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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

Will the Supreme Court Rein in Evasive Defendants? Equustek v Google Inc

The persistence of a small technology company in British Columbia may expand the options available in Canadian courts to enforce intellectual property rights....more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Not Violated Unless Plaintiff Shows Defendant Had Intent To Defraud

In a recent Computer Fraud and Abuse Act case, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s conclusion that the plaintiff had produced no evidence refuting the defendant’s contention that it honestly...more

Ownership of Social Media Accounts

It is becoming increasingly common for issues to arise relating to employer vs. employee ownership of a social media account and the names, addresses, etc. that go along with that account. Business-related social media...more

A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court

The NC Business Court's decision last month in Krawiec v. Manly, 2016 NCBC 7, illustrates a couple of things not to do in the Court. Don't Make "Aiding and Abetting" Claims - The Plaintiff made a claim against some...more

Texas Takes a Stance Against Patent Trolls

Since the U.S. Congress began implementing reforms to the patent system, states too have been considering measures to protect their residents and business from abusive patent litigation. While the federal government has...more

The Duty of Loyalty Awakens

If you’re a Star Wars fan, loyalty probably means waiting ten years for “The Force Awakens.” (Or even longer if you prefer not to count Episodes I-III). For an employee looking to leave her current employer, however, loyalty...more

Chancery Defers to Indian Corporation's Delaware Choice of Venue

In the absence of a prior-filed action in another forum, Delaware state courts will respect a plaintiff's Delaware choice of forum when faced with a forum non conveniens defense, except in the "rare case" where a defendant...more

Trademark Bully or Not?

Chrysler and Moab Industries LLC (“Moab”) have been battling over the Moab mark for years. Moab holds the federally registered trademark Moab Industries®. Its business involves customization or uplifting vehicles—primarily...more

Claims Are Construed Regarding Real-Time Location Technology

The patent relates to Real-Time Location systems for locating and identifying specific portable devices within an enclosure. The patented technology addresses decreased battery power consumption. The following terms are...more

District Court Denies Request for Finding of Exceptional Case Where Plaintiff Pursued and Lost Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Moblize contended that TDE Petroleum Data Solutions, Inc ("TDE") either knew or should have known that its motion for preliminary injunction was meritless and that it was brought for the improper purpose of harassing Moblize....more

District Court Denies Discovery Served Too Close to Discovery Cut-Off

Plaintiff filed a patent infringement action, alleging that Defendant B2B Supply and Defendant Jerrell P. Squyres (hereinafter "Defendants") infringed U.S. Patent No. 7,731,462 (the '462 patent). Toward the end of discovery,...more

Sometimes It Might Not Be Worth It To Appeal The Denial Of A Preliminary Injunction

I don't think that it was worth it for TSG to appeal Judge Murphy's Order denying its Motion for a Preliminary Injunction on a covenant not to compete. That's true even though an injunction (though not on the covenant) was...more

Canadian Court Nixes Class Action for Patent Abuse

The decision relates to an application to certify a proposed class action, commenced by a representative plaintiff, Britton Low, against various Pfizer companies, alleging that Pfizer unlawfully abused the patent system with...more

“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

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