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Texas Supreme Court Considers Whether Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act Can Keep Corporate Representatives From the Courtroom

In December 2014, Schlumberger subsidiary M-I LLC (d/b/a M-I SWACO) filed a writ of mandamus with the Texas Supreme Court over a trade secrets case decided in Harris County District Court. In its writ, M-I SWACO alleged that...more

Top 10 Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition Developments

There were several noteworthy developments in 2015 in the area of trade secrets and unfair competition. This post focuses on developments affecting California employers. Due to the unsettled nature of some of the law, this...more

New Year, New Progress: The Defend Trade Secrets Act Reports Out From the Senate Judiciary Committee

As previously reported on TSW, the road to federal right of action for trade secrets misappropriation has been a long one. In the absence of a federal trade secrets law, the Economic Espionage Act (“EEA”) and various state...more

New Georgia Statute on Bad Faith Patent Cases May Discourage Both Weak and Strong Cases from Being Brought in Georgia

Plaintiff Walter Farmer (“Farmer”) initiated suit in September 2014 asserting infringement of claim 1 of his U.S. Patent No. 7,362,007 (the “’007 Patent”), issued April 22, 2008, and covering uninterruptable power supply...more

Patent Is Invalid Under Alice

The patent-in-suit is directed to redeeming discount offers by associating a machine-readable code with identifying items to be offered at a discount. Defendant asserts that the technology is patent ineligible under Alice....more

Star Power Arrives in Marijuana Branding

Willie Nelson has “Willie’s Reserve“. Snoop Dogg has “Leafs By Snoop“. And rumor has it that Bob Marley’s heir’s will have their own brand out soon. As more states legalize medical and even recreational marijuana, brands and...more

Reality Check: Fantasy Sports Sites Facing Serious New Challenges

Fantasy sports, especially Daily fantasy sports (“DFS”), are big business in the United States. Two DFS sites in particular, FanDuel and DraftKings, are the most dominant players in this industry (they control 95% of the DFS...more

Brandmarking - Volume 4, Number 3 - October 2015

Eight Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Creating and Protecting Brand Identity - First in a series. Every entrepreneur knows the importance of establishing a strong brand for a new business or product...more

Conflicting State and Federal Laws May Result in Crippling Blows to Business in the Marijuana Industry

As of October 2015, four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. The recreational marijuana movement—although slow in terms of states following by legalizing use—has had...more

On Slanted Arguments and Red Herrings

Last Friday, both slanted arguments and red herrings were present during the 90 minute en banc oral argument before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in In re Tam....more

Strong Support for Sequenom’s Petition for Rehearing En Banc

In Ariosa Diagnostics Inc. v. Sequenom Inc., 788 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2015), a Federal Circuit panel held that Sequenom Inc.’s prenatal diagnosis patent claims patent ineligible subject matter under the two-step test of Mayo...more

Branding your bud: Why trademarks are tricky for marijuana businesses

Brand loyalty builds businesses. That’s why most businesses need successful brands, and, ideally, brands backed by a federal trademark registration. But because of the federal laws affecting marijuana and related products,...more

Uber Takes A Ride Back To State Court: Federal Court Dismisses Conversion Claim, Remands Trade Secret Misappropriation Case Back...

Order on Motion to Remand, Kevin Halpern, et al., v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al., 15-cv-02401-JSW (Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Corley) - Uber has faced its share of challenges of late, from the established taxi...more

Recent Developments on Copyright Preemption of Trade Secret Claims in the Fifth Circuit

For the latest on the copyright preemption doctrine (codified at 17 U.S.C. § 301(a)) look no further than the Fifth Circuit, which, together with its district courts, issued a string of recent decisions regarding the...more

Navigating Patent Damages Part III: Statutory Indemnification – Implied Warranty Against Infringement

In this third article relating to patent damages, we explore the effects of implied indemnification provisions when evaluating who is responsible for litigation costs when faced with an infringement suit....more

Trade Secret Legislation Reintroduced in Congress (3rd Time)

Maybe the third time is the charm. After trying twice before, Congress is making another run at creating a federal claim for trade secret misappropriation. A bipartisan group of legislators from both congressional chambers,...more

USPTO Issues July 2015 Updated Guidance on Subject Matter Eligibility Analysis

On July 30, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued updated guidance regarding subject matter eligibility analysis to address six major themes from comments received in response to the 2014 Interim...more

Trade Secrets and Removal Based on Copyright Preemption

Jurisdiction and removal may not sound like hot topics, but these considerations are critical and sometimes dispositive. Real talk: Certain state court systems are terrible places to litigate. It’s one thing to litigate a...more

Texas Federal Court: Copyright Law Doesn’t Preempt Trade Secrets Claim Where “Extra” Elements Exist

We’ve blogged on trade secret preemption before, but we’ve usually focused on trade secrets claims preempting other types of claims, and not the other way around. But, as the cowboy in the cult-classic film The Big...more

State Law Claims Suffer “Awfully Big Adventure”: New York Court Finds Federal Copyright Preemption in Dispute over Peter Pan...

On June 8, 2015, the New York County Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice eight of twelve state law claims brought by a producer seeking damages for the purportedly unauthorized use of his music in a world-wide production...more

Ryan v. Editions Limited West, Inc. - USCA, Ninth Cir., May 19, 2015

Ninth Circuit holds Copyright Act does not preclude enforcement of contractual attorneys’ fee provision in copyright-based litigation. Artist Victoria Ryan sued Editions Limited West, Inc. (ELW), a publisher of her...more

TV Catchup and Section 73 – (Nearly) The End of the Road?

The Court of Appeal in England has recently made a second reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the case brought by UK free-to-air broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 against the Internet...more

Ninth Circuit Draws Fine Line Around Fine Art Resale Royalties

In a partial victory for artists such as Chuck Close and the Sam Francis Foundation—and for other visual artists who sold early works for rent money before establishing their name and value—the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals...more

Ray v. ESPN, Inc. - USCA, Eighth Circuit, April 22, 2015

Eighth Circuit affirms dismissal of professional wrestler’s state-law right of publicity claims arising from ESPN’s re-telecast of wrestling match footage as preempted by Copyright Act....more

Second Circuit to Weigh In on Copyright Owner-Digital Broadcaster Dispute Over Pre-1972 Sound Recording Performance Rights

On April 15, 2015, the Second Circuit granted digital broadcaster Sirius XM Radio, Inc.'s (Sirius XM) petition for interlocutory appeal of U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon's November 2014 ruling that New York state law...more

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