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How Will The Supreme Court Choreograph The Biosimilar Patent Dance?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Amgen v. Sandoz, where the parties have asked the Court to interpret two of the biosimilar patent dance provisions of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation...more

Misappropriation Versus the Copyright Act: Round 2 in the Fifth Circuit

A few months ago, Trade Secrets Watch covered the GlobeRanger Corp. case in which the Fifth Circuit joined 10 other circuits in determining that the Copyright Act does not preempt state trade secret misappropriation claims....more

Smart Cannabis Businesses are Staking a Claim to Their Intellectual Property

Yes, cannabis is still listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance; and yes, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will not register trademarks for cannabis strains. But there are still a number of creative...more

Judge Oetken Holds That Forum-Selection Clause in License Agreement Does Not Trump First-to-File Rule Altogether

On September 16, 2016, District Judge J. Paul Oetken (S.D.N.Y.) denied plaintiff Comcast Corp.’s (“Comcast”) motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to enjoin defendant Rovi Corp. (“Rovi”) from continuing to litigate its...more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 - New Federal Protection for Trade Secrets | Orange County Business Journal Intellectual...

On May 11, 2016, the President signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA). The DTSA significantly expands protection of intellectual property rights by creating a body of trade secrets law that applies nationwide and...more

CBS Radio Remasters the Art of Not Paying Artists Royalties

Two years ago, a federal judge rocked the music industry in holding that pre-1972 recordings may be protected under state copyright laws and are protected by California copyright law. This holding, in a case brought against...more

Conflicting State and Federal Laws May Result in Crippling Blows to Business in the Marijuana Industry

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

As of October 2015, four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. The recreational marijuana movement—although slow in terms of states following by legalizing use—has had...more

Food for Thought: 2014 Litigation Annual Review

by Carlton Fields on

Food for Thought reports on significant court decisions affecting the food industry. The focus of this edition is on several food-related cases pertaining to class certification; particularly, on district court decisions...more

Be Careful What You Ask for: Selecting Forums for Arbitration

by Burr & Forman on

On October 2, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rendered its decision in Inetianbor v. CashCall, Inc. Although this case did not involve a non-compete agreement, the Eleventh Circuit’s guidance...more

Germany: Collecting society’s payout to publishers highly disputed

by DLA Piper on

On 13 May 2014 the District Court of Berlin (16 O 75/13) rejected a claim brought by a songwriter and a composer against a collecting society’s payout to music publishers. The claim was directed at a declaratory judgment that...more

Sorting Laundry: California Court Reaffirms Scope Of Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Angelica Textile Services, Inc. v. Park, No. D062405 (October 15, 2013): A California Court of Appeal recently held that claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair competition are not “displaced” or...more

April 2013: Life Sciences Litigation Update: Will the Supreme Court Resolve Circuit Split on Settlement of ANDA Disputes?

On March 25, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc. (Docket No. 12-416). The Actavis case centers around the debate over the type of antitrust analysis that should apply...more

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - March 2013: Is your trade secret safe with me? Trade secrets and the federal Freedom of Information Act

by McAfee & Taft on

Most states have adopted some version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which is designed to prevent the disclosure of trade secrets. FOIA, or the Freedom of Information Act, allows individuals to access records collected by...more

Eighth Circuit Rules That a “Perpetual” Trademark Licensing Agreement Is an “Executory” Contract Subject to Rejection Under...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that a perpetual, royalty-free, and exclusive trademark licensing agreement qualified as an executory contract subject to assumption or rejection under...more

Twenty-Six Years Later, a Lubrizol Split by the Seventh Circuit

Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook of the Seventh Circuit recently created a split of authority regarding the rejection intellectual property licenses in bankruptcy by upholding a decision protecting a trademark licensee’s ability...more

Amici File Briefs Supporting Certiorari in K-Dur Case -- Part II

Joining the parties and amici with clear interests in resolving the circuit split created by the Third Circuit opinion in the K-Dur case (In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation), the Washington Legal Foundation, self-described as...more

Amici File Briefs Supporting Certiorari in K-Dur Case

Joining the parties and amici with clear interests in resolving the circuit split created by the Third Circuit opinion in the K-Dur case (In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation), two "public interest" groups have also filed amicus...more

GPhA Files Amicus Brief in K-Dur Case

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) filed an amicus brief in support of a grant of certiorari by the Supreme Court in the K-Dur case (In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation). Characterizing the issue as being "profoundly...more

Urging Supreme Court Review of Antitrust Challenges to Patent Settlements Between Pharmaceutical Companies

by Dechert LLP on

Dechert LLP submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of the Washington Legal Foundation urging the Court to review the Third Circuit’s decision in In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation. K-Dur...more

"Rejection of Perpetual, Royalty-Free, Exclusive Trademark License Permitted by Eighth Circuit Ruling: Lewis Brothers Bakeries...

The U.S. Bankruptcy Code generally limits a Chapter 11 debtor-licensor’s ability to reject intellectual property licenses, but trademark licenses are not subject to such limitations. Trademark license agreements that are...more

PhRMA Files Amicus Brief in K-Dur Case

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer's of America (PhRMA) have filed an amicus brief in support of a grant of certiorari by the Supreme Court in the K-Dur case (In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation). Not surprisingly,...more

Merck Asks Supreme Court to Review Third Circuit K–Dur Decision

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission accomplished a decade-long goal: getting a Federal Circuit Court of Appeal (the 3rd Circuit) to support its position that so-called "reverse payments" (also known as "pay-for-delay"...more

Third Circuit Provides Friendly Environment for FTC and Plaintiffs Challenging Certain Patent Litigation Settlements

Originally published on The National Law Review. On July 16, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit announced its decision in In Re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation, a case involving so-called "reverse payment"...more

Third Circuit Creates Reverse Payments Split among the Circuits

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Rejecting the test established by three separate courts of appeal, the Third Circuit's recent decision in In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation has created a circuit split regarding the legality of, and application of antitrust...more

Could Software Imports from Europe Bypass U.S. First Sale and IP Exhaustion Laws?

On July 3, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that a sale of a digital copy of software exhausted the copyright owner's exclusive distribution rights to the copy under Europe's first sale doctrine. As a...more

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