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Hatch Hints At Changes To Patent Law

A Look Forward on Patent Reform, Senator Orrin Hatch, October 2, 2017 - Patent law reform legislation reminds us of a horror movie zombie: it’s never truly dead. A recent post from Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is the latest...more

Christmas Comes Early for “Useful Article” Copyright Holder

Order Denying Motion and Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment, Jetmax Ltd. v. Big Lots, Inc. et al., 15-cv-9597 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 28, 2017) (Judge Katherine Forrest) Tricky questions can arise when a person or company attempts...more

Step Aside! Trade Secret Preemption of Other Claims

Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion to Dismiss, Henry Schein, Inc. v. Cook, et al., 16-cv-03166-JST (Judge Jon Tigar) - One purpose of the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“CUTSA”) is to preempt and...more

“Use in Commerce”: Look Before You Leap

Order Granting Motion to Dismiss, With Leave to Amend, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, LLC, et al. v. Treasury Wine Estates Americas Co., 16-cv-04922-RS (Judge Richard Seeborg) - Plaintiffs in trademark cases may be tempted to...more

Daubert Exclusion for Double Counting

Order Granting in Part Daubert Motion, Finjan, Inc. v. Sophos, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-1197 (Judge William Orrick) - Yogi Berra once said that “baseball is 90% mental; the other half is physical.” The humor in this...more

Defendants in Default: Motions for Default Judgment Must Demonstrate Infringement

Order Staying Case In Part And Denying Motion For Default Judgement Without Prejudice. e. Digital Corp. v. Ivideon LLC, et al. Case No. 15-cv-00691-JST (Judge Jon S. Tigar) - In a recent opinion, Judge Jon Tigar sua...more

Judge Koh Nominated for Ninth Circuit

We here at the blog would like to congratulate Judge Lucy Koh for being nominated by President Obama to sit on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A press release from the White House stated that “Judge Lucy Haeran Koh has...more

A Purr-fect Opinion on Copyright Registrations

Order Granting Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss, Epikhin et al. v. Game Insight N.A., et al., 5:14-cv-4383 (Judge Lucy Koh) - Cat videos are one of the most popular types of user-uploaded Internet videos. It is...more

Fruitful Harvest of Attorneys’ Fees and Sanctions for Farmville Creator Zynga

Order Granting Motion for Attorneys’ Fees: Granting Motion in Part for Sanctions, Segan LLC v. Zynga Inc., Case No. 14-cv-01315-VC (Judge Vince Chhabria) - We previously reported on the Segan v. Zynga case when Judge...more

Ninth Circuit Requires Fair Use Evaluation Before Issuing DMCA Take-Down Notices

In a highly anticipated opinion in the so-called "Dancing Babies" case, the Ninth Circuit clarified this week the steps under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") that copyright holders must take before issuing a...more

Too Much Knowledge Almost Became A Bad Thing: Court Overrules Objection to Choice of Expert Witness

Order Overruling Objection to Nistica’s Choice of Expert Witness, Finisar Corporation v. Nistica, Inc., 13-cv-03345-BLF-JSC (Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Corley) - Fans of spy thrillers know that it can be dangerous to...more

No Bond for You: Patentee Not Entitled to Bond or Preliminary Injunction While Case Stayed Pending IPR

Order Granting Motion to Stay, Security People, Inc. v. Ojmar US, LLC, 14-cv-04968 (Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr.) - A recent opinion analyzes what relief, if any, a patentee is entitled to when its District Court case is...more

Magistrate Judge Grewal Wrestles with Kessler

Report and Recommendation Denying Motion For Judgment On the Pleadings, Technology Properties Limited LLC v. Barnes & Noble, 3:12-cv-03863-VC (Magistrate Judge Grewal) - “Talk up anyone in the patent litigation...more

When a Picture is Not Enough: Specificity of Infringement Contentions

Order Requiring Parties to Meet and Confer Regarding Infringement Contentions, Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. v. Silergy Corporation, et al., 14-cv-01745 (Magistrate Judge Westmore) - The cliché that “a picture is...more

“And One”: Stricken Infringement Contentions Warrant Dismissal And Judgment of Non-Infringement

Order Entering Judgment, Blue Spike LLC v. Adobe Systems, Inc., 14-cv-01647 (Judge Yvonne Gonzales-Rogers) - Bay Area fans of the red-hot Golden State Warriors are familiar with basketball’s “and one” rule: if a player...more

Game Over: Plain and Ordinary Construction Results in Summary Judgment

Claim Construction Order and Order Granting Summary Judgment, Segan LLC v. Zynga Inc., 14-cv-01315 (Judge Vince Chhabria) - It is ordinary in patent cases for the patentee to ascribe “plain and ordinary” meaning to...more

Ruling in Eastern District of Texas Sets the Stage for the Federal Circuit to Revisit Fresenius v. Baxter

Versata Software, Inc. et al. v. SAP America, Inc. et al., Case No. 2:07cv153-RSP (E.D. Tex.) - Versata v. SAP has been a dispute that the patent bar has followed with interest because it spawned the very first Covered...more

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