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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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legal news

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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February 03, 2014

Two New Attorneys Join LGJ

LGJ is excited to announce the addition of attorneys Gary Myles and Jeff Patterson to the firm. Gary Myles holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics, with a practice emphasizing biotechnology patent prosecution. Jeff Patterson holds a Ph.D. in Physics and practices patent prosecution in the computer, electrical, and mechanical arts

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January 01, 2014

Mark Walters Joins LGJ

LGJ is thrilled to announce that Mark Walters has joined the firm. Mark is a seasoned intellectual property litigator with an array of high-stakes, precedential intellectual property cases to his credit, including an oral argument before the US Supreme Court. Mark also counsels new and emerging technology companies on IP strategy, including providing patentability and freedom to operate opinions. Mark's experience lists many cases in highly technical or specialized industries, including biotechnology, software, or genetics.

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recently obtained patents

posted April 22, 2014

Information discovery based on investments in an invention network

US Patent 8,706,761

posted April 22, 2014

Systems and methods for hand gesture control of an electronic device

US Patent 8,705,872

posted April 22, 2014

Gas barbeque grill weather cover

US Patent 8,701,652

posted April 22, 2014

Apparatus, systems and methods for presenting text identified in a video image

US Patent 8,704,948

posted April 22, 2014

Shim stack testing apparatus and method

US Patent 8,701,462

posted April 15, 2014

User-selected interstitial media content recording

US Patent 8,699,855

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