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March 02, 2014

Trial Court Claim Interpretation Given No Deference On Appeal

In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals reconfirmed that decisions of a trial court interpreting the meaning of terms used in patent claims are not given deference on appeal. Instead, the court of appeals reviews patent claim interpretations de novo, and need not give the trial court decisions any weight.

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October 02, 2013

Supreme Court to Consider Awards to Successful Patent Defendants

The patent statutes allow the award of attorneys’ fees in a patent infringement lawsuit to the prevailing party—plaintiff or defendant—in exceptional cases. The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has long held that a prevailing accused infringer must prove the plaintiff's position was objectively unreasonable and that it was subjectively (that is, knowingly) asserted in bad faith. Some companies that have been sued for patent infringement contend that the standard should be lowered, making it easier for a successful defendant to recover its fees when defending against a weak patent infringement case. Now the Supreme Court has agreed to consider that question.

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August 15, 2013

Inventor’s Purchase Order to Supplier May Place Invention On Sale

The patent statutes provide that an invention cannot be patented when the inventor has placed the invention on sale more than a year before the filing date of the patent application. The so-called "on-sale bar" is clearly applicable when an inventor manufactures an item and sells it directly to others, but its application is less obvious when the inventor does not make or sell the item, and instead buys a quantity of it from a supplier. In a recent decision, the court held that the invention is on sale--and the patent will be barred--in such cases.

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July 01, 2014

LGJ Attorneys Selected for 2014 Washington Super Lawyer Listing

Lowe Graham Jones attorneys David Lowe, Larry Graham, Mark Lorbiecki, and Mark Walters have again been included in the Washington Super Lawyers list, while attorney Ben Dugan is listed among the Rising Stars list.

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June 23, 2014

Larry Graham named among IAM 1000 World’s Leading Patent Practitioners

Intellectual Asset Management has named Lowe Graham Jones attorney Larry Graham as one of the world's leading patent practitioners in 2014, including him within the highest tier of individual attorneys for patent litigation.

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April 17, 2014

Five New Attorneys Join LGJ

LGJ is excited to announce the addition of attorneys Bruce Black, John Branch, Patrick Turner, John Martin and Karl Hefter to the firm.

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