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Holding that the parties’ executed agreement mooted the issues in the case, the Federal Circuit recently reversed a district court’s decision to grant summary judgment of non-infringement despite the parties’ agreement. Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC v. Casper Sleep Inc., 950 F.3d 849 (Fed. Cir. 2020). The decision builds upon prior Federal Circuit case law giving effect to settlement agreements. It also highlights strategic issues to consider when engaging in settlement negotiations while dispositive motions are pending.
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By James W. Soong
For the foreseeable future, patent applications involving artificial intelligence technologies will increase with the continued proliferation of such technologies. However, subject matter eligibility can be a significant challenge in securing patents on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
By John Bowler and Kristie Butler
Nearly a century after endorsing the doctrine of assignor estoppel, the Court concluded that it applies “when, but only when, the assignor’s claim of invalidity contradicts explicit or implicit representations he made in assigning the patent.”
By Eric Alan Stone and Catherine Nyarady
The Supreme Court is considering a petition in a §101 case, in which the Federal Circuit split six-to-six in denying rehearing en banc, and in which the Supreme Court recently called for the views of the Solicitor General.
By Andrei Iancu and David J. Kappos
For the U.S. to maintain its technological edge, it must encourage Americans to make more discoveries in AI and other emerging technologies. This in turn requires providing strong IP rights to incentivize and protect the huge investments required to make those discoveries.