Heather M. Schneider


Articles:

  • En Banc Federal Circuit Decision Clarifies Permissible Conduct By Patent Pools And Other Joint Ventures Under The Patent Misuse Doctrine
    Monday, December 6, 2010
    In Princo Corp. v. International Trade Commission ,1the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed whether certain licensing practices related to a patent pool involving optical disc-related patents constituted patent misuse. The decision provides guidance for patent holders that want to license their patents through pools for use in...
  • Friday, August 1, 2008
    On June 9, 2008, the United States Supreme Court reversed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the closely watched battle between LG Electronics, Inc. ("LGE") and Quanta Computer, Inc. The decision restricts LGE's ability to demand royalties from Quanta, which had purchased chipsets and microprocessors from LGE's licensee,...
  • FTC Requires Patentee To Fulfill Licensing Commitments To A Standard-Setting Organization To Prevent Consumer Harm
    Sunday, June 1, 2008
    On January 23, 2008, the Federal Trade Commission (the "FTC" or the "Commission") announced a complaint and a proposed consent order with a patent licensing company, Negotiated Data Solutions LLC ("N-Data"), regarding patents related to the ubiquitous Ethernet computer networking standard.1With this decision, the Commission has enforced licensing...
  • Thursday, March 1, 2007
    The Supreme Court's January 9, 2007 opinion in MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc.1 alters the balance of power between patent holders and their licensees. A patent licensee is no longer required to terminate or breach its license agreement in order to seek a declaratory judgment that the licensed patent is invalid, unenforceable, or not infringed....