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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Tracking Down the Elusive Obviousness Special Verdict Form

Posted in Jury Instructions, Patent Litigation

Judges and legal commentators have long cautioned patent practitioners about the pitfalls of “obviousness” jury determinations that pose only the ultimate question: Has defendant proven by clear and convincing evidence [or that it is highly probable] that Claim X of the ’123 Patent is obvious? Yes ____ No ____. Whether the answer is yes or… Continue Reading

Twin Challenges in Drafting a Viable Patent Legal Malpractice Complaint

Posted in Federal Jurisdiction, Legal Malpractice, Patent Litigation, Patent Pleadings

Drafting a short and plain statement of a patent legal malpractice claim used to be a relatively straightforward matter under the now discredited Conley v. Gibson “no set of facts” standard. That pleading landscape dramatically changed in 2007. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Twombly and Iqbal decisions, federal court judges are now routinely called… Continue Reading

Exclusive Federal Court Jurisdiction Over Patent Legal Malpractice Claims: Where Are We?

Posted in Federal Jurisdiction, Patent Litigation

Have the twin Air Measurement and Immunocept decisions succeeded in establishing an exclusively federal forum for patent legal malpractice claims? The answer is: NOT YET. That inconclusive answer makes crafting your claim theories and drafting a well pleaded complaint or answer critical, if your goal is to have a federal court decide the merits of… Continue Reading