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In Energy Heating, LLC v. Heat On-The-Fly, LLC, 15 F.4th 1378 (Fed. Cir. 2021), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the District Court of North Dakota’s finding that the case was exceptional and that the court may award reasonable attorney fees under 35 U.S.C. §285. The court found that the patent owner was granted its patent due to inequitable conduct for intentionally failing to disclose prior sales and unreasonably pursuing litigation with a fraudulently obtained patent.
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By Li-Jen Shen, Cory Smith and George C. Chen
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) has finally filled a gap left by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the standard for finding deceptive intent when trying to prove fraud on the USPTO.
By Robert W. Clarida and Robert J. Bernstein
The Ninth Circuit ruling in Flo & Eddie may turn out to be last stop on the long and winding road the owners of pre-1972 recordings have traveled in their efforts to obtain compensation for public performances through platforms like Sirius.
By Willem Klein
Patent marking is an important step in the patent lifecycle as it is generally required to seek damages from infringers prior to the date the suit is filed. While virtual marking has somewhat reduced the overhead of marking, it suffers from the same problems all Internet-based evidence runs into in court: websites are ephemeral and have intermittent accessibility, as well as poor public logging of when information existed where, and for how long. NFTs on a digital blockchain could potentially overcome these hurdles, while still providing the benefits of virtual marking via websites.
By Ari Kaplan
Many law firm finance leaders are using data to drive change in their organizations, amplifying the power of profitability, and leveraging their skill to fuel innovation. Ultimately, they are helping their firms gain a competitive advantage.