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The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 22, 2017, decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 137 S.Ct. 1514 has dramatically impacted the demographics of patent infringement lawsuits in the United States. Since the TC Heartland decision, the patent bar has observed a major shift in where plaintiffs choose to file new patent cases. Far fewer patent lawsuits have been filed in the Eastern District of Texas while far more have been filed in venues like the District of Delaware and the Northern District of California. This article examines the impact of TC Heartland with a focus on recent Federal Circuit decisions applying TC Heartland and further clarifying the scope of where patent cases may be filed.
By Leslie Kushner
This article discusses the jurisprudence applied to determining patent eligibility of claims for diagnostic methods, and the expectation for changes in analysis of patent eligibility under §101 in the near future.
By Matthew Calcagno
Documents are the lifeblood of any law firm. The documents that a firm produces are its greatest asset, especially the intellectual property — trade secrets, patent information, etc. — contained in those documents, yet firms historically have not made sufficient efforts to safeguard those documents from both internal and external threats.
By Robert W. Clarida and Robert J. Bernstein
It’s a common fact pattern: A songwriter alleges that another songwriter has infringed the lyrics of Song A by using a similar short phrase, frequently a current slang phrase, in the lyrics of Song B. Claims like this do not often succeed because “words and short phrases such as names, titles, and slogans” are “not subject to copyright.”
By Joshua R. Stein and Jeff Ginsberg
Federal Circuit Holds PTAB Judges Unconstitutional, Constructs a Fix—But Not All Judges Agree on What Happens Next