In June, three democratic senators (Chris Coons from Delaware, Dick Durbin from Illinois, and Mazie Hirono from Hawaii) and one republican senator (Tom Cotton from Arkansas) introduced the “STRONGER Patents Act of 2017.” One of the motivations for the bill appears to be that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently ranked the U.S. patent system
We are delighted to be sponsoring the first US-China Entertainment Law Conference on 2 November 2016 at the Loyola Law School, LA, California. This event will bring together senior policymakers, academics, business executives and international practitioners from China and the U.S. to discuss cutting-edge legal issues in the US-China film, television, music and gaming industries.
In May 2015 the accession of the U.S. and Japan to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs took effect. These accessions significantly broaden the geographical scope of protection of industrial designs via the Hague System adding two of the world’s most important economies and increasing the number of countries and intergovernmental
(U.S. Supreme Court, Decision of 19 June 2014, No. 13-298, Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l) The U.S. Supreme Court held that (1) patent claims directed to the abstract idea of mitigating “settlement risk” were not patentable where they merely required generic computer implementation, and (2) the recitation of generic computer components in
(U.S. Supreme Court, Decision of 2 June 2014, No. 12-786, Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Techs., Inc.) Rejecting the Federal Circuit’s fractured en banc decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a defendant is not liable for inducing patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) when no direct infringement has occurred under § 271(a). Akamai
If enacted, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) could be the most important change to U.S. trade secret law in decades. Why have U.S. legislators proposed a bill concerning trade secret law? Democratic Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware introduced the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014 (S. 2267) this past April. The bill is cosponsored
(U.S. Supreme Court, Decision of 2 June, 2014, No. 13-369, Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc.) The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision lowered the standard for finding a patent claim indefinite under 35 U.S.C. § 112 ¶ 2. Previously, the Federal Circuit would find a claim term indefinite “only when it is ‘not amenable to construction’