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Inter Partes Reexam Can Trigger Issue Preclusion

USA - February 22 2021 Before Dyk, Clevenger, and Hughes. Appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Summary: A finding during inter partes reexamination that two…

Matthew Friedrichs.

Distribution of Software Alone Does Not Infringe a Claim That Requires Hardware

USA - February 16 2021 Synchronoss Technologies sued Dropbox for infringement of three patents relating to synchronizing data across multiple devices. The district court…

Serah Friedman, Ph.D..

Claims to Printed Matter Are Patent-Ineligible Only if They Lack an Inventive Concept

USA - November 11 2020 Claims that recited printed matter but arguably included an inventive concept beyond the printed matter itself were not patent-ineligible. C R Bard…

Christopher L. Lewis.

Federal Court Allowed to Defer to State Court on Contract Dispute That Raised Patent Validity Questions

USA - October 15 2020 Summary: A federal court properly exercises its discretion to abstain from deciding declaratory judgment claims when the parties’ dispute can better…

Bita Kianian, Paul Stewart.

An “Agreement to Agree” Is Unenforceable Under Washington State Law

USA - September 1 2020 Washington State University (“WSU”) obtained a plant patent for a cultivated variety of apple trees. WSU entered into a Propagation Agreement with…

Noorean Gill, Paul Stewart.