Results for subject matter jurisdiction

Gunn v. Minton

Case Number: CLB0296

Date: 02.20.2013

The Court specified an inquiry for determining whether a state law case related to patents is “arising under” federal jurisdiction. Specifically, the patent issue disputed in the case must be substantial and capable of resolution in federal court without disturbing the federal-state balance approved by Congress.

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Hewlett-Packard Co. v. Acceleron LLC

Case Number: CLB0251

Date: 12.04.2009

A patent owner identifying its patent to another party with implicit assertions of the owner’s rights against the party may establish declaratory judgment jurisdiction, especially if patent owner is non-practicing entity.

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Innovative Therapies, Inc. v. Kinetic Concepts, Inc.

Case Number: CLB0252

Date: 04.01.2010

The Federal Circuit holds that representations to a third party that technological characteristics of a device are similar to an existing patented device and telephone conversations with uninformed, non-decisionmaking employees of the patentee do not create a controversy of sufficient immediacy to warrant declaratory jurisdiction.

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Micron Technology, Inc. v. MOSAID Technologies, Inc.

Case Number: CLB0183

Date: 02.29.2008

A court has subject matter jurisdiction for a declaratory judgment suit when a patent owner has pursued similar defendants in the past, has publicly stated that they have an aggressive licensing strategy, and has sent a warning letter to potential infringers.

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MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc.

Case Number: CLB0137

Date: 01.09.2007

A licensee is not required to break or terminate a license agreement to create an actual case or controversy prior to seeking declaratory judgment that a patent covered by the license agreement is unenforceable, invalid, or not infringed.

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Livorsi Marine Inc. v. Nordskog Publishing Inc.

Case Number: CLB0020

Date: 06.18.2003

Plaintiff’s action for declaratory judgment of noninfringement of defendants’ patent is dismissed for lack of justiciable controversy, since parties were engaged in licensing negotiations when plaintiff filed suit, and defendants’ correspondence with plaintiff did not create reasonable apprehension of infringement suit.

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