November 2014 Newsletter

November 1, 2014


No, 'Alice' Wasn't a 'Death Knell' for Software Patents
by Ling Cheung Hughes and James H. Morris
Since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International decision in June, the popular legal press has been wringing its hands over this supposed "death knell" for software patents. But such concerns are largely misplaced. [read more]

Never underestimate the power of a post-grant proceeding

by Hunter Keeton
You have a patent infringement suit you are well on the way to winning in court. Or so you thought. Your confidence may be premature if the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office invalidates your patent in a post-grant proceeding, as happened in a recent case before the Federal Circuit. [read more]

IP Case Law Analysis

Below are links to reviews of recent Federal Circuit cases of interest. For other case reviews, go here.

Failing to Spot a PTO Printing Error Could Cost You
H-W Technology v.

Real World Circumstances Will Not be Considered by an Examining Attorney or the TTAB
Stone Lion Capital Partners v. Lion Capital

New Method for Calculating U.S. Patent Term Adjustment
Novartis AG v. Focarino

Patent Exhaustion Applies to Gifts, Too
LifeScan Scotland v. Shasta Technologies

Firm News

We were proud to be included in the list of 2015 "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Read more.

The National Law Journal selected Associate Chelsea Loughran as one of its 2014 "Boston Rising Stars," a list honoring 40 outstanding lawyers under age 40. Read more.

Twenty-two of our attorneys were named to the 2014 list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers, and 20 were named to the list of Rising Stars.