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Patent and Trademark Bulletin for the District of Massachusetts

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06.18.2009 | Legal Update

Nutter’s Patent and Trademark Bulletin for the District of Massachusetts is a bi-monthly reporter on recent patent and trademark opinions from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The April/May issue includes a review of opinions addressing patent issues related to:

  • Determination of a reasonable royalty rate and trebling damages for willfulness
  • Court revisits inequitable conduct, laches, and equitable estoppel and reverses itself on the issue of joint infringement 
  • Construction of claim terms in patents disclosing handguards for weapons
  • Court finds no literal infringement or infringement under the doctrine of equivalents in dispute over locking devices
  • Federal Circuit reverses D. Mass. court on written description requirement under §112
  • Supreme Court grants certiorari in In Re Bilski 
  • Lanham Act protection for confusion as to origin covers only tangible goods
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