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The High Price of Challenging a Refusal to Register a Trademark in District Court

Applicants who challenge in a federal district court a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decision that upholds a PTO refusal to register a trademark may be required to reimburse the government for PTO attorney fees, even if...more

Fourth Circuit Cleans Up Damages Award in Paper Towel Dispute and Sets Standard for the Award of Fees in Trademark Cases

In Georgia-Pac. Consumer Products LP v. von Drehle Corp., ___ F.3d ___, 2015 WL 1404765 (4th Cir. Mar. 30, 2015), as amended (Apr. 15, 2015), the Fourth Circuit reversed a damages award and clarified the standard for damages...more

Trademark Review | April 2015

The Supreme Court Rules TTAB Findings May Have Preclusive Effect in Later Federal Court Proceedings - B&B and Hargis have long contested each other’s rights in the mark "SEALTIGHT" for fasteners. B&B was the first to...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - April 2015

Biosig Instruments, Inc. v. Nautilus, Inc. (No. 2012-1289, 4/27/15) (Newman, Schall, Wallach) - April 27, 2015 11:12 AM. Wallach, J. On remand from the Supreme Court, reversing district court summary judgment...more

Recover Flat Fees (or Not) As Prevailing Party in Patent Litigation

We have entered a new era where the prevailing party in a patent litigation has much better odds of recovering their attorney fees. “Until recently, winning hasn’t felt much like winning, particularly for defendants.” (Judge...more

Federal Circuit Review | April 2015

No Recovery Of Lost Profits From Related Companies’ Activities - In WARSAW ORTHOPEDIC, INC. v. NUVASIVE, INC., Appeal Nos. 2013-1576, -1577, the Federal Circuit held that a company was not entitled to lost profits based...more

Is the FRAND Regime Due for an Overhaul?

In today’s technology-heavy world, technical interoperability standards are quite common. Because those standards are often patented, patent owners may have the ability to extract a monopoly price and some argue those owners...more

The Bermuda Triangle of Online Defamation: Copyright, Clickwrap and the CDA

We have written many times about attempts to use copyright law to do what defamation law can’t: take stuff down from the internet. Because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”) prevents a defamation plaintiff...more

Status Updates - April 2015 #5

Photo negative. Daniel Morel, the photojournalist who was awarded $1.2 million in damages from news agencies that distributed his iconic Haiti earthquake pictures without his permission after he posted those pictures on...more

Amgen v. Sandoz BPCIA Dispute Heads to the Federal Circuit

After a series of preliminary skirmishes, the first full-fledged litigation under the Biologics Price Reduction and Innovation Act is Amgen’s lawsuit against Sandoz concerning Sandoz’s Zarxio, a biosimilar version of Amgen’s...more

Insolvency: What Every Technology Company Needs to Know About Claims Against Bankrupt Customers And Business Partners

Every year, otherwise successful technology companies lose untold sums of money and valuable intellectual property rights because they do not act when a customer or business partner files for bankruptcy protection. Far less...more

Win or Lose, Trademark Applicants Must Pay PTO Attorney Fees in Appeals to District Court, Fourth Circuit Says

In a 2-1 decision issued on April 23, 2015, the Fourth Circuit held that a trademark applicant who appeals an adverse ex parte decision of the Trademark Trail and Appeal Board (TTAB) to a U.S. District Court must pay the...more

District Court Declines to Lift Stay Even After Patent Trial and Appeal Board Issued Written Decision on CBM Petitions

The district court stayed several consolidated cases pending certain proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"). In the order granting the stay, the district court stated: "Upon issuance of a final decision...more

Helping U.S. Patent Applicants Get Speedy Examination

U.S. patent applicants often have an interest in expediting the patent examination process. The desire to speed examination can result from issues related to the availability of an inventor, possible infringing activity by a...more

Data Shows Spike In Patent Attorney Fee Motions And Awards After Octane

Prior to last year’s Supreme Court decisions in Octane Fitness LLC v. Icon Health & Fitness, Inc, 134 S. Ct. 1749 (2014) and Highmark, Inc. v. Allcare Health Mgmt. Sys., 134 S. Ct. 1744 (2014), district courts awarded...more

Joint Defendants Succeed on Motion to Stay Pending Reexam

For defendants in patent infringement cases, moving to stay the case pending the outcome of a concurrent U.S. Patent Office reexamination proceeding is a fairly common building block that has the potential to streamline or...more

AstraZeneca AB v. Apotex Corp. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Earlier this month, the Federal Circuit rendered a decision on damages in what may be the last of a long-running series of ANDA cases involving AstraZeneca's Prilosec® (omeprazole) franchise. As set forth in the opinion,...more

Otsuka Files Amended Complaint and Motion for TRO/PI for Abilify®, Pointing to Congressional Intent to Argue Broad Exclusivity

As discussed in our April 13, 2015 blog, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, Inc., and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (collectively “Otsuka”) had until April 15, 2015...more

District Court Denies Motion for Leave to Amend Answer to Assert Affirmative Defense of Patent Misuse

The defendants in this patent infringement action filed several motions for leave to amend their answers to include various affirmative defenses, including: (1) the affirmative defense of patent misuse; (2) the affirmative...more

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Innovation Act, Fee-Shifting

Tuesday, April 14, the House Judiciary Committee convened to discuss H.R. 9, the “Innovation Act,” which was introduced in February 2015 by the Committee’s Chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The hearing came a day after the...more

Amgen Receives No Help from the FDA -- A Biosimilar Update

Near the end of last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") denied a citizen petition filed by Amgen in which it requested that action be taken to ensure that biosimilar applicants comply with the disclosure and...more

Federal Circuit Addresses Damages in the Hatch-Waxman Context

On April 7, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its decision in Astrazeneca AB v. Apotex Corp., No. 2014-1221, affirming an award of a reasonable royalty of 50% in a case arising from the...more

How Much Damages Can You Realistically Expect for Trade Secrets Misappropriation in China

The best way to protect trade secrets is to prevent them from being misappropriated in the first place, but when trade secret misappropriation occurs, a trade secret holder will likely want to obtain adequate damages through...more

Even In The UK, Think Twice Before Using Celebrity Endorsements

A recent legal case in the UK between singer Rhianna and fashion retailer Topshop has highlighted differences between publicity rights in the UK and some US jurisdictions. Rhianna sued Topshop for its sale of a t-shirt...more

Licensees Not Required to Do Due Diligence Where Inventor Falsely Claimed Exclusive Ownership - Yazdianpour v. Safeblood...

Addressing the grant of summary judgment dismissing a fraud claim where the licensee failed to check the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) website regarding rumors of the inventor’s previous dealings with another...more

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