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The Supreme Court’s Push For Clarity in Patent Cases

The Supreme Court had a busy term, particularly with regard to patent cases, and especially in an effort to provide much needed guidance to the divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Supreme Court granted...more

Are “Concurrent Damages” A Good Idea For Copyright Law?

About a year ago, we wrote about the final chapter in the copyright saga of Joel Tenenbaum, the Boston University student who was found liable for copyright infringement by a District of Massachusetts jury, based on his...more

Judge Forrest Denies Attorneys’ Fees and Ancillary Electronic Discovery Costs

Rejecting claims that the matter was “exceptional” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 so as to permit the recovery of attorneys’ fees, Judge Forrest declined to award fees incurred between the court’s Markman order and order on summary...more

IP Newsflash - July 2014 #3

Federal Circuit Finds District Court Erred in Refusing to Consider Evidence Pertinent to Determination of Priority Even Though the Evidence was Not Presented to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences - The...more

Motion to Stay Pending CBM Review Granted Where Non-Practicing Entity Did Not Seek Preliminary Injunction

Boku, Inc. ("Boku") filed a CBM petition with the PTAB seeking review of the patentability of Plaintiff's U.S. Patent No. 7,273,168 (the "'168 patent"). The petition challenged all claims of the '168 patent on grounds that...more

Federal District Court in San Francisco Sentences More Defendants in Trade Secret Cases

The U.S. District Court in San Francisco was busy this month sentencing defendants in two of the year’s biggest trade secrets cases. First, on July 10, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White sentenced Walter...more

Judge Rakoff Grants Permanent Injunction and Awards Attorneys’ Fees for Unreasonable Litigation Tactics and Redundant Post-Trial...

Following a six-day jury trial finding defendants’ infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,874,487 (“Integrated illumination assembly for symbology reader”) to be willful, Judge Rakoff permitted plaintiffs to move for a permanent...more

Versata v. SAP: PTAB Decision Does Not Trump a Final Jury Verdict

As discussed in an earlier article, the final decision in the first covered business method review (CBM) in SAP America, Inc. v. Versata Data Development Group, PTAB Case CBM2012-00001, presents many issues of first...more

Garcia v. Google, Inc.

Garcia v. Google, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 11, 2014: Ninth Circuit amends earlier opinion in which it reversed district court’s denial of injunction requiring removal from YouTube.com of anti-Islamic video,...more

Adrea v. Barnes & Noble: Court Holds That Adrea Is Precluded From Seeking Certain Past Damages for Failure to Mark

Adrea, LLC ("Adrea") filed a patent infringement action against Barnes & Noble, Inc., barnesandnoble.com llc, and Nook Media LLC (collectively, "B&N"), which alleged that B&N's e-reader Nook infringed U.S. Patent Nos....more

The Cost of Defending Against Patent Trolls

It should come as no surprise that defending against Non-Producing Entities—most of which are Patent Trolls —is expensive, especially for small businesses and corporations. In support of his ongoing legal battle with the...more

Curtis v. Illumination Arts, Inc.

Curtis v. Illumination Arts, Inc. - USDC, W.D. Wa., July 17, 2014 - District court grants default judgment in copyright action and awards $50,000 in statutory damages against defendant publishers per book...more

Permanent Injunction Granted After Jury Trial Where Plaintiff and Defendant Were Competitors and Plaintiff's Products that...

After a jury trial in which Power Integrations, Inc. ("Power") obtained a verdict of infringement and validity in its favor against Fairchild Semiconductor ("Fairchild"), Power moved for a permanent injunction. In analyzing...more

Kickstarting an Old Patent System for the New Software Era

Software patents have been having a rough time of it lately. It seems everyone has something bad to say about them, from the courts to the press, and even some software engineers. Originally Published in The Recorder...more

Flash in the Panama

Many of you may have heard recently that (in)famous dictator and all-around terrible (misunderstood?) person Manuel Noriega has sued Activision...more

Improving the value of your US patent portfolio: lessons for Australian and NZ companies from the decision of Bard v Gore

Recent developments in US law have meant that investors conducting due diligence of biotech and technology companies now not only consider whether the company’s US patents are valid and cover the relevant technology but also...more

Judge Stark overhauls patent practices in District of Delaware: 10 key changes

The same day he took the reins as Chief Judge for the District of Delaware, Judge Leonard P. Stark substantially overhauled his patent practices. Effective with all cases filed on or after July 1, 2014, Judge Stark...more

Victims of Patent Trolls Get Re-Sharpened Weapon in their Defense

Fee-shifting in patent infringement suits has been authorized by statute since 1952, for application in “exceptional cases.” For the past nine years, that statute has not often been applied as a result of the Federal...more

“Big Chocolate” Gets Injunction Against Whack-A-Mole Senator; Trademark “Services” Include Political Activities

Last week, Judge William Quarles of the District of Maryland issued an injunction preventing Maryland Republican State Senator Steve Hershey from using his own campaign literature. The case was brought by the Hershey...more

UPDATE: A New Top 10 Disclosed Trade Secret Settlement

A new trade secrets settlement has shaken up our top 10 disclosed settlements of all time. Business Logic, a Chicago-based developer of financial software, reports that the investment firm Morningstar, Inc. has agreed to pay...more

Case Alert -- Federal Circuit Reverses District Court Denying Stay Pending Covered Business Method Review

On July 10, 2014, the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in VirtualAgility Inc. v. Salesforce.com, Inc., in which it reversed the district court’s order denying Salesforce’s motion to stay the district court suit pending...more

Anti-counterfeiting: protecting your brand – why it is important and how to do it

Intellectual property (“IP”) is often the DNA of a business. A brand can be integral to reputation, revenue streams and goodwill. However, protecting IP is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly with the proliferation...more

That look’s a steal: K&L Gates advises on how to protect against copycats

There are plenty of businesses making and selling garments in the rag trade and all of them are trying to stand out from the crowd. Each label is looking for their point of difference and, for a large number of brands, their...more

Finding of Exceptional Case Denied Due to Unclean Hands

In Gaymar Industries, Inc. v. Cincinnati Sub-Zero Products, Inc. et al, 1-08-cv-00299 (NYWD July 3, 2014, Order) (McCarthy, M.J.), the magistrate judge recommended denial of defendant's request for reconsideration of its...more

Court Excludes Defense Damage Expert's Royalty Base Where Expert Based Royalty Base Solely on "Inventive Aspects" of Patent and...

ThinkOptics, Inc. ("ThinkOptics") filed a patent infringement action accusing several Defendants of infringing three patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 7,796,116; 7,852,317; and 7,864,159. As explained by the district court, "[t]he...more

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