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On March 9, 2021, the Federal Circuit affirmed several inter partes review (IPR) decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) related to the estoppel provision 35 U.S.C. § 315(e)(1).

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March 11, 2021
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Memes, funny videos and entertaining dance routines are often what go viral on social media these days … but earlier this year, it was a warning about social media that became the talk — or should we say Tok — of the internet. Sharing on the social news platform Reddit in April, someone known only…

October 22, 2020
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In case your parlance needs updating, the term sologamy refers to a marriage to yourself. Apparently unaware of this trend, the Federal Circuit recently explained that “[a] statute saying that ‘a person may marry any person who is older than 16 . . . “would not, by virtue of the ‘any person’ language, authorize marriage to oneself…”

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March 19, 2020
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In Arista Networks, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., Nos. 2017-1525 and 2017-1577 (November 9, 2018), the Federal Circuit held that assignor estoppel is not available in inter partes review (IPR)…

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November 12, 2018
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Each year, the country marks October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but businesses must be vigilant in their approach to cybersecurity year-round. That means staying abreast of new regulations, forming an incident response team, taking the right steps during a breach and performing cyber-related due diligence ahead of major deals. Learn more below.

November 7, 2018
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When it comes to assets, perhaps none are more mobile than intellectual property. Patents, copyrights, trademarks and other so-called “intangible” assets bring tremendous value to the corporations that own them, but they don’t exist in a physical form, making them easy to move from one country to another. For decades, U.S. corporations have taken advantage…

August 9, 2018
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Today is the day! Companies around the world have had two years to prepare for implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation, the comprehensive legal regime with the self-stated goal of putting the European Union at the forefront of safeguarding individuals’ data privacy rights. Well, now that GDPR is finally in effect, we can safely assume…

July 26, 2018
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What does it take to win a patent trial when a jury is likely to identify with your adversary? Ask Fred Williams, the co-chair of V&E’s Intellectual Property practice, who recently represented Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer HTC Corp. in a case against Joe Andrew Salazar. Salazar, an 82-year-old inventor, is a former scientist for the United States…

July 26, 2018
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On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s denial of a contingent motion to amend claims in a patent owned by Sirona Dental…

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June 21, 2018
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On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court issued two important decisions addressing inter partes review (“IPR”) challenges before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”).

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April 25, 2018
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The Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) today decided that in a game of “chicken,” one might actually be best served by swerving out of the way — comebacks are allowed.

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April 20, 2018
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The Federal Circuit has opened the door to appeals on the timeliness of inter partes review proceedings and possibly to discovery in PTAB proceedings related to this issue.

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January 10, 2018