Thursday, April 16, 2009


The world of patent law is in transition. The last few years have seen unprecedented levels of patent litigation spurred on by many substantial verdicts and an increase in the number of non-practicing entities looking to acquire and assert patent rights.

In what would appear to be a response to this trend, the Supreme Court has, among other things, made it easier to invalidate patents and harder to get injunctions when a patent is found to be infringed. As a trial lawyer who represents both patent owners and companies that need to defend themselves against accusations of infringement, this trend cannot be considered either clearly bad or good- but it is a significant legal and economic issue and must be understood.

This blog will follow and evaluate current trends in patent law and policy and try to offer insight as to how these trends impact the ability to obtain and enforce patents.

(Yes, I know that there is no longer a "point of novelty" test in patent law. But the concept, a single differentiating point, seemed to be as a good title for this blog as any.)

The views expressed in this blog are mine alone and should not be attributed to Dorsey & Whitney LLP, its attorneys, or its clients.

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