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Indefinite PKI Outage for EFS-Web and Private PAIR
June 5, 2019The USPTO announced that PKI authentication for EFS-Web and Private PAIR will be unavailable starting on Wednesday, June 5, at 12:01 a.m. ET, until further notice.
Brunswick Dodges $5 Million Boating Patent Infringement Award
June 4, 2019The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on May 31, 2019, reversed a $5,396,250 patent infringement verdict against Brunswick Corp., owner of many popular boating brands. Cobalt Boats, LLC v. Brunswick Corp., Fed. Cir., No. 2018-1376, unpublished 5/31/19.
Senate Hearings on Section 101 Reform
June 3, 2019This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property will hold its first two hearings on “The State of Patent Eligibility in America.”
Juniper Evades Finjan Malware Protection Patent Claims
June 3, 2019The US District Court for the Northern District of California on May 29, 2019, held that Juniper Networks Inc., an American networking products developer, did not infringe Finjan Inc.’s malware protection patents.
PKI Outage for EFS-Web and Private PAIR
May 30, 2019The US Patent and Trademark Office announced that PKI authentication for EFS-Web and Private PAIR will be unavailable starting 12:01 a.m., Thursday, May 30, and ending at 11:59 p.m., Friday, May 31 ET. There is the potential for further outages as well.
Bud Light’s Barrel of Corn Syrup Jokes Comes to a Stop
May 29, 2019The US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on May 24, 2019, granted a preliminary injunction preventing Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC from implying in its advertisements that MillerCoors LLC beers contain corn syrup.
CAFC Affirms Samsung’s IPR Win
May 28, 2019The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on May 23, 2019, found Papst Licensing GMBH & Co.'s software patent, which is related to a software interface device with high data transfer rates, invalid because it was covered by other patented technology and published research.
Lawmakers Release Draft to Reform Section 101
May 28, 2019In a May 22, 2019 press release, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, and Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) released a bipartisan, bicameral draft bill that would reform Section 101 of the Patent Act.
Licensee Retains Trademark Rights Despite Debtor-Licensor Rejection of Agreement in Bankruptcy
May 21, 2019Under § 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor-licensor's "rejection" of a contract operated as a breach of the contract and not as a rescission, the Supreme Court held May 20, 2019. Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, US, No. 17-1657, 5/22/2019.
Competitor Lacks Standing to Appeal PTAB Decision
May 21, 2019The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on May 13, 2019, held that AVX Corp., a manufacturer of electronic components, did not have standing to challenge the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's (PTAB) decision not to invalidate a competitor’s patent. AVX Corp. v. Presidio Components, Inc., Fed. Cir., No. 2018-1106, 5/13/19.