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Fifth Circuit Revisits Copyright Preemption of Trade Secret Law

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently revisited the issue of the Copyright Law preemption of trade secrets claims in Spear Marketing, Inc. v. Bancorpsouth Bank. The decision not only resolved the...more

Tory Burch Protects Her Brand

The barrage of counterfeit jewelry products bearing the “Isis Cross” will cease! After more than two years of battling with counterfeiters, Tory Burch, LLC and its subsidiary (“Tory Burch”) secured a $41 million judgment and...more

If You Have Confidential Information, Keep It Confidential!

I’ve been involved in many cases where it is alleged that someone violated his or her non-compete agreement or misappropriated the company’s confidential information or trade secrets. Often, the key issue has been not what...more

IP Law Tracker Docket Review

Each month, we review significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan. Below is the...more

ITC Sheds Light on Economic Prong of Domestic Industry Under Subsection 337(a)(3)(C) and Issues General Exclusion Order

On June 26, 2015, the ITC handed down its Commission Opinion in Certain Loom Kits for Creating Linked Articles, Inv. No. 337-TA-923, Comm’n Op. (Feb. 3, 2015) (hereinafter “Loom Kits ”), granting a general exclusion order. ...more

Reforming Trade Secret Protections in Japan

Theft of corporate trade secrets continues to dominate the headlines as news abounds of stories ranging from crippling cyber-attacks exposing confidential data to employees stealing trade secrets to share with competitors. ...more

King Drug Co. of Florence, Inc. v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. (3rd Cir. 2015)

Ever since the Supreme Court's decision in FTC v. Actavis in 2013, courts (predominantly district courts) have grappled with the scope of the decision. It was evident that the presence of a large cash payment from the...more

One Step Closer: European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee Approves Trade Secret Directive

As Trade Secrets Watch has previously reported, new rules regarding the protection of trade secrets are on the horizon for the European Union. In November 2013, the European Commission announced a proposed Directive on trade...more

Has the Supreme Court signaled the end of invalidity opinion letters?

On May 26, 2015, in the case of Commil USA, LLC v. CISCO Systems, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court answered the question of whether a good-faith belief that a patent is invalid shields a party from committing induced...more

G.D. Searle LLC v. Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Over seven years ago, the Federal Circuit delivered a mixed ruling against Pfizer in litigation against Teva) relating to the pain medication Celebrex® (celocoxib) (where "celocoxib" is...more

State Law Claims Suffer “Awfully Big Adventure”: New York Court Finds Federal Copyright Preemption in Dispute over Peter Pan...

On June 8, 2015, the New York County Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice eight of twelve state law claims brought by a producer seeking damages for the purportedly unauthorized use of his music in a world-wide production...more

Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

1. Background - In 2006, Akamai Technologies ("Akamai") sued Limelight Networks, Inc. ("Limelight") in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,108,703. The...more

May Court Decision Round-Up

Nedschroef Detroit Corp. v. Bemas Ents. LLC, Case No. 14-10095, 2015 WL 2453511 (E.D. Mich. May 22, 2015). U.S. District Judge Linda V. Parker granted summary judgment in favor of plaintiff Nedschroef Detroit Corp...more

Federal Judge Permits MPHJ’s Suit Challenging Vermont’s Bad Faith Patent Demand Letter Law To Proceed

We previously discussed the Vermont attorney general’s enforcement action against MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC, a non-practicing entity that has recently been the subject of regulatory scrutiny. The attorney general’s...more

Counts v. Meriwether - USDC, C.D. California, June 12, 2015

District court dismisses breach of contract and conversion claims in lawsuit brought by two screenwriters who alleged defendants used script to create television series "New Girl," holding breach of contract claim was...more

Retailer Permitted to Sell Existing Inventory after Preliminary Injunction Issued against Manufacturer

After the plaintiff Cordelia Lighting, Inc. ("Cordelia") obtained a preliminary injunction against Zhejiang Yankon Grp. ("Yankon"), Cordelia sought to add certain retailers to the injunction. Cordelia owns U.S. Patent No....more

IKEA Wins in pimpmyikea.com and Thirty Other Domain Name Challenges

Ikea Systems BV of the Netherlands filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the transfer of multiple domain names registered by Michael Herman, an individual located in North Carolina. These domains...more

Connecticut Court Possesses Personal Jurisdiction Over “Demonologist” Publisher

In the District of Connecticut, an out of state publisher with no alleged direct contacts with Connecticut recently lost its bid to have a case against it dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction. Gerald Brittle sued...more

[Webinar] How and Why California is Different When it Comes to Trade Secrets and Non-Competes - June 23, 1:00 EDT

Seyfarth attorneys will present the fifth installment in our 2015 Trade Secrets Webinar Series. They will focus on recent legal developments in California trade secret and non-compete law and how it is similar to and diverse...more

Still Can’t Search This: B.C. Court of Appeal Affirms Global Restraining Order Against Google

In 2014, the B.C. Supreme Court ordered Google Inc. (Google) and Google Canada Corporation (Google Canada) to remove all of a company’s websites from its search results. As we noted in our June 2014 Blakes Bulletin: Can’t...more

Competing After Employment (Part 2)

A few weeks ago, Jawbone, a fitness tracking hardware and software maker, sued its arch-rival Fitbit, alleging that Fitbit lured its employees away to obtain access Jawbone’s confidential information and product plans. How...more

[Webinar] Cyber Threats and the Crown Jewels: Practical Steps to Protect Corporate Assets - June 24, 9 a.m. EDT

Information security is a growing concern for companies and legal teams around the world. The rising tide of cybersecurity issues and insider threats pose great risks to a company’s crown jewels: its intellectual property....more

Things You Can’t Un-See … Such As Trade Secrets

A federal appeals court has ruled that “features and functions” of software programs are not trade secrets, particularly when those with access are not required to sign confidentiality agreements. This ruling reinforces the...more

Wood Laminate Flooring Design “Not a Slavish Copy of Nature” - Home Legend, LLC v. Mannington Mills, Inc.

Addressing the copyrightability of a laminate flooring design depicting maple planks, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit held that the design was copyright eligible and reversed the district court’s grant of...more

Party Over for Claimed Mardi Gras Bead Dog Trademarks - Nola Spice Designs, L.L.C. v. Haydel Enterprises, Inc., et. al.

Addressing issues of trademark validity and substantial similarity in a copyright infringement claim, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a district court’s grant of summary judgment that the challenged...more

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