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The Year Ahead in Patent Law - 2015

With the advent of the America Invents Act (AIA), public perception of frivolous patent litigation, frequently surrounding cases filed by non-practicing entities (NPEs), has received increasing legislative attention. Although...more

Supreme Court of Arizona Weighs in on the Preemption Provision of the State’s Trade Secrets Act

Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC v. Noder - The Uniform Trade Secrets Act’s (UTSA) displacement provision creates an exclusive cause of action for claims based on misappropriation of trade secrets and preempts...more

Canada Begins Border Enforcement for Counterfeits

On January 1, 2015, the Government of Canada declared into force new border controls designed to prevent counterfeit and copyright infringing goods from entering and exiting Canada. The new border controls empower officers of...more

IP Newsflash - January 2015

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Explains the Role of Actual Profits in Reasonable Royalty Calculations and the Relationship Between Preliminary Injunctions and Willful Infringement - On December 22,...more

Monster Bites Back, Accuses Beats of Monstrous Scam

It’s a monster movie cliché – near the end, when the monster is “dead,” the dust is settling and the heroes are patting each other on the back, the monster rises from the dead and goes on one more rampage before it expires....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

Arizona Supreme Court Holds the Arizona Uniform Trade Secrets Act Does Not Preempt Tort Claims Based on Misappropriation of...

On November 19, 2014, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in Orca Communications Unlimited, LLC v. Noder that the Arizona Uniform Trade Secrets Act (AUTSA) does not preempt common law tort claims for misappropriation of...more

Oklahoma's new defense in patent infringement lawsuits

A new Oklahoma law should give would-be plaintiffs pause before alleging abusive patent infringement claims. In May, Governor Fallin signed into law HB 2837, making Oklahoma one of 18 states to enact a state bill aimed at...more

Misappropriation of Trade Secrets Warrants an Ongoing “Reasonable Royalty”

Sabatino Bianco, M.D., v. Globus Medical, Inc. - Comparing and contrasting Texas trade secret law to jurisprudence relating to patent infringement damages, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held...more

Res judicata Does Not Bar Claims Arising After Prior Litigation, Even One Based on Similar Conduct

TechnoMarine SA v. Giftports Inc. - Addressing whether a prior litigation between the parties resolving claims of unfair competition bars subsequent suit over similar conduct occurring after settlement of the earlier...more

Plaintiff’s Trade Secret Lawsuit Backfires!

We recently reported on good things (big verdicts) coming to trade secret plaintiffs that endure lengthy lawsuits. But good things don’t always come to those who wait. ...more

IP Newsflash - June 2014

Federal Circuit Upholds Award of Sanctions for a “Frivolous” Patent Lawsuit - On June 5, 2014, the Federal Circuit affirmed the Southern District of New York’s decision to sanction Appellant and its attorneys for...more

AcryliCon Accuses Silikal Of Trademark Infringement and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

On April 10, 2014, AcryliCon USA, LLC, (“AcryliCon” or “Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Silikal GmbH & Co. and Silikal Industries GmbH, (“Silikal”), Hubert Weimann, and Harold Schmidt (collectively, “Defendants”)...more

North Carolina Abusive Patent Assertions Act (H1032) Makes Its Way Through General Assembly

The 2013 General Assembly convened its 2014 Regular Session on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 with the introduction of House Bill 1032 The Abusive Patent Assertions Act by primary sponsor Representative Tom Murry (Rep). The Bill...more

United States Trade Secrets Law

The America Invents Act (AIA) changes the traditional calculus in determining whether to seek patenting an invention or to maintain it as a trade secret. This shift in intellectual property protection is the result of two...more

Federal Court Reminds Trade Secret Owners That the Statute of Limitations Isn't Everything When it Comes to Misappropriation...

Several years after an employee leaves your company, you realize that he or she has been using confidential and proprietary information acquired from your business to compete against you. Your non-compete agreement with the...more

Rapid Changes in Standards for Fees in IP Disputes

Background of Attorney’s Fees in Patent Disputes - Old Patent Act Standard – The Patent Act by its express terms permits a prevailing party, whether a plaintiff-patentee or defendant-competitor, to recover its...more

Supreme Court of Japan Decision Clarifies Ability to Enforce Certain Foreign Judgments

On April 24, 2014, the Supreme Court of Japan issued a decision (Decision) with respect to the 'enforcement of foreign judgments' by Japanese courts. The Decision sets out criteria for when a Japanese court must enforce an...more

Summary Update On The Law Of Chapter 93a

Standards Governing Business Claims Under 93A ¦ Higher standard applies for business plaintiffs. More decisions confirm that a business plaintiff must make a higher showing of defendant wrongdoing in order to...more

Exceptional Case Finding Results in $12 Million Fee Award

Gabriel Techs. Corp. v. Qualcomm Inc. - In a non-precedential decision addressing a finding of exceptional case under 35 U.S.C. § 285, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s award...more

NC Begins Work On Patent Troll Bill

Recently, a joint legislative committee sent a report to the North Carolina General Assembly that recommended passing an anti-troll bill during the legislature’s 2014 Short Session. A copy of the bill may be found here. The...more

Federal Circuit's Last Word on Attorney Fees - Actual Knowledge of Baseless Claim Not Required - Kilopass Tech., Inc. v. Sidenese...

Addressing the proof required to show a bad faith assertion of a baseless claim to establish an exceptional patent case for attorneys’ fees. the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated and remanded a lower...more

Texas Adopts the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

Texas recently adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, making it effective on September 1, 2013. S.B. 953, 83rd Leg., Reg. Sess., § 4 (Tex. 2013) (the “Act”). The Act has been adopted by 46 other states, plus the U.S. Virgin...more

The Prospect Generator’s Case, A Second Look

There is more to learn from Southwestern Energy Production Co. v. Berry-Helfand and Muncey, discussed in a recent post. Damages – With Room to Run, the Expert Scores. Courts are entitled to be “flexible and...more

Know When To Fold ‘Em: Avoiding Bad Faith When Litigating Trade Secrets Cases

In his classic song The Gambler, Kenny Rogers famously advised: “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” It’s good guidance for surviving a poker table, but also...more

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