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Supplier's Agreement to Manufacture May Trigger On-Sale Bar
August 16, 2013

    In an Opinion on August 14, 2013 (Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. v. Sunbeam Products, Inc.), the Federal Circuit ruled that the on-sale bar was triggered when a purchase order for slow cookers by patentee Hamilton Beach was confirmed by its supplier. The Court stated that Hamilton Beach’s transaction with its supplier was an offer for sale of a product that anticipated the asserted claims and that the inventio....... Read More


    U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Jurisdiction In Patent Related Case
    February 21, 2013

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      Dippin' Dots: brought to you by inequitable conduct, but not an antitrust violation
      February 09, 2007

        What do Dippin' Dots, the little beads of ice cream sold at fairs, stadiums, and malls, have to do with patent and antitrust law? For the Federal Circuit, they presented the "close case" where a patent holder can be found to have engaged in inequitable conduct during prosecution of the patent but is not liable for a Walker Process antitrust claim by an infringement defendant. This is possib....... Read More


        Federal Circuit Addresses On Sale Bar
        December 18, 2006

          In Plumtree Software, Inc. v. Datamize, LLC, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals revisited the issue of determining when an invention is on sale within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. 102(b). A claimed invention is considered to be on sale under ? 102(b) if the invention is sold or offered for sale more than one year before the filing date of the patent application. If the applicant files a patent application after th....... Read More


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