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IP Intel (formerly PatentWatch) features articles written by Fredrikson & Byron attorneys highlighting intellectual property litigation practice pointers and docket developments in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.

Within this blog you will find:

  • Insights and updates on recent IP cases
  • Tips on crafting successful arguments
  • Information on avoiding others’ past missteps


5 Ways to Enhance Patent Strategy With Data Analytics

May 13, 2019

There has been a bloom of data analytics tools for patent practice, and some new features of these tools have profoundly enhanced patent practice. Here are five examples of how applicants and their attorneys can improve day-to-day patent strategy using the latest data analytics tools.

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Amazon’s Project Zero Initiative Seeks to Place Brand Owners in Control

March 25, 2019

Brand owners recently gained a new weapon for their arsenal in the ongoing fight against counterfeit products sold on online marketplace giant

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Knock it Off: E-Commerce Platforms Continue to Battle Counterfeiters

December 14, 2018

In the face of the nagging problem of fake products posing as genuine goods in online marketplaces, major e-commerce platforms are continuing to refine their strategies to address counterfeiting.

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New Faces on the Minnesota Bench

September 25, 2018

Three new judges have recently joined the Minnesota federal bench, returning the District of Minnesota to full strength for the first time in more than two years.

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Different Bases, Same Result in District of Minnesota Transfer Cases

March 19, 2018

The District of Minnesota continues to see many cases transferred to other districts after last year’s Supreme Court decision on venue in patent cases in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods

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District of Minnesota Rejects Alice Challenge to Check Processing Patent Claims

December 18, 2017

The District of Minnesota recently issued its fourth post-Alice decision, this time addressing the question of patent subject matter eligibility for a check processing patent. 

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Pleading Willfulness in the District of Minnesota Post-Halo

December 8, 2017

Over a year after the Supreme Court’s decision in Halo Electronics, district courts continue to disagree over what is required to adequately plead a claim for willful infringement. The District of Minnesota is beginning to enter the fray. 

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On the Move: Judge Nelson Ships a Patent Case to Pennsylvania Under TC Heartland

September 1, 2017

In May 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods and limited venue in patent cases to where a corporate defendant is incorporated or has a regular and established place of business.

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Procedural Context Proves Critical for § 101 Alice Patent Challenge in District of Minnesota

July 12, 2017

The Honorable Donovan Frank issued the second decision in the District of Minnesota to address the question of patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in the context of a motion to dismiss.

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Patent Trial and Appeal Board Creates Loophole to Challenge Written Description and Enablement in Older Patent Families

June 15, 2017

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision creates a loophole that enables challengers to bring new kinds of attacks against older applications.

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