Robert Morris

Robert Morris

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Supreme Court Considers Impact of TTAB "Likelihood of Confusion" Finding on Trademark Infringement Litigation

On December 2, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc.. The question before the Supreme Court is how much deference, if any, a federal district court hearing...more

2/25/2015 - Aerospace Infringement Likelihood of Confusion Registration SCOTUS Trademark Infringement Trademark Litigation Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

Significant Legislation Affecting Business Passed by General Assembly

At the end of last week, the North Carolina General Assembly passed significant legislation affecting the State’s business legal climate. With large bipartisan majorities, the Legislature adopted Senate Bill 853 (SB 853),...more

8/6/2014 - Board of Directors Business Court Division Derivative Suit Financing Forum Selection Clause New Legislation Patent Trolls Patents Reorganizations Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

The North Carolina General Assembly Nears Passage of Significant Legislation Affecting Business

The North Carolina General Assembly is working on significant legislation affecting the state’s business legal climate. The Legislature is one vote away from adopting Senate Bill 853 (SB 853)[1], which is intended to improve...more

7/11/2014 - Patent Reform Patent Trolls Patents

Anti-Patent Troll Legislation Moves Forward in North Carolina

Just over a week into the new session of the North Carolina General Assembly, legislation aimed at the abusive assertion of patent infringement claims by “patent trolls” may be gaining traction, with a bill apparently headed...more

5/29/2014 - Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patent Trolls Patents Proposed Legislation

U.S. Supreme Court Relaxes Standard For Prevailing Parties To Recover Attorneys’ Fees In Patent Infringement Litigation

On April 29, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down two decisions that make it easier for prevailing parties to recover their attorneys’ fees in patent infringement cases. In Octane Fitness, LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness,...more

5/23/2014 - Attorney's Fees Brooks Furniture Highmark v. Allcare Octane Fitness v. ICON Patent Infringement Patent Litigation Patents SCOTUS

Fourth Circuit Clarifies the Role of the District Court in a Trademark Civil Action Following a Proceeding Before the Trademark...

On January 7, 2014, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals clarified that a district court must take a fresh look at all of the evidence – including evidence previously submitted to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) –...more

1/13/2014 - Trademark Litigation Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademarks

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