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The Battle to Keep the "Mister Softee" Brand from Melting Away

The sight of a Mister Softee ice cream truck is a reminder that summer is here, and its jingle draws children to run and grab a cone to enjoy. Mister Softee trucks are sprinkled around 15 states, with over 600 trucks operated...more

New North Carolina Law Provides Tool to Battle Patent Trolls

The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed a bill aimed at the abusive assertion of patents. It was part of the Commerce Protection Act of 2014 (S 648, S.L. 2014-110, section 2.1) and was signed into law by Governor...more

Mattocks v. Black Entertainment Television LLC

Mattocks v. Black Entertainment Television LLC - USDC, S.D. Florida, August 20, 2014 - District court grants defendant BET summary judgment in suit brought by creator of Facebook Fan Page that promoted BET...more

Muzzling Whistleblowers: When Confidentiality Agreements Go Too Far

Confidentiality agreements can be useful to a company. For example, they can ensure that employees are aware of their company’s valuable trade secrets and can establish requirements to safeguard those assets. But when do...more

Where Bankruptcy Law and Intellectual Property Law Intersect

The intersection of bankruptcy law and intellectual property law is not a very nice neighborhood. Anyone dealing with intellectual property license agreements must think about how these agreements are affected if one party to...more

Organic Internet Growth: New .ORGANIC Domain Names Launch

If an organic standards body has approved you or your product, you are likely eligible to register an .organic domain name. Interested brand owners should apply as soon as possible and before the sunrise period closes on...more

Copyright and performance rights in an online video world

We can chalk up another Internet-prompted intellectual property frontier: performance rights. People have been performing for one another for centuries. But suddenly courts are grappling with performance copyright claims,...more

Trade Secrets – Protecting the (Corporate) Family Jewels

Disputes regarding trade secrets and corporate espionage are becoming perpetual fixtures in the news. One of the most common scenarios is that a key employee departs to join a competitor and his or her former employer quickly...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

Security Interests in Intellectual Property and Related Issues in Bankruptcy

Intellectual property (“IP”) can act as collateral to be pledged to secure an extension of credit. For example, a company that borrows money from a bank can pledge its patents as collateral for the loan. The bank (referred...more

Franchising In India: Key Considerations For Franchisors Seeking To Grow Their Brands

India recently staged the largest free democratic election in world history, bringing to power the National Democratic Alliance, led by the Bharatiya Janata Par ty, and with it a fresh sense of optimism about India’s economic...more

The BEPS Initiative: Redefining International Tax Planning?

Technology companies frequently possess an international tax footprint before expanding their domestic tax footprint. That may soon change as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and its G20...more

California Supreme Court Defines Scope of Advertising Injury Coverage

Hartford v. Swift imposes “specificity” requirements that may provide comfort to companies facing disparagement claims while requiring careful navigation to trigger CGL policies. The California Supreme Court recently...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

You May Have Stolen the Advertising Database, But You Still Have No Advertising Idea

In Liberty Corporate Capital Ltd. v. Security Safe Outlet, 2014 WL 3973726 (6th Cir. August 15, 2014), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that where a stolen customer database is used as the basis of an advertising...more

Delaware Court Finds Password Protection for Electronic Documents Insufficient to Preserve Trade Secrets

Key questions in most trade secret cases are whether information was misappropriated and whether that information qualified as a trade secret in the first place. Under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act’s definition of a trade...more

What?? The Target Company Does Not Own its IP!?

We have been working on a number of private company mergers and acquisitions transactions this year where the technology and the intellectual property of the target company (the “Target”) are the key value drivers for the...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Delinquent Corporation To Sue And Own Trademarks

In Southern California Darts Association v. Zaffina, the Ninth Circuit held that a corporation, whose charter had been suspended by the state of California in 1977, had standing in 2012 to sue and to own trademarks as an...more

NPEs Continue to Play Large Role in Patent Litigation

The annual patent litigation study recently released by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) sets forth some interesting trends in patent litigation, including that cases involving non-practicing entities (NPEs) continue to...more

Revenue-Driven Licensing Activities Fail to Satisfy Domestic Industry Requirement for ITC Action

The ALJ terminated the ITC investigation upon granting respondent's motion for summary judgment for lack of domestic industry, finding that the complainant's (a licensing entity) patent-related activities were solely...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

Motion to Set Aside Default Where Defendant Waited Too Long to Obtain New Counsel

Plaintiff Fleet Engineers, Inc. ("Fleet") develops, manufactures, and sells after-market products for the trucking industry. Defendant Tarun Surti, the president of Mudguard Technologies, LLC ("Mudguard"), owns a mud flap...more

Parties Must Come Clean to Settle a Proceeding

In Groupon Inc. v. Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., CBM2014-00090, Paper 10 (August 12, 2014), the Board reminded the parties that any agreement or understanding between the patent owner and the petitioner, including any...more

InterConnect - Summer 2014

In this issue: - Don’t Sail Too Close to the Wind: Enhancing Awareness of Intermodal Shipping Documents - NEMF Class Action Settlement Serves as a Reminder to Carriers to Ensure FCRA Compliance in...more

Top Ten Tips for the Workplace

Every now and then, it’s worth it for even the most seasoned HR professional to receive a reminder about best practices in the workplace. Ensuring compliance with our Top Ten Tips list below, will help to keep your workplace...more

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