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Litigation Alert: Federal Circuit’s Ariosa Decision, Good Chance for Rehearing En Banc

In June of this year, the Federal Circuit panel in Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. invalidated a patent on the grounds of patent-ineligible subject matter. 788 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2015). While the case is one of...more

Garçon to FanDuel: Check please!

What are a veteran NFL player’s name, image, and likeness worth in the burgeoning (but recently beleaguered-by-lawsuits) daily fantasy sports gaming industry? NFL wide receiver Pierre Garçon’s putative class action lawsuit...more

The Top Ten Things Every Commercial Litigator Must Know About the Fifth Amendment

Invoking the Fifth Amendment privilege is not just for scenes from Law & Order or Better Call Saul. These days commercial cases, especially those involving individual defendants, are commonly filled with claims that have...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - October 2015

The "Dancing Baby" Case—Ninth Circuit Rules That "Fair Use" Must First Be Considered Before Sending Takedown Notices Under the DMCA - Why it matters: On September 14, 2015, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Lenz v. Universal...more

Is There Hope for the Washington Redskins' Trademarks After All?

We’ve been following the Washington Redskins’ trademark battle pretty closely, writing about it several times already. You may remember that the team had its federal trademark registrations cancelled last summer under Section...more

Unhappy Birthday

About a month ago, the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued a summary judgment ruling putting a nail in the coffin of one of the most tragically comical copyright claims of all time. ...more

Ray Charles Foundation Can Challenge Heirs’ Attempt to Reclaim Copyrights - Ray Charles Foundation v. Robinson et al.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a suit brought by the sole beneficiary of the Ray Charles estate, concluding that the Ray Charles Foundation had standing to challenge...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

September 2015: Appellate Update

Postscript to the U.S. Supreme Court’s October 2014 Term. The Supreme Court of the United States completed its October 2014 term in June, having decided a number of matters of wide public interest. Among the most notable was...more

Post-Grant Challenges in Life Sciences: A Midyear Assessment

The America Invents Act established inter partes review and post-grant reviews mechanisms to challenge the validity of issued United States patents. These procedures were created to improve patent quality, and were introduced...more

Trademark Registrations for Beer Labels: When is the right time to seek federal or state protection?

There are various strategic decisions that go into protecting trademark rights. When will use of the trademark begin? How long has the trademark been in the marketplace? What goods and services will be used in connection with...more

Of Slants, Skins and Signs: The Coming First Amendment Showdown

Are we heading for a constitutional showdown over Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act? Will the Supreme Court strike down this prohibition on disparaging marks as an abridgement of First Amendment rights? It is certainly...more

Copyright holders cautioned to be careful about sending takedown notices

In an Opinion issued Monday, September 14, 2015, in Lenz v. Universal, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) “requires copyright holders to consider fair use before sending a...more

The Dancing Baby Grooves to Mixed Victory in the Ninth Circuit: Court Holds That DMCA Takedown Notices Require Consideration of...

Behind the scenes of the Internet’s current swirl of memes, mash-ups, and other viral content is a massive system of takedown notices and counter-notices passing back and forth between content owners, web hosts, and users,...more

New York v. Aleynikov: New York State’s Penal Code (Like Federal Criminal Law) Does Not Cover Electronic Reproduction of Source...

In 2009, Sergey Aleynikov was a computer programmer employed by Goldman Sachs to write high-frequency trading code. He accepted an offer to join a new Chicago-based company, Teza Technologies. Before he left Goldman Sachs,...more

Court Compels Production Of Core Technical Documents But Declines To Correct Claims In The Patents

Fallon, M. J. Plaintiff’s motion to compel documents is granted in part and denied in part. Its motion to correct and amend its motion to compel is denied as moot. Its motion to amend its complaint is denied as moot. Its...more

Federal Circuit Review | August 2015

Online Banking Patents Based On “Abstract Ideas” Held Patent Ineligible Under Alice - In Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Capital One Bank (USA), NA, Appeal No. 2014-1506, the Federal Circuit held that claims directed to...more

Court Dismisses City’s Copyright Claim Against Critic for Using Council Meeting Clips in YouTube Videos

A California city cannot hold one of its citizens liable for copyright infringement for using clips of city council meetings in his critical YouTube videos, a federal judge has ruled. The August 20, 2015, Order in City of...more

Former In-House Attorney Cannot Duck Trade Secrets Allegations with Anti-SLAPP Motion

On July 17, 2015, a California appellate court affirmed the denial of an intellectual property attorney’s anti-SLAPP motion against his former employer. Terrence Wyles, the defendant and former in-house counsel for medical...more

Plaintiffs’ Motion To Amend The Complaint To Reassert Willfulness Is Granted

Intellectual Ventures I LLC, et al. v. Toshiba Corporation, et al., C.A. No. 13-453-SLR-SRF, August 17, 2015. Fallon, M. J. Plaintiffs’ motion to amend the complaint is granted; defendants’ motion to amend their amended...more

Hidden Risks? What Liability Can Private Colleges and Universities Have for Their Student Newspapers and Publications?

It is well-settled that public institutions are generally not liable for statements made by their student publications because the First Amendment prohibits them from exercising control over such publications. See, e.g.,...more

The Ray Charles’s Foundation Doesn’t Have to “Hit the Road Jack”: Ninth Circuit Permits Foundation to Challenge the Validity of...

On July 31, 2015, the Ninth Circuit reversed the Central District of California’s dismissal of an action brought by the Ray Charles Foundation, seeking, among other things, a judicial determination of the validity and...more

Magistrate Recommends Denying Dismissal Of State Law Claims As Moot

Counter-defendants claimed that counterclaims 1(breach of contract), 4(breach of duty of loyalty), 5(tortious interference with contractual relations) and 6 misappropriation of trade secrets) are procedurally improper. The...more

Silvero v. Fox Television Studios, Inc., et al. - Los Angeles Superior Court, August 6, 2015

Frank Silvero, an actor who played the character Frankie Carbone in the film “Goodfellas” and other similar mobster characters during his career, filed suit against Fox Television alleging that the writers of the animated...more

JMOL Is Granted In Telecommunications Case

Sprint Communications Company L.P. v. Comcast IP Holdings, LLC, et al., C.A. No. 12-1013 - RGA, August 7, 2015 - Andrews, J. Defendants’ motion for JMOL is granted and in the alternative their motion for a new trial is...more

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