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US Supreme Court to Rule on Attorneys’ Fees in Patent Cases

March 16, 2014

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In the case of Highmark Inc. v. Allcare Health Management Sys., the US Supreme Court is scheduled to rule on whether a district court’s finding that patent infringement litigation was objectively baseless, and thus supported an award of attorneys’ fees to the defendant, is best decided by a trial court judge. Allcare is the owner […]

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Supreme Court Rules Patent Holders Have Burden of Proof in Licensing Cases

February 8, 2014

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The US Supreme Court has ruled that patent owners have the burden of proof when a patent licensee sues seeking a ruling that the patent is invalid and has not been infringed. In the case of Medtronic Inc. v. Boston Scientific Corp. et al., Medtronic had licensed defibrillator patents from Boston Scientific Corp.  Boston Scientific […]

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European Patent Office Translation Service Covers 32 languages

January 8, 2014

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A year ahead of schedule, the European Patent Office (EPO) added eight more languages to its free machine translation service for patents, bringing the total to 32. The service now covers the 28 official languages of the EU’s member states, as well as Russian and several Asian languages. According to the EPO’s website: Patent Translate […]

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International IP Filings Not Slowed by Shaky Economic Recovery

January 1, 2014

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While the global economy slowly rebounds from the 2008 financial crisis, intellectual property filings are increasing at a rapid pace. Patent filings saw their fastest growth in nearly two decades, according to a recent report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). “Following the 2009 financial crisis, global intellectual property (IP) filings and global economic […]

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