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Business Round-Up: Eponymous companies and use of the designer’s personal name: Mr. Alviero Martini vs. Alviero Martini S.p.A.

Alviero Martini recently decided to bring an appeal against the decision of the Court of Milan, in the proceedings brought against Alviero Martini S.p.A., which acquired the trademark “Alviero Martini Prima Classe”....more

Home or Away: The CJEU confirms that foreign online infringers can be sued in your local court

Your copyright is being infringed by an online company based outside the UK and you want to take action. Your first reaction may be to ask for local lawyer recommendations in the jurisdiction where the company is based, but...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Federal Circuit Considers Whether ITC Can Properly Exclude Imported Products That Only Infringe...

On February 5, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sitting en banc heard oral arguments in Suprema, Inc. v. Int’l Trade Comm’n, Fed. Cir., No. 2012-1170, a case involving the ability of the International Trade...more

Are U.S. Law Idiosyncrasies Destroying Your PCT Applications?

Suppose a business’s patent strategy makes studied use of the Patent Cooperation Treaty application: draft one master application to serve as the basis for filing throughout the world. Coverage is required in the United...more

International Design Applications Under the Hague Agreement: Q&A for Companies Designating the U.S.

In early February 2015, the U.S. announced that it had deposited its instrument of ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Hague Agreement) with...more

Belgium: New Developments In The Framework Of The Copyright Protection Of Handbags

In a recent judgment concerning a dispute between Jean Cassegrain S.A.S (Longchamp) and a Belgian reseller of leather handbags, the Court of Appeal of Ghent denied copyright protection to Jean Cassegrain’s handbag “Le...more

Federal Circuit Hears Oral Arguments in Suprema, Inc. v. International Trade Commission Rehearing en banc

Court considers whether the U.S. International Trade Commission has authority over allegations of induced infringement and infringement of method-of-use claims by importers. Procedural Background - Suprema v....more

EU Copyright: No Resale of Digital Content Except for Software? How Does the European Court of Justice Decision on Exhaustion of...

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided that the rule of exhaustion of the distribution right upon first sale (in the U.S. known as the “first sale” doctrine) does not apply to post first-sale alterations to the...more

For product claims, the “use” of an accused product that operates outside the U.S. still fails within the reach of Section 271(a)...

Blue Spike, LLC v. Soundmouse Ltd - Case Number: 1:14-cv-02243 - Judge McMahon, addressing the territorial reach of “use” within the United States under Section 271, granted in part and denied in part Defendant...more

Use It or Lose It: When Can a Trademark Registered Under Section 44(e) or 66(a) Be Deemed “Abandoned” in the US?

Unlike most countries, US trademark law generally requires that a mark be in use before it can be protected. The US recognizes common law rights in unregistered marks if they have been adopted in good faith and are in actual...more

Is this the end of screen scraping?

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) begun its 2015 ruling with the interpretation of Directive 96/9/CE on legal protection of databases (the “Directive”). The case was originally brought by Ryanair against PR...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 06

In this issue: - “Google It”: The Search Engine’s Trademark May Be a Verb, But It’s Not Generic - You Say “Tom‘ah’to,” I Say “Tom‘ay’to”: Determining the Correct Pronunciation of Uniquely Coined...more

Let There Be Discounts! Copyrights Cannot Be Used To Control Importation Or Impair Competition

Who does not like a good discount? Well, manufacturers, like Omega, for one. Fortunately for consumers, in Omega S.A. v. Costco Wholesale Corp., (January 20, 2015, 11-57137) ___ F.3d ___, the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed a...more

Newsletter: January 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..EC Competition Law: Latest Developments Provide Ever Greater Opportunities for Private Enforcement - Noted With Interest: ..The Strategy of Lone Pine Orders: Timing...more

Protecting Polka Dots and Zebra Stripes Through Copyright: Eleventh Circuit Affirms Ruling that Boot Designs are Infringed (But...

A relatively common problem affecting the fashion industry is claims of copyright infringement over designs that appear on clothing and other merchandise. In particular, retailers create product overseas, unaware that a...more

Article: January 2015 ITC Litigation Update

The ITC as a Favorable Venue in Light of Increasing IPR Petitions and District Courts Propensities to Stay Pending IPR. Since its inception in September 2012, inter parties review (“IPR”) has become a powerful tool for...more

Ninth Circuit (Mostly) Skirts the Issue of Copyright Misuse in Most Recent Omega v. Costco Decision

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, as the saying goes. However, things are not always as they appear, and sometimes events unfold in ways you would not anticipate. Such is the case with the Ninth Circuit decision in the...more

UK: Copyright – Copyright Tribunal’s functions to be transferred to Scottish Tribunal

On 22nd the Government published the Command Paper “Scotland in the UK”,  implementing the Smith Commission’s recommendation (subject to consultation) that the Copyright Tribunal’s functions should be transferred to a...more

International Trade Commission Clarifies the Requirements for Standing in a Patent Infringement Investigation at the ITC

The International Trade Commission (ITC) recently issued an opinion clarifying the requirements for standing in patent infringement suits at the ITC. On January 7, 2015, the Commission issued the public version of its opinion...more

ITC Section 337 Update – January 2015

Amicus Curiae United States Moves To Present Oral Argument In Suprema – On January 15, 2015, the United States filed an unopposed motion for leave to participate in oral argument before the en banc Federal Circuit in Suprema...more

An American Attorney in Canada (Part 3: Letters of Request in Patent Litigation)

A recent Ontario court decision (Arctic Cat Inc. et al. v. Peter Watson, 2014 ONSC 6874 (CanLII)) dealt with a foreign letter of request, or “letter rogatory” in a cross-border patent infringement case involving the invention...more

Patenting Your Basement Fusion Reactor: Utility Requirements Under U.S. Patent Law

Multiple projects are currently underway to demonstrate feasibility of fusion energy. The goal of the ITER multinational project in southern France (of which the United States is a participant) is to deliver ten times the...more

Preparing for the Roll Out of the European Patent Reforms

In this lw.com interview, Latham & Watkins counsels Charles Courtenay and Christian Engelhardt and associate Donald McCombie discuss the impact of the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) on existing European Patents and outline...more

Staging a Multi-front Patent War

Although the United States may still occupy a leading position when companies are deciding where to enforce their patent rights worldwide, patentees who hold patent rights in multiple countries have started opening up...more

The Uncomfortable Intersection between the Practice of Medicine and Reality

The disconnect between patents and medicine (and more particularly, between physicians who prescribe patented drugs and the pharmaceutical companies who produce them) was illustrated nicely in a recent dustup between doctors...more

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