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Susan Smigielski Acker

Freelance Journalist

Susan Smigielski Acker is a freelance journalist and editor with more than 25 years of experience. She has reported on multiple subjects including parenting, business, the arts and so much more. She is a proud second-generation Polish-American and a first-generation college graduate from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Susan and her husband, Scott, reside in Newport News, Virginia, with their cat, Astrid. They have two grown children.

Recent Articles by Susan Smigielski Acker

CAFC Dismisses Bid for PREP Act Protection Due to Lack of Jurisdiction Under Collateral Order Doctrine

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday, May 14, in a precedential opinion, dismissed an appeal by Puritan Medical Products of a district court denial of its partial motion to dismiss a patent infringement case brought by Copan Italia S.p.A and Copan Diagnostics Inc. The case involved “flocked” swabs “for collecting biological specimens.” The claims cover “a rod [with] a tip covered with fiber with hydrophilic properties” that can absorb biological specimens.  Copan holds several patents on flocked swabs and methods of using them.

CAFC Reverses Dismissal of Declaratory Judgment Suit Linked to Amazon’s APEX Program

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) reversed a district court’s decision in Snaprays (dba SnapPower), v. Light Defense Group (LDG) on May 2, finding that Lighting Defense Group (LDG) purposefully directed extra-judicial patent enforcement activities at SnapPower in Utah. The opinion was authored by CAFC Chief Judge Moore.