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Another Shot Across The Virtual Bow

This post is a follow-up to my post a couple weeks ago regarding the Zenimax v. Oculus case. As expected, Zenimax filed its motion for an injunction on February 23. The motion itself pulls no punches. It directly and...more

PTAB Finds Sovereign Immunity Applies to IPRs for State Universities

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) dismissed three inter partes review (IPR) proceedings involving the University of Florida based on sovereign immunity. As background, the University of Florida Research Foundation...more

All Trade Secrets Must Be Secret; But Not All Secrets are Trade Secrets

A pair of recent cases illustrate two important interrelated points about trade secret law: First, all trade secrets must be secret. Second, and less obvious, not all secrets are trade secrets....more

Federal Trade Secrets Act

At long last, there is a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) enacted in 2016. The DTSA complements state law remedies, which are not preempted,...more

2016’s Top Patent and Trade Secret Developments for Chemistry and Nanotechnology

While 2016 saw several significant IP developments regarding the USPTO claim construction standard and the standard of review of USPTO decisions, the following three developments may have the greatest impact on how in-house...more

Smith & Nephew, Arthrex Settled Suture Anchor Patent Dispute Before Trial

On February 14, 2017, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman of the United States District Court, District of Oregon granted a Joint Stipulated Motion for Dismissal with Prejudice submitted by Plaintiffs Smith & Nephew, Inc. and...more

Texas Court of Appeals Rules That Mere Suspicions of Trade Secret Misappropriation Are Insufficient to Trigger the Discovery Rule

Applying new Texas Supreme Court precedent, a Texas Court of Appeals recently held that a six-year-old cease-and-desist letter alleging trade-secret misappropriation did not constitute proof of knowledge for purposes of the...more

Trademark Infringers Can Limit The Damages They Must Pay If The Trademark Owner Fails To Prove That The Parties' Marketing Areas...

It has long since been the rule that an infringing trademark use may only be prevented in the geographic areas where use of the infringing mark and owner's trademark overlap.i In the recent case of Variety Stores, Inc. v....more

Remedies for IP infringement: when additional damages aren’t

Australia’s Designs Act provides courts with a broad discretion as to the relief that may be granted for infringement. The specific heads of relief that are outlined (in a non-limiting way) in s75 of the Act include...more

“It’s a Free Country, Right?” Court Declines to Enjoin Ex-Free Country Ltd. Employees From Contacting Customers on Purloined...

Within days of each other, your clothing company?Free Country Ltd.?loses two employees who decamp to a rival to set up a competing apparel line. You discover that just before leaving, they transferred some 50,000 documents...more

Supreme Court to Consider Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act

On Friday, Jan. 13, the Supreme Court granted the appellant’s petition and the respondent’s cross-petition for a writ of certiorari in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. This is the first time the Court will construe the Biologics...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Amgen v. Sandoz

On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court granted Sandoz’s petition for certiorari and Amgen’s cross-petition in Amgen v. Sandoz, case nos. 15-1039 and 15-1195. The two cases were consolidated, and an hour was allotted for oral...more

New Federal Law Provides Additional Protection for Trade Secrets

For the first time in U.S. history, a new law was recently added providing federal protection for businesses’ trade secrets. The Defend Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S. Code Section 1831 et. al. (DTSA) became law as an amendment to...more

Simple Steps to Help Keep Your Trade Secrets Safe

As illustrated by the recent lawsuit by America’s Test Kitchen against celebrity chef Christopher Kimball, companies in a variety of industries are vulnerable to losing their trade secrets....more

[Event] Recent Developments in EU Antitrust Enforcement - Jan. 17th, Silicon Valley - Jan. 18th, San Francisco - Jan. 19th, Los...

This seminar will address key antitrust and competition issues affecting the European market now....more

[Webinar] Strategies for Adapting to the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) - Impact on Business and Litigation Strategies - Jan....

Please join us for an informative live webinar that will explore the ramifications of the expanded Federal court jurisdiction under the DTSA, some of the latest cases decided under the DTSA; strategies for filing such cases;...more

Close Shave on Whether Cease and Desist Letter Creates DJ Jurisdiction

Rather than wait around for the hammer to fall, companies under threat of an intellectual property lawsuit sometimes choose to file a declaratory judgment complaint. Such “DJ” complaints usually ask the court to clear the air...more

Commercial Division Rejects Employers’ Plea For Trade Secret and Trademark Protection

When employees resign, the scope of the trade secret doctrine often defines the relationship between former employers and their employees. Trade secret misappropriation claims frequently overlap with other claims arising out...more

Court Order to U-Haul: Haul Your Non-Compete Clauses Out of California

A California appellate court recently upheld a permanent injunction in Robinson v. U-Haul Company of California barring U-Haul from enforcing its non-compete covenants in California. U-Haul also was required to pay over...more

THANKSGIVING EDITION [FROM THE ARCHIVES]: Court Protects Quizno’s Franchise Turkey Trade Secrets

This Thanksgiving, Trade Secrets Watch is serving a delicious tale about protecting trade secrets in a franchising relationship. In 1994, Quizno’s entered into a franchise agreement with Robert Kampendahl, an...more

Food Fight: America’s Test Kitchen v. Chris Kimball

If, like me, you’re a fan of PBS and its soothing, soft-focus, food-related shows (ahem, Great British Bake-off), you were probably devastated when you heard that longtime host Chris Kimball, was leaving America’s Test...more

Federal Circuit Review | October 2016

Withdrawal of Claims During Prosecution Can Trigger Prosecution History Estoppel In UCB, Inc. v. Yeda Research and Development Co., Ltd., Appeal No. 2015-1957, the Federal Circuit held that prosecution estoppel can apply even...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Original Content Needed to Protect Ops Manuals

An important part of the franchise system is the confidential operating manual. Many franchisors claim protection of operating manuals under the law of trade secrets and copyright. Keeping the contents confidential is...more

Update on Defend Trade Secrets Act: Courts Begin Interpreting and Applying New Federal Misappropriation Law

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”) was signed into law on May 12, 2016. The statute amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 to provide federal court jurisdiction for civil trade secret misappropriation claims and...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 11

The Katten Kattwalk discusses legal issues in the fashion industry affecting the trademarks, patents and copyrights associated with companies, brands and products. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

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