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Patent and Trademark Bulletin for the District of Massachusetts

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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 October & November 2009 / December 2009 & January 2010 issue includes a review of opinions addressing patent issues related to:

  • Judge Ponsor issues Markman ruling in laser probe case
  • Metris U.S.A., Inc. receives favorable claim construction in optical scanning patent
  • Court construes claim terms in patent infringement action brought by Sapidyne Instruments
  • Judge Young reverses jury verdict on obviousness and remands case for new trial, emphasizing that the mere ipse dixit of experts is not substantial evidence
  • Lack of a grant to practice the invention, although not dispositive, found to be a significant factor in finding that licensee lacked standing
  • Court threatens to enter summary judgment of non-obviousness sua sponte in patent dispute concerning internet on airlines
  • Motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and to transfer granted in trademark infringement case
  • Performance Food Group Company preliminarily enjoined from using new name and logo
  • Court denies motion to enter preliminary injunction against Big Lots in connection with “Real Deal” advertising campaign
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