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May 31, 2017

Analysis: Supreme Court ruling changes what it means to buy almost anything

Last week, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to corporations that try to use patent law as a weapon against other firms, saying that companies can only be sued for patent infringement in the places they actually do business. Now, the court has ruled again along those same lines, handing a victory to consumer […]

May 22, 2017

Justices make it easier for companies to defend patent cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is making it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits. The justices ruled unanimously on Monday that such lawsuits can be filed only in states where defendants are incorporated. The issue is important to many companies that complained about patent owners choosing more favorable courts in […]

Jan 13, 2017

IP Frontiers: Supreme Court curtails design patent damages in Samsung v. Apple

There are generally three types of patents — utility, design and plant patents. Plant patents cover new plant breeds and hybrids. Utility patents cover the function and/or structure of processes, articles of manufacture and compositions of matter. Design patents cover ornamental designs for articles of manufacture. Thus, an article of manufacture can be the subject […]

Apr 14, 2015

This year’s fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

WASHINGTON — The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology. Haro and Hulls traced the […]

Mar 19, 2015

New Congress takes up abusive patent litigation

Culver Franchising System Inc. has grown from a family restaurant to a national restaurant franchising business that takes pride in the attention it gives to its customers. One of its services included a food calculator on its website for diners to factor the nutritional content of menu items. One thing Culver’s did not count on […]

Jun 11, 2014

High court rulings could create problems for ‘patent trolls’

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has handed down a pair of decisions that could make it more difficult to bring patent infringement claims in some circumstances, further hampering suits brought by so-called “patent trolls.” But while the justices’ rulings in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., No. 12-786, and Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig […]

Feb 7, 2013

Free talk on new patent law

Kathryn Doyle, a partner in Riverside Law of Pennsylvania, will discuss the meaning of patent law Tuesday at the University of Rochester. Doyle will present “Patent Laws Are Changing: Are You Prepared?” at noon in the Class of ’62 Auditorium at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The free event, part of the For Inventors, […]

May 21, 2012

Patent law provisions pondered by Congress

Increased fees and provisions of section 18 are among the major concerns stakeholders have regarding the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Section 18, which goes into effect Sept. 16, involves the transitional program for covered business method patents and provides a post-grant review of patents issued before the law was enacted. David Kappos, director of the […]

Oct 4, 2011

‘What is an Invention’

The University of Rochester F.I.R.E. series will present a program on inventing from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 13 in the Class of ‘62 Auditorium. Dr. Kathryn Doyle, partner and chair of Riverside Law in Pennsylvania, will talk about the technology transfer process and when a researcher becomes an inventor and research yields an invention.

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