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Timing is Everything: The District of Massachusetts Clarifies Local Rule

Caffeinate Labs, Inc. filed patent infringement and other unfair business practices claims against defendants Vante, Inc. and Alex Shlaferman. One claim alleged infringement of a design patent. The defendants moved to dismiss...more

Patent Judgments and Awards - Merck Ordered to Pay $14 Million in Attorneys’ Fees to Rival Gilead After a Patent Infringement...

by Knobbe Martens on

Merck Ordered to Pay $14 Million in Attorneys’ Fees to Rival Gilead After a Patent Infringement Trial Involving Hepatitis C Drugs - On July 14, 2017, in a stunning reversal of fortune, a federal court in San Jose, CA,...more

When Asserting Arbitration Provisions, Think Inside the Box

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to apply an arbitration provision to a dispute where the asserted claims were not within the scope of the contract containing the arbitration provision. Roof N Box,...more

“Ruff” Start for Defendant in Pet Ramp Patent Dispute

Judge Saylor of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently narrowed the counterclaims and affirmative defenses available to a defendant in a consumer products dispute. The decision highlights...more

Court Finds That Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Is Preempted By Trade Secrets Claim

by Winstead PC on

In Super Starr Int’l, LLC v. Fresh Tex Produce, LLC, a Texas entity that distributes produce throughout the United States filed suit against another Texas entity that imports foreign grown produce into the United States and...more

Graffiti Artists Tag Camuto Fashion House for Copyright Infringement

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Earlier this month, four Los Angeles-based graffiti artists, “Rime,” “Host18,” “Taboo” and “Reme” filed suit against the Vince Camuto fashion house and related entities alleging copyright infringement for “inexplicably...more

Tea Rose, Swiss Cheese and Slam Dunk Evidence of Infringement – The 9th Circuit Weighs in on Remote Geographic Trademark Users

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When two different companies adopt confusingly similar trademarks and use them in different parts of the United States, complications ensue. The adjudication of the respective rights of the parties will depend on the...more

Recent $455 Million Payment Reaffirms Certainty of International Arbitral Awards

One of the most often overlooked features of arbitration in the context of international commercial disputes is the certainty provided by a final award. Recently, Dow Agrosciences paid Bayer Cropscience more than $455 million...more

Non-Compete News – Third Circuit Says Tortious Interference with a Non-Compete Requires Actual Knowledge of the Agreement at Issue

by FordHarrison on

An employer hiring an individual known to be subject to a non-compete contract can expect to be accused of tortiously interfering with that contract. On the other hand, the hiring employer should be innocent of wrongdoing if...more

California Federal Court Finds CUTSA Preemption on Unfair Competition Claim in Uber Row

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Uber’s ongoing battle with Waymo in the Northern District of California federal court over technology used in self-driving cars provided another significant decision concerning the broad scope of trade secret preemption under...more

Master of Your Domain – ACPA Damages Sought by Greg LeMond

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

You might want to think twice before registering a domain name containing a competitor’s personal name or trademark. Three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond put his “pedal to the metal” recently, suing two Minnesota...more

Why having a clear understanding with employees is important

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Over the years, we have written a number of articles about the importance of making sure your employment documents contain clear, understandable language. One of our federal district judges was recently faced with an...more

Give a Man Cupcake Sushi, and He’ll Have Dessert for a Day; Teach a Man to Make Cupcake Sushi, and He’ll Rip You Off

Lori Shubert and her company, Cupcake Sushi, LLC, filed an interesting lawsuit against Santiago and his associates, doing business as Sushi Sweets, for patent infringement, trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade...more

Does Amgen Have Viable State Law Claims Against Sandoz Arising From The Zarxio Biosimilar Patent Dispute?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. (which you can read more about here), the Supreme Court held that 42 USC § 262(l)(9)(C) sets forth the exclusive federal remedy for failing to provide a copy of the biosimilar application to the...more

Court Of Chancery Addresses Material Adverse Change Clause In Commercial Contract

by Morris James LLP on

A material adverse change or effect clause permits a party to avoid its contractual obligations under certain circumstances. Delaware courts have addressed so-called “MAC” clauses in the merger agreement context on a number...more

The Federal Circuit Grapples With a Messy Breakup and Trademark Ownership

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provided important guidance on the standard applicable to resolving disputes over the rightful ownership of a trademark where the mark has been used by a group of...more

Emerging Issues In the Defend Trade Secrets Act’s Second Year

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

One year after its enactment, the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) continues to be one of the most significant and closely followed developments in trade secret law. The statute provides for a federal civil cause of action for...more

Court Holds That Fiduciary Duties Did Not Arise In A Licensing Transaction

by Winstead PC on

In Jacked Up, LLC v. Sara Lee Corp., Jacked Up entered into a licensing agreement whereby Sara Lee would produce and sell energy drinks developed by Jacked Up. No. 15-11019, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 7311 (5th Cir. April 25,...more

District of Delaware assigns four visiting judges to fill vacancies, tackle post-TC Heartland filings

by DLA Piper on

Effective immediately, four district court judges have been assigned to serve as visiting judges to assist with District of Delaware cases. On Friday, May 26, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware...more

Don’t “Hire” A Lawsuit: A New Employee’s Misappropriation of Trade Secrets May Quickly Become Your Own

by Fisher Phillips on

Companies commonly assume that they will only be sued for trade secret misappropriation if they or someone from their company steal the “secret sauce” of their competitor. Not true. A far more common way that companies get...more

Court Allows Trade-Secret Misappropriation Claim Based on Inevitable Disclosure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois allowed one company to sue its direct competitor for misappropriation of trade secrets based entirely on the improper taking of trade secrets...more

The SAP v. Diageo decision – a realistic approach to indirect access?

by Dentons on

Following the high court decision in the case of SAP UK Limited (SAP) v. Diageo Great Britain Ltd (Diageo), routine software arrangements many organisations have in place could become subject to significant additional costs....more

Amgen Sues Coherus Under BPCIA After Completing Patent Dance

On May 10, 2017, Amgen filed a complaint in the District of Delaware asserting that, under section 35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(2)(C)(i) of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (“BPCIA”), Coherus infringed Amgen’s U.S....more

When You Settle A Case, Don't "Over-Release" The Defendant

by Brooks Pierce on

The parties to Security Camera Warehouse, Inc. v. Bowman, 2017 NCBC 38, had been adverse to each other in a previous lawsuit (not in the Business Court), which they settled. Security Camera released Bowman, one of its former...more

Section 337 and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As shown by the recent announcement by the Trump Administration of a Section 232(b) national security review of steel imports, (a type of investigation that has not been used since 2001), there are a number of ways in which...more

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