The Year In Intellectual Property: A Look Back at 2016 and a Look Ahead to 2017

January 24, 2017 Advisory

Last year was an active year in intellectual property law. There were many notable developments in 2016 by a busy United States Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit. The Supreme Court and Federal Circuit issued key rulings involving patent damages, patent eligibility, venue, laches, claim construction, extraterritoriality, attorneys' fees, the nominative fair use doctrine, and patent office procedures. As we look ahead in 2017, the jurisprudence in these areas will develop as the lower courts react to these key rulings and the Supreme Court issues decisions on important matters such as patent venue and laches. As discussed in greater detail below, whether you are a plaintiff or defendant in intellectual property matters, you will need to be cognizant of the impact of these decisions.

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