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Supreme Court Upholds the Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review

Supreme Court Upholds the Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review

The Supreme Court in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group upheld the constitutionality of inter partes reviews, holding that inter partes review does not violate Article III or the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution. The Supreme Court held that inter partes review involves public rights and is simply a reconsideration of the grant of a public franchise. Therefore, allowing the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to reconsider the grant of a public right does not violate Article III. The Supreme Court concluded that the grant of a patent has long been recognized as a public right, and the Seventh Amendment is not violated because a jury is not necessary since the PTO can properly conduct inter partes review. The Supreme Court qualified that its holding was narrow. The Supreme Court’s constitutionality determination applied to inter partes review only. The Court did not rule on the retroactive application of inter partes review to a patent granted before AIA post-grant proceedings were in place, nor to any due process challenges. Oil States Energy Services and Greene’s Energy are oilfield services company. After Oil States sued Greene’s Energy for infringing a patent related to hydraulic fracturing, Greene’s Energy challenged the patent’s validity...

Wendy Stein Promoted to Director in Intellectual Property Department

Wendy Stein Promoted to Director in Intellectual Property Department

Gibbons P.C. is pleased to announce that Wendy R. Stein has been named a Director in the Intellectual Property Department in the firm’s New York office, effective January 2, 2018. “We are extremely proud of Wendy and we look forward to working with her in her new role,” said Patrick C. Dunican Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons. At Gibbons, Ms. Stein focuses her practice on intellectual property disputes, primarily in the patent and trademark areas. She has extensive experience litigating a broad variety of patent infringement and other matters in the pharmaceutical and life sciences arenas, including matters related to a variety of medications, and SABAs used to treat asthma and/or COPD. Ms. Stein also has substantial experience litigating patent infringement disputes in the non-pharma area, including matters related to GPS devices, gaming, hand-held devices, and packaging. In addition, Ms. Stein has litigated trademark ownership and infringement/counterfeiting disputes involving perfume, apparel, electronics, real estate, and gaming. Ms. Stein has appeared before federal and state courts throughout the United States including New York, New Jersey, Delaware, California, Florida, Texas, District of Columbia, Illinois, and Nebraska, and before the Court of Appeals for the D.C. and Federal Circuits, recently obtaining...

Gibbons Ranked Best Law Firm and Best Lobbying Firm in Inaugural NJBIZ Reader Rankings

Gibbons Ranked Best Law Firm and Best Lobbying Firm in Inaugural NJBIZ Reader Rankings

Gibbons P.C. has been selected as the best law firm and the best lobbying firm in New Jersey in the inaugural NJBIZ Reader Ranking Awards. The Reader Rankings were compiled through an online survey seeking the best of the best in a wide range of categories and subcategories. According to NJBIZ, “The publication of the 2017 Reader Rankings by NJBIZ is our way of recognizing the regard our readers have for the businesses in their communities. What makes the companies listed here distinct is the devotion they inspire among our region’s business leaders.” Gibbons has been recognized by numerous organizations and publications for the firm’s work on behalf of clients, including being named among the New Jersey Law Journal’s Litigation Departments of the Year, earning the top overall honors in 2014, as well as recognition for the practice areas of class actions (2017), products liability (2016), and commercial litigation (2013). The Gibbons Government Affairs Department has ranked as the #1 lawyer-lobbying firm in New Jersey for nine consecutive years, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission In addition, the firm and Gibbons attorneys are also consistently recognized in annual client-review publications such as the Chambers USA Guide to...

Do You Like What You’re Reading? Rate Our Blog: The ABA Journal’s “Web 100” Award

Do You Like What You’re Reading? Rate Our Blog: The ABA Journal’s “Web 100” Award

Thank you for visiting the Gibbons IP Law Alert blog! Content on our site, authored by members of the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, analyzes and discusses ongoing legal and business news related to various aspects of intellectual property law. How are we doing? To review our blog and nominate the Gibbons IP Law Alert for this year’s ABA Journal’s “Web 100” award, please visit abajournal.com/blawgs/web100 and share why you are a “fan” of our site (Please note: the voting process closes on Sunday, July 30). Thank you in advance for your support.

Intellectual Asset Management Again Ranks Gibbons Among World’s Leading Patent Professionals

Intellectual Asset Management Again Ranks Gibbons Among World’s Leading Patent Professionals

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) has again included Gibbons P.C. in its 2017 edition of IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals. David E. De Lorenzi, Chair of the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, and Department Counsel George W. Johnston and George M. Gould were also recognized individually among IAM’s leading patent practitioners. This is the seventh straight year that IAM has recognized the firm. To compile the IAM Patent 1000, the IAM team conducts extensive research over the course of five months with thousands of private practice attorneys based in dozens of countries, as well as the users of their services, in order to identify the practitioners and practices that are considered to excel at providing patent-related legal services. Among other accolades, IAM recognized that “intellectual property is a central pillar at general practice Gibbons” while also recognizing that the firm’s IP experience “across the board means that patents are prosecuted with aplomb, technology transfers are swiftly sewn up and high-stakes cases are favourably resolved.” Moreover, clients surveyed by IAM remarked that when working with the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, the client’s “long-term business interests are always kept front and centre.” David E. De Lorenzi was again selected by IAM...

Privilege Claims and the Common Interest Doctrine

Privilege Claims and the Common Interest Doctrine

In a recent decision, in the District of Massachusetts, Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley addressed the validity of privilege claims regarding third party communications under the common interest doctrine. In this case, plaintiffs Crane Security Technologies, Inc. and Visual Physics, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crane Technologies, Inc. (collectively, “Crane”) alleged that defendant Rolling Optics, AB (“RO”) infringed the Crane patents that “relate generally to optical systems that project synthetic images that ‘move’ and that include image icons formed as voids or recesses” therefore, “useful as [an] anti-counterfeiting feature[] on currency.” Crane is the exclusive licensee to the patents-in-suit from third party, Nanoventions (“NV”). The relationship between the parties began in 2002 when Crane entered into a confidentiality agreement with NV because Crane was interested in using NV’s optical system as a security device on currency. Over the course of the next several years, Crane and NV entered into numerous additional agreements, culminating in Crane’s “purchase[] [of] the intellectual property from NV in 2008.” During discovery, RO challenged approximately 600 entries on Crane’s privilege log regarding certain communications between Crane and third parties pertaining to the Crane’s transactions with NV, including: (1) communications between Crane and NV dated before the...

Safe Harbor 2.0: Still a Work in Process 0

Safe Harbor 2.0: Still a Work in Process

Last month, judges from the European Court of Justice, the European Union’s top court, issued a judgment striking down a 15-year old agreement, known as the Safe Harbor framework, which allowed American and European businesses to freely move personal data between the two regions. This ruling impacts nearly 4,000 businesses that currently rely on Safe Harbor framework to transfer data between the U.S. and Europe and requires all businesses to revaluate their compliance with Europeans standards.

Target/Visa Settlement: A Potential Guide Post in Data Breach Litigation 0

Target/Visa Settlement: A Potential Guide Post in Data Breach Litigation

While the winter holidays are a time for spending and good cheer, the 2013 holiday season was one that continues to be costly for Target. On December 19, 2013, Target publicly announced that computer hackers had stolen data, including credit card payment information, from millions of Target shoppers. In January 2014, Gibbons P.C., in light of the Target data breach, discussed the ramifications of delay in notifying consumers, whether the delay was intentional or as a result of compliance with law enforcement requests. Banks and credit unions, which had issued credit cards affected by the breach, were forced to reimburse Target customers in some cases and reissue millions of cards, brought a class action lawsuit against Target.

Intellectual Asset Management Again Ranks Gibbons Among World’s Leading Patent Professionals 0

Intellectual Asset Management Again Ranks Gibbons Among World’s Leading Patent Professionals

Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) has again named Gibbons among The World’s Leading Patent Professionals in its 2015 edition of IAM Patent 1000. David E. De Lorenzi – Chair of the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department – and George W. Johnston, Counsel in the Department, were also recognized as being among IAM’s leading patent practitioners. This is the fifth straight year that IAM has recognized Gibbons and Mr. De Lorenzi.

Another Patent Reform Bill Targets Frivolous Demand Letters 0

Another Patent Reform Bill Targets Frivolous Demand Letters

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved yet another patent reform bill to curtail misleading and frivolous demand letters sent by patent assertion entities (also known as “patent trolls”). The legislation, approved by a vote of 30 to 20, is known as the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters Act, or TROL Act (H.R. 2045). This bill aims to protect businesses from frivolous demands while preserving the ability of patent holders to legitimately protect their intellectual property. The overall goal is to curtail “certain bad faith communications in connection with the assertion of a United States patent [that] are unfair or deceptive acts or practices, and for other purposes.”