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Counts v. Meriwether - U.S.D.C., C.D. California, October 14, 2014

District court dismisses plaintiffs’ claim that Fox’s popular television show New Girl infringes their copyrighted screenplay because complaint did not adequately identify works at issue, and dismisses claims for breach of...more

Second Circuit Rules that Foreign Anticompetitive Use of Royalty-Free Patent is Insufficient to Establish a Domestic Effect Giving...

Standards essential patents can run afoul of United States antitrust law when the patent owner acts in a matter which creates anticompetitive risks that outweigh any precompetitive benefit. For example, the Federal Trade...more

Gilligan’s Island Remake Awash with Copyright Controversy

Travis P. Dunson (“Dunson”) filed suit for copyright infringement, money damages, injunctive relief, attorneys’ fees, as well as damages for breach of implied contract, conversion, unjust enrichment, and quantum meruit...more

Hallmark Cards Awarded $47 Million for Misappropriation of Four-Year-Old Market Research

The number of data theft/trade secret cases that go to trial is growing, as are the size of the verdicts. For example, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a $47 million total recovery for Hallmark Cards for...more

Federal Trade Secrets Protection Act Approved by House Judiciary Committee

On September 17, 2014, the House Judiciary Committee approved the bi-partisan federal Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, H.R. 5233, which we previously wrote about when introduced in July, 2014 by North Carolina...more

IP Newsflash - September 2014 #3

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Has Jurisdiction to Decide Non-Patent Causes of Action That Involves a Substantial, Non-Hypothetical Disputed Patent Law Issue - On September 16, 2014, a Federal Circuit...more

Trade Secrets Claims Can Be Tough To Succeed On In The Business Court

If you want to pursue a trade secrets claim in the Business Court, you've got to disclose the details of your trade secret. The Opinion last week in Unimin Corp. v. Gallo, 2014 NCBC 43 illustrates that point in detail. ...more

Actuate Corp. v. Fidelity National Information Services

Actuate Corp. v. Fidelity National Information Services - USDC, N.D. California, August 22, 2014: District court dismisses claims for direct and indirect copyright infringement, finding that action against licensee for...more

The California Myth About Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements remain an important and viable tool for the protection of proprietary business information and trade secrets. Are non-compete agreements enforceable if your key employee takes a position with a...more

Ice Cream Maker No Softee When It Comes to Infringement of Its Trademarks

Just as summer is coming to a close, the battle between Mister Softee and Master Softee appears to be heating up. Mister Softee is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1956. It is the franchisor for the...more

The Supreme Court Resolves a Circuit Split Regarding Standing to Sue for False Advertising Under the Lanham Act

In Lexmark Int’l, Inc. v. Static Control Components, Inc. (March 25, 2014), the Supreme Court unanimously held that "to invoke the Lanham Act’s cause of action for false advertising, a plaintiff must plead (and ultimately...more

Employers on Either Side of Employee Poaching Should Consider Taking Some (Rather Easy) Steps to Better Protect Themselves

Recently, litigation consultant TrialGraphix Inc. sued its competitor FTI Consulting, Inc. and four former high-ranking employees in New York Supreme Court for allegedly scheming to steal its trade secrets and gain access to...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

Printing Company Receives Favorable Verdict Against Former Partner

Analysis Group client MacDermid Printing Solutions (MacDermid) was awarded $35.4 million by a Connecticut federal jury in its antitrust, breach of contract, and trade secrets theft suits against its former business partner,...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

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

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

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

Can Insurance Coverage Provide Meaningful Protection from Patent Trolls and Other Infringement Claims?

Notwithstanding two recent Supreme Court decisions making it easier to recover attorney’s fees from non-practicing entities (NPEs), or “patent trolls” as they are commonly known, insurers continue to market policies that...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

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

Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014 Introduced in Bi-Partisan Effort to Protect Businesses From Cyber Security Threats

On July 29, 2014, North Carolina Congressman George Holding introduced the Trade Secrets Protection Act of 2014, H.R. 5233, which seeks to create a private federal remedy for victims of trade secret theft. Representative...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

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Giving Someone Trade Secrets Injures the Owner, and Using Them Does Too

How do two companies end up liable for nearly $50 million in damages relating to confidential, trade secret materials? Like many romances gone awry, this tale arose from actions taken under cover of secrecy that did not look...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

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