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Distinguishing License Agreements from Franchise Arrangements

MGDC Management Group v. Marilyn Monroe Estate, 2014 ONSC 4584 provides some guidance on the distinction between franchise agreements and license agreements. However, the ruling falls short of providing a clear framework for...more

Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- BIO Joint Comment

On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural...more

The Narrow Scope of Supplemental Discovery in an Inter Partes Review

Square, Inc., v. REM Holdings 3, LLC - Addressing issues of limited discovery and the requirements of a motion for supplemental discovery, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) denied supplemental discovery, finding...more

GPhA Issues Statement Regarding Proposed IP Provisions of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) issued a statement today regarding ongoing talks between major Pacific Rim countries (including the U.S.) related to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. This trade...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

Are LinkedIn Contacts The Employer's Trade Secrets?

A federal district court in California held in Cellular Accessories For Less, Inc. v. Trinitas LLC that whether LinkedIn contact information can be an employer's trade secret is a factual dispute that must be decided by a...more

Standard for Induced Patent Infringement in Flux

Recent developments in a court case concerning induced patent infringement may have a significant impact on patent owners and patent portfolio valuations, pending review by the Supreme Court. On October 16, 2014, the...more

Aggie-ravating Trademark Issues with College Mascots

Colleges serve an important role in American society, providing education, experience and leadership to each new generation. Also, sports. And did I mention SPORTS? Regardless of the reason (cable?), college sports have...more

The PTAB Warns Attorney That Speaking Objections May Warrant Exclusion of Expert's Testimony

In an inter partes review Medtronic Inc. et al. v. Troy R. Norred, M.D., the Petitioner sought guidance from the Board regarding the Patent Owner's objections during the deposition of an expert appearing on behalf of the...more

How Health Care Providers Can Avoid Common Intellectual Property Mistakes

Intellectual property can be some of the most valuable assets any business, including a health care provider (“Provider”) has. Adequately protecting this intellectual property can increase the value of the Provider’s business...more

Prevailing Party Awarded Taxable Costs from Production to Opposing Party (California)

Apple Inc. v. Samsung, 2014 WL 4745933 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 19, 2014). In this intellectual property case, the plaintiff sought to recover around $1.5 million in costs for producing documents to an online hosted...more

Rare Grant (in Part) of an IPR Motion to Exclude

Motions to Exclude Evidence have been one of the features of inter partes review practice that have, to date, had a less significant effect than expected. Very few motions have been granted, largely because the Board...more

Legal FAQ: Section 337 Investigations Before the International Trade Commission

What types of intellectual property claims can be brought before the International Trade Commission? - The U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) investigates claims of unfair competition under Section 337 of the...more

Depomed, Inc. v. Actavis Elizabeth LLC

Nature of the Case and Issue(s) Presented: Depomed sued Actavis for infringing seven patents related to a dosage form capable of being retained in the stomach, allowing for the delayed-release of gabapentin in the small...more

Second Circuit Rules that Foreign Anticompetitive Use of Royalty-Free Patent is Insufficient to Establish a Domestic Effect Giving...

Standards essential patents can run afoul of United States antitrust law when the patent owner acts in a matter which creates anticompetitive risks that outweigh any precompetitive benefit. For example, the Federal Trade...more

Death of the “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich”? Not so Fast.

On October 14, 2014, the Irish Minister for Finance released proposals as part of the 2015 Irish Budget that would cause Irish incorporated non-resident (“INR”) companies to be treated as tax resident in Ireland beginning...more

Surviving Inter Partes Review: Good Experts Are Key

Inter partes review and covered business method review (collectively IPR) proceedings have now settled in as a new strategic tool for invalidating asserted patents. The early cases that have worked through to a final written...more

Know the Patent Specification Before Filing a Motion to Amend

Veeam Software Corp. v. Symantec Corp. - Addressing issues of claim construction and the requirements for a motion to amend, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board) ruled that the...more

Changes to UK Design Legislation

Amendments to the UK design law regime came into effect on October 1st 2014. Businesses should be conscious of a number of significant changes under the Intellectual Property Act 2014, as well as further changes which are due...more

BYOD In Australia - Cool, Cheap And (Potentially) Catastrophic!

THE ALLURE OF THE POTENTIAL COST SAVINGS OF BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE PROGRAMS IS TOO GREAT FOR MANY AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATIONS TO RESIST. Not only do the financials of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs look good (the...more

The Major Threat Presented by a Tiny Thumb Drive

In our modern, ever-electronic, workplace, it continues to become ever-easier for dishonest employees to help themselves to their employer’s most sensitive and valuable assets through wholesale electronic copying of...more

IP|Trend: The Importance of Consumer Surveys in Patent Litigation [Video]

Courts have increasingly shown scrutiny towards claims of patent damages in patent litigation. To address these issues patent plaintiffs have often relied on consumer surveys to demonstrate harm caused by patent infringement....more

Idea-Expression Dichotomy Remains Key to Copyright Protection of New Technology

Can you state the difference between an idea and the expression of that idea? Don’t worry if it doesn’t slip off your tongue. This distinction one of the most difficult areas of copyright law but far from academic because...more

Considerations for International Inventions – Foreign Filing Licenses

In today’s age of international commerce, product development often takes place on an international scale. Many companies have design centers in multiple countries, with design teams that span the globe. What are the patent...more

E.D. Texas court grants stay of litigation pending an IPR based, in part, on patent owner's failure to timely respond to the stay...

In Norman IP Holdings v. TP-Link Technologies, Co., et al., the Defendants moved to stay the litigation pending completion of an inter partes review involving the patents-in-suit. The plaintiff did not respond to the motion....more

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