WASHINGTON – Patent pools, designed to spur innovation and reduce the cost of litigation, may actually be having anticompetitive effects according to a report released by the former competition policy director for the Federal Trade Commission.
Two key provisions of the federal patent reform law that are due to go into effect next month have prompted lawyers to change the advice they offer clients.
A recent decision from the Federal Circuit may make it easier for suits against companies incorporated in Delaware to be transferred outside the state.
A small technology company has won a $115 million verdict from a federal jury in Virginia on its claim that Verizon Communications Inc. infringed on its patents for interactive television when Verizon developed its FiOS cable system.
Section 282 of the Patent Act requires that an invalidity defense be proved by clear and convincing evidence.
U.S. Supreme Court. Microsoft v. i4i Partnership, No. 10-290. June 9, 2011. Lawyers USA No. 993-2980.
Over the last two years, patent attorneys have seen marked differences in the way patent applications are handled, and how a backlog of 700,000-plus filed patent applications are being tackled, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.