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Supreme Court to Decide Whether License Agreements May Require Payment of Royalties After Patent Expiration

The U.S. Supreme Court Friday agreed to revisit a longstanding precedent that bars patent owners from collecting royalties after their patents have expired, even if those post-expiration payments represent compensation for...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Whether Post-Patent Term Royalty Schemes Lawful

On Friday, December 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari on Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc., No. 13-720, opening the possibility that the Supreme Court will overturn Brulotte v. Thys Co., 379 U.S. 29 (1964),...more

Standards Patent Licensing: Always Apportionment, Sometimes Stacking

What is a Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) royalty for a few patents essential to practicing a technical standard like WiFi and how should the jury in such a case be instructed on damages? The Federal Circuit...more

Fed. Circuit: No “Bright Line Rules” For Determining RAND Royalties; Rejects District Court Method of Computing RAND Royalty Rates

Courts in the last two years have grappled with what methodology to apply to determine a reasonable royalty rate for infringed patents subject to “Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory,” or “RAND,” encumbrances. On December 4,...more

Advocate General Wathelet in Huawei Technologies: Disappointing Opinion

Advocate General Wathelet’s disappointing Opinion in Huawei Technologies sets out a test that is divorced from reality. - The application of competition and antitrust law to standard essential patents (“SEPs”) is a...more

Federal Circuit Provides Important Guidance in RAND Disputes

On Dec. 4, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued a much-anticipated opinion in Ericsson, Inc. v. D-Link Sys., Inc., Nos. 2013-1625, -1631, -1632, -1633 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 4, 2014). The panel—consisting of Judges Kathleen O'Malley,...more

Stays Pending Covered Business Method Patent Review: VirtualAgility v. Salesforce.com

The Federal Circuit’s divided decision in VirtualAgility Inc. v. Salesforce.com, Inc. is the first major decision from the Federal Circuit interpreting the discretionary stay provision of § 18(b)(1) of the America Invents Act...more

Federal Trade Secret Legislation Gathers Momentum, But Questions Remain

In many ways, trade secret protection has been the “odd man out” among intellectual property rights. While patents, trademarks, and copyrights are dominated by federal statutes, trade secret rights arise under state law. In...more

Contract Prohibiting Patent Challenges Does Not Preclude Standing to File IPR Petition

Ford Motor Co. v. Paice LLC - Addressing whether it has the authority to decide a contractual dispute in the context of a post issuance proceeding under the America Invents Act (AIA), the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

Will the European Court force Germany to bid farewell to Orange Book?

The Advocate General’s advisory Opinion in the Huawei v. ZTE FRAND Case (C- 170/13) would, if followed by the full European Court of Justice (ECJ), usher in a significant shift in the playing field in German litigation on...more

Advocate General Wathelet takes the “middle path” in Huawei v. ZTE

In adopting what he regards as a “middle path” approach between over- and under-protecting intellectual property rights, Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion in the Huawei v ZTE litigation provides our first hint as to the...more

Actual Negotiations Trump 40-Year Georgia-Pacific Test to Determine Type of Patent Licensing Royalties

The Grigoleit Co. v. Whirlpool Corp. - Addressing a lower court’s reasonable royalty determination that chose not to rely on the Georgia Pacific factors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently...more

Anticipating a Federal Trade Secret Law

Unlike patents and copyrights, trade secrets have historically been protected primarily under state law rather than federal law. That long history may soon change, as bills to create a federal cause of action for trade secret...more

A Hypothetical-License Damages Theory Must Be Rooted in Non-Hypothetical Evidence

Oracle Corporation v. SAP AG - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has explained that a copyright owner is not required to show that it actually would have granted a license to the defendant before it can...more

Breaking ground for FRAND-licences

The long-awaited Opinion delivered by Advocate General Wathelet on 20 November 2014 in the dispute opposing Huawei and ZTE (Case C-170/13) sheds a new and bright light on the legal landscape for injunctions in SEP-FRAND...more

Magistrate Gorenstein recommends changing trebled damages to defaulting defendant, but no attorney’s fees.

Keystone Global LLC v. Auto Essentials Inc., et al. Case Number: 1:12-cv-09077-DLC-GWG - Keystone alleged that Decor Essentials infringed two patents, U.S. Patents Nos. 7,866,715 (“Protective vehicle cover”) and...more

In re: Nexium: Ranbaxy’s Motion for a Mistrial to Be Argued Today

Today, the Nexium district court will hear arguments on the Ranbaxy defendants’ motion for a mistrial. As we have previously reported, In re: Nexium is the first pay-for-delay case to go to trial since the Supreme Court’s...more

Medical Device Update

In This Presentation: • Medical device patent statistics • Non-practicing entity (NPE) litigation • Inter partes reexam (IPR) update • Important litigation – Edwards v. Medtronic – Masimo v. Philips –...more

Three Billy Goats Gruff

(You know . . . the fairy tale about trolls.) This summer, PwC published its 2014 Patent Litigation Study. The tagline of the study is “[a]s case volume leaps, damages continue general decline.”...more

Three Point Shot - November 2014

Florida Broker Denied Assist in Argentine Soccer Media Rights Deal - 2014 has been a decent year for soccer – ahem, fútbol – in Argentina. An Argentine club team (San Lorenzo) won the 2014 Copa Libertadores, South...more

Highmark and Octane Helped, But Legislation on Fee Shifting Still Necessary

There is a continued need for patent reform to address the asymmetrical costs that patent litigation imposes on defendants. Given the substantial costs imposed on U.S. technology companies by the number of suits brought by...more

Fee Shifting in Trade Secrets Cases

A number of states, including Tennessee, have adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“UTSA”). A court may award attorney’s fees, if: - A claim of misappropriation is made in bad faith; - A motion to terminate an...more

Counts v. Meriwether - U.S.D.C., C.D. California, October 14, 2014

District court dismisses plaintiffs’ claim that Fox’s popular television show New Girl infringes their copyrighted screenplay because complaint did not adequately identify works at issue, and dismisses claims for breach of...more

Gilligan’s Island Remake Awash with Copyright Controversy

Travis P. Dunson (“Dunson”) filed suit for copyright infringement, money damages, injunctive relief, attorneys’ fees, as well as damages for breach of implied contract, conversion, unjust enrichment, and quantum meruit...more

Hallmark Cards Awarded $47 Million for Misappropriation of Four-Year-Old Market Research

The number of data theft/trade secret cases that go to trial is growing, as are the size of the verdicts. For example, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a $47 million total recovery for Hallmark Cards for...more

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