Publications

The Supreme Court’s Decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC Limits Venue in Patent Cases

May 23, 2017

By Parrish Freeman* The Supreme Court issued a unanimous 8-0 decision this week in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) (Justice Gorsuch did not participate). The decision returns patent venue law for domestic corporate defendants to its pre-1990 state, holding that “resides” in 28 U.S.C. §1400(b) (the patent […]

R. Parrish Freeman

Kicking the IP “Tires” of Your New Acquisition

May 10, 2017

Acquisition of a company can be driven by many different objectives. Access to tangible property, such as equipment, new facilities, inventory, can all be motivating factors. More often than not, however, the desire to acquire a company is driven by an objective to gain access to intangible property, such as employee expertise and intellectual property […]

Eric L. Maschoff

Supreme Court Bars Laches Defense in Patent Infringement Cases in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby

March 23, 2017

In a 7-1 decision released on Tuesday, the Supreme Court has barred the use of the laches defense in patent infringement cases for claims arising during the limitations period set by Congress. SCA Hygiene Products AB et al. v. First Quality Baby Products LLC et al., 580 U.S. ___ (2017). Laches is an equitable defense […]

Erynn Embree