The prominent state of patent litigation in the United States and Germany is explained not only by the size of its markets, but also by a recent increase of hearings before the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. With an aim at providing coverage for these critical jurisdictions, we are happy to introduce the first update on notable patent law developments, focusing on the U.S. and Germany. This newsletter will summarize a handful of the more notable U.S. and German patent law developments over the past two months.
This issue’s Spotlight article addresses two highly-anticipated decisions by the Supreme Court: Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group and SaS Institute v. Iancu. Both decisions involved inter partes reviews, with the former upholding the constitutionality of these proceedings and the latter requiring the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to decide patentability of all such claims challenged.
Following the Spotlight article, this issue provides seven short summaries of important case law and legal developments from the U.S. and Germany.
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