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Archives for November, 2012

Defending the Patent Case – The America Invents Act’s Advice of Counsel Provision

A key decision for many accused infringers is whether to rely on an opinion of counsel to rebut a claim of willful infringement.  A finding of willful infringement opens the door to the assessment of enhanced damages which can be as much as three times the actual damages. At one time, the law imposed a…

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What Limitations Are There on the Breadth of Otherwise Novel and Non-Obvious Patent Claims?

Clients are often surprised and perplexed at the breadth of patent claims their competitors obtain because they seem to go well beyond the descriptions and examples in their patents.  In our experience, patent lawsuits typically involve situations where the accused product is not specifically described in the specification of the asserted patent yet the patent…

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Patenting of Games

Growing up in a pre-cable TV world, I played a lot of games such as Monopoly, Clue, Life, Chutes & Ladders, Checkers, Chess and countless others.  With all of the cases coming out about statutory subject matter in the last few years, I wondered under what circumstances games could be patented.  As it turns out,…

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Avoiding Indefiniteness Traps – Specifying Measurement Standards and Providing Examples

U.S. Patent Law requires that patent claims be sufficiently definite such that one of ordinary skill in the art could ascertain their metes and bounds.  Accused infringers may seek to invalidate claims under 35 U.S.C. § 112, ¶ 2 if the claims are not definite.  In considering such issues, the courts typically look at whether…

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