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Getting Hammered: California Trial Court Finds for E*Trade in Long-Running Misappropriation Case Where Plaintiff Destroyed the...

In a fifteen-year tale of how not to protect your emerging company’s trade secrets when dealing with the big fish, on September 16, 2015, a California trial court denied a company’s bid for royalties for technology...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Post-Patent Expiration Royalties

Fifty years ago, in Brulotte v. Thys Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that “a patentee’s use of a royalty agreement that projects beyond the expiration date of the patent is unlawful per se.” 379 U.S. 29, 32 (1964). On June...more

California Court of Appeal Hears Oral Argument in Lucent Technologies

On September 24, the Court of Appeal for the Second District heard oral argument in Lucent Technologies v. State Board of Equalization. The issue before the court was whether telephone switching software is exempt from sales...more

Drafting Intellectual Property Agreements: Best Practices From a Litigator’s Perspective

As intellectual property licensing continues to grow more prevalent, legal practitioners and business personnel are being asked to craft and negotiate agreements that can significantly impact a business’s ability to compete...more

North Face Scales Sanyang Applications For Clothing and Services

In The North Face Apparel Corp. v. Sanyang Industry Co., Ltd., Opp. No. 91187593 (September 18, 2015), the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”) handed The North Face Apparel Corp. (“The North Face”) significant victories...more

Financial Projections, Strategic Plans, And Customer Contract Proposals Can Be Trade Secrets

Two competitors who do research and analysis for advertisers and media companies, concerning how television viewing impacts consumer purchasing, have been in a legal battle over alleged trade secret misappropriation, patent...more

Eight-Figure Judgments in Trade Secret Cases – Do We Have Your Attention Now?

The conventional wisdom among attorneys and litigants in the noncompete and trade secret arena is that the cases are all about the injunctions, usually at the TRO and interlocutory injunction stage. Some judgments handed...more

Copyright Strategies for Start-Up Companies

As a leader of a start-up company, you are probably aware of the importance of protecting your company’s innovative products, services and technologies through patent filings. If you are savvy, you are also aware of the...more

When E-Filing Goes Wrong: How to Protect Your Trade Secrets in the Event of Inadvertent Online Disclosure

It is frightening to think that valuable corporate trade secrets could be lost with the click of a mouse. But as electronic court filing becomes increasingly prevalent, the risk of inadvertent disclosure of sensitive...more

From Phonograph Records to Musical Sound Recordings: USPTO’s Pilot Program May Bring Life to Outdated Registrations

Own a trademark registration covering goods or services that have become obsolete due to technological advances? Does your trademark registration cover content delivered by floppy discs that are now provided as on-line...more

Aretha Franklin Is Looking For A Little Respect From Telluride And Toronto Film Festivals

On September 4, 2015, a long running legal battle over the right to use footage from a 1972 concert by Aretha Franklin took a twist right out of a Hollywood movie when the Queen of Soul sought, and was granted, a temporary...more

The Effect of Microsoft v. Motorola

Throughout U.S. patent law jurisprudence, a select number of cases have made significant changes to fundamental aspects of the process of patent litigation. Such milestone cases often eclipse the more specific details of the...more

No Trade Secret in Visual Aspects of Software: The Need for Non-Compete Agreements

?A federal appeals court recently ruled that “features and functions” of software programs are not trade secrets, particularly when those with access are not required to sign confidentiality agreements. Because trade secret...more

Supreme Court Maintains Licensing Status Quo in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC

A bedrock principle of U.S. patent law is that the patent grant comprises a quid pro quo. In exchange for a limited term of exclusivity (presently, twenty years from the earliest filing date), the patented invention is placed...more

An Employee Stole Your Trade Secrets but You Cannot Prove It. Now What?

Consider the following, relatively uncommon scenario: an employee stole your trade secrets and went to work for a competitor. You know the employee did it, you just cannot prove it. Even with the best forensic analysis it is...more

Sublicensee’s Purchase of Licensee Not Prohibited under the License Agreement - VDF FutureCeuticals, Inc. v. Stiefel Labs., Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a sublicensee of patent and trademark rights that purchased its sublicensor in order to reduce the royalties it owned to the licensor was not prohibited from buying...more

Proof of Confusion Essential for Trademark Injunction - Arborjet, Inc. v. Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements, Inc.

Addressing the likelihood of success requirement for injunctive relief, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated an order requiring trademark attribution where the district court had not found a likelihood of...more

I Think That I Shall Never See, Trademark Injunctions If Confusion Is Unlikely

In its recent decision in Arborjet, Inc. v. Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements, Inc., a case involving claims for breach of contract and trademark infringement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a...more

European Community Trademark registration for patterns and three-dimensional marks requires Acquired Distinctiveness in Each...

Owners of pattern and three-dimensional marks should take note of the substantial burden of proving acquired distinctiveness of their marks through use throughout the European Union. On April 21, 2015, Louis Vuitton’s...more

Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine Held Inapplicable To Failed Business Transaction

An Illinois appellate court recently rejected applying the inevitable disclosure doctrine in a trade secret misappropriation spat arising out of a failed business transaction....more

Courts Everywhere are Finding Software Patents Invalid, So What Next?

For the last few decades, corporations ranging from startups to large multinationals first turned to utility patents to protect their innovative software. These patents protected everything from the minute details of...more

ITC Finds Nokia Does Not Infringe Interdigital Patents, So Does Not Address FRAND Issues (337-TA-613)

On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a Notice on its review of Judge Essex’s decision in the InterDigital v. Nokia investigation and found that Nokia did not infringe InterDigital’s 3GPP patents (see our...more

Contract Manufacturing Is a Commercial Transaction for Purpose of “On-Sale” Bar - The Medicines Company v. Hospira, Inc.

Addressing the application of the on-sale bar under § 102(b), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that the claims of an asserted patent were invalid based on an agreement, dated more than one year prior to...more

New EU Trade Mark Regime to address ECJ's Decision in IP Translator

The European Court of Justice’s June 2012 decision in IP TRANSLATOR changed the way trade mark specifications are interpreted. OHIM’s application of this decision led to inconsistent interpretations of trade mark...more

Supreme Court Corner – Q3 2015

In Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, the Supreme Court upheld a long-standing precedent that restricts the ability of a patent holder to charge a royalty beyond the term of a patent. In a 6-3 decision, the Court declined to...more

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