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Must a Company Reveal Trade Secrets to Prove Trade Secret Theft

When you learn a former employee has stolen your trade secrets to take them across the street to benefit a competitor, your quickest remedy is to sue him and try to shut him down through an injunction. Oftentimes, the new...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #49

We are pleased to present the 49th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address patent infringement claims, erroneous termination of security...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

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

IP Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - Castle Defense: Federal Circuit Reinforces Patent Damages Gate in VirnetX - Standards Patent Licensing: Always Apportionment, Sometimes Stacking - Supreme Court to Consider Good-Faith...more

Court Of Appeal Reinforces Trial Judge’s “Widest Discretion” When Awarding Costs Under CPR 44

In Coward v Phaestos Ltd & ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1256, 2 October 2014, the defendants were awarded their costs, having obtained significantly more in their counterclaim than that provided for by the claimant’s rejected...more

Patent Owner Without Control of Licensee Has No Standing to Sue

Azure Networks, LLC v. CSR PLC - Applying patent licensor-licensee standing law to defendants’ motion to dismiss a plaintiff, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling that a patent owner had transferred...more

Judge Forrest rejects Leveraged Innovations’ second bite at the apple in seeking to enforce its patented technology because of its...

Direxion Shares, ETF Trust v. Leveraged Innovations L.L.C. Case Number: 1:14-cv-01777-KBF - On March 14, 2014, Direxion Shares, ETF Trust (“Direxion”) filed a declaratory judgment action against Leveraged...more

Sandoz Was Disinvited to the Patent Dance: The Federal Circuit's First Interpretation of the BPCIA Will Have to Wait

Since the 1984 enactment of the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act, Hatch-Waxman litigation has dominated the sphere of life-sciences patent litigation. The battle between proprietary and generic...more

Confidentiality Agreements Not Enforceable in Absence of Reasonable Efforts to Preserve Confidentiality

nClosures Inc. v. Block and Company, Inc. - Applying Illinois law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reminded prospective business partners that non-disclosure agreements will not be effective by...more

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

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