismissal for lack of standing should generally be without prejudice
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • July 27 2009

Addressing yet another standing dispute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned a dismissal for lack of standing with prejudice, noting the general rule that a dismissal on that basis should ordinarily be without prejudice


Clear and unmistakable disavowal of claim scope required for prosecution history estoppel
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • December 28 2007

Overturning a district court’s finding of prosecution history estoppel, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that an allegedly disclaiming statement made during prosecution was not a “clear and unmistakable” disclaimer to one skilled in the art


License to “make” includes an inherent right to “have made”
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • June 30 2009

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently held that a license to make a patented article includes an inherent right to have a third party make the article absent express language to the contrary


Patent assignment recorded at USPTO creates a rebuttable presumption of a valid assignment
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • April 28 2010

Addressing the burdens of proof associated with a standing challenge based on the validity of an assignment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC’s) determination that the recordation of a patent assignment at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) created a rebuttable presumption of a valid assignment which shifted the burden to rebut that presumption to the party challenging standing


Plaintiff’s choice to file in a “centralized venue” will not defeat a motion to transfer venue if the evidence is primarily in a different forum
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • January 30 2010

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently granted Nintendo’s petition for a writ of mandamus to transfer a patent infringement suit from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, finding that the district court abused its discretion in denying transfer of venue under 28 U.S.C. 1404(a


Parent company denied recovery for lost profits of subsidiary
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • USA
  • June 30 2008

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s grant of summary judgment in the damages phase of 18-year-old litigation, denying recovery for lost profits