Last Thursday, December 5, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309 (“the Innovation Act”), a patent reform bill generally directed to perceived patent litigation abuse by certain patent assertion entities (what some call “patent trolls”).  Prior draft versions of the House bill had gone through several revisions in the past few months (see our September

Yesterday the Fourth Circuit issued a decision in Jaffe v. Samsung, et al. regarding the preservation of existing U.S. patent licensing rights that various semiconductor companies had through cross-licensing with Qimonda AG, a German semiconductor manufacturer going through bankruptcy proceedings in Germany.  The decision does not state whether any standard essential patents (SEPs) were