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Legal Malpractice Claims Against Prosecuting Attorneys Belong in State Court - NeuroRepair, Inc. v. Nath Law Group

Addressing whether the federal district court had jurisdiction over state legal malpractice claims relating in part to the prosecution of patent applications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the...more

STRONG Patents Act of 2015 -- An Alternative Patent Reform Bill

Yesterday, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced the "Support Technology and Research for Our Nation's Growth (STRONG) Patents Act of 2015." What is unique about...more

With Highly Anticipated Copyright Decision, The AutoHop Litigation Is Coming to a Close

In 2012, DISH Network announced two novel product offerings that would result in considerable backlash from the four major broadcast television networks and set in motion a three-year, wide-ranging, multi-front battle with...more

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

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Winter 2015 - Vol. 13, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Tips for Developing a Cost-Effective Foreign Patent Strategy - Supreme Court Holds that Trademark Tacking Should be Decided by a Jury in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank - Amending Claims...more

Derivative Action Stayed Pending $228.9M Appeal

When a company receives an adverse judgment holding it responsible for hundreds of millions in damages, shareholder derivative suits often follow. A typical claim is that had the board exercised proper oversight, the company...more

Legislative Update – STRONG Patents Act Takes Aim at IPR and PGR

With the new Congress firmly seated and various legislative efforts gaining momentum, another effort to reform patent system is taking its share of the spotlight. In early February, the House of Representatives took the first...more

Patent Eligibility Under Alice: Reliance on Lack of Routine or Conventional Use

Federal courts have continued to wrestle with the standard for patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101 set by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). This is...more

Three Strike and You are Out: District Court Grants Summary Judgment on Lack of Standing, No Infringement and Invalidates the...

Plaintiff NOV filed a patent infringement action asserting that defendant Omron had infringed NOV's patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,474,142 or the '142 Patent). Specifically, NOV alleged Omron's oil rig automation control system...more

Case is transferred to the Eastern District of Missouri

Plaintiff is a Delaware corporation with principal place of business in California at the time the complaint was filed. Its current address is in New York. Defendant is an Ohio LLC with its principal place of business in...more

The Top 5 Trends in Canadian Intellectual Property Law for 2015

Last year promised significant changes in Canadian IP law; some of which will be realized in 2015. As the first quarter draws to a close, this year’s trends in IP law are emerging. Canada’s international trade negotiations...more

Patent Exhaustion Update: The Federal Circuit Allows Royalties From Different Entities In Supply Chain

Patent exhaustion, or "the first sale doctrine," requires that the initial authorized sale of a patented item by a patent owner or licensee, terminates their ability to subsequently use their patent rights against that item....more

Federal Circuit Confirms That Advertising Services Is Not Use in Commerce

In Couture v. Playdom, Inc., the Federal Circuit held that the use of a mark on a website to offer services is not use in commerce sufficient to support an actual-use service mark application. As a result, the Court affirmed...more

District Court Denies Motion in Limine Seeking to Preclude Advice of Counsel Defense Even Though Plaintiff Was not Able to Obtain...

The Plaintiff filed a motion in limine seeking the district court to preclude the Defendant from offering at trial any testimony regarding the Defendant's opinion of counsel defense that was not disclosed during discovery. As...more

Google Remains on the Hook After Summary Judgment Denied

Judge Rya W. Zobel’s recent decision denying a set of Google’s summary judgment motions has cleared the way for trial. Skyhook initially sued Google for infringement of thirteen patents. Currently, eight patents remain at...more

Federal Circuit Affirms PTAB’s Lack of Patentability Ruling in First-Ever AIA Review - In re Cuozzo Speed Techs., LLC

Addressing for the first time an appeal of an America Invents Act review decision out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO’s) Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...more

Bayer Given a Headache by Trial Court Decision in FLANAX US Trademark Dispute

On February 6, 2015, a US District Court issued a ruling which underscores the territorial nature of trademark rights and the need to seek formal protection for your marks where possible in all countries of interest. The US...more

ITC Pilot Program to Expedite Rulings on Whether Exclusion Orders Cover Redesigns and New Products

On February 24, 2015, the ITC announced a new pilot program to decide whether redesigns or new products are covered by ITC exclusion orders. The announced goal of the program is to test the use of expedited procedures for the...more

Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee (Fed. Cir. 2015) - Filing of IDS after Response to Restriction Requirement Constitutes Failure to...

Last week, in Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Lee, the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision by the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granting summary judgment to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark...more

Cariou v. Prince: A Controversial Redefining of the Distinction between Parody and Satire

The controversy that swirled around the 2013 Cariou v. Prince decision was once again ignited with the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC – a decision that, fairly or unfairly, took direct...more

Supreme Court Holds that Trademark Tacking Should be Decided by a Jury in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank

In a 9-0 decision authored by Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court held on January 21, 2015 that trademark tacking is a question of fact, which should be decided by a jury. The case, Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, sought...more

Don’t Mess with Texas Trademarks

As a native Texan, I always feel a bit nostalgic and homesick around early March. Not only is bluebonnet season (read: spring) around the corner (if only that were true here in Boston!), but March 2 marks Texas Independence...more

Four Mile Bay Sues Zimmer Holdings

Four Mile Bay, LLC recently sued Zimmer Holdings, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The complaint alleges that Zimmer Holdings’ hip implants, such as the “Trabecular Metal Primary...more

The Apparently Never-Ending Story of Bard v. W.L. Gore - Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc. and C.R. Bard, Inc. v. W.L. Gore &...

In a case centered about patent that matured from an application filed 40 years ago, a case that has been pending for 12 years and that just completed its fourth engagement at the appellate level, the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Top 5 Takeaways for Trademark Owners from the Supreme Court's Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank Tacking Decision

Many commentators have weighed-in on the Supreme Court's recent Hana Financial decision, which involved two competing HANA-formative marks for financial services, including one that had been modified over the years to couple...more

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