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  • PTAB determines University of Minnesota’s immunity waived by federal court action

    December 20, 2017

    An expanded PTAB panel has determined that the filing of a federal court action waives the University of Minnesota’s Eleventh Amendment immunity, in the fourth decision to address state sovereign immunity

  • PTAB chief judge Ruschke contemplates amendment changes

    December 20, 2017

    Speaking at Managing IP’s European Patent Forum USA, David Ruschke discussed a number of ways that amendments could be made easier to obtain at the PTAB

  • PTAB decisions tip in patent owners’ favour – study

    December 15, 2017

    For the first time, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has upheld the majority of claims in IPR proceedings for four consecutive quarters, a Fitzpatrick 2016 study reveals

  • Federal Circuit rules in Amgen v Sandoz on remand from SCOTUS

    December 14, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has ruled that Sandoz did not forfeit its preemption defence and the BPCIA preempts state law remedies in its biosimilars dispute with Amgen. The decision makes clear that brand biologic companies have no remedies available against a biosimilar applicant who is refusing to engage in the patent dance

  • IP Stars PCT leaders report 2017: The top filing firms

    December 08, 2017

    This year’s leaders report reveals the top patent agencies and law firms behind the international PCT applications between 2014 and 2016

  • Trade dress litigation: Between patents and trade marks

    December 08, 2017

    Darius C Gambino of DLA Piper analyses recent trends in trade dress litigation, and suggests tips for an enforcement plan

  • PTAB round-up: filing slumps; tribal immunity briefs filed; Oil States and SAS argued; Aqua Products guidance issued; new remand procedures outlined

    December 07, 2017

    November PTAB news included the lowest petition filing since January 2016, oral arguments at the Supreme Court, amicus briefing on whether tribal ownership immunises a patent from IPR challenges, guidance on motions to amend, new procedures for remands from the Federal Circuit, and an increase in fees

  • Berton Moreno + Ojam created in Argentina, and other Americas people moves

    December 06, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes the launch of new firms Grüneberg and Myers and Winterfeldt IP Group, and hires by Crowell & Moring, Fish & Richardson, BakerHostetler, K&L Gates, Baker Botts, Kirkland & Ellis and more

  • Analysing SCOTUS oral arguments in Oil States and SAS Institute

    November 30, 2017

    US Supreme Court Justices seemed divided during arguments for Oil States v Greene’s Energy and SAS Institute v Matal. Patent lawyers have been busy making predictions about how the court will rule in the two cases, which could dramatically change how the Patent Trial and Appeal Board operates

  • PTAB releases Aqua Products guidance on motions to amend

    November 28, 2017

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board confirms that In light of the Aqua Products decision it will not place the burden of persuasion on a patent owner with respect to the patentability of substitute claims presented in a motion to amend

  • Michael Shore vows to “take a wrecking ball to the IPR system”

    November 22, 2017

    The lawyer behind Allergan’s controversial transfer of patents to a Native American tribe said at the IP Dealmakers Forum that other companies are “lining up to do deals” and that universities’ endowment funds are interested in getting involved. Shore outlined why he believed these types of deals are here to stay

  • WIPO study sheds light on value of "intangible capital" in manufactured goods

    November 22, 2017

    WIPO Director General Francis Gurry says intangible capital determines success in the marketplace. "Intellectual property, in turn, is the means by which companies secure the competitive advantage flowing from their intangible capital"

  • Interview: Fish & Richardson’s Dorothy Whelan on pharma PTAB proceedings

    November 17, 2017

    Dorothy Whelan, co-chair of Fish & Richardson’s post-grant practice group, has been involved in high-profile cases such as the first IPR decisions that invalidated Humira patents. As part of the Women in IP series, Whelan speaks to Michael Loney about the biggest issues at the PTAB

  • PTAB revises procedures for Federal Circuit remands

    November 17, 2017

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has revised the “Standard Operating Procedure 9 (SOP9)” for cases remanded from the Federal Circuit, including requiring panels to meet with the PTAB chief, deputy chief or a delegate to discuss remanded cases

  • Federal Circuit says TC Heartland changed the law

    November 16, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has granted Micron’s mandamus petition stating: “We conclude that TC Heartland changed the controlling law in the relevant sense: at the time of the initial motion to dismiss, before the Court decided TC Heartland, the venue defense … based on TC Heartland’s interpretation of the venue statute was not ‘available’”

  • USPTO to increase fees, including 72% IPR request fee change

    November 16, 2017

    The USPTO has released a final rule detailing fee increases to go into effect in January. The combined cost of an inter partes review request and institution at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board will go up to $30,500

  • District court stays pending IPR/CBM/PGR: a review of the past 12 months

    November 15, 2017

    Overall success rates of motions to stay district court litigation pending review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board have dropped noticeably in the past fiscal year. Christopher Hanewicz and Truscenialyn Brooks of Perkins Coie analyse recent stay statistics

  • PTAB requests tribal immunity briefs, House holds hearing

    November 09, 2017

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has asked for amicus briefing on whether tribal ownership immunises a patent from IPR challenges, while a House of Representatives subcommittee held a hearing on sovereign immunity and the intellectual property system in which ranking member Jerry Nadler said Allergan’s deal with a Native American tribe “makes a mockery of Congressional authority and of the rule of law”

  • PTAB round-up: steady filing; Aqua Products fall-out; precedential and informative decisions; and more

    November 08, 2017

    October at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board saw a levelling out of petition filing, the first ever extension of the final written decision deadline for good cause, and one precedential and three informative PTAB decisions

  • When should the USPTO intervene in PTAB appeals?

    October 27, 2017

    The USPTO intervenes in less than a quarter of appeals of PTAB decisions to the Federal Circuit. Nathan Kelley, USPTO deputy general counsel for intellectual property law, recently shed some light on when and why the office chooses to do so

  • Federal Circuit judges offer tips for PTAB appeals

    October 27, 2017

    Federal Circuit judges discussed how they handle appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board during an AIPLA session. Judge Newman also took the chance to offer a solution for the Supreme Court ruling on the pending Oil States case

  • Interview: Myra McCormack’s plans as AIPLA president

    October 26, 2017

    Myra McCormack recently took over as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Michael Loney interviews McCormack and executive director Lisa Jorgenson to hear the association’s plans for the next year

  • PTAB extends an IPR for good cause for the first time

    October 25, 2017

    The PTAB has extended the one-year deadline in Minerva Surgical v Hologic by six months. The final written decision in the inter partes review was originally set to expire two days after the Federal Circuit released its en banc Aqua Products opinion

  • PTAB designates three opinions addressing § 325(d) as informative

    October 25, 2017

    The PTAB has designated as informative three opinions addressing its ability to reject petitions because the same prior art or arguments previously were presented to the USPTO. Some believe this helps give guidance on how to make patents “IPR proof”

  • USPTO’s Matal hints at PTAB improvements

    October 24, 2017

    Joseph Matal, who is performing the duties of USPTO director, gave a speech discussing the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, including upcoming USPTO guidance on Aqua Products, how the precedential General Plastic opinion will reduce serial attacks on the same patent, the evolving 325(d) jurisprudence, and two PTAB cases he thought have a shot of being taken up by the Supreme Court

  • Leahy and Hatch urge intellectual property legislative action

    October 24, 2017

    In speeches at the AIPLA annual meeting, Senators Patrick Leahy and Orrin Hatch listed a number of areas they are targeting in Congress, while Hatch said he was concerned about the effects of IPR proceedings on Hatch-Waxman cases

  • Functional claiming in US patent prosecution post-Williamson

    October 24, 2017

    The impact of the Federal Circuit’s Williamson v Citrix opinion on patent prosecution in 2015 is still being felt. A session at the AIPLA annual meeting provided some tips for avoiding functional claiming, while another session focused on obviousness

  • Judge criticises Allergan’s Native American tribe deal, invalidates Restasis patents

    October 18, 2017

    Judge Bryson in the Eastern District of Texas has noted “serious concerns” about Allergan transferring patents to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to benefit from sovereign immunity but joined the tribe to litigation against Mylan and Teva – “Allergan’s tactic, if successful, could spell the end of the PTO’s IPR program”

  • Apple’s patent loss against VirnetX bumped up to $439m

    October 18, 2017

    The Eastern District of Texas has added $137.3 million of wilful infringement enhanced damages, interest, costs and attorney fees to a jury award of $302.4 million

  • Federal Circuit vacates injunction in Amgen’s dispute with Sanofi

    October 11, 2017

    The permanent injunction granted by the District of Delaware in the dispute between Amgen and Sanofi/Regeneron over cholesterol-lowering treatment has been vacated, in a decision that also included some implications for the USPTO’s practice of granting broad antibody claims

  • Analysis: Was the Federal Circuit’s Aqua Products opinion a wash out?

    October 06, 2017

    The Federal Circuit’s en banc Aqua Products v Matal ruling has been described as “a complete non-event” and “a real mess” that “did little to resolve the big questions” surrounding the PTAB's treatment of motions to amend. However, it did shift the burden of persuasion to the petitioner, while some believe the Chevron implications of the decision are most interesting

  • Federal Circuit issues narrow en banc Aqua Products opinion

    October 04, 2017

    The long-awaited Aqua Products ruling is narrow – a result of different views on the judgment and the rationale that should be employed. The matter is remanded for the PTAB to consider the patentability of the proposed substitute claims without placing the burden of persuasion on the patent owner

  • Data: ED of Texas’s post-TC Heartland share of US patent cases falls to 16%

    October 04, 2017

    The Eastern District of Texas’s share of US district court patent cases in 2017 has fallen to 16% post-TC Heartland from 34% before, while overall patent case filing is on course to fall 13% for the full year compared to 2016, reveals data from Unified Patents

  • PTAB filling falls in Q3 but still on track for record year

    October 04, 2017

    The third quarter had the fewest Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions since the first quarter of 2016. In September, the Board designated one of its decisions as informative and also granted a rare rehearing in an IPR involving the Coalition for Affordable Drugs

  • Takeaways from the Federal Circuit’s Cray patent venue guidance

    September 29, 2017

    Federal Circuit guidance on patent venue provided when granting a writ of mandamus in In Re Cray made clear that typical work-from-home employee will not create a “regular and established place of business” but it’s possible some remote offices will create venue. Cray will also likely affect Delaware’s recent guidance on venue

  • Delaware jury awards Amgen $70m in patent dispute with Hospira

    September 28, 2017

    Amgen has been awarded $70 million in a dispute over a Pfizer subsidiary’s biosimilar of the Epogen treatment for anaemia

  • A CRISPR patent pool – are we any closer?

    September 28, 2017

    A plan to launch a CRISPR patent pool has only attracted a few patent holders so far. Robyn Trigg and Marc Döring examine how it would work, and whether it will take off

  • Stark declines to enhance Idenix’s record $2.5bn patent damages award

    September 27, 2017

    District of Delaware says additional sanction is not warranted in Idenix v Gilead “given that the result of that misconduct is a cure for a potentially-fatal disease afflicting millions of people around the world, and given that the jury's damages award is already the largest damages verdict ever returned in a patent trial”

  • Signs of life for doctrine of equivalents in the US

    September 27, 2017

    Some recent Federal Circuit decisions as well as a petition to the Supreme Court suggest the doctrine of equivalents is not dead in the US, despite a declining number of decisions referencing the doctrine since Warner-Jenkinson in 1997

  • How Allergan’s Mohawk tribe patent deal could blow up the IPR system

    September 21, 2017

    If successful, Allergan’s eye-catching gambit of seeking to cancel PTAB proceedings by assigning patents to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe would be a blueprint for others to follow. But will the PTAB rule that sovereign immunity applies in this case?

  • Federal Circuit rejects Gilstrap’s test for patent venue

    September 21, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has reversed an Eastern District of Texas refusal to transfer the Cray case, and rejected Judge Gilstrap’s test for determining patent venue. This includes the appeals court stating there must be a physical, geographical location in the district from which the business of the defendant is carried out

  • Judge Stark’s patent venue guidance has far-reaching implications

    September 21, 2017

    Judge Leonard Stark of the District of Delaware has issued two rulings on motions to transfer that provide guidance for Hatch-Waxman and other patent litigation. This included ruling “regular and established place of business” requires a physical place of business in the district

  • Ropes & Gray hires PTAB chair from Oblon, and other US people moves

    September 12, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Ropes & Gray, Norton Rose Fulbright, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, Hogan Lovells, Wolf Greenfield, Shook Hardy & Bacon and BakerHostetler. These include new roles for two former AIPLA presidents

  • PTAB August round-up: Filing down; Federal Circuit criticises PTAB in two opinions; ruling on standing

    September 07, 2017

    126 PTAB petitions were filed in August, while the Federal Circuit expressed concern with the Board’s practice of joinder and expanded panels in Nidec Motor v Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor, said it abused its discretion for failing to consider material evidence in Ultratec v CaptionCall, and ruled that an IPR petitioner doesn’t need to satisfy Article III standing requirements to participate in a patent owner’s appeal in Personal Audio v EFF

  • Federal Circuit to answer “serious questions” about PTAB joinder and panels

    September 07, 2017

    A concurring opinion in Nidec Motor v Zhongshan Broad Ocean Motor critical of the PTAB’s position on joinder and expanded panels suggests the Federal Circuit will further scrutinise these issues in future decisions

  • Federal Circuit to hear USPTO attorneys' fees issue en banc

    September 06, 2017

    Parties have been asked to brief on the issue of whether Section 145’s “[a]ll the expenses of the proceedings” provision authorises an award of the USPTO’s attorneys’ fees, after the Federal Circuit ordered a sua sponte rehearing en banc of Nantkwest v Matal

  • Trump nominates Irell & Manella’s Iancu for USPTO director

    August 29, 2017

    Andrei Iancu will succeed Michelle Lee as USPTO director if the US Senate confirms his nomination. He is a managing partner of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    August 24, 2017

    Every week our Americas editor Michael Loney rounds up some of the interesting, amusing and simply weird IP stories from news reports and blogs. Utynam picks out a few recent highlights

  • Trump pushes investigation into China IP: what’s next?

    August 21, 2017

    President Trump has authorised an inquiry into China’s alleged theft of the intellectual property of US companies. While some believe this to be Trump’s way of forcing China to increase pressure against North Korea to stop developing nuclear weapons, others think Trump’s concern about how "IP theft" is affecting US businesses is genuine

  • “Rare” Federal Circuit decision signals hope post-Alice

    August 21, 2017

    The Federal Circuit in its August 15 opinion in Visual Memory, LLC v NVIDIA Corp upheld patent claims directed to a computer memory system as patent eligible under the Supreme Court test set out in Alice v CLS Bank - a departure from its tendency to strike down such patents in recent years

  • Sprint win has lessons for “serial litigators" and damages trends

    August 16, 2017

    A Nebraska court’s August 8 decision to relieve Sprint of a $32 million damages award it had ordered Sprint to pay Prism Technologies in 2015 should be a warning to so-called serial plaintiffs, Sprint attorney Carter Phillips of Sidley Austin told Managing IP

  • The latest Americas IP people moves

    August 14, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Orrick, Mintz Levin, Merchant & Gould, Foley & Lardner, BakerHostetler and King & Spalding, as well as Erich Spangenberg leaving Marathon and a new INTA chief representative officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • July PTAB data and analysis: Filing falls, motion to amend granted on remand, Federal Circuit reverses amendment, sovereign immunity applied for third time

    August 09, 2017

    139 Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions were filed in July. The month also included the Board granting a motion to amend on remand, the Federal Circuit vacating a granted motion to amend, and sovereign immunity as a defence to an IPR being applied for the third time

  • PTAB designates Athena Automation assignor estoppel decision as precedential

    August 09, 2017

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s October 2013 decision determining that the doctrine of assignor estoppel is not an exception to Section 311(a) is the ninth to be deemed precedential

  • Judge Koh rules Samsung did not waive article of manufacture issue in Apple design patent fight

    August 01, 2017

    The Northern District of California has ruled that the article of manufacture issue has not been waived in Samsung’s bid for a retrial of its design patents dispute with Apple. But Judge Koh deferred consideration of whether a new trial is necessary until further briefing

  • IP STARS Patent Handbook (2017) is now available

    August 01, 2017

    This year’s publication is the 21st edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s legal directory, and the biggest yet published

  • PTAB first-half data: Comcast tops petitioner ranking, Rovi most targeted patent owner

    August 01, 2017

    Comcast taking its dispute with Rovi to the PTAB made them the top petitioner and patent owner at the PTAB in the first half of 2017. Apple and Samsung have fallen down the petitioner rankings while Fish & Richardson, Sterne Kessler and Finnegan dropped in the law firm rankings, with Banner Witcoff, Baker Botts and Ropes & Gray making strides

  • USPTO shares patent subject matter eligibility feedback

    July 26, 2017

    The USPTO has released a report providing an overview of patent eligibility law and feedback it has received on the issue. A majority of commenters recommended legislative change

  • Will the Federal Circuit weigh in on Judge Gilstrap’s patent venue test?

    July 26, 2017

    Consensus is growing that TC Heartland was not a change in the law, while a mandamus petition in the case in which Judge Gilstrap outlined a four-factor test for “regular and established place of business” is being closely watched by patent practitioners

  • Interim USPTO director Matal makes predictions on Oil States, TC Heartland and reform

    July 21, 2017

    In an open and wide-ranging speech at the Patents for Financial Services Summit in New York, interim USPTO director Joseph Matal predicted “we are going to win” the Oil States case, TC Heartland “is not going to put the venue issue to bed” and “there will be further patent reform legislation in the coming Congress”

  • House Judiciary Committee members call Judge Gilstrap “reprehensible”

    July 17, 2017

    US Representatives Darrell Issa and Bob Goodlatte have accused Judge Gilstrap of re-interpreting the law and the TC Heartland decision to keep as many patent cases as possible in his district. But one Eastern District of Texas lawyer told Managing IP this criticism is unfair and says Gilstrap’s recent four-factor test for determining regular and established place of business represents “outstanding judicial management”

  • Predicting Aqua Products, evolving estoppel, expert testimony strategies – PTAB issues to watch

    July 17, 2017

    The discussions at Managing IP’s recent PTAB Forum 2017 provided some clues about the biggest issues on PTAB practitioners’ minds, including estoppel, handling remands, expert testimony strategies and predictions for two pending Federal Circuit en banc opinions

  • Michigan court awards Stryker enhanced damages after Supreme Court remand

    July 14, 2017

    A Western District of Michigan judge has reaffirmed his award of triple damages in Stryker v Zimmer after the Supreme Court changed the test for wilful infringement last year. The total award is $248.7 million

  • The latest people moves in the US

    July 13, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes the latest on the new firm being established by Ropes & Gray partners, and hires by Morrison & Foerster, Crowell & Moring, BakerHostetler, Dorsey & Whitney, Steptoe & Johnson, Wolf Greenfield, McAndrews Held & Malloy and Foley & Lardner

  • Record half for PTAB filing ends with 206 petitions in June

    July 07, 2017

    PTAB data and round-up: June was the second-busiest month of 2017 for Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition filing, with Halliburton Energy Services the top petitioner. The Federal Circuit issued interesting decisions on estoppel and APA requirements, while the Supreme Court Oil States case is already having an impact

  • Data – analysing TC Heartland’s impact on US patent litigation

    July 06, 2017

    Patent lawsuit filing in US district courts held up in June but plaintiffs have deserted the Eastern District of Texas, with Delaware the top venue. Natalie Rahhal analyses how US patent litigation has changed since TC Heartland, including how NPEs have responded

  • Life science strategies in the US

    July 06, 2017

    At Managing IP’s European Life Sciences Forum, Finnegan’s Jennifer Roscetti and Erin Sommers covered issues of patent eligibility in the US and tips for IPR proceedings

  • Gilstrap sets four-factor test for Eastern District of Texas patent venue

    July 05, 2017

    In response to motions to dismiss or transfer cases based on improper venue, Judge Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas has laid out four factors for determining “regular and established place of business” – physical presence, defendant’s representations, benefits received and targeted interactions with the district

  • PTAB grants Schaeffler's motion to amend claims

    June 29, 2017

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has issued a rare granted motion to amend in Valeo North America v Schaeffler Tech, suggesting the Board is willing to consider well-crafted substitute claims

  • Analysis: STRONGER Patents Act would “gut” the PTAB

    June 29, 2017

    The STRONGER Patents Act would mean a weaker PTAB. The bill has received support from pro-patent groups but its critics say it “contains many terrible ideas” and “would for all practical purposes end AIA trial proceedings”

  • Analysis: Kyle Bass ends his PTAB campaign with a win

    June 28, 2017

    This month saw the PTAB issue the final decision on a Kyle Bass inter partes review. Michael Loney asks whether that’s the last we’ll see of Bass at the Board and analyses the legacy of his campaign against pharmaceutical patents

  • Ropes & Gray spin-off patent firm to be called Haley Guiliano

    June 28, 2017

    James Haley is to join the new law firm created as part of Ropes & Gray’s restructure of its IP rights management practice

  • Eastern District suffers Heartland attack

    June 23, 2017

    The Supreme Court’s TC Heartland v Kraft decision has been hailed as the death knell for the Eastern District of Texas, with one analysis predicting a 69% drop in filing there. But, as Natalie Rahhal reports, the picture may be more nuanced than that

  • The Defend Trade Secrets Act: a year later

    June 23, 2017

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act turned one in May, with more than 300 complaints filed in that time. James Pooley looks back on how the law has performed and analyses which issues need to be clarified

  • Is an injunction available in biosimilar cases under state law?

    June 23, 2017

    The US Supreme Court in Sandoz v Amgen remanded the question of whether an injunction is available to Amgen under state unfair competition laws. Natalie Rahhal analyses how the Federal Circuit may rule

  • STRONGER Patent Act introduced in US Senate to reform PTAB

    June 22, 2017

    The STRONGER Patent Act would reform the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and address “the continual weakening of patent rights by the courts”, according to sponsors Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin and Hirono

  • Interview: Inside Impression Products’ win at the Supreme Court

    June 19, 2017

    The US Supreme Court’s recent Impression Products v Lexmark ruling made clear a product sale exhausts patent rights regardless of restrictions or location of sale. Michael Loney talks to Mayer Brown’s Andrew Pincus about how he won the case for Impression Products and what its impact will be

  • Analysis – future of the PTAB on the line in Oil States case

    June 15, 2017

    The US Supreme Court would create a mess that would need Congressional action were it to find inter partes reviews unconstitutional in the Oil States case. But a reversal of the Federal Circuit in this case is less likely than in other patent cases the court has taken on recently

  • What will become of patent reform legislation post-TC Heartland?

    June 14, 2017

    The TC Heartland decision has overhauled patent venue in the US but it does not mean that efforts in Congress to address venue through legislation are dead. Politicians in the House Judiciary Committee this week, as well as some patent practitioners, believe TC Heartland was only a step in the right direction

  • SCOTUS rules biosimilar applicants can provide notice before FDA approval

    June 12, 2017

    The Supreme Court in the Sandoz v Amgen biosimilar case has ruled that an injunction is not available under federal law and an applicant may provide notice before obtaining a licence from the FDA. The ruling is a win for Sandoz, but the case was remanded for the Federal Circuit to rule on whether an injunction is still available under state law

  • US Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of AIA trials

    June 12, 2017

    The Supreme Court has granted cert to Oil States Energy Services v Green’s Energy Group to assess whether inter partes review violates the Constitution by not providing a jury trial. It is the third PTAB case the court will hear

  • Generic company IPR study reveals “surprisingly high” institution rate

    June 12, 2017

    A Foley & Lardner study of generic drug company IPRs against pharmaceutical patents shows an increased willingness to use the PTAB, an above-average institution rate but below-average invalidation rate

  • Michelle Lee resigns as USPTO director

    June 07, 2017

    USPTO director Michelle Lee has resigned, with no explanation given. USPTO associate solicitor Joseph Matal has taken over her duties

  • Predicting the future for the Eastern District of Texas after TC Heartland

    June 06, 2017

    The Supreme Court’s TC Heartland v Kraft decision has been hailed as the death knell for the Eastern District of Texas, with one analysis predicting a 69% drop in filing there. But, as Natalie Rahhal reports, the picture may be more nuanced than that. The cases filed in the Eastern District since the ruling and judges’ orders on motions to transfer venue provide some clues about what to expect

  • ITC judge recommends Garmin pay $37m penalty for violating C&D orders

    June 06, 2017

    An International Trade Commission judge has recommended Garmin pay a $37m penalty for importation and sale of products featuring scanning sonar technology, which complainant Navico believes is the “largest ever” ITC recommended fine

  • PTAB round-up: Record PGR filing in May, second sovereign immunity dismissal

    June 05, 2017

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board filing in May was below average for the year, but included a record amount of PGR petitions. The month was also notable for the Supreme Court taking on a PTAB case and the Board dismissing an IPR against a state entity on sovereign immunity grounds for the second time

  • US Supreme Court overturns Federal Circuit patent exhaustion stance in Impression v Lexmark

    May 31, 2017

    The US Supreme Court has ruled that patents rights in a product are exhausted after sale in the US or internationally, in a decision that included some strongly-worded pushback of the Federal Circuit. Pharmaceutical companies could be particularly affected because of their downstream licensing models

  • TC Heartland – initial reaction to “most significant patent law decision since Alice”

    May 26, 2017

    Filing in the Eastern District of Texas has ground to a halt, one judge has already factored it into an order and IP observers have been busy on social media debating its "seismic" impact – Managing IP collates the best reaction to the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland v Kraft ruling on patent venue

  • SCOTUS to rule on PTAB partial institution practice in SAS Institute v Lee

    May 24, 2017

    The US Supreme Court may be set to end the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s practice of instituting only some of the claims challenged in a petition and replace it with an “all or nothing” system, after granting cert in SAS Institute v Lee

  • The Top 250 Women in IP (2017)

    May 23, 2017

    Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS has published its annual list of the leading female IP practitioners in private practice

  • SCOTUS limits patent venue in Heartland ruling

    May 22, 2017

    Patent case filing will fall in the Eastern District of Texas following the Supreme Court’s ruling in TC Heartland v Kraft that residence of domestic corporations in §1400(b) refers only to the state of incorporation of the alleged infringer – the most important US patent decision since Alice

  • Hedge-fund-backed AVM “shot for the moon and missed” against Intel

    May 18, 2017

    A Delaware judge has denied AVM’s $2 billion patent infringement claim against Intel. But WilmerHale’s Bill Lee tells Managing IP Lee he expects more litigation funder-driven patent suits

  • Women in IP interview: Daralyn Durie

    May 17, 2017

    Durie Tangri co-founder Daralyn Durie is one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent patent trial lawyers. She talks to Natalie Rahhal about her career path and the unique challenges for a woman litigator

  • AIPLA releases Section 101 legislative proposal

    May 17, 2017

    The American Intellectual Property Law Association has revealed its long-awaited proposed amendment for subject matter eligibility. It follows similar proposals from IPO and ABA

  • ANDA patent litigation fell 32.5% in 2016

    May 11, 2017

    A report from Lex Machina reveals Hatch-Waxman/ANDA case filing dropped last year. It also ranks the busiest pharmaceutical companies and law firms for ANDA litigation

  • The Defend Trade Secrets Act: a year later

    May 11, 2017

    The Defend Trade Secrets Act has been in effect for a year, with more than 300 complaints filed in that time. James Pooley looks back on how the law has performed and analyses which issues need to be clarified

  • Why the ITC is in vogue for pharma patent disputes

    May 09, 2017

    The number of pharma patent complaints at the International Trade Commission was up greatly last year. Natalie Rahhal analyses what is driving this and what benefits the ITC brings for pharmaceutical companies

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    May 04, 2017

    Utynam was pleased to attend the 25th Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference at Fordham Law School in New York last month. Here are a few memorable moments

  • The “state of the art” in PAE litigation

    May 03, 2017

    A recent Intellectual Ventures lawsuit filed with a companion ITC complaint may be a sign of what is to come in patent assertion entity litigation, with one observer describing it as “a formidable new change”. The ITC has now instituted the investigation against car manufacturers and parts makers

  • PTAB round-up: April filing slumps to lowest level for a year

    May 03, 2017

    IPR filing so far in 2017 is up on last year, but CBM and PGR filing are both down. Michael Loney analyses Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition activity in April, and highlights a rare instance of the ITC taking notice of PTAB institution decisions

  • Federal Circuit issues important Helsinn on-sale bar ruling

    May 02, 2017

    In Helsinn v Teva, the Federal Circuit has ruled the America Invents Act did not change the meaning of “on sale” and the bar applies if the existence of the sale is public, even if the details of the invention are not publicly disclosed

  • Software in the wake of Alice: intended target or inadvertent casualty?

    April 28, 2017

    Myungjin Ro and Neil Davey review the impact of the US Supreme Court decision in Alice v CLS on software patenting, and analyse which courts seem to favour software patent holders and which courts appear to be harsher

  • The patent dance takes the US Supreme Court floor in Sandoz v Amgen oral arguments

    April 27, 2017

    Natalie Rahhal analyses oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the Sandoz and Amgen patent dispute over the Biosimilar Price Competition and Innovation Act

  • Arkansas jury orders Wal-Mart to pay $12.4m trade secret damages

    April 27, 2017

    Cuker Interactive has won a trade secret dispute stemming from a consulting agreement under which Cuker agreed to help modernise the e-commerce website for Asda Stores, Wal-Mart’s business in the UK

  • Women in IP Interview: Marla Grossman

    April 25, 2017

    American Continental Group’s Marla Grossman has recently been involved in legislative efforts to overhaul Section 101 and make the selection of the copyright register more efficient. She tells Natalie Rahhal about her career path to being an IP influencer

  • Delaware jury awards $50m in recycled glass patent dispute

    April 25, 2017

    A jury in the District of Delaware has found Ardagh Glass infringed a Green Mountain Glass patent covering a type of recycled glass, and awarded $50.3m

  • The latest people moves in the US

    April 19, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the US includes hires by Oblon, Schiff Hardin, Covington & Burling, and Goodwin Procter, as well as the latest on the USPTO leadership

  • A catch-up with Mark Whitaker, MoFo partner and AIPLA president

    April 18, 2017

    Morrison & Foerster partner Mark Whitaker is in the middle of a busy term as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He talks to Michael Loney about legislative fixes to patent venue and Section 101, what changes to the PTAB he would like, how responsive to IP the Trump administration will be, and the outlook for the International Trade Commission

  • Is the final act over for the Bard-Gore patent drama?

    April 17, 2017

    A case with origins in a patent application filed more than 40 years ago may finally have concluded. Natalie Rahhal analyses the twists and turns in the Bard and WL Gore dispute, including a jury verdict in March

  • PTAB insights from our recent US Patent Forums

    April 14, 2017

    Speakers discussed PTAB issues of interest and other hot topics at Managing IP’s US Patent Forums, including estoppel, a reawakening of APA issues at the Federal Circuit, the upcoming en banc rehearing of Wifi One v Broadcom, stay success rates, best strategies for using experts before the Board, and life sciences’ better survival rate in final written decisions

  • The four biggest changes from the FDA rule to clarify Hatch-Waxman procedures

    April 13, 2017

    The FDA’s “Abbreviated New Drug Applications and 505(b)(2) Applications” final rule was issued in October last year. It is long and mostly codifies standard practices, but Natalie Rahhal picks out a few changes that could have a bigger effect on Hatch-Waxman practitioners

  • How to enforce an ITC exclusion order

    April 13, 2017

    Speakers on an International Trade Commission panel at Managing IP’s US Patent Forum analysed recent notable cases such as February’s Organik Kimya Federal Circuit decision and gave best practices on enforcing an exclusion order

  • Data: Q1 US patent litigation – district court filing lagging previous years

    April 12, 2017

    First-quarter patent infringement lawsuit filing in US courts was essentially the same as 2016’s first quarter. Natalie Rahhal analyses the figures and reveals the top plaintiffs, defendants and law firms so far this year and for the whole of 2016

  • The grey areas of trade secrets cases under the DTSA

    April 12, 2017

    More than 300 cases have been filed so far involving Defend Trade Secret Act claims, but only two ex parte seizure orders have been granted. Areas of the DTSA where uncertainty still exists include hacking, cloud-based activities and employee access

  • PTAB Q1 rankings: 190 petitions in March round out record quarter

    April 11, 2017

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition filing in the first three months of 2017 was the largest quarterly filing figure ever. Michael Loney reveals the top petitioners, patent owners and law firms and analyses recent Federal Circuit and Board decisions of note

  • PTAB urged to designate more precedential decisions

    April 11, 2017

    Speakers at a recent Managing IP event called for the PTAB to give more precedential opinions to reduce inconsistencies between different panels, and identified gaps that the Board should address

  • Can US patent applicants go art unit shopping to avoid 101 rejections?

    April 10, 2017

    Speakers at a recent Managing IP event suggested US patents can be drafted to direct them into an art unit that will minimise the risks of 101 rejections. The lessons from Enfish and MCRo were also discussed

  • PTAB judges shed light on pet peeves and give tips for practitioners

    April 10, 2017

    At recent Managing IP events, PTAB judges discussed what practitioners do wrong during proceedings and shared tips for expert declarations, oral arguments and motions to amend. It was also revealed the Board has set a goal of dealing with remands within six months

  • USPTO announces PTAB procedural reform initiative

    April 07, 2017

    USPTO announces initiative to examine Patent Trial and Appeal Board procedures including those relating to multiple petitions, motions to amend, claim construction and decisions to institute

  • ABA proposes Section 101 amendment, AIPLA proposal to come

    April 05, 2017

    The ABA has proposed an amendment to Section 101, which follows an IPO subject matter eligibility proposal in January. The president of AIPLA has told Managing IP his association’s board will likely approve a 101 proposal within the next six weeks

  • PTAB grants Shire’s motion to amend

    April 05, 2017

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has allowed Shire to cancel all claims instituted for inter partes review except for one multiple dependent claim that was amended to depend on only non-instituted claims

  • US Supreme Court revisits patent venue in TC Heartland v Kraft arguments

    March 29, 2017

    Questions from some Supreme Court justices in oral arguments in TC Heartland v Kraft suggested a desire to overturn the Federal Circuit on patent venue. Natalie Rahhal analyses the issues discussed and likely outcomes of the case

  • Impression v Lexmark arguments analysis: When are patent rights exhausted?

    March 28, 2017

    The Supreme Court oral arguments in Impression Products v Lexmark International addressed whether a sale of a patented article outside the US exhausts the US patent rights in that article. Observers believe the court’s Kirtsaeng ruling and the recent SCA Hygiene ruling could influence the outcome

  • Managing IP North America Awards Winners 2017

    March 24, 2017

    The North America Awards Dinner was held at the Four Seasons in Washington DC on March 23, revealing the best intellectual property law firms, individuals and cases of the past year

  • US Supreme Court rules no laches defence available in patent cases

    March 22, 2017

    The Supreme Court rejected wholesale the Federal Circuit’s stance that laches be an available defence in patent law, in its SCA Hygiene v First Quality ruling

  • US district court 101 invalidity rates down slightly in 2017

    March 21, 2017

    The Federal Circuit maintains its high invalidity rate on Section 101 decisions so far this year but the district court rate has fallen, according to new figures from Fenwick & West’s Robert Sachs. One interesting recent trend is the PTAB has reversed all 16 ex parte appeals of Section 101 rejections since October

  • Latest people moves in the US

    March 15, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the US includes hires by Goodwin, McDermott Will & Emery, Arent Fox, Dykema Cox Smith, Akin Gump, White & Case and Haynes and Boone.

  • Federal Circuit finds motion-sensor patents valid under Alice, in Thales Visionix v United States

    March 14, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has upheld patents disclosing a system of sensors affixed to a helmet under Section 101, in its Thales Visionix v United States ruling

  • ITC schedules second oral hearing in almost a decade

    March 14, 2017

    The International Trade Commission will hold an oral hearing in Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel in April. This is only the second oral argument granted in nearly 10 years, following one in November last year

  • Ropes & Gray to spin off patent prosecution practice in new firm

    March 08, 2017

    Ropes & Gray will leave the patent prosecution business, with the spin-out of a new firm with Joseph Guiliano as head

  • Genentech’s biosimilar complaint against Amgen dismissed

    March 08, 2017

    Judge Sleet of the District of Delaware has dismissed Genentech’s biosimilar complaint against Amgen for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, and granted 45 days for an amended complaint to be filed

  • Sprint awarded $140m patent damages against Time Warner

    March 07, 2017

    A jury in the District of Kansas has found Timer Warner Cable infringed five Sprint Communications patents, and awarded the biggest patent damages so far this year

  • Biosimilars so far: Looking back and forward at the patent dance

    March 07, 2017

    Natalie Rahhal analyses the patent disputes that have been filed so far around biosimilars and previews what issues to expect this year

  • PTAB round-up: Petition filing slumps in February, Federal Circuit and Board decisions of note

    March 07, 2017

    Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition filing last month was down 47% on the record January. Michael Loney reveals the busiest entities and analyses Federal Circuit and Board decisions in February, including the latest Kyle Bass final written decisions

  • Should the Federal Circuit stop issuing Rule 36 affirmances?

    March 03, 2017

    Law professor Dennis Crouch is calling for the Federal Circuit to not give Rule 36 affirmances in PTAB appeals, arguing it is required by statute to issue an opinion. The court has continued to issue them but has asked for briefing in two en banc rehearing requests of affirmances

  • Federal Circuit grants Google writ of mandamus to transfer venue in Eolas case

    March 01, 2017

    Google’s request for a writ of mandamus to transfer a case brought by Eolas Technologies to the Northern District of California from the Eastern District of Texas has been granted, with the Federal Circuit citing “a clear abuse of discretion”

  • Federal Circuit invalidates Smartflash patents in Apple dispute

    March 01, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has found invalid three Smartflash patents that an Eastern District of Texas jury had awarded $530m in damages for Apple infringing in 2015. The appeals court said Smartflash’s asserted claims are analogous to Ultramercial and distinct from DDR Holdings.

  • Interview: Dominion Harbor’s plan for IV's Kodak patent portfolio

    February 28, 2017

    Dominion Harbor has acquired Intellectual Ventures’ portfolio of Kodak patents. Its CEO, David Pridham, tells Michael Loney his plans for the portfolio and how he views the patent monetisation market

  • Are you 3DP ready?

    February 28, 2017

    3D printing is already causing disruption in some industries. Stella Wong considers how to develop a 3DP IP strategy, with a particular focus on the medical industry

  • Avoid the tax shock in licensing agreements

    February 28, 2017

    Christopher M Neumeyer reviews the lessons to be learned from two recent cases where Taiwan companies were ordered to pay taxes on licensing fees paid to a foreign licensor

  • Amending claims at the PTAB – a fool’s errand?

    February 24, 2017

    Patent owners have found it tough to meet the requirements for motions to amend claims in PTAB post issuance review proceedings. Binal J Patel, J Pieter van Es and Kimberly S Devine examine the eight decisions where such motions have been granted

  • Federal Circuit reverses PTAB determination of CBM patent in Secure Axcess

    February 24, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has concluded “the patent at issue is outside the definition of a CBM patent that Congress provided by statute” in its Secure Axcess v PNC Bank National Association ruling. Judge Lourie wrote a dissent, backing up the PTAB’s determination

  • SCOTUS rules in Life Tech v Promega: One is not enough

    February 23, 2017

    The Supreme Court has reversed the Federal Circuit in Life Tech v Promega, ruling that manufacture and exportation of a single component of a patented invention assembled in another country is not enough for infringement in the US. However, as a concurring opinion and observers note, the court did not indicate how much more than one is enough

  • Analysis: Complexity lies ahead for CRISPR patents after PTAB decision

    February 22, 2017

    The eagerly-anticipated ruling from the PTAB of “no interference-in-fact” is a win for the Broad Institute in its CRISPR patent battle with University of California Berkeley. But much wrangling lies ahead over the rights to the gene-editing technology, including a potential appeal and likely licensing disputes

  • Federal Circuit vacates Apple PTAB win for inadequately supported findings

    February 17, 2017

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding of unpatentability for obviousness based on two prior-art references in Personal Web Technologies v Apple has been remanded because “the Board did not adequately support its findings”

  • Latest people moves in the Americas

    February 16, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular review of the latest moves and appointments in the Americas includes Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison hiring Ropes & Gray’s PTAB chair, an IP law firm merger in Ecuador and much more

  • Federal Circuit reverses district court in long-fought Shire v Watson ANDA dispute

    February 15, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has found Watson did not infringe Shire’s patent for Lialda, noting the “rare” exception established by Norian to the presumptively closed nature of the “consisting of” language

  • Jury orders Google to pay $20m in patent damages

    February 15, 2017

    An inventor and the estate of his late partner have been awarded $20m by an Eastern District of Texas jury for Google infringing three patents through its Chrome browser, in a case on remand from the Federal Circuit

  • PTAB round-up: Record filing in January, Federal Circuit’s Phigenix standing ruling, denial of review decisions, district court estoppel

    February 14, 2017

    Michael Loney rounds up Patent Trial and Appeal Board-related decisions of note in January, including a precedential Federal Circuit decision on standing to appeal in Phigenix v ImmunoGen and two district court estoppel decisions

  • Why Microsoft has introduced protection against cloud computing patent litigation

    February 10, 2017

    In an interview, Erich Andersen explains Microsoft’s new programme to protect customers against IP litigation related to cloud computing, including making 10,000 patents available and pledging to Azure customers that if it transfers patents to non-practising entities they cannot be asserted against them

  • Women in IP Interview: Jane Politz Brandt

    February 09, 2017

    Jane Politz Brandt has made a name for herself trying high-profile cases, particularly in the Eastern District of Texas, where she is co-chair of Thompson & Knight’s intellectual property practice group. In our latest Women in IP interview, she talks with Natalie Rahhal about mentorship and secrets to success

  • John Amster leaves RPX, Marty Roberts takes over as interim CEO

    February 08, 2017

    RPX’s board says its CEO resigned as “a result of Mr Amster's request that the Board commence a process to sell the company in a going-private transaction”

  • The top PTAB petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys in 2016

    February 08, 2017

    The top petitioners, patent owners, law firms and attorneys in Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions filed in 2016 have been revealed from Docket Navigator data. Apple only just hung onto its top petitioner status

  • Managing IP North America Awards 2017 shortlists announced

    February 07, 2017

    The shortlists for this year’s Managing IP North America Awards have been announced. The outstanding intellectual property firms and individuals in the US and Canada will be chosen from these, and revealed at a dinner in Washington DC on March 23

  • January breaks monthly PTAB filing record

    February 07, 2017

    246 Patent Trial and Appeal Board petitions were filed in January, according to data taken from Docket Navigator. No month had broken 200 petitions before. In contrast, district court patent case filing slumped

  • Amgen-Sandoz analysis: Come patent dancing at the Supreme Court

    February 03, 2017

    Natalie Rahhal analyses the issues at stake when the US Supreme Court hears the biosimilars dispute between Sandoz and Amgen later this year

  • PTAB rules state sovereign immunity applies in IPR proceedings

    February 01, 2017

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has dismissed three inter partes review petitions filed by Covidien because the University of Florida Research Foundation is entitled to an Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity defence

  • Associations call for Section 101 overhaul in comments to USPTO

    January 31, 2017

    PhRMA, ABA and AIPLA have submitted comments to the USPTO, and IPO has passed a resolution, all urging legislative changes to Section 101

  • Qualcomm comes under FRAND fire from FTC, Apple – analysis

    January 31, 2017

    Qualcomm is facing an FTC complaint alleging unfair methods of competition while Apple has sued it in the US and China. But observers question whether the FTC’s complaint can go the distance

  • Estoppel in PTAB proceedings and subsequent district court litigation

    January 27, 2017

    Jim Brogan, Brian Eutermoser and Janna Fischer discuss the ways that the unsuccessful IPR petitioner at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board still can challenge validity in subsequent district court litigation

  • Interview: Laurie Self, Qualcomm VP and counsel of government affairs

    January 19, 2017

    Laurie Self found herself at the forefront of IP issues early on in her career, and has maintained her involvement there ever since. In our latest Women in IP interview, she discusses policy, enforcement and the gender gap with Natalie Rahhal

  • Federal Circuit PTAB appeal statistics, and how the Board handles remands

    January 18, 2017

    As of the end of the year, the Federal Circuit had affirmed on every issue in 77.4% of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board appeals it had seen. Finnegan has analysed what parties can expect from cases that are remanded to the Board

  • Cases to look out for in 2017 – United States

    January 18, 2017

    The Supreme Court’s impressive appetite for IP cases dominates the forthcoming intellectual property trials and judgments in the US – with decisions in seven cases to come. The Federal Circuit will also issue two en banc decisions from PTAB appeals

  • US Supreme Court to hear Amgen-Sandoz biosimilars patent dance case

    January 14, 2017

    The dispute between Amgen and Sandoz over aspects of the so-called patent dance outlined in the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act was granted cert by the US Supreme Court

  • PTAB round-up: December filing data; Federal Circuit In re NuVasive decision; district courts narrow estoppel

    January 12, 2017

    Data and analysis: December Patent Trial and Appeal Board petition filing was the fourth-highest of 2016, the Federal Circuit recently heard en banc arguments in one PTAB appeal and granted en banc rehearing in another, the appeals court remanded the Board in In re NuVasive, and the District of Delaware interpreted the scope of estoppel narrowly in Intellectual Ventures v Toshiba

  • Federal Circuit dismisses PTAB appeal for lack of standing

    January 12, 2017

    The Federal Circuit in its precedential decision in Phigenix v ImmunoGen has ruled the petitioner lacked standing to appeal a Patent Trial and Appeal Board final written decision because of insufficient evidence to show an “injury-in-fact”

  • The final 2016 US district court patent case and PTAB filing figures

    January 11, 2017

    Patent case filing in US district courts fell 21% and PTAB petition filing fell 2% in 2016 over the previous year, according to figures taken from Docket Navigator. An RPX report has also revealed the most prolific NPEs of the year

  • IBM stays top in record year for US utility patent grants

    January 11, 2017

    The IFI Claims US Top 50 ranking of patent recipients reveals IBM acquired the most patents ever of any company in a year. Asian companies account for more than half of the top 50

  • Peter Detkin joins Sherpa, and other North America people moves

    January 10, 2017

    Sherpa Technology Group, White & Case, Arent Fox, Conversant, Hughes Hubbard & Reed and Neal Gerber & Eisenberg are among the firms making recent intellectual property hires, as well as the USPTO announcing PPAC and TPAC members

  • Federal Circuit grants en banc review of PTAB time-bar orders

    January 04, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has granted en banc rehearing in Wi-Fi One v Broadcom. The court will consider whether judicial review is available for a patent owner to challenge the USPTO’s determination that the petitioner satisfied the timeliness requirement governing the filing of IPR petitions

  • Fitbit drops Jawbone patent case at ITC

    January 04, 2017

    Wearable device company Fitbit has moved for termination of its ITC patent complaint against Jawbone, which is unhappy at suggestions about its financial stability

  • How patent case venue rules could change in TC Heartland

    January 04, 2017

    Natalie Rahhal speaks to former Federal Circuit Chief Judge Paul Michel and others to assess the potential impact of In re TC Heartland at the US Supreme Court. One outcome could be a sharp fall in filing in the Eastern District of Texas and an increase in a potentially under-resourced District of Delaware

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