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Supreme Court Grants Cert on Trademark "Tacking"

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a writ of certiorari in Hana Financial, Inc. v Hana Bank. The issue presented is whether trademark "tacking" is an issue of fact for a jury or an issue of law for the...more

UK High Court confirms jurisdiction to grant cross-border declaration of non-infringement

In Actavis Group HF v. Eli Lilly & Co. the UK High Court has granted a declaration of non-infringement in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. A jurisdictional challenge in relation to the French, Italian and Spanish...more

Germany: Collecting society’s payout to publishers highly disputed

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

Despite The Cheers, The Defend Trade Secrets Act Bill Has Holes: What’s A Plaintiff To Do If It Passes?

State court or federal court? If the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014 (DTSA) (S. 2267, introduced on April 29, 2014) becomes law, then trade secrets plaintiffs — not just those who can maintain diversity jurisdiction — could...more

Federal Trade Secret Legislation Proposal Gains New Life

The prospects for federal trade secret legislation has heated up again as there appears to be bipartisan support for a new bill. After failing in previous years, Senator Coons (D) recently joined forces with Senator Hatch (R)...more

Help Wanted: Supreme Court Looking for Expert to Fill In The Right Words for Patent Eligibility Test

There's a new job opening at the Supreme Court: Job Description: Complete test of patent eligiblity sketched out by this Court’s decisions in Bilski v. Kappos and Mayo v. Prometheus. Self starter required: must be...more

Petition for Certiorari Filed Regarding Preclusive Effect of Likelihood of Confusion Findings by the Trademark Trial and Appeal...

In advising clients and making strategic decisions about whether to bring or defend inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB"), trademark practitioners need to consider carefully whether...more

District Courts Staying Cases Pending CLS Bank, but the Federal Circuit Decides One

In December, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice Corp., No. 13-298, in which the question presented by the petitioner is “[w]hether claims to computer-implemented inventions — including claims to...more

Of Pies and Patent Eligibility: A Dialogue

You are heading to Grandma’s house for yet another family gathering. Upon entering the front door, you are belted by a thunderclap of the smells of mothballs, yellowed plastic sofa covers, cat hair and foot powder. As you...more

Are Circuit Courts of Appeals Split as to the Preclusive Impact Accorded to Prior Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions?

Battles between brand owners are frequently fought in the United States in two forums: the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and federal district court. While the TTAB is limited to determining a party’s right to register...more

Courts Remain Divided Over Pleading Requirements for Inducement

Recent cases have revealed a division of opinion over whether a patentee is required to plead that an accused indirect infringer had knowledge of the patent before being sued, or whether the filing of a patent infringement...more

Federal Circuit Upholds RevitaLash Unfair Competition Violation

In Allergan, Inc. v. Athena Cosmetics, Inc., the Federal Circuit decided an appeal that did not present any patent issues, finding that the allegations of patent infringement in the underlying complaint gave it exclusive...more

Kit Or Caboodle? Recent Australian Opposition Decision Highlights The Inconsistency In Construction Of Kit Claims Between...

The recent Australian opposition decision of Merial Limited v Zoetis LLC [2013] APO 59 highlights the differences between the Australian and New Zealand patent offices in the construction of “kit” claims in relation to the...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

Copyright Roulette: Is Filing Application Sufficient to Bring Infringement Suit?

Is filing an application for a copyright sufficient basis for filing a copyright infringement lawsuit? The answer depends on where the copyright applicant files the case. Some federal courts, including the Ninth and Seventh...more

International Patent Laws – Interview with Julian Crump, Managing Member, Mintz Levin's London, UK Office  [Video]

Attorney Julian Crump, Managing Member of Mintz Levin's London, UK office, talks about the differences between patent laws in the US and the EU and the importance of identifying those differences at the outset of the...more

California Appellate Court Reaffirms the Trade Secret Displacement (Preemption) Doctrine

Courts continue to define the scope of the emerging trade secret displacement doctrine, (commonly referred to as preemption) which stems from California's Uniform Trade Secrets Act ("UTSA"). The UTSA contains a relatively...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- September 12, 2013

Fox Television Stations, Inc. v. FilmOn X LLC, USDC, District of Columbia, September 5, 2013 - Adding to split among courts on this issue, D.C. district court issues preliminary injunction against internet television...more

IP Buzz - August 2013

In this issue: - Trademark Litigators Should Take Care in Alleging “Use of Mark in Commerce" – The Split Between the Second and Sixth Circuits - Patent Troll Did Not Activate Its Gift Card - Patent Term...more

Trademark Litigators Should Take Care in Alleging "Use of Mark in Commerce" – The Split Between the Second and Sixth Circuits

The Second Circuit recently announced a split with the Sixth Circuit regarding the pleading requirements for trademark infringement under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1114, 1125. See Brown v. Harpo et al., 717 F.3d 295 (2d...more

Rubber Match? Resin Trade Secret Battle Results In A Multi-Jurisdictional Draw

On the same day last week, two rival rubber resin companies issued press releases — each claiming legal victory in the same trade secret dispute....more

Book Review: The Global Limits of Competition Law (Global Competition Law and Economics Series, Stanford University Press)

This European Competition Law Journal article reviews "The Global Limits of Competition Law," edited by Ioannis Lianos and D. Daniel Sokol. It is the first book in the Stanford University Press Series, Global Competition Law...more

BREAKING NEWS: Don’t Mess with Texas Trade Secrets: Lone Star State Becomes 48th State to Adopt Uniform Trade Secrets Act

In the battle to harmonize trade secret law, Texas was the Alamo—the biggest state to hold out against the rising tide of states adopting the Uniform Trade Secrets Act. But the Lone Star State is an outlier no more. Today...more

Decisions Highlight Split In Application Of Computer Fraud And Abuse Act

Trade secret claims have historically derived from state common law causes of action and, subsequently, most states’ adoption of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which codifies that common law and generally proscribes the...more

Recent Federal Court Rulings Reaffirm Broad Supersession of Common Law Claims under California's Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Last month, two federal district courts reaffirmed that litigants may not plead around California's Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) by alleging common law tort claims said to protect business information that does not...more

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