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Venable LLP


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Supreme Court Clarifies Test For Determining Whether Designs On Useful Articles Are Eligible For Copyright Protection: Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc.

USA - March 23 2017 While federal copyright laws unquestionably allow protection for original works of art, copyright eligibility has been less clear in situations where…

Federal Circuit finds drug administration claims obvious where prior art disclosed a “total-dose concept” with limited dosage possibilities

USA - May 30 2014 Despite a prolonged period of research for the Patented inventions and evidence of unexpected efficacy, the Federal Circuit, in Hoffman-La Roche Inc…

Patent expiration dates are the key to determining eligibility under obviousness-type double-patenting

USA - May 30 2014 The doctrine of obviousness-type double patenting prevents an inventor’s extension of its exclusivity period through multiple patents on obvious…

Stephen Yam.

Statements made during prosecution do not rise to the level of prosecution disclaimer unless unambiguous disavowal

USA - May 30 2014 When construing disputed claim terms in a patent infringement case, the claim terms are to be given “their ordinary and customary meaning as…

Jacqueline A. DiRamio.

Federal Circuit clarifies obviousness analysis for design patents

USA - May 30 2014 In contrast to other recent design patent cases that have reached the Federal Circuit, the court in MRC Innovations, Inc. v. Hunter Mfg., LLP…

David D. Leege.