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Robert M. Masters is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

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Intellectual Property Outlook: Cases and Trends to Follow in 2020 — PART 4

PART 4:  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LEGISLATION TO WATCH IN 2020 In this four-part series, we take a look forward at the cases, legislation, and other trends that are likely to have a significant impact on intellectual property law and practice in 2020.  In the first three parts of the series, we looked at the IP issues … Continue Reading

Federal Circuit Makes It More Difficult for Accused Infringers to File Declaratory Judgment Actions

In its March 13, 2020 decision in Communications Test Design, Inc. v. Contec, LLC, the Federal Circuit highlighted the obstacles that an accused infringer faces in filing a declaratory judgment action.  In particular, the Federal Circuit held that district courts may refuse to hear declaratory judgment actions filed while licensing negotiations are ongoing.  The court … Continue Reading

Intellectual Property Outlook: Cases and Trends to Follow in 2020 — PART 2

PART 2: EFFORTS TO CLARIFY PATENT ELIGIBILITY UNDER § 101 In this four-part series, we take a look forward at the cases, legislation, and other trends that are likely to have a significant impact on intellectual property law and practice in 2020. The first part of the series – looking at IP issues currently pending … Continue Reading

Intellectual Property Outlook: Cases and Trends to Follow in 2020 – PART1

PART 1: IP ISSUES CURRENTLY PENDING BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT In the first part of our series, we briefly summarize the intellectual property issues that the Supreme Court has already agreed to address in 2020. In particular, we provide a brief overview and key takeaways for the Supreme Court’s consideration of: Whether adding “.com” to … Continue Reading
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