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Federal Circuit creates opportunity for patent owners to increase patent term

USA - January 13 2010 Thousands of U.S. patents are likely to have been issued with improperly shortened patent terms, according to a recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit....

Scott F. Yarnell, Jeff B. Vockrodt, Laurence H. Posorske.

U.S. Patent Office error in patent term adjustment calculations may extend patent protections

USA - August 3 2009 The United States Patent and Trademark (“PTO”) recently acknowledged that it has been miscalculating the patent term adjustment for some PCT national phase applications by basing its calculations improperly upon the date when the applicant complies with the provisions of 35 U.S.C. 371(c) (e.g., filing an executed inventor declaration) rather than properly upon the date when the national stage is commenced....

Thomas E. Anderson, Robert M. Schulman, Laurence H. Posorske, Dwight M. Benner, II.

Hunton & Williams’ litigators win award of competitor’s product, jackpot of IP, and attorneys’ fees in hotly-contested shelving case

USA - June 22 2009 Design Assistance Construction Systems, Inc. (“DACS”), a leader in the highly-specialized archival storage industry, sued former Director David Cross; his son, Jordan Cross; and Sierra Shelving, Inc....

Robert M. Tata, Wendy C. McGraw, Georgianna G. Ramsey.

Is it death or merely “a flesh wound”: business methods after Bilski

USA - May 7 2009 In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Sir Arthur is confronted by the indomitable Black Knight while attempting to cross a bridge....

Maya M. Eckstein, Robert J. Barrett.