House of Representatives Passes the Innovation Act — What You Need to Know

On December 5, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, a piece of patent reform legislation known as the “Innovation Act of 2013.” The bill passed 325-91, with most of the opposition coming from Democrats, but with some Republican opponents as well. The bill would amend U.S. Code Title 35 (the section that governs patent law) and the "America Invents Act,” which Congress passed in 2011 (but which most folks agree did not accomplish nearly enough in the way of true reform).

Big Law is Taking Information Security Concerns More Seriously – It’s About Time

As we moved into an era of electronic documents, firms deployed information security measures, but by and large, those safeguards were not particularly robust. But generally, these data security protocols were good enough for clients, and therefore good enough for the firms. Times have changed. Law firms now realize that information security must be a top priority, for several reasons.

New ITC eDiscovery Rules Clear Path for Swifter, Less Costly Patent Infringement Investigations

Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337) authorizes the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate complaints of certain unfair practices in import trade. Section 337 investigations could be an attractive alternative to civil patent litigation for some corporations …

SHIELD Aims to Secure World from Bogus Patent Suits

To say July was a bad month for the non-practicing entities of the patent world is a bit of an understatement. First, as we previously blogged about, Congress conducted a series of oversight hearings examining in part how non-practicing entities (the polite term for patent trolls) are increasingly participating in International Trade Commission investigations in ...

Discovery Costs Pile Up in International Trade Commission Patent Disputes

During the past several years, patent holders increasingly have chosen the International Trade Commission to adjudicate claims against importers of goods that allegedly infringe U.S. patents.  A quick perusal of the ITC’s pending docket reads like a who’s who of technology companies:  Apple, Samsung, Research in Motion, LG, HTC, Nokia, Sony, Canon, HP. While it’s ...