Jacob Wharton

Jacob Wharton

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

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Federal Circuit Confirms Laches Remains Available in Patent Infringement Actions

Laches is an equitable defense based on a plaintiff’s unreasonable delay in pursuing a claim. In 2014, the Supreme Court effectively eliminated the laches defense in copyright cases, ruling that the copyright statute allows...more

9/23/2015 - Copyright En Banc Review Ex Partes Reexamination Laches Limitation Periods Non-Practicing Entities PATENT Act Patent Infringement Patent Invalidity Patent Litigation Patents Petition For Rehearing Petrella v. MGM Prior Art SCOTUS

Is "New Vintage" On the Way Out?

The furniture business is constantly evolving. New trends come and go. Some stick around for a while, and some burn bright for what constitutes a fleeting second in the industry. The New Times reports that "New Vintage" is...more

8/3/2015 - Design Patent Furniture Industry Patents

Don't Name Your Furniture Store After A Grocery Store

On May 14, 2015, Aldi Inc., the grocery store chain, sued Aldis Furniture Inc. for contempt of a 2002 consent decree. See Aldi Inc. v. Aldsi Furniture Inc., et al., 2:15-cv-2696 (N.D. Ill.). The parties tussled before and...more

5/19/2015 - Grocery Stores Retailers Trademark Infringement Trademarks

Boyd Lighting's Steampunk Sconce Gets Stock Photo Archive Steamed

On December 16, 2014, Lived In Images, Inc. (d/b/a Hometica) sued Boyd Lighting Fixture Company for copyright infringement in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco Division)...more

12/17/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Photographs

Plugged-In Furniture - What's Past Is Prologue

As furniture becomes more and more tech-driven (e.g., USB ports, chargers, coolers, etc.) we can sometimes forget that claims to advancements in the basic sofa have been around for some time. Today's Westlaw's "Headnote of...more

10/8/2014 - Advertising False Advertising Furniture Industry Injunctions

Amini Sues Yuan Tai Enterprises - Again

Amini Innovation Corporation ("AICO") filed suit on June 30, 2014 in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (AICO's home court) again Yuan Tai Enterprises, Inc., a Texas corporation. The...more

7/8/2014 - Copyright Furniture Industry Infringement Manufacturers Patent Infringement Patents

NC Begins Work On Patent Troll Bill

Recently, a joint legislative committee sent a report to the North Carolina General Assembly that recommended passing an anti-troll bill during the legislature’s 2014 Short Session. A copy of the bill may be found here. The...more

4/29/2014 - Extortion Patent Infringement Patent Trolls Proposed Legislation

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