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America Invents Act
On Sept. 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the most significant patent reform legislation implemented by Congress in the last 60 years.

Alice v. CLS Bank
On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l that all the patent claims in the case, meaning all method, system and “computer-readable medium” claims, were not patent eligible.

Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee
On June 20, 2016, the Supreme Court decided Cuozzo Speed v. Lee, Inc., affirming the Federal Circuit’s judgment in full, thus resolving two significant issues for inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board under the America Invents Act.
Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., that it is appropriate for a court to give substantial weight to the reasonableness of a losing party’s position when deciding whether to award attorney’s fees in a case brought under the Copyright Act as long as “all other relevant factors” are taken into account.
Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics and Stryker v. Zimmer
On June 13, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a decision in cases Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc., which rejected the Federal Circuit’s rigid, two-part test for willful infringement and awarding enhanced damages in patent cases under 35 U.S.C. § 284.
SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products
On May 2, 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, to consider whether and to what extent the defense of laches may bar a claim for patent infringement brought within the Patent Act’s six-year statutory limitations period.

Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands
On May 2, 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., to consider the appropriate test to determine when a feature of a useful article is protectable under section 101 of the Copyright Act.
Samsung v. Apple
On March 21, 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in Samsung v. Apple to consider how much a design patent holder can recover from an infringer.
In Re Simon Shiao Tam
On Dec. 22, 2015, the Federal Circuit held en banc in In Re Simon Shiao Tam that the disparagement provision of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act is unconstitutional in violation of the First Amendment.
Limelight v. Akamai
On November 16, 2015, the Federal Circuit ordered a district court judge to reinstate a $45.5 million jury verdict against Limelight Networks Inc. for infringing Akamai Technologies Inc.’s Web content delivery patent, even though Limelight’s customers carried out some steps of the patent.

Teva v. Sandoz
On June 18, 2015, the Federal Circuit ruled that the Supreme Court's prior ruling in Teva v. Sandoz did not change the outcome of the case at all, holding that the claims under review were indefinite and therefore invalid.

The Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement
On May 13, 2015, the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs went into effect for the United States.
Biosig v. Nautilus
On April 27, 2015, the Federal Circuit ruled once again in Biosig Instruments Inc. v. Nautilus Inc. that a Biosig heart rate monitor patent asserted against Nautilus is not indefinite.

B&B Hardware v. Hargis Industries
On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., that federal court decisions on "likelihood of confusion" can be precluded by earlier rulings on the same issue from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

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