New Range and Numerical Search Filters Home in on Relevant Results

Docket Alarm is excited to announce new search features that make finding relevant cases easier than ever before.

Range and numerical filters allow you to search by specifying ranges of the number of parties, firms, or attorneys involved in a case. These filters function the same way as other filters by paring down results to only the most relevant.

For example, you can use a numerical range filter to find large class action lawsuits using the party number filter.
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SCOTUS Patent Cases to Know for 2017


As we approach the end of 2016, it’s a good time to look ahead to the cases that may have a significant impact on patent law in the coming year. Here is a preview of some of the important patent decisions on the Supreme Court’s docket for 2017.


Over the last 15 years, the Federal Circuit has continued to expand the scope of the extraterritorial effect of U.S. patent law.
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SCOTUS Sides With Samsung

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruledon Tuesday in favor of Samsung in their ongoing case against Apple over design patent damages. The Court’s decision reversed an earlier ruling by the Federal Circuit that awarded Apple $399 million in damages.

The central argument in the case was over the language of 35 U.S.C. §289, which stated that a defendant found infringing on a patented “article of manufacture” was “liable to the owner to the extent of his total profit.” See Samsung Electronics Co. v. Apple Inc., 580 U.S. ___ (2016).

The court held that the term “article of manufacture” should not necessarily be construed to mean only an end product sold to consumers, but could also be construed more broadly to mean infringing components of a product.
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Hacking Case of the Century: Silk Road Appeal

On October 6, 2016, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear oral arguments in the biggest hacking case of the century, United States v.Ulbricht. Ross William Ulbricht is appealing the life sentence he is currently serving after a jury convicted himon seven charges, including money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, conspiracy to traffic fraudulent identity documents, and procuring murder.

Ulbricht, also known by his alias, the Dread Pirate Roberts, is the former ringleader of the now defunct Silk Road.
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New Partnership with Zapier, Integrating U.S. Court Data with Over 500 Applications

Docket Alarm has announced a new partnership with data-sharing platform, Zapier. With this partnership, Docket Alarm members will be able to access U.S. court data from over 500 different apps, opening a world of exciting integration possibilities.

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How to Read Your Judge's Mind in the PTAB


Attorney in the PTAB? Do you wish you could know ahead of time whether your judge was likely to institute your petition, grant your motion, or rule in your favor?

Short of your reading your judge’s thoughts, the next best thing is Docket Alarm’s Analytics Platform for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
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Five Strategies for Conducting Better Docket Research


Docket Alarm gives attorneys the ability to take their docket research to the next level. With a suite of tools that streamlines your search process and maximizes your results, Docket Alarm makes legal research more accurate and relevant than ever before. Here are five ways attorneys can use Docket Alarm to conduct better docket research.

1. Search Across All of PACER

Instead of searching individual databases, use Docket Alarm to search all of PACERat once. Docket Alarm searches all federal court cases simultaneously.
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FTC Cracking Down on Drug Manufacturers' "Pay-for-Delay" Practices

On March 30th, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against drug manufacturer Endo Pharmaceuticals, alleging that Endo is paying generic drug manufacturers in order to delay the release of lower cost generic versions of their drugs, Opana ER and Lidoderm.

Generic drugs come to market when the patents on name brand drugs expire.
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Infographic Shows PTAB's Effect on Hatch-Waxman Litigation

Docket Alarm is excited to announce the release of a new report: “Big Pharma and the Legal Industry: Docket Alarm’s Guide to Orange Book Patent Analytics”.

The report, presented in a visually engaging infographic, breaks down how the relatively new Patent Trial and Appeal Board is reshaping Hatch-Waxman litigation. Attorneys can see statistics on everything from the trajectory of Orange Book patents at the PTAB to the top players in the field.


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Docket Alarm is the only research platform that offers patent practitioners a complete PTAB research and analytics platform featuring Orange Book patents engaged in litigation.
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Apple v. Samsung is SCOTUS's First Design Patent Case in 122 Years


The Supreme Court announced Monday that it would agree to hear part of an appeal filed by Samsung seeking to overturn a $548 million damages award granted to Apple last year. Aside from finally closing the door on this five-year saga between Apple and Samsung, SCOTUS’s decision is newsworthy because it’s the first case before the Court involving design patents since 1894. See Dunlop v. Schofield, 152 U.S. 244 (1894).

The Court agreed to hear arguments regarding whether Samsung is liable for all profits from the sale of phones that infringed on Apple’s design patents, totaling $399 million dollars, or whether they are liable only for the portion of those profits attributable to the role those protected design elements played in actual phone sales.
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RFC Express May be Gone, but Look to Docket Alarm for a Replacement


RFC Express was, until recently, a well-known IP litigation alert provider that offered easy access to case alerts at a reasonable rate. Unfortunately, the service has appeared to have shuttered its doors. Many users stopped receiving case alerts without warning.

Fortunately, former RFC Express users are not left without options. Docket Alarm can meet all of their research needs and much more.

Blazing Fast Alerts Over a Comprehensive Database

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New Search Interface Brings Litigation Analytics to Your Fingertips


Docket Alarm is excited to announce the release of its new search interface.

By integrating useful tools like one-click analytics and automatic case citation directly into your list of search results, the new interface makes legal research easier than ever before. Streamlined and simplified, the new interface also provides attorneys with a more user-friendly experience and significantly faster loading times.

One-Click Analytics

One of the most innovative features of Docket Alarm is the ability to see analytics related to parties, judges, and law firms in PTAB cases.
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The Turning Tide Against Patent Owners

So called "patent trolls" have been all over the news, and with good reason— these entities pose significant risks to the hi-tech industry. But a new tribunal has been shown to be effective at thwarting patent trolls and other overly aggressive patent owners.

Patent trolls are companies that attempt to monetize patents through litigation, with no interest in commercializing a product or advancing the state-of-the-art. Litigation initiated by patent trolls is expensive; just the threat can force a settlement.

With the passage of the America Invents Act ("AIA"), a new tribunal called the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, or "PTAB", was created as an efficient and cost effective means of invalidating patents. + Continue Reading

Are You Following the FitBit v. Jawbone ITC Investigations?


San Francisco-based activity tracker startup, Fitbit, Inc., filed a complaint on November 2 with the ITC, requesting an investigation in the importation and sale of activity tracking devices by AliphCom, more commonly known as Jawbone, and BodyMedia, Inc. Fitbit alleges these devices, which included Jawbone’s “UP” product line and the “UP” App, infringe on claims in three of its patents.

The ITC is well known to be a fast-moving patent venue.While thedocket might indicate that not muchhas happened since the case was filed in November, in the next three months, an important substantive hearing (claim construction) will be in April 2016 and a final decision from the judge is due in less than a year.To receive the latest developments as FitBit’s ITC investigation unfolds, attorneys can setup tracking with Docket Alarm forthis docketto receive email alerts.
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Orange Book Litigators: Finally Research Tools Just for You

Docket Alarm is pleased to announce the first legal research platform to provide Orange Book litigators a suite of tools for their practice. The features include the ability to track changes to the Orange Book and related litigation, search correspondence between drug companies and the FDA, and analytics on Orange Book cases in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).
What is the Orange Book?

The “Orange Book,” published since 1980, is the authoritative resource on FDA approved drugs for patent litigators.
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