Supreme Court Strikes Down Lanham Act’s “Disparagement Clause” for Violating the First Amendment

Declaring that “[s]peech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” the U.S. Supreme Court in Matal v. Tam (No. 15-1293) held that Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. § 1052(a)) is facially unconstitutional for violating the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.  The salient section of […]

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Supreme Court Issues Important Decision in the Biopharma Sector Favoring Earlier Entrance of Cost-Saving Biosimilars into the US Market

In a closely watched case in the biopharma space (Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen, Inc., No. 15–1039, June 12, 2017), the Supreme Court issued its first ever decision on how to interpret the biosimilar patent dispute provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA).  Most importantly, the Court ruled that biosimilar applicants do not […]

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Rohini K. Garg Joins RatnerPrestia as Patent Agent

Philadelphia, PA | June 2017 – RatnerPrestia is pleased to announce that Rohini K. Garg joined the firm as a Patent Agent. Rohini provides a strong contribution to patent prosecution strategy, providing technical and legal research and analysis with respect to matters pending before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in addition to technical support […]

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Jonathan H. Spadt Participates in the 34th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar

München | June 2017 – Jonathan H. Spadt participated in the 34th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar in Berlin, Germany, on May 31 and June 1.  The meeting brought together members of the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag in consultation with the Business Advisory Council, on which RatnerPrestia is proud to have a seat.  The dialogue included meetings […]

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Patent Trolls Evicted From The Eastern District of Texas!

TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC Written by: Christopher H. Blaszkowski This article first appeared in the June 1, 2017 edition of the Legal Intelligencer. Over the past decade or so, litigious non-practicing entities (also known as “patent trolls”) expressed a keen preference to litigation in the Eastern District of Texas (E.D. […]

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Supreme Court Limits Patent Owners’ Control Over Patented Articles After Authorized Sale

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant decision today that largely answers the question of how much control a patent owner can wield over a patented product after it has been sold, holding that a patent owner’s decision to sell a product exhausts all of its patent rights in that product, regardless of any restrictions […]

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Under Heartland, Patent Litigation Filings in Delaware Expected to Rise

In a long awaited decision having the potential to impact where patent suits are litigated, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC today. TC Heartland confirms that, for the purposes of the venue statute for patent infringement actions—28 U.S.C. § 1400(b)—“resides” is limited to the state […]

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Benjamin E. Leace & Christopher H. Blaszkowski Present Impact of Broadest Reasonable Interpretation in Inter Partes Review at Intellectual Property Law Institute

Philadelphia, PA | April 2017 – Benjamin Leace and Christopher Blaszkowski spoke at a recent Intellectual Property Law Institute two day program hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Thursday, April 27, 2017. Their presentation, entitled Impact of Broadest Reasonable Interpretation in Inter Partes Review, focused on key developments with respect to the widely popular proceedings, […]

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RatnerPrestia Welcomes Mary E. Adams as Patent Agent

Philadelphia, PA | April 2017 – RatnerPrestia is pleased to welcome Mary E. Adams joining the firm in its Philadelphia office as a patent agent. Earning a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and registered as a US patent agent, Mary will focus on writing and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical arts. Mary has approximately 4 […]

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Eamonn P. Morrison Joins RatnerPrestia as Counsel

Philadelphia, PA | March 2017 – RatnerPrestia welcomes Eamonn P. Morrison to the firm as Counsel in its Philadelphia office. Eamonn’s practice focuses on patent preparation and prosecution of chemical and pharmaceutical technologies, as well as counseling clients on the strategic development of the their intellectual property rights.  Eamonn has extensive experience in preparing and […]

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