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Trademark protection alert: .XXX domain sunrise launch runs from September 7, 2011 to October 28, 2011

Global - September 7 2011 The .XXX ("Dot Triple X") domain registration sunrise period begins September 7, 2011 and runs through October 28, 2011.

Susan E. Billheimer, Lianne Bulger, Chris McLeod, Florian Traub, Philip R. Zender

US Supreme Court raises the bar for proving inducement of patent infringement

USA - June 1 2011 The US Supreme Court’s May 31, 2011 decision in Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB, S.A.[1] is the latest – and final – word in a string of decisions over the past five years defining the intent that must be shown for inducement of patent infringement.

David Elkins, Nathan Lane III

Federal circuit opens the door to more reissue patents

USA - May 25 2011 A recent federal circuit opinion reaffirmed a longstanding rule permitting patent owners to use a reissue proceeding (35 USC §251) in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a hedge against future invalidity challenges.

The CAFC strengthens divided patent infringement defense

USA - March 2 2011 Wrapping up a trilogy of cases refining the rule regarding "joint" or "divided" infringement of method claims, the Federal Circuit recently ruled that a patentee must show an agency or contractual relationship in order for joint liability on patent infringement to exist.

Supreme Court to review standard for inducing infringement

USA - December 17 2010 We reported in our Spring 2010 Intellectual Property Update on the Federal Circuit’s decision in SEB S.A. v. Montgomery Ward & Co., Inc.