• April 03, 2018
    Claim Validity Upheld Based on Showing of Lack of Motivation to Combine References Author: James A. Gromada In Resmed Limited et al. v. Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited, Case No. IPR2016-01724, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was presented with a question as to whether several claims of U.S. Patent No. 8,453,641 B2 (hereinafter...
  • March 14, 2018
    On February 23, 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued two decisions regarding an inter partes review (IPR) of patents covering Allergan’s Restasis© (Cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) filed by Akorn Pharmaceuticals, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, and Teva Pharmaceuticals.  The first opinion denied the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Motion to Terminate the Proceedings, while the second denied...
  • March 09, 2018
    Sughrue is pleased to announce the publication of THE ESSENTIAL CASE LAW GUIDE TO PTAB TRIALS, collectively authored by Sughrue partners and associates.  The Guide is the first comprehensive text on decisions of the U.S. Patent Office regarding the newest form of administrative law practice before that agency.  Through analysis and summary of the PTAB’s...
  • January 10, 2018
    Wi-Fi One, LLC v. Broadcom Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2018) By David Emery In an en banc decision, the Federal Circuit reigned in the scope of 35 U.S.C. § 314(d) by deciding that time-bar determinations under  § 315(b) are appealable.  While § 314(d) states that a determination whether to institute is nonappealable, the Court limited this prohibition...
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  • 4/25/2018
    Sughrue is proud to host the Intellectual Property Group (IPG) Seminar on Wednesday, April 25th. Mr. Tomoki Sawai, esteemed General Director of Patent and Design Examination Departments of the Japanese Patent Office (JPO), will be attending and speaking at this notable event.
  • 4/13/2018
    World Trademark Review 1000 has named Sughrue Mion PLLC and its esteemed Trademark attorneys, Gary Krugman, Jody Drake and Stephanie Wade, among D.C.'s leading Trademark firms and professionals for 2018. Noted as a "well-oiled branding team that is recognized for its superlative performances on behalf of trademark owners," Sughrue is proud to be recognized as a top D.C. firm under the categories of enforcement and litigation, and prosecution and strategy. WTR 1000 lists Mr. Krugman as a top individual for enforcement and litigation, and lists Mr. Krugman, Ms. Drake and Ms. Wade as top individuals for prosecution and strategy. Congratulations to Sughrue's notable Trademark team and leaders!
  • 4/5/2018
    Sughrue Mion has recently published the first comprehensive text on decisions of the U.S. Patent Office regarding post-grant proceedings before the Office, "The Essential Case Law Guide to PTAB Trials." Through analysis and summary of the PTAB's decisions, the text identifies boundaries of the PTAB's rules, providing guidance on procedural, substantive and evidentiary matters before the PTAB. The book is published by the ABA, Section on Intellectual Property Law. Former Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, David J. Kappos, says "Sughrue's 'Essential Case Law Guide to PTAB Trials' takes a very practical -- and useful -- approach to the PTAB's body of work, tackling the subject through the caselaw. By employing a case-law focus, the Guide makes itself a natural go-to reference for busy lawyers practicing before the PTAB or the Federal Courts. This Guide is well worth the desk-space to keep close at hand."

    The Guide is currently available at https://shop.americanbar.org/eBus/Store/ProductDetails.aspx?productId=309450349&term=ptab
  • 4/3/2018
    Partner, Michael Dzwonczyk, will represent Sughrue Mion on Monday, April 23rd during a panel discussion on the topic: "The Evolving Principles of Venue and Jurisdiction in the Aftermath of TC Heartland." Specifically, the speakers will address the second prong of TC Heartland and the consequences of the landmark decision. The panel will take place at 9:00am at The Conrad- New York in New York City.
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