On Friday, April 27, 2018, Coby Nixon spoke at the 14th Annual SpringPosium Intellectual Property Conference, hosted by the Atlanta Bar Association and Georgia State University College of Law and held at Lake Lanier Islands. Nixon presented as part of a “Patent Law Update” panel and discussed the significance of several recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including:
- Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, 584 U.S. __ (No. 16-712 Apr. 24, 2018) (holding that Inter Partes Review proceedings do not violate Article III or the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution);
- Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1523 (2017) (addressing the scope and nature of the patent exhaustion doctrine);
- Travel Sentry, Inc. v. Tropp, 877 F.3d 1370 (Fed. Cir. 2017) (applying the Federal Circuit’s test for divided patent infringement);
- Berkheimer v. HP Inc., 881 F.3d 1360 (Fed. Cir. 2018) (vacating summary judgment order because factual issues precluded a Section 101 patentability determination as a matter of law); and
- Aatrix Software, Inc. v. Green Shades Software, Inc., 882 F.3d 1121 (Fed. Cir. 2018) (vacating Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal because factual issues precluded a Section 101 patentability determination as a matter of law).