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MDS (Canada) Inc. v. RAD Source Technologies: 11th Circuit Finds Federal Circuit Does Not Have Exclusive Jurisdiction When Patents at Issue in Breach of Contract Claim

By Tom Zuber and Jeff Zuber of Zuber Lawler & Del Duca

In a case of first impression, the 11th Circuit recently held that a state law claim with an underlying patent issue did not create patent jurisdiction, and thus the Federal Circuit did not have exclusive appellate jurisdiction. In MDS (Canada) Inc. v. RAD Source Technologies, Inc., No. 11-15145 (11th Cir.… More...

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House Passes Innovation Act to Make Reforms to Patent System

The Innovation Act  |  H.R. 3309  |  12/5/2013

The House of Representatives has approved H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 325-91. This bipartisan bill takes steps to combat the ever increasing problem of abusive patent litigation. More...

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Protect Businesses From Patent Lawsuit Abuse

Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013  |  S. ________  |  11/18/2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Committee member Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) have joined together to introduce legislation to protect businesses and innovators who are being improperly targeted by so-called “patent trolls.” More...

Demand Letter Transparency Act to Tackle Growing Problem of Patent Trolls

Demand Letter Transparency Act  |  H.R. 3540  |  11/19/2013

Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Tom Marino (R-PA), along with Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) have introduced the Demand Letter Transparency Act to tackle the growing problem of patent trolls. Increasingly, businesses of every size are finding themselves on the receiving end of patent infringement demand letters. More...

Expanded SHIELD Act Filed to Combat Patent Trolls

Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act of 2013  |  H.R. 845  |  2/27/2013

Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) have introduced HR 845, the bipartisan Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes (SHIELD) Act to protect American innovators and companies from frivolous patent lawsuits that cost jobs and resources. More...

Patent Law Treaties Implementation Legislation Goes to President’s Desk for Signature

Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012  |  S. 3486  |  12/7/2012

The House of Representatives has passed legislation authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to implement two patent law treaties that will help American businesses expand into foreign markets, sending the bill to the White House for signature. More...

Senate Approves Legislation to Implement Patent Law Treaties

Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act  |  S.3486, H.R. 6432  |  9/25/2012

The Senate has approved by unanimous consent legislation to implement a pair of patent law treaties that will help American businesses expand into foreign markets by reducing obstacles for obtaining patent protection overseas. More...

Senate Passes Historic, Sweeping Patent Reform Legislation

America Invents Act  |  H.R. 1249  |  9/8/2011

The U.S. Senate Thursday passed historic legislation making the first comprehensive reforms to the nation’s patent system in nearly 60 years. More...

In Historic Vote, House Passes Sweeping Patent Reform Bill

America Invents Act  |  H.R. 1249  |  6/23/2011

The House of Representatives has passed a bill sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) that updates the country’s patent system to “encourage innovation, job creation and economic growth.” More...

House Judiciary Committee Approves Patent Reform Proposal

America Invents Act  |  Amendment to H.R. 1249  |  4/14/2011

The House Judiciary Committee has approved the America Invents Act (H.R. 1249), a bill to modernize and reform the patent system. The bill was reported favorably to the House floor by a vote of 32-3. More...

Package of Legislative Proposals to Establish a Single European Union Patent System Pushed

Single European Union Patent System  |  IP/11/470  |  4/13/2011

The European Commission has unveiled a package of legislative proposals that seeks to radically reduce the cost of patents in Europe by up to 80%. More...

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Boston Scientific Corp.

Microsoft Corp.

Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Stryker Corp.

Cordis Corp.

Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

HT Window Fashion Corp.

Mylan Laboratories, Inc.

Mylan Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Acumed, LLC

Audiovox Communications Corp.

Stryker Sales Corp.

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Glamourmom LLC

McKesson Information Solutions, Inc.

Stryker Orthopaedics

Target Corp.

Bridge Medical, Inc.

Howmedica Osteonics Corp.

Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.

Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Cohesive Technologies, Inc.

J.C. Penney Company, Inc.

Waters Corp.

LG Electronics, Inc.

Elizabeth Lange LLC d.b.a. Liz Lange Maternity

Association for Molecular Pathology

Quanta Computer, Inc.

Federated Department Stores

Egyptian Goddess, Inc.

Swisa, Inc.

K-Mart Corp.

Motorola, Inc.

Dror Swisa

Sears Holding Corp.

Ranbaxy, Inc.

Nokia, Inc.

SmithKline Beecham Corp. d.b.a GlaxoSmithKline

Prometheus Laboratories, Inc.

SmithKline Beecham PLC

Mayo Collaborative Services d.b.a. Mayo Medical Laboratories

Sanyo North America Corp.

Glaxo Group Limited d.b.a. GlaxoSmithKline

Scimed Life Systems Inc.

Smithkline Beecham Corp. (d.b.a. GlaxoSmithKline, plc.)

Johnson & Johnson, Inc.

United States Patent and Trademark Office

Honeywell International, Inc.

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