Brann, Peter

    • Peter Brann Again To Offer Course At Harvard Law School

      Partner Peter Brann will once again be co–teaching a class at the Harvard Law School as a Lecturer in Law during the Fall 2017 term on “The Role of the State Attorney General” with James Tierney, the former Maine Attorney General. Brann and Tierney have been teaching this class at Columbia and Harvard Law Schools for the past several years. Brann, who served a ...

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    • Oil States Versus The Administrative State

      The Supreme Court has now heard from the petitioner in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC. At issue is not only the fate of inter partes review of patents by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, but possibly the ability of administrative agencies to review and retract their own erroneous decisions.

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  • B&I Partners Assist Microsoft In Ending Patent Case

    … Partners Stacy Stitham and Peter Brann, acting as local counsel, assisted Microsoft in obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of a patent lawsuit filed in the District of Maine. While the federal lawsuit was pending, Microsoft invalidated the patent in the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), which was then affirmed on appeal. The plaintiff sought…

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  • Brann & Isaacson attorneys selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

    … Seven Brann & Isaacson attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018: George S. Isaacson, Commercial Litigation; Litigation and Controversy—Tax; Martin I. Eisenstein, Litigation and Controversy–Tax; Tax Law; Martha E. Greene, Trusts and Estates; Peter D. Lowe, Employment Law—Management; Benjamin W…

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  • Law Court Affirms B&I Trial Court Victory

    … Peter Brann and Michael Carey prevailed today in the Law Court, Maine’s highest court, on an appeal concerning a class action lawsuit challenging a probate judge’s scheduling decisions on constitutional grounds. Brann and Carey took over the defense just prior to trial and won despite findings by the trial judge that the probate judge knew…

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  • Texas Welcomes TC Heartland

    … What does the Supreme Court opinion in TC Heartland mean for the business of patent litigation in Texas—particularly the Eastern District of Texas? On first read, TC Heartland seemed to herald the end of the kind of forum–shopping that enabled the Eastern District of Texas to land 40% of all newly filed patent cases. The courts have now begun…

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  • Supreme Court’s Federal Circuit Reversal Streak Continues

    … the Federal Circuit on the proper venue for patent litigation (TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands); and Reversed the Federal Circuit on the question of when a competitor can market a “biosimilar” version of a complex drug. (Sandoz v. Amgen). These results only reinforce the perception that the Supreme Court views the Federal Circuit as a court…

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  • TC Heartland: A View from the (Supreme) Courtroom

    … Having led the team that filed an amicus curiae brief for 48 Internet companies, retailers, and associations in support of TC Heartland, Peter Brann attended the oral argument in TC Heartland v. Kraft at the Supreme Court yesterday. Though not a disinterested observer, he offers these thoughts on what he saw: Although the venue question…

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  • Big Week For IP In The Supreme Court

    … While the political world roils, the Supreme Court issued two major IP law decisions this week. In SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, the Court, in an opinion by Justice Alito, held that the equitable doctrine of laches could not be asserted as a defense in patent cases. Laches is an old doctrine under which, in the absence…

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  • Patent News Grab–Bag

    … to the patent laws that would have the effect of reversing the Supreme Court’s holding in Alice v. CLS Bank, that abstract ideas cannot be patented. The proposal attempts to take the Alice question out of the hands of the courts. Although it is not clear where patent law and patent litigation stand among the priorities of the new Congress, we would hope…

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  • What Happens In East Texas Definitely Doesn’t Stay There

    … infringement. What makes this case notable is that the trial court issued the injunction despite a Patent Trial and Appeal Board finding that the claims of the patent–in–suit were likely invalid. (On top of that, the PTAB later concluded that the patent’s claims were actually invalid.) Regardless, the Federal Circuit affirmed the order entering…

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  • Peter Brann To Teach At Harvard Law School

    … Partner Peter Brann will be co–teaching a class at the Harvard Law School as a Lecturer in Law during the Spring 2016 term on “The Role of the State Attorney General” with James Tierney, the former Maine Attorney General. Brann and Tierney have been teaching this class at Columbia and Harvard Law Schools for the past several years. Brann, who…

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