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Supreme Court Rejects Patent Exhaustion Defense for Patented Bean Replanting
May 13, 2013

    The Supreme Court has handed down its much anticipated decision in Bowman v. Monsanto Co., holding that the defense of patent exhaustion does not apply to the practice of planting and harvesting patented seeds through planting and harvesting without the patent holder's permission. The case centers on the Roundup Ready gene, which confers resistance to glyphosate herbicides such as Roundup. Monsanto owns U.S. ....... Read More


    New and Useful - January 31, 2013
    January 29, 2013

      · In Soverain Software LLC v. Newegg Inc. the Federal Circuit vacated in part and reversed in part an Eastern District of Texas decision finding Newegg Inc. liable for infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,715,314, 5,909,492, and 7,272,639, all relating to electronic commerce. The Federal Circuit offered clarifying insight on the obviousness doctrine. The background facts are as follows: Soverain Soft....... Read More


      Bayh-Dole Patent Ownership Dispute to be heard by Supreme Court
      November 08, 2010

        Last week, the Supreme Court announced it will review the Federal Circuit decision in Stanford v. Roche, addressing patent ownership under the Bayh-Dole Act, after granting Stanford's petition for a writ of certiorari. The Court will decide an interesting patent ownership dispute involving the contractual obligation of a University inventor to assign rights to the University and the same inventor's prior a....... Read More


        Ninth Circuit: AutoCAD purchasers are licensees, so first sale doctrine does not apply to resale
        September 15, 2010

          In a decision last week, the Ninth Circuit held the purchaser of a copy of AutoCAD software was not an owner of the copy, but instead a licensee. As a result, the purchaser did not have the protection of the first sale doctrine (codified in 17 U.S.C. § 109(a)) when attempting to resell the software to a third party. The declaratory judgment plaintiff was attempting to sell used copies of AutoCAD on eBay. A....... Read More


          Supreme Court: NFL collective licensing of trademarks not immune from Section 1 antitrust scrutiny
          May 26, 2010

            Monday the Supreme Court unanimously held the NFL's practice of collectively licensing the trademarks of all 32 individual teams is not immune from antitrust scrutiny under Section 1 of the Sherman Act. The NFL argued that because the marks are all licensed through a single entity, NFL Properties, there was no "contract, combination, . . . or conspiracy" under § 1, and therefore there could ....... Read More


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