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Federal Circuit Review (August 2014)

Post Grant Review of Patent Favors Stay of Litigation - In VIRTUALAGILITY INC. v. SALESFORCE.COM, INC., Appeal No. 14-1232, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court's denial of a motion to stay pending a post...more

SJC Issues Decision Concerning Recovery of Lost Profits Damages in Commercial Litigation

In a noteworthy recent decision addressing the parameters of damages in commercial litigation, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed an order excluding expert testimony concerning future lost profits damages...more

Capitol Records, LLC v. Pandora Media, Inc.: Future of Digital Music May Depend on State Copyright Protection of Pre-1972 Sound...

Pandora Media, Inc., (“Pandora”), with over 250 million registered users and over 70% of the market share of Internet radio, is known as a leader in the digital music industry. In 2013 alone, Pandora streamed 16.7 billion...more

Court Excludes Plaintiff's Experts Where Experts Failed to Comply with Rule 26 Disclosures

In this patent infringement action, the defendants, Hangzhou Langhong Technology Co., Ltd. and Langhong Technology USA Inc., moved to exclude the testimony of plaintiff's experts on infringement and damages. The district...more

IP Newsflash - August 2014 #4

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Showing of a Substantial Case of Irreparable Harm to Losing Plaintiff Justifies Injunction Against Defendant During Appeal - Following a bench trial, but before the court issued a...more

Judge Crotty denies attorney and expert fees

In a matter related to Case no. 1:13–cv-01358–PAC, Abbvie requested attorney and expert fees following the court’s determination that U.S. Patent No. 7,846,442 (“Methods of treating rheumatoid arthritis with an anti-TNF-alpha...more

Law Firms Are Not Body Shops: An Insurer’s Duty to Defend Requires it to Pay Only the Defense Costs the Insured Actually Paid

In the course of discharging their coverage obligations, insurers often benefit from bargains they strike with service providers. Healthcare insurers pay in-network caregivers rates that are dramatically lower than the...more

Consider this Potential Downside of Inter Partes Review: Denial of the Petition May Be Used Against You in a Concurrent District...

In many instances, it may be advantageous to challenge patent validity via an AIA trial in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Despite all of the advantages to an AIA trial, a potential AIA trial petitioner...more

Agence France Presse v. Morel

Agence France Presse v. Morel - USDC, S.D. New York, August 13, 2014 - District court upholds jury’s award of maximum statutory copyright damages of $1.2 million, plus $20,000 in DMCA damages, finding sufficient...more

Motion to Stay Enforcement of Judgment Denied Where Defendant Was Found to be a Willful Infringer and Offered Inadequate Security

On May 16, 2014, the district court entered Judgment on a jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff Global Traffic Technologies, LLC ("GTT") in the amount of $5,052,118, enhanced damages in the amount of $2,526,059, and prejudgment...more

Funkadelic Master Sound Recordings Can Be Involuntarily Transferred to a Court-Appointed Receiver to Satisfy Judgment

Hendricks & Lewis PLLC v. Clinton - Addressing the issue of whether a lower court abused its discretion by appointing a receiver and authorizing the sale of master sound recordings to satisfy monetary judgments, the...more

District Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Where Plaintiffs Could Not Show Irreparable Harm Because Defendant Is Large and Well...

Plaintiff Hill-Rom Company, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against General Electric Company ("GE"). The district court began its discussion by noting that "[t]he Federal Circuit has said that...more

IP Newsflash - August 2014 #3

Federal Circuit Vacates Injunction and Contempt Order After Reexamination Finds At-Issue Claims Invalid - On July 25, the Federal Circuit vacated an injunction and $18 million civil contempt fine in a patent...more

ITC Section 337 Update – August 2014

Fifth Annual "Live at the ITC" – On July 30, 2014, the Fifth Annual Forum on Section 337 and Other Developments at the U.S. International Trade Commission, entitled Live at the ITC, was co-sponsored by the ABA-IPL...more

Judge Rakoff’s summary judgment order simplifies e-reader case against B&N

Judge Rakoff granted several of defendants’ summary judgment motions in Adrea’s suit alleging infringement of U.S. Patents Nos. 7,298,851 (“Electronic book security and copyright protection system”), 7,299,501 (Electronic...more

Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. - USCA, Seventh Circuit, August 4, 2014

Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate, Ltd. - USCA, Seventh Circuit, August 4, 2014: Seventh Circuit grants plaintiff’s motion for attorneys’ fees incurred on appeal under Copyright Act, finding that plaintiff would have...more

Lost Profit Damages Alive and Well in Patent Cases

While the pendulum has clearly swung in favor of limiting recovery of patent infringement damages, most notably in patent cases where non-practicing entities seek reasonable royalty damages, lost profits damages are not among...more

Judge Posner, I Presume

Over the past several months, Judge Posner and the Seventh Circuit has handed a couple of rare, but well-deserved wins to the public domain. On June 16, 2014, the Court issued an opinion holding that the primary characters...more

ITC Issues Its First Stay of a CDO - In the matter of Certain Digital Models, Digital Data, and Treatment Plans for Use in Making...

For the first time the U.S. International Trade Commission (U.S. ITC) issued a stay of a cease and desist order (CDO) issued at the conclusion of an investigation under § 337 of the Tariff Act. In the matter of Certain...more

Mister Softee vs. Master Softee: Non-Compete & Trademark Ice Cream Fight in the SDNY

Dimitrios Tsirkos first became a Mister Softee franchisee in the mid 1980’s. To be clear, we are talking about the ice cream truck business. Over the years, Tsirkos entered several franchise agreements with Mister Softee and...more

No “Plausible Basis” to Establish Federal Circuit Jurisdiction in Transfer From Eleventh Circuit

Krauser v. Biohorizons, Inc. - Addressing whether a declaratory judgment action qualified as a civil action relating to patents for purposes of establishing appellate jurisdiction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Court Denies Monetary Sanctions Based on Overdesignation of Documents As Confidential-Outside Counsel Eyes Only But Orders...

In this patent infringement action brought by plaintiff Trustees of Boston University ("BU") , BU alleged that defendants infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738 (the "'738 Patent"), which pertains to light emitting diodes...more

Hallmark Recovers $47 Million for Theft of Greeting Card Market Research, Eighth Circuit Says Ok

A fascinating, salacious trade secrets case out of the Western District of Missouri and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Patent Dispute Erupts Over Mobile Digital Recording Devices

Utility Associates, Inc. (“Utility”), a Delaware corporation with a place of business in Tucker, Georgia, filed a patent infringement action on June 12, 2014, against Digital Ally Inc. (“Digital”), a Nevada corporation...more

How The White Tower Burgers Trademark White-Washed, Washed Out, Then Washed Up

If you happen to be in the Boston area this August, and you are sick of the Freedom Trail, here’s an idea for a little trademark trail. Start in Cambridge at Moody’s Falafel Palace and head downtown past Kneeland Street to...more

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