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Navigating Contractual Rights and Remedies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding Your Options for Relief and How to Minimize Liability.

By William Cory Spence, Michael McDonough, and Daniel Hess As we continue to live and work through the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are starting to feel the direct impact of fewer customers, tighter budgets, and strains on contractual obligations. During this time of uncertainty and fluidity, it is more important than ever to have a […]

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SpencePC Secures Denial of Motion to Dismiss on Section 101 Patent Eligibility Grounds in Northern District of Illinois Patent Infringement Lawsuit

On March 25, 2020, SpencePC client B*EIOR received a victory in its opposition to a FRCP 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim under 35 U.S.C. 101 when the Judge denied defendant Teradata’s motion. Plaintiff and client Tad Lepman of B*IEOR is pleased with the results and looks forward to a successful […]

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The Term ‘Inventor’ and its Growing Definition: Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on Inventorship

By: Gopal Gannamraj, AJ Wenn, and Alok Parikh Can artificial intelligence systems be treated as an inventor? If so, what ownership rights flow to the owner of the artificial intelligence system? As some of the biggest technology and pharmaceutical companies in the world continue to invest heavily into their artificial intelligence systems, the USPTO has […]

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Navigating Contractual Rights and Remedies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Doctrines All Businesses Should Consider

By: William Cory Spence, Michael McDonough & Daniel Hess Introduction Traditionally, it was nothing more than standard boilerplate contract language or a legal theory that bar exam students crammed into their heads at the last minute. But with the outbreak of COVID-19 the force majeure contract clause is seeing new light and becoming a hot […]

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Congratulations to William C. Spence on his Illinois Super Lawyer Status!

About William C. Spence As a trial lawyer and founding partner of SpencePC, William C. Spence assists both individual and business clients to obtain their best possible outcome in contentious legal matters. His extensive experience includes litigation, arbitration, and mediation involving a wide-range of intellectual property and complex commercial disputes. Click here to learn more […]

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SpencePC partners, William Spence and Jason Wejnert, accompanied by associate, Laura Shapiro, speak at the University of Chicago Law School

SpencePC partners, William Spence and Jason Wejnert, accompanied by associate, Laura Shapiro, recently spoke to students and faculty at the University of Chicago Law School. SpencePC presented a Lunch Talk on November 23rd discussing issues and recent changes in IP litigation around the world. The talk was focused on three major world markets: the United […]

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Patent Docket Report for November 29, 2019

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Docket Navigator put out a list of the most “Plaintiff Friendly” courts in the country. Check out Illinois, where 186 cases were won by the Patentee and 157 were won by the Patent Challenger, compared to other states on the list! To create this list, Docket Navigator looked at contested Outcomes in Patent Cases in […]

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SpencePC Welcomes Our Newest Associates

Please join SpencePC in welcoming Anthony Wenn, Gopal Gannamraj, and Laura Shapiro to our team of talented legal minds. Anthony “AJ” Wenn Associate AJ Wenn is an associate with SpencePC and is adept at counseling clients in all areas of intellectual property. In particular, he excels at prosecuting utility and design patent applications in the […]

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IPR Deadline Applies Even If Complaint Was Defective, Says PTO

See the original PDF Document here. 8/26/19 REUTERS LEGAL 11:04:19 REUTERS LEGAL Copyright (c) 2019 Thomson Reuters August 26, 2019 IPR deadline applies even if complaint was defective, says PTO Barbara Grzincic (Reuters) – The one-year clock for challenging a competitor’s patent under the America Invents Act starts to run when the challenger is served […]

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