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Patent reform legislation brings host of changes to US patent law

USA - September 16 2011 The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, signed by President Obama into law on September 16, 2011, is the culmination of patent reform efforts taking years.

David Elkins, Douglas H. Goldhush, Keith Mullervy, Peter Flanagan.

US Supreme Court affirms clear and convincing burden of proof to invalidate a patent

USA - June 10 2011 In a unanimous decision in Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership, the US Supreme Court held on June 9, 2011 that a patent defendant must meet a clear and convincing standard of proof to invalidate a US patent in district court.

Gerald P. Dodson, James L. Reed.

Federal Circuit makes the inequitable conduct defense in patent cases more difficult to prove

USA - May 27 2011 On May 26, the Federal Circuit issued its long-awaited en banc opinion in Therasense, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson & Co. dealing with the standard for proving inequitable conduct as a defense to a claim of patent infringement.

James L. Reed, Nathan Lane III.

The European Union’s unified patent proposal

European Union - April 21 2011 For many years the European Union (EU) has been debating the potential for a single EU patent system rather like the unitary trademark system (Community Trade Mark or CTM).

Roya Soudbakhsh.

USPTO announces helpful options for patent applicants

USA - April 8 2011 In June 2010 the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced plans to provide patent applicants with different "tracks" that they can select based on the speed with which they want their patent applications examined.

David Elkins, Douglas H. Goldhush.