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Lost Profits – Who’s Sale is it Anyway?

August 1, 2022 | Blog | By Brad M Scheller, Robert Sweeney

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Rule 11—Use It Wisely

July 20, 2022 | Blog | By Brad M Scheller, Robert Sweeney

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SCOTUS Declines to Answer Calls for Clarification in American Axle v. Neapco

July 13, 2022 | Blog | By Brad M Scheller, Andrew DeVoogd, Matthew Karambelas, Amanda Metell

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Rule 11 Sanctions Appropriate for Frivolous Inventorship Pleading

July 13, 2022 | Blog | By Michael Renaud, Brad M Scheller, Robert Sweeney

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5th Circuit Confirms Avanci SEP Pool is Safe: No Antitrust Issue with Avanci’s Pool

July 6, 2022 | Blog | By Daniel Weinger, Michael Renaud, Bruce Sokler, James Thomson

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DOJ Breaking with Big Tech Approach to SEPs

June 13, 2022 | Blog | By Daniel Weinger, Michael McNamara, Michael Renaud, James Thomson

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Rules for Complainant Success in ITC Trade Secret Litigation

May 16, 2022 | Blog | By Jonathan Engler, Michael Renaud

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The ITC Should Put Its Foot Down on Patent Hold-out and Hold-up

May 9, 2022 | Blog | By Jonathan Engler, Michael Renaud

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Amazon’s Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation Proceeding: Let the Seller Beware

March 22, 2022 | Blog | By Michael Graif, Matthew Hurley

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Avoiding Unforced Tech DI Errors at the ITC

March 11, 2022 | Blog | By Jonathan Engler, Michael Renaud

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Open Question: Use of Stolen Trade Secrets May or May Not Qualify as a Predicate Act Under RICO

March 10, 2022 | Blog | By Adam Samansky, Michael McNamara, Nicholas Armington, Oliver Ennis

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In two recent decisions, both issued on February 4, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the “CAFC”) erased two huge patent damages awards because the underlying expert opinion on damages was untethered to the specific facts of each case.
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No Harm, No Foul, and No Standing for Would-be SEP Implementer: 5th Circuit Changes Narrative on Patent “Hold Up”

March 3, 2022 | Blog | By Daniel Weinger, Michael Renaud, Bruce Sokler, James Thomson

In its analysis of Cont’l Auto. Sys., Inc. v. Avanci, L.L.C.,, the Fifth Circuit made several interesting findings: (1) that potential pass-through non-FRAND royalties are too speculative to create an injury in fact; (2) that SEP holders can fulfill their obligations to SSOs, with respect to suppliers, by actively licensing SEPs to downstream OEMs; and (3) that not all implementers are intended beneficiaries entitled to FRAND licenses.
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Patent Owner Tips for Avoiding IPR Institution

March 1, 2022 | Blog | By William Meunier, Michael Renaud, Brad M Scheller

Inter partes reviews have a very high institution rate. And worse, once instituted IPRs result in invalidated claims at an inordinately high rate. The best defense against an IPR petition is to convince the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to deny institution. In this post, the Mintz IPR team put together out top six tips for avoiding IPR institution.
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On January 26, 2022, in what appears to be a case of first impression, U.S. District Court Judge John Z. Lee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a biosimilar applicant defendant’s motion to dismiss patent infringement claims brought in the second phase of the parties’ Biosimilar Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”) litigation. In so doing, Judge Lee held that the reference product sponsor (“RPS”) plaintiff is not limited to only declaratory judgment actions in the second phase of litigation under the BPCIA.
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A Business Deal Could Kill Your Right to Challenge a Patent’s Validity

February 22, 2022 | Blog | By William Meunier, Peter Cuomo, Marguerite McConihe, Sean Casey

Last week, the Federal Circuit issued a decision holding that parties can contractually bargain away their rights to file petitions for Inter Partes Review (“IPR”) at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (“the Board”). This precedential case is the first to hold that a forum selection clause can forfeit the right to challenge a patent’s validity by IPR. The takeaway from this case is that when entering into any type of patent related agreement, be careful to ensure that your right to file IPR petitions is not stripped away, particularly by way of a forum selection clause which is “prima facie valid and should be enforced” in the words of the Federal Circuit.
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While there have been some adverse decisions from individual administrative law judges at the US International Trade Commission in recent years, final decisions coming from the commission since January 2019 have largely affirmed that complainants have satisfied the domestic industry (DI) requirement.
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