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Court Finds That Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Is Preempted By Trade Secrets Claim

by Winstead PC on

In Super Starr Int’l, LLC v. Fresh Tex Produce, LLC, a Texas entity that distributes produce throughout the United States filed suit against another Texas entity that imports foreign grown produce into the United States and...more

You Can Dance If You Want To

In borrowing a page from the '80s band "Men Without Hats," on June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court brought greater certainty for both biosimilar applicants and originator companies. In Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., the Supreme...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Willfulness is Required to Award Profits in Trademark Cases

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed its commitment to the rule that willfulness is a prerequisite for disgorgement of a trademark infringer’s profits in Stone Creek v. Omnia Italian Design, Case No....more

China's OEM jurisprudence 1.5 years after the Pretul case: OEM use may still infringe upon Chinese trademarks

by Hogan Lovells on

OEM is a business model whereby a trademark owner orders its products from a manufacturer, often located abroad, who manufactures and supplies products branded with the purchasers marks instead of his own marks. In China,...more

Courts Continue to Enforce Foreign Non-Competes in California While the Window for Such Agreements Slowly Closes

Contrary to common perception, California employees who signed restrictive covenants prior to January 1, 2017 are not completely immune to enforcement of all restrictions on competition. For the second time in several years,...more

Federal Circuit Review - June 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Inter Partes Reexamination Estoppel Attaches On Claim-by-Claim Basis for New Requests and Pending Proceedings - In In re Affinity Labs Of Texas, LLC, Appeal Nos. 2016-1092, 2016-1172, the Federal Circuit held that the...more

The Supreme Court Limits Where Patent Owners May File Infringement Actions – With Some Guidance from Applicable District Court...

The Supreme Court recently decided TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group, 581 U. S. ____ (2017), which has changed the rules concerning where patent infringement lawsuits may be brought. Specifically, patent infringement actions...more

R&D Based Domestic Industry Questions Remain

by Jones Day on

As noted in a previous post, ALJ Lord issued a domestic industry ruling, which the Commission later vacated without position, finding that R&D-based investments in plant and equipment or labor and capital cannot count towards...more

Illinois Federal Court Allows Inevitable Disclosure Theory in Defend Trade Secrets Act Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On May 11, 2017, a Northern District of Illinois federal court ruled that a Plaintiff properly alleged misappropriation under both the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) and the Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA) in a...more

Court Of Chancery Addresses Material Adverse Change Clause In Commercial Contract

by Morris James LLP on

A material adverse change or effect clause permits a party to avoid its contractual obligations under certain circumstances. Delaware courts have addressed so-called “MAC” clauses in the merger agreement context on a number...more

Sweet as Candy? Sugarfina takes Competitor to Court

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On June 15th, Sugarfina Inc. (“Sugarfina”), a gourmet candy boutique, sued one of its competitors, Sweet Pete’s LLC (“Sweet Pete’s”), accusing Sweet Pete’s of trade dress, copyright, trademark, and patent infringement, as...more

Supreme Court: Biosimilar Applicants May Provide Commercial Marketing Notice Before FDA Approval

by Jones Day on

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided two important questions under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act ("BPCIA"), which provides an abbreviated pathway for the approval of generic biologics: (i) the...more

TC Heartland – One Month Later Delaware, Texas, California and Illinois Courts Most Popular Venues

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

We previously reported on the early impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland based on the first few weeks of new filings. It has now been one month, and based on the filing data for the month since TC Heartland...more

Partnering Perspectives - Summer 2017

As we implement the Eversheds Sutherland combination and expand our ability to serve clients around the globe, our US and international teams are working together to analyze issues impacting clients doing business in multiple...more

The Federal Circuit Grapples With a Messy Breakup and Trademark Ownership

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provided important guidance on the standard applicable to resolving disputes over the rightful ownership of a trademark where the mark has been used by a group of...more

Supreme Court Holds Sale of Patented Product Exhausts All Patent Rights

by Jackson Walker on

In a nearly unanimous opinion issued recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held “a patentee’s decision to sell a product exhausts all of its patent rights in that item, regardless of any restrictions the patentee purports to...more

First Impressions: New Strategies in the New Era of Patent Exhaustion After Impression Products v. Lexmark International

by Perkins Coie on

In Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, No. 15–1189, 137 S. Ct. ___, 2017 WL 2322830 (May 30, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a patentee’s sale of a product exhausts all of its U.S. patent rights in...more

Supreme Court's Lexmark Decision Exhausts Patents

by White & Case LLP on

On May 30, 2017, the United States Supreme Court reversed the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decision in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. altering the scope of the patent...more

Industry Perspectives On The Biosimilar Patent Dance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Supreme Court could issue its decision in the Amgen v. Sandoz biosimilar patent dance case any day now. Last week I participated in a panel discussion with industry stakeholders considering how the decision might–or might...more

Supreme Court Limits Patent Owners’ Ability to Control Post-Sale Use of Patented Products

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The Supreme Court last week issued its long-awaited decision regarding patent exhaustion in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International. The decision, which overturns longstanding Federal Circuit precedent, curtails...more

The Northern District of California Shoots to Second Place After TC Heartland

by Orrick - NorCal IP Group on

It’s been just over two weeks since the Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland. As plaintiffs and the courts now struggle to deal with venue in patent cases (and patent litigators brush up on venue law), we looked at recent...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Patent Exhaustion Doctrine and Limits Post-Sale Control

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

In Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., the Supreme Court held that after a patent holder sells a patented product, the patent holder cannot control the product by way of patent rights. United States...more

Promise to Arbitrate Claims “Arising Under” is Narrower than Promise to Arbitrate Claims “Relating to” Agreement

In Evans v. Building Materials Corporation of America, [2016-2427](June 5, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the denial of a motion to dismiss a complaint for patent infringement and trade dress infringement....more

Supreme Court Finds Patent Rights Exhausted Overseas

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., the Supreme Court reversed the en banc decision of the Federal Circuit, and held U.S. patents rights exhausted by the patent owner’s sale of a patented article...more

Patent Rights are So Anemic, They’re Exhausted on First Sale

The Supreme Court in Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc., has once again reversed the Federal Circuit, holding that a sale of a patented product by (or on behalf of) the patent owner, whether in the U.S....more

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