11/20/2014 - Recent cases have indicated a lowered standard for obtaining attorney's fees in patent cases, possibly in order to deter trolls. The Supreme Court has established that whether attorney's fees should be awarded in an "exceptional case" should be based on a totality of the circumstances in a case-by-case basis. Read More.
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6/8/2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court held in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. on June 2, 2014 that in order to find inducement under 35 U.S.C. §271(b), direct infringement under 35 U.S.C. §271(a) must also be present. Although the Court limits the scope of its holding to this particular question, the Court reverses and remands the case to the Fed. Circuit, and leaves open the possibility that direct infringement under 35 U.S.C. §271(a) can be revisited and the Fed. Cir. can reconsider its application of Muniauction, which requires that direct infringement "requires a single party to perform every step of the claimed method," such that the single party exercises "control or direction" over the entire process. Read More.
11/30/2013 - Satellite Patent Office to Open in San Jose Late 2014 -- The Silicon Valley Patent and Trademark Office will move from its temporary location in Menlo Park to a permanent location in the San Jose City Hall. The permanent location is expected to open in late 2014. Read More.
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