IP LAWSUITS

     The number of patent infringement lawsuits increased by 22 percent during 2011 compared with the year before, reaching the highest level ever recorded, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.     The increase was due in part to the America Invents Act (“... read more
As reported by Gamezone on January 4, a new rumor has surfaced about the development of the next generation Xbox, or Xbox 720 – a clever twist on the current Xbox 360 title, due to a patent recently granted to Microsoft.  United States Patent No. 8,083,593 was issued on December 27, 2011, and... read more
In what appears to to be the first dismissal of a declaratory judgment action post the Supreme Court’s decision in MedImmune, a court in Minneapolis dismissed two counts seeking declaratory judgment of non-infringement and invalidity (Case 08–cv-00816). According to the ruling: “However, although... read more
It is getting very "springy" here in Oklahoma and folks are getting a bit goofy - so, I guess it should come as no surprise that we have been chuckling about this snippet from my RSS reader tonight... If you were wondering what this is about - have a read over at Politico for the full angst,... read more
A couple of months ago I came across Mike Dillon’s blog – The Legal Thing – covering all things legal from the perspective of General Counsel at Sun.  As GC for Sun, Mike’s daily routine must entail a significant amount of attention to... read more
Check out this statement from an article that I read today:    Now, as if you needed more proof that we live in a time in which stuffy lawyers don't dig the digital age, take a look at this: It looks like toy-makers Hasbro and Mattel have sent their legal goons to Facebook and... read more
Morningstar reports that four individuals have sued Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez for appointing an allegedly unqualified Deputy Director of the USPTO, Margaret Peterlin.  But really, incompetence in government, where’s the beef? Well, as amended in 1999, 35 U.... read more
Via IAM Blog (worth adding to the aggregator for IP types): Speaking today at the second plenary session of the CIP Forum in Gothenburg, Sweden, Randall Rader, a judge who sits on the CAFC in Washington DC, revealed that he believed the recent KSR v Teleflex decision handed down by the Supreme... read more
Over the Memorial Day weekend my husband and I went to Austin, Texas to visit his family and low and behold while we were there visions of intellectual property danced in my head.  Other than being the home of the University of Texas Longhorns (a huge rival of my alma matter, the University... read more
The waiting is finally over, or is it.  It seems that the Supreme Court’s opinion in KSR v. Teleflex has left patent attorneys, litigators, and holders asking more and more questions about the obviousness standard.  Until the dust settles, I suggest heading over to The Legal... read more
In a recent article by the Associated Press, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent a cease and desist letter to Just Add Coffee, a Utah coffee shop, for using the image of a robed angel holding a trumpet up at an angle as coffee is poured into it.  The Utah coffee shop used the... read more
Check out this week’s WAR OF THE WORDS: Businessweek reports that in Beijing, China, a pharmaceutical company was refused permission to use the name of a disgraced official as a trademark to sell rat poison. Forbes reports that Jimi Hendrix’s sister, Janie Hendrix, is suing a Seattle... read more
The master plan for the FedCirc.us site includes several web features designed to deliver patent caselaw information in a more effective manner.  The first - the GimmeTen! feature - has quickly become the most popular page on the site...and for good reason.  Not familiar with it? ... read more
As a precursor, I am a graduate from the University of Oklahoma and I have admittedly participated in the OU/TX college rivalry by displaying upside-down longhorns on numerous t-shirts as well as the back windshield of my car. So I simply could not pass up the opportunity to share this story with... read more
FedCirc.us (Matt/Steve/and I) announced earlier today the availability of a free preview issue of The Resolution, the inaugural issue of our quarterly magazine, The FedCirc.us Reader.  Download the .pdf here. According to Matt: The Resolution will give you a sneak-peak at the features of the... read more