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Delaware Jury Awards $37.5 Million In Damages For Infringement Of Medical Device Patent

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 in Blog

On January 26, 2016, a District of Delaware jury awarded Greatbatch Ltd. $37.5 Million in damages in the Greatbatch Ltd. v. AVX Corporation and AVX Filters Corporation (collectively “AVX”) patent litigation.

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A Different Slant On The Slants’ Trademark Dispute

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 in Articles

The football team The Washington Redskins and the musical group The Slants have recently been tied together – both have argued that their First Amendment rights were violated when their federal trademark registrations were denied. In The Slants’ case, however, the battle over the registration of their trademark began with arguments that racism and the ethnicity of the trademark owner were the causes of the dispute.

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Using Patents to Envision the Future of Technology

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 in Articles

What new ideas and innovations will be seen in the near future? How will technology be affecting our lives in the months ahead? To answer these questions, technologists often study recently granted patents and published patent applications in order to predict how innovation will influence the future.

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Disparaging Trademarks May Now Be Registered

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog

In the case of In re Simon Shiao Tam (Case No. 14-1203), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the court that has jurisdiction over the United States Patent and Trademark Office, struck down the provision of Section 2A of the Lanham Act which prevents registering offensive trademarks. Yes, the same provision of the Lanham Act which was used to hold invalid the Washington Redskins mark has been held to be unconstitutional.

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CR Spreads Holiday Cheer

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 in Blog

Caesar Rivise employees headed to the Support Center for Child Advocates’ toy drive headquarters on December 18th to lend a helping hand. Employee volunteers sorted, bagged, and tagged donated toys destined for local families.

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The 13 Hottest Patent Law Issues Of 2015

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 in Article

What were the most significant issues that shaped patent law in 2015? As the year draws to a close, here is a look back, in no particular order, at the topics that received the most attention.

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Virtual Patent Marking

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in Articles

Patent owners who do not provide constructive notice to potential infringers by marking their products are prevented from recovering any damages for any infringements occurring prior to serving an actual, specific, notice of infringement, or bringing suit. Accordingly, patent owners who wish to realize the full potential of infringement damages through a lawsuit should mark their products with applicable patent numbers.

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End of the Line for Forum-Shopping in Patent Infringement Cases?

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in Articles

In the first half of 2015, an astonishing 44 percent of all new patent civil actions were filed with the Eastern District of Texas. Furthermore, in 2014, two judges in the Eastern District of Texas were assigned 23.7 percent of all new patent civil actions filed that year.

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Caesar Rivise Works With European Patent Counsel to Achieve Positive Outcomes in European Patent Oppositions

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 in Blog

Caesar Rivise attorney David Gornish recently attended two different patent opposition hearings before the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich and The Hague, respectively. David worked closely with European patent attorneys to achieve positive outcomes in both cases for the patent owner, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of pharmaceutical packaging products.

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ANDA Litigation Basics Under the Hatch-Waxman Act and Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 in Articles

Generic Drugs, Are safe, effective and less expensive than brand name prescriptions, Used in approximately 50-60% of all prescriptions dispensed, Have same active ingredient(s), route of administration, dosage form, strength, indications…

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