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Federal Circuit raises the bar for inequitable conduct defense


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Abstract: Like the proverbial child caught stealing cookies from the jar, patent infringement defendants sometimes try to squirm out of the tough situation at hand by accusing their accusers. Many charge that a court should render the patent in question unenforceable because of wrongful conduct by the patentee during prosecution. This article discusses a case in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit made it more difficult for defendants to use this tactic. Therasense, Inc. v. Becton, Dickinson and Co., Nos. 2008-1511, 2008-1512, 2008-1513, 2008-1514, 2008-1595, May 25, 2011 (Fed. Cir.) 1st Media, LLC v. Electronic Arts, Inc., No. 2010-1435, Sept. 13, 2012 (Fed. Cir.)

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