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Interactions with Your Customer Can Be the Basis for Liability for Patent Infringement
March 21, 2013 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Brian T. Moriarty
The relationship between a company and its customer is usually not enough to establish liability for direct patent infringement, but it can create liability for induced patent infringement...
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New Micro Entity Patent Applicants will Benefit from a Seventy-Five Percent Discount on Fees
March 13, 2013 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) grants fee-setting authority to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and effective March 19, 2013, the USPTO will adjust...
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Colombia and Mexico Enter the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks
February 13, 2013 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: John L. DuPré and Christopher K. Albert
Filing trademark registrations via the Madrid Protocol permits low-cost filing and renewal of trademark registrations in nearly 90 countries Accession by Mexico marks a further...
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International Design Patent Applications Available Soon
January 24, 2013 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Darrell L. Wong
U.S. applicants will soon be able to file an international design patent application in the U.S. Patent Office. International design patent applications will be published and provide...
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Failure to Raise Patent Invalidity Defenses in Contract Dispute Bars Claims in Subsequent Lawsuit
January 18, 2013 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Brian T. Moriarty and Christopher K. Albert
Even in a licensing dispute, challenges to patent validity should be raised or they may be waived. Litigants must carefully consider all possible defenses and counterclaims in contested...
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Federal Circuit in PerkinElmer Finds Diagnostic Method Claims Patent-Ineligible
December 14, 2012 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Deirdre E. Sanders
Continuing with a recent line of cases directed to fundamental patent eligibility issues, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has recently held in PerkinElmer, Inc. v. Intema...
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Patent Term Adjustment...Adjusted Again - Lower Court Decisions on Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) Favor Certain RCE Filings
November 29, 2012 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
Two district courts rule PTA still accrues in applications where a first Request for Continued Examination (RCE) was filed after a three-year pendency. We suggest a prompt review...
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Federal Circuit Sets New Standard for Inducement of Patent Infringement
September 5, 2012 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Brian T. Moriarty
What You Need to Know “Sweeping change to the nation’s patent policy” Inducement liability may exist even when no single entity performs all the steps of a...
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Interactions with Your Customer Can Be the Basis for Liability for Patent Infringement
March 21, 2013 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Brian T. Moriarty
The relationship between a company and its customer is usually not enough to establish liability for direct patent infringement, but it can create liability for induced patent infringement...
More »

New Micro Entity Patent Applicants will Benefit from a Seventy-Five Percent Discount on Fees
March 13, 2013 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) grants fee-setting authority to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and effective March 19, 2013, the USPTO will adjust...
More »

Colombia and Mexico Enter the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks
February 13, 2013 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: John L. DuPré and Christopher K. Albert
Filing trademark registrations via the Madrid Protocol permits low-cost filing and renewal of trademark registrations in nearly 90 countries Accession by Mexico marks a further...
More »

International Design Patent Applications Available Soon
January 24, 2013 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Darrell L. Wong
U.S. applicants will soon be able to file an international design patent application in the U.S. Patent Office. International design patent applications will be published and provide...
More »

Failure to Raise Patent Invalidity Defenses in Contract Dispute Bars Claims in Subsequent Lawsuit
January 18, 2013 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Brian T. Moriarty and Christopher K. Albert
Even in a licensing dispute, challenges to patent validity should be raised or they may be waived. Litigants must carefully consider all possible defenses and counterclaims in contested...
More »

Federal Circuit in PerkinElmer Finds Diagnostic Method Claims Patent-Ineligible
December 14, 2012 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Deirdre E. Sanders
Continuing with a recent line of cases directed to fundamental patent eligibility issues, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has recently held in PerkinElmer, Inc. v. Intema...
More »

Patent Term Adjustment...Adjusted Again - Lower Court Decisions on Patent Term Adjustment (PTA) Favor Certain RCE Filings
November 29, 2012 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
Two district courts rule PTA still accrues in applications where a first Request for Continued Examination (RCE) was filed after a three-year pendency. We suggest a prompt review...
More »

Federal Circuit Sets New Standard for Inducement of Patent Infringement
September 5, 2012 - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds Alert
By: Brian T. Moriarty
What You Need to Know “Sweeping change to the nation’s patent policy” Inducement liability may exist even when no single entity performs all the steps of a...
More »

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