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“Reasonable Suspicion” of Trade Secret Misappropriation Isn’t Always Enough

Though an employer may be eager to bring a trade secret claim against former employees as soon as possible, filing suit before properly vetting the claim can lead to serious consequences: a malicious prosecution case against...more

Is a New Standard for Enhanced Damages in Patent Infringement on the Horizon?

The Supreme Court of the United States has recently announced that they will be reviewing the standard for willful patent infringement in two cases currently on appeal from the Federal Circuit: Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse...more

Employees and “Authorized Access”: A Threat from Within?

Workplace privacy has become an increasingly challenging issue for employees and employers alike. With technological advancements, employers have enhanced visibility into employee behavior including their use of company...more

Major Verdict Shows the Power of Per Se Theories

How much is a per se theory under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 worth? According to a recent verdict in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, it’s worth 52.7 million dollars (plus, no doubt, a big...more

After Granting Motion for Summary Judgment on Issue of Non-Infringement, District Court Orders Parties to Proceed to Bench Trial...

The District Court granted Transcend's motion for summary judgment on the issue of non-infringement and denied the patent owner's, Glaukos', motion on the issue of inequitable conduct. The District Court then set a bench...more

Eight Days Late, and an Exercise of Discretion Short — PTAB Refuses to Conform to an IPR Settlement

35 U.S.C. § 317(a) states that “an inter partes review … shall be terminated with respect to any petitioner upon the joint request of the petitioner and the patent owner, unless the Office has decided the merits of the...more

Beaulieu Group Floored by Competitor Mohawk’s Application and Use of New Mark for Residential Carpet

On September 30, 2015, Beaulieu Group, LLC (“Beaulieu”), a Georgia Corporation, brought a trademark infringement action against Mohawk Carpet Distribution, Inc. (“Mohawk”), a Delaware corporation with a principal place of...more

It Can Be A Tough Road For Trade Secrets Plaintiffs In The NC Business Court

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that litigating a trade secrets case in the Business Court can be tough. Last year, the Court barred a plaintiff from engaging in any discovery at all until it identified...more

Utah Supreme Court Lays Out Pro-Plaintiff Presumption of Harm Standard in Trade Secret Cases

The Utah Supreme Court recently issued a significant decision laying out a presumption of harm evidentiary standard in trade secret cases, which will be very useful for plaintiffs seeking injunctive relief in cases involving...more

Dueling Dumpling Trade Secret Dispute Heads to District Court

For Dumpling Daughter and its newly opened rival Dumpling Girl, things are heating up in the kitchen and the courtroom, as reported by the Boston Globe, after the former filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boston asserting a...more

Leading Cases on Chapter 93A

Nearly all business disputes in Massachusetts are governed by Chapter 93A. The winning plaintiff under Chapter 93A is entitled to an automatic award of its attorney's fees, and may be awarded up to three times its actual...more

Claims Are Construed In Pharma Case

Orexo AB, et al. v. Actavis Elizabeth LLC, C.A. No. 14-829 – LPS, October 6, 2015. Stark, C. J. Claim construction opinion issues regarding four terms from two patents. ...more

[Webinar] Protecting Company Relationships and Information Upon an Employee Departure - Oct. 14th, 1:00pm EST

Learn how your company can prepare to act quickly and strategically to protect important relationships, information and trade secrets at the time that a key employee leaves. This session will review the latest developments in...more

Hi-Tech Accuses Dynamic of Trademark Infringement and False Claims of Steroid Powered Products

On September 28, 2015, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Hi-Tech”), a Georgia corporation, brought a trademark infringement action against Dynamic Sports Nutrition, LLC d/b/a Anabolic Research (“Dynamic”), and Brian Clapp...more

Turf Wars: District Court Permits Expert to Use Replicas of Athletic Fields in Front of Jury

The plaintiffs, Fieldturf USA and Tarkett Inc. (collectively, "Fieldturf") filed a patent infringement action against Astroturf LLC ("Astroturf"). In defense, Astroturf intended to present expert testimony on anticipation...more

PTAB Denies Sanctions Against Bass

On Friday September 25, the PTAB issued its decision on Celgene’s sanctions motions seeking dismissal of five IPRs filed by Kyle Bass and his hedge fund Coalition for Affordable Drugs VI. In June, Celgene filed sanctions...more

Blog: Protecting Your Brand Online with URS and UDRP

If you discover someone making impermissible use of your trade mark in a domain name, the chances are you will need to, and will want to, take action to regain control of your trade mark. The form of the action you take will...more

Georgia Court Holds Coverage Triggered for Product Disparagement Claim

In its recent decision in Foliar Nutrients v. Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125528 (M.D. Ga. Sept. 21, 2015), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia had occasion to...more

Adidas Means Business: Sues Skechers for Copycat Sneakers

Just coming off the heels of the lawsuit it filed against Marc by Marc Jacobs on April 8, 2015, adidas America, Inc., adidas AG, and adidas International Marketing B.V. (collectively, “adidas”) filed suit against Skechers...more

Is Tiffany’s Major Victory Short-Lived?

On September 8, Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled on summary judgment that Costco Wholesale Corp. had willfully infringed Tiffany & Co.’s trademark by selling engagement rings using the Tiffany name. Frankly, the infringement...more

Lego Adds a “Brick” to its Enforcement Strategy

The Danish Lego Group is no stranger to trademark disputes. Understandably, Lego enforces its rights in the LEGO mark against third-parties who use LEGO without their permission. Lego also claims trade dress rights in product...more

Betwixt and Between: Finding Specificity in Trade Secret Misappropriation Cases

Trade secret misappropriation cases create a unique problem for courts. The parties become quickly embroiled in litigation over the misappropriation of trade secrets, sometimes with only bare-bone allegations of those trade...more

District Court Denies Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction Where Plaintiff Sent ANDA Notice Letter

Defendants, Nang Kuang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. ("Nang Kuang") and CANDA NX-2, LLC ("CANDA") (collectively, "Defendants") filed a motion to dismiss, asserting that the patent infringement action filed by Plaintiffs, Eli Lilly...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - August 2015

The Dow Chemical Company v. Nova Chemicals Corporation (No. 2014-1431, -1462, 8/28/15) (Prost, Dyk, Wallach). Dyk, J. Reversing award of supplemental damages. "We hold that the intervening change in the law of...more

Latest Update on Federal Trade Secrets Legislation

With increased activity regarding proposed federal trade secrets legislation expected next month and for the remainder of the fall Congressional session, Seyfarth Shaw’s dedicated Trade Secrets/Non-Compete group has created a...more

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