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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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