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U.S. Supreme Court Decides Cuozzo v. Lee: Upholds General Bar Against Appealing PTAB's Institution Decisions and Affirms Use of...

On June 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Cuozzo Speed Technologies v. Lee. The Supreme Court granted certiorari to consider two questions....more

Judge Briccetti Stays Patent Case Against a Customer Pending Resolution of Lawsuit Against Supplier

On June 3, 2016, District Judge Vincent L. Briccetti (S.D.N.Y.) stayed a patent infringement action brought by plaintiff Marine Travelift (“Marine”) against defendant K. Graefe & Sons Corp. (“Graefe”), pending the resolution...more

Amgen Appeals Ruling on Requirement to Produce Manufacturing Information for a Biosimilar Product under Amgen v. Sandoz

Amgen has appealed a partial denial of its motion to compel in Amgen v. Hospira, No. 15-cv-839, currently pending in the District of Delaware. The case, filed last September, concerns Hospira’s proposed biosimilar of Amgen’s...more

Intellectual Property Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., No. 15-375, that it is appropriate for a court to give substantial weight to the reasonableness of a losing party’s position when...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. — U.S. Supreme...

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued an unanimous decision in companion cases Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc., which rejected the Federal Circuit’s rigid, two-part test for...more

KitNipBox Sues Meowbox for Allegedly Hacking Website and Stealing Trade Secrets

Cat product service provider KitNipBox sued rival Meowbox in federal court in Washington alleging that Meowbox hacked into KitNipBox’s website to steal its trade secrets and confidential information and to disrupt its...more

When Is Internet Speech Protected Petitioning Activity? Federal Court Grants Anti-SLAPP Motion In FIRE CIDER Trademark Suit

On May 12, 2016, the District of Massachusetts held that that an online campaign in support of the cancellation of a registered trademark (FIRE CIDER) was protected petitioning activity, even though the campaign was organized...more

New EU Trade Secrets Directive Formally Adopted

The new EU Trade Secrets Directive aims to harmonise the protection of trade secrets across all EU Member States. The reform seeks to give businesses greater confidence in sharing trade secrets across multiple Member States...more

CardiAQ Wins $70 Million in Trade Secrets Suit

A federal jury found in favor of CardiAQ in a lawsuit filed against former service provider, Neovasc. The jury found that Neovasc breached the non-disclosure agreement between the parties, misappropriated CardiAQ’s trade...more

Comparing the Defend Trade Secrets Act and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

As we have previously discussed on the blog, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law on May 11, 2016. Fortunately, while the law has many new components that businesses need to consider, parts of...more

Three Cheers for Copyright

For over 40 years, Varsity Spirit has been in the business of bringing cheer to cheerleaders worldwide with its colorful and customizable uniforms. Competitor Star Athletica came on the scene in 2010 and shortly thereafter...more

Merck & Cie v. Watson Laboratories, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2016)

The Federal Circuit had the occasion to revisit the proper application of the on-sale bar under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) in ANDA litigation over claim 4 of U.S. Patent No. 6,441,168, which reads...more

Is It a Clean Fight?

It is no wonder that two companies manufacturing detergents would want to use the word “clean” for their products and brand. The Dial Corporation (“Dial”) owns the federally registered trademark PURECLEAN that it used to...more

Business Litigation Report - April 2016

Historic Mandamus Petition May Reduce Size of E.D. Tex. Patent Docket: In re TC Heartland LLC, Case No. 16-105 (Fed Cir. 2015) - Almost half the new patent cases filed in the 94 federal judicial districts in the United...more

Trademark Lessons for New Businesses from a Lawsuit Against a Colorado Juice Bar

It is a big, exciting, and dangerous risk to start a new business. There were approximately 400,000 in 2014 (continuing a recent downward trend, according to Gallup). Most entrepreneurs know that the odds are stacked against...more

Advertising Law - April 2016 #3

SPECIAL FOCUS: #Twitter at Ten: Ten Times Twitter Made Ad Law History - Ten years ago the world was introduced to Twitter, a microblogging site offering users the chance to express themselves just 140 characters at a...more

When the Best Defense is a Federal Cause of Action: Trade Secret Owners May Soon Have a Federal Cause of Action for Trade Secret...

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed bill S. 1890, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). If enacted, the DTSA will create a federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation, providing...more

Judge Restricts Research Into Potential Jurors

The Federal Judge assigned to the copyright lawsuit Google Inc. against Oracle Corporation had taken a traditional approach in jury selection. U.S. District Judge William Alrup rejected the proposed jury questionnaire,...more

Business Litigation Report - March 2016

How Major Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Will Impact Business Litigation - The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure govern all civil litigation in the federal courts. Recent major amendments to these...more

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Creating A Civil Cause Action in Federal Court for Trade Secret Misappropriation

The U.S. Senate passed on a unanimous 87-0 vote the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 late Monday. The bill will create a civil cause of action in federal court for trade secret misappropriation and provide remedies that...more

If the Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law, How Will it Affect Trade Secrets in Arizona?

If enacted, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) could change how some trade secret misappropriation claims are litigated in Arizona. Trade secret plaintiffs generally must bring claims for misappropriation in state...more

Patent Troll Watch - States Are Pushing Patent Trolls Away from the Legal Line

Oregon enacts statute to make improper patent license demands a violation of its unlawful trade practices law - In March 2013, Senate Bill 1540 was signed into law by the governor of Oregon. The law makes patent...more

Second Circuit Tosses Out Time-Barred Copyright Claims Against Jay Z

Last month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a New York judge’s decision to dismiss federal copyright and state tort law claims alleged against the hip-hop icon, Jay Z, and his affiliated companies. Mahan v. ROC...more

The Gloves Are Off: Competing Biopics Battle For Hollywood Purse

Hollywood’s heavy-hitters often enter the ring over unauthorized biographies. Elizabeth Taylor famously invoked her rights of publicity and privacy in an attempt to shut down an unofficial docudrama about her life; Clint...more

CBM Review Not a Venue for Review of Contractual and Tortious Disputes (Ocean Tomo, LLC v. PatentRatings, LLC)

Addressing the issue of standing, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) denied institution of a covered business method (CBM) patent review, finding that the petitioner failed to show sufficient proof...more

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