Following up on Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., from our firm Fall 2018 Newsletter article, on June 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the judgment of the U.S.
On October 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari, in part, to review Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Service, et al. The question before the Supreme Court is whether the government is a ‘person’ who may petition to institute review proceedings under the 2011 America Invents Act (“AIA”).
On January 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Iancu v. Brunetti. On appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”), the Supreme Court will answer the question of whether § 2(a) of the Lanham Trademark Act (“§ 2(a)”), which prohibits the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks (“scandalous provsion”), is a violation of the First Amendment’s free speech clause.
On October 26, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC. The question before the Supreme Court is whether, under 11 U.S.C. § 365 (“§ 365”) of the Bankruptcy Code, a debtor’s rejection of a license agreement terminates the obligations of the agreement, including the loss of a trademark license.