Patent Office Trials Blog
  • 4/4/2019
    Managing Intellectual Property hosted its annual IP Stars Americas Awards 2019 on April 4th, where it named Sughrue Mion as winner of the Impact Case of the Year Award. This award is a proud acknowledgement for Sughrue's work on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Allergan Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Akorn, Inc., a case which defendants invalidated the asserted patents covering Allergan's Restasis® opthalmic emulsion. After Allergan assigned its patents to the Tribe, the Tribe sought dismissal of the parallel IPR based on Tribal sovereign immunity. The Federal Circuit affirmed the patent judgment, and in a separate appeal, rejected the invocation of Tribal sovereign immunity in IPR proceedings. Partners Michael Dzwonczyk and Mark Boland, who spearheaded the case's success, represented the firm by accepting the award at the renowned event. Sughrue is excited and honored to have received such an exemplary award.
  • 3/28/2019

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of devices including electronics and software that allow these so-called "things" to exchange data. Many titans of the tech industry are now selling IoT devices and are thus obtaining patents on such devices, preparing for potential patent wars. The rapid rise of IoT devices raises issues of indirect infringement of U.S. patents. This presentation will introduce these indirect infringement issues and provide key patent prosecution strategies to tackle the confounding issues.

    The lecture will take place on March 28th, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Sughrue's Washington, D.C. Office (6th floor). For more information, click here.

  • 3/20/2019

    Sughrue counsel, Marina Zalevsky, will join June Cohan, Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration, to discuss 2019 Revised Guidelines on Section 101.

    "In coordination with the Hot Topics Subcommittee, we are pleased to present a behind the scenes look at the 2019 Revised Guidance on Section 101.

    Ms. June Cohan, Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration at the USPTO will discuss the revised Guidance and provide selected USPTO examples and insights illustrating how the USPTO analyzes claims involving "laws of nature or natural phenomena," "abstract ideas," and "mental steps."

    Ms. Cohan practiced patent law for 16 years, has taught advanced patent law and intellectual property courses at Georgetown University and George Washington University. She joined the USPTO in 2013, where she specializes in patent subject matter eligibility and Section 112 issues.

    Marina Zalevsky, Chair of the AIPLA Section 101 Subcommittee, will discuss initial impressions of how Examiners have been applying the Guidance and its effect on practice.

    Presented by: June Cohan of Office of Patent Legal Administration at the USPTO; and Marina Zalevsky of Sughrue Mion PLLC."

    Register and view more information here.

  • 3/5/2019
    On March 4, 2019, the Supreme Court settled a long-standing circuit split involving the timing of when a copyright infringement action may be filed. Some circuit courts took the position that a copyright infringement action could be filed only once a copyright registration had issued. Others held that an action could be filed once a copyright application was filed with the Copyright Office.

    In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v., the Supreme Court decided that a copyright owner must have a copyright registration before it can bring a copyright infringement action.

    The decision may be found here.

    If you have any questions about copyright matters, please contact partner Leigh Ann Lindquist.
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