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IP Hot Topic: Imperative Information on the New Unified Patent Court (UPC) Launching June 1

The new European Union Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent go live on June 1, 2023. Enterprises operating in Europe should understand the risks and rewards of this new system, one of the most significant developments in global intellectual property law in over a decade. Read our IP Hot Topic to learn more.

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Sterne Kessler Earns Midsize Mansfield Certification

Sterne Kessler is pleased to announce the firm has received Midsize Mansfield Certification. The firm is among more than 70 midsize law firms recognized for their commitment to diversity.

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US Supreme Court Refocuses the Test for Transformative Use

On May 18, 2023, the Court issued its long-awaited decision in The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith. The decision is notable for at least two reasons. First, it is the first time the Court has considered whether a visual work qualifies as transformative use. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the decision shifts the focus of the transformative use assessment to the first part of the Campbell inquiry: “whether the new work merely supersede[s] the objects of the original creation.”

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Supreme Court Affirms Federal Circuit’s Decision in Amgen v. Sanofi

The US Supreme Court issued its opinion in Amgen v. Sanofi, a closely watched case concerning patent law’s enablement requirement. Under that requirement, codified at 35 U.S.C. § 112(a), a patent specification must enable a person skilled in the relevant art “to make and use” the invention. In a unanimous decision, the Court affirmed the Federal Circuit’s ruling that the Amgen patent claims at issue are not enabled.

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Sterne Kessler Team Scores Federal Circuit Win for Teva in Sleep Disorder Drug Litigation

In a Federal Circuit victory secured by Sterne Kessler, Teva Pharmaceuticals is cleared to market a generic version of sleep disorder drug Hetlioz, as reported by Law360 in the article “Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Vanda's Sleep Disorder Patent Claims.” The ruling affirmed the district judge’s opinion that invalidated four patents on the medication. The team representing Teva includes Directors J.C. Rozendaal, Deirdre Wells, Byron Pickard, and William Milliken and Associates Sasha Rao and Will Rodenberg.

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Ellison Ranked in Managing IP’s “Top 250 Women in IP”

Congratulations to Director Eldora Ellison, Ph.D., on her inclusion in Managing IP’s 2023 “Top 250 Women in IP” list! This year marks the seventh time that Ellison has been ranked among this prestigious group of global IP leaders.

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VW Gets PTAB To Review Patent Cited in Car Tech MDL

As reported by Law360 in the article “VW Gets PTAB To Review Patent Cited in Car Tech MDL,” the PTAB has instituted Volkswagen’s inter partes review petition challenging the validity of a cellular technology patent. Directors Ryan Richardson, Michael Specht, and Daniel Yonan and Associate David Haars are mentioned as Volkswagen’s representation.

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Sterne Kessler Receives Sole Band 1 Ranking

Chambers USA has once again awarded the firm the only “Band 1” ranking in Patent Prosecution for the fourth consecutive year among Washington, D.C. IP firms. 


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Sterne Kessler Receives Sole Band 1 Chambers USA Ranking in Patent Prosecution for Fourth Consecutive Year Among D.C. Firms

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox is proud to announce that Chambers USA has awarded the firm a "Band 1" ranking among Washington, D.C.'s leading intellectual property law firms in the area of patent prosecution. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Sterne Kessler was the only firm named in the Band 1 position in the annual rankings.