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Defend Trade Secrets Act Passes House, Moves to President for Signature

One week after the House Judiciary Committee unanimously reported the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 to the House floor, the full House approved the bill, 410-2. The two no votes were from tea party Republicans, Rep....more

Restrictive Covenants: Do Yours Meet a Changing Landscape?

Restrictive covenants are an important tool for businesses concerned about the protection of their confidential business information and the costs of employee training and turnover. When properly crafted and utilized,...more

Who Should Own a Trademark Registration? The Case of the Not-So-Related Parent Company

A recent precedential Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision provides valuable guidance on the proper allocation of trademark registration ownership as between a corporate parent and a subsidiary, highlighting the perils...more

Quirky Question # 276: Ex-Employees Gone Rogue

Question: Our company utilizes confidentiality agreements to try to protect our confidential and proprietary information. One of our former sales employees recently left us to work for a competing company. We have evidence...more

Medical Software Company Wins $940 Million in Trade Secret Case

A jury recently awarded Epic Systems Corporation (“Epic”), a medical software company, $940 million in damages in a case against Tata Consultancy Services Limited (“Tata”) involving theft of Epic’s trade secrets and...more

Covenant Not to Sue Insufficient to Warrant Dismissal of Counterclaims Where Covenant Contained Reservation of Rights

The plaintiff filed a motion to dismiss the defendants' patent invalidity counterclaims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. Rule 12(b)(1) because the plaintiff withdrew its patent infringement...more

Foundation for the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan v. Alcon Entertainment (N.D. Georgia, March 23, 2016)

Rarely does one think of copyright issues surrounding how research is conducted for feature films that are based on real life events, but 54 Sudanese refugees are forging that new connection between research and copyright in...more

Skidmore v. Led Zeppelin - USDC, C.D. California, April 8, 2016

In copyright infringement action over iconic Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven” filed more than 40 years after song was first released, district court partially denies defendants’ motion for summary judgment, allowing...more

Three Point Shot - March 2016

California Court to PGA Tour Caddies: You'll Get Nothing and Like It! As the full swing of the PGA season rounds the corner, and with the azaleas blooming at Augusta, the trusted confidants of golf's premier players...more

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: FLANAX, Fishing Tackle, Football Players and More

Summaries of Recent Precedential and Informative Appellate Opinions - Trademark Opinions - Owners of Foreign Marks May Sue Under Lanham Act Without Using Marks in the US: Belmora LLC v. Bayer Consumer Care AG,...more

Stent Contract Collapses Standing Argument - TriReme Med., LLC v. AngioScore, Inc.

Addressing the issue of when patent rights are assigned under a contract, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned the district court’s finding that a prospective inventor had surrendered his rights to an...more

Franchisee Can’t Work Its Way Out of Trademark Infringement and Breach of Contract Litigation on Jurisdictional Grounds

An out-of-state franchisee sought to escape the reach of the Massachusetts District Court in a breach of contract and trademark infringement litigation filed by its Massachusetts-based franchisor. But, the parties quickly...more

Trademark Series: Famous Marks in Canada

Adidas, Veuve Clicquot, Barbie… When is a mark considered “famous” in Canada, and do famous marks enjoy special protection? A handful of Canadian cases have outlined the court’s treatment of well-known brands: Sure, Barbie is...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

6 Unique Challenges for Protecting and Exploiting Intellectual Property in the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an attractive global business centre and gateway to the wider Middle East region for international companies seeking to commercialise and exploit their brands, products and...more

Question #272: Competing in California

Question: One of our company’s employees recently left to start a competing business. We think he started this process while he was still employed by us, and that he is probably using information he learned from us. ...more

Chapter 93A's Increasing Role in IP Litigation in Massachusetts

Chapter 93A, with its low and vague standards of liability and powerful remedies of multiple damages and attorneys, is playing an increasingly central role in intellectual property disputes in Massachusetts. Please see...more

IKEA Case Highlights the Importance of Prudent Management of International Trademark Portfolios

Last month, the Supreme Court of Indonesia announced its decision canceling two of Swedish furniture giant IKEA’s trademark registrations for its brand name in International Trademark Classes 20 (furniture) and 21 (household...more

Playboy Enterprises International Inc. v. Mediatakeout.com LLC - USDC, S.D. N.Y., March 8, 2016

In dispute over Playboy photos of rapper Azealia Banks, district court denies motion to dismiss copyright infringement and Digital Millennium Copyright Act claims stemming from website’s unauthorized addition of its own...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

Federal Circuit Upholds Inequitable Conduct Ruling in Ohio Willow Wood Company

In the latest iteration of Ohio Willow Wood Company[1] (OWW), the Federal Circuit upheld a district court ruling of inequitable conduct against OWW despite the presence of a litigation screen. The Federal Circuit had affirmed...more

District Court Grants Motion for Summary Judgment on Laches Defense Where Defendant Could Not Establish Prejudice from Plaintiff's...

The court explained the facts as follows: The defendant, CrestaTech, was founded by Mihai Murgulescu and George Haber in 2005. Its initial products included a receiver for satellite radio and a television platform. CrestaTech...more

The First Circuit Agrees that Non-Cash Reverse Payments Are Subject to Antitrust Scrutiny. Does the Loestrin Decision Point to...

Recently, the First Circuit became the second federal appellate court interpreting the Supreme Court's landmark decision in FTC v. Actavis, Inc. to hold that non-cash "reverse payments" between pioneer and generic...more

Lingering in Lexmark's wake, uncertainty about the limits of patent exhaustion

According to ten judges of the Federal Circuit, a patent owner’s right to sue for infringement in the United States is not exhausted by sales of products abroad or by sales subject to valid post-sale contractual restrictions...more

ITC Section 337 Update – March 2016

BriarTek IP, Inc. Petitions for Writ of Certiorari - On February 10, 2016, BriarTek IP, Inc. filed a petition for writ of certiorari to review a judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that...more

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