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Junior Lawyers Can Receive Additional Argument Time

Junior Lawyers Can Receive Additional Argument Time

By Jasper L. Tran, Cameron Baker, and Matt Johnson - As fewer cases go to trial nowadays, judges have long been mindful of providing young lawyers with “stand-up” opportunities.  For example, Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California, in his Standing...

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PTAB Declines to Institute Multiple IPRs Against the Same Patent

PTAB Declines to Institute Multiple IPRs Against the Same Patent

By Levent Herguner and Matt Johnson - The PTAB recently issued two simultaneous decisions in which it granted one IPR petition, but denied another.  Both petitions were directed to Patent Owner Tela Innovations, Inc.’s U.S. Patent No. 7,943,966 (“the ’966 patent”). ...

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Wurst Case Scenario: Sausage Tray Design Patent Found Obvious

Wurst Case Scenario: Sausage Tray Design Patent Found Obvious

By Kerry Barrett and John Evans - Last October, the Federal Circuit reversed the PTAB’s decision that a challenged design patent was not obvious.  Campbell Soup Co. v. Gamon Plus, Inc., 939 F.3d 1335 (Fed. Cir. 2019).  We wrote about how the court applied a more...

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