Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021

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On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the annual defense spending bill, was signed into law.  Focused on COVID-19 relief and funding the federal government operations, there are also several IP-related authorizations approved in the bill itself. First, the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (CASE Act) creates a …

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Fed Circuit Watch: Every Limitation Required for Infringement-by-Manufacture

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In FastShip, LLC v. United States,[1] the patented Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) was allegedly infringed.  This case is interesting, in part because the defendant was the U.S. Government, and it is a patent infringement suit which arrived to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by way of the Court of Federal Claims (CFC).  …

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