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Adam Sandler Is Not Laughing

A beloved childhood game is at the heart of an intellectual property dispute. Landmark Entertainment Group, LLC (“Landmark”) sued Hasbro Studios (“Hasbro”) over the contractual and intellectual property rights in original...more

Additional Discovery Granted

In ARRIS Group, Inc. v. C-Cation Technologies, LLC, IPR2014-00746, Paper 15 (July 24, 2015). the Board actually granted additional discovery of an indemnification agreemenet between Petitioner and Com-Cast, which the patent...more

YouTube case changes rules on Internet liability

The Internet liability regime for hosting providers have been subject of different interpretations by courts in Italy and a new interesting position came up with the decision of the Court of Turin (Italy) involving YouTube...more

Curtis v. Illumination Arts, Inc.

Curtis v. Illumination Arts, Inc. - USDC, W.D. Wa., July 17, 2014 - District court grants default judgment in copyright action and awards $50,000 in statutory damages against defendant publishers per book...more

The gTLD Explosion: Changes to Domain Names that All Businesses Should be Aware Of

The universe of domain names within the internet is undergoing radical change and businesses need to be aware of how to navigate in this new world. On June 20, 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers...more

Prior Publication Precludes Coverage for Advertising Injury

In Street Surfing, LLC v. Great American E&S Ins. Co., 752 F.3d 853 (9th Cir. 2014), the court held that the prior publication exclusion precluded coverage to Street Surfing, LLC (“Street Surfing”) for an underlying lawsuit...more

ITC Section 337 Update – July 2014

Commission Enforcing General Policy In Favor Of Transparency With Respect To Settlement Agreements – On July 7, 2014, Administrative Law Judge E. James Gildea issued Order No. 66 in Certain Integrated Circuit Devices...more

Who owns your domain names?

Asking who owns your domain name is not as silly a question as you might think. And it is one that needs more attention from many businesses. Many small businesses, in particular, treat ownership of their Internet domain...more

Denying Coverage Based on Advertising Injury, Court Finds Corporations are Not Persons

A New York appellate court recently found that a corporation is not the kind of "person" that can suffer a violation of privacy rights for purposes of advertising injury coverage. In Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. v. Twin City...more

Of Documents and Dumpsters: The Sixth Circuit Affirms Convictions for Theft of Hybrid Car Secrets from GM

Last month, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the convictions of co-conspirator couple Yu Qin and Shanshan Du, who were convicted in 2012 of trade secrets theft. A jury in the Eastern District of Michigan had found that Du...more

Neglecting Trademark Protection Could Be a Costly Mistake

So you’ve formed a new company, launched a new product/service offering, added a new feature to an existing offering, or maybe your company has been doing business and offering products/services for a while now but you still...more

UPDATE: A New Top 10 Disclosed Trade Secret Settlement

A new trade secrets settlement has shaken up our top 10 disclosed settlements of all time. Business Logic, a Chicago-based developer of financial software, reports that the investment firm Morningstar, Inc. has agreed to pay...more

Defendants’ Stratagems and Plaintiffs’ Counters in Trade Secret Litigation

Every invention starts out as a trade secret. Not all stay that way. Some become patents. Some get licensed. Some remain trade secrets and become spectacular commercial successes. Others get misappropriated. ...more

The World Cup of Non-Competes

Can you imagine if FIFA allowed or enforced non-compete agreements that limited the ability of a player to hold dual citizenship and play for either country? Would the World Cup have suffered if brothers representing Ghana...more

Take Off Every Zig: The Risk in Tesla’s “All Our Patent Are Belong to You” Message

With a title parodying a classic Internet meme, Elon Musk announced on June 12, 2014, that “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” Musk plans to continue...more

New procedures, laws crack down on ‘patent trolls’

Q: There’ve been several stories lately about proposed laws intended to crack down on patent trolls. What is a patent troll? A: To understand what a patent troll is, it’s best to first understand what a patent really...more

D.C. Circuit Limits Discovery and Joinder for Downloading "Swarms"

AF Holdings v. Does et al. - Deciding a case that involves issues of discovery and joinder, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit addressed issues presented by so-called “copyright trolls” who subpoenaed...more

Business Litigation Reporter -- June 2014

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

The Very Idea! Federal Circuit Rules Widely Used Java Code Is Copyrightable

A central doctrine in copyright cases is that only expression is copyrightable, not the idea itself. An idea may be expressed in many ways. It might be said, for example, that William Blake, through his mystical visions,...more

After Actavis: Crafting Pharmaceutical Settlements that Avoid Antitrust Scrutiny

Last year’s Supreme Court decision in FTC v. Actavis cleared the way for more antitrust challenges to settlements between generic and branded pharmaceutical companies resolving Hatch-Waxman patent litigation. As a result,...more

Are Internet TV Providers Cable Companies Now?

Last month, in American Broadcasting Companies Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo’s service of streaming broadcast TV over the Internet violated copyrights in the streamed TV shows. Although this ruling...more

At the Crossroads - Brand integration deals involve copyright, trademark, and insurance considerations

At the crossroads of Hollywood Boulevard and Madison Avenue, a variety of legal and business issues must be considered and addressed in order to set the stage for a successful brand integration deal. In the historical...more

The North Carolina General Assembly Nears Passage of Significant Legislation Affecting Business

The North Carolina General Assembly is working on significant legislation affecting the state’s business legal climate. The Legislature is one vote away from adopting Senate Bill 853 (SB 853)[1], which is intended to improve...more

Turning The Tide on “Trolls”

When a non-practicing entity (NPE) accused 16,000 small businesses of violating its patent by merely emailing scanned documents, the New York attorney general cracked down, forcing a settlement. Then the FTC threatened to sue...more

8 Tips from Publishing Law Attorneys for Content Monetization - Tip #3: Maximizing Your Bottom Line, Acquisition of Rights

The "Grant of Rights" clause in a Publisher/Author Agreement clause sets forth the publishing and subsidiary rights granted by the author to the publisher. This clause has always been important in the publishing environment,...more

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