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Black Friday Flying

Many of you probably hopped aboard a plane this weekend to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, but the flight experience often feels like a Black Friday shopping experience. Passengers get to the airport hours before...more

Rough Landing for Airbus

As if economy airplane seating wasn’t bad enough, Airbus recently filed a patent application for vertically stacked passenger seating. The proposed seating arrangement is intended to make more efficient use of cabin space. ...more

A BrandVerb Uber Alles?

Uber, the popular brand that helps people arrange prompt ground transportation, is now also being called a verb. The Star Tribune recently reported that the founder of iHail, a recent competitor of Uber in the Twin Cities...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

Self-Driving Cars - "IP Driving Acquisition"

As Chair of Foley & Lardner’s Electronics Practice Group, I recently published a LinkedIn article about news reports of a group of German auto companies including BMW, Audi and Daimler acquiring HERE Global (Nokia’s map...more

Ford’s Patent Announcement Not so Groundbreaking

Last week, a press release announced that Ford would “Open[] [its] Portfolio of Patented Technologies to Competitors to Accelerate Industry-Wide Electrified Vehicle Development.”  Media outlets were quick to report that Ford...more

Crowded Skies: Opportunities and Challenges in an Era of Drones

In this paper: - Advertising & Promotion - Aviation - Regulatory - Copyright (EU) - Employment and Labor - Export Controls - Film and Television (UK) - Film & Television...more

Federal Circuit IPR Scoreboard PTAB: 2 Patent Owner: 0

Last week the Federal Circuit issued its first decision in an appeal of a final decision from a post-issuance review proceeding under the America Invents Act. In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Circuit affirmed a Patent Trial and...more

Court Continues Stay Pending Inter Partes Review Even Though PTO Declined to Institute Review on Patent

The district court had previously stayed the patent infringement action between Nidec Motor Corporation and Broad Ocean Motor pending the PTO's decision on whether to institute an inter partes review on three of the...more

Tech Industry Bulletin

In this Bulletin: - Intellectual Property: Guidance to the Upstart Tech Company for Protecting IP Rights - Mergers & Acquisitions: Five Legal Issues Entrepreneurs Should Consider Before Agreeing To an Earn-Out...more

GLOBAL: The rise of drones as an issue in sport

The remote controlled aircraft which flew a flag emblazoned with an Albanian symbol over the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania in October 2014 brought a premature end to the match amid violent scenes, with...more

Federal Government May Be Liable for Patent Infringement by Private Companies Performing Quasi-Governmental Functions

IRIS Corp. v. Japan Airlines Corp.; SecurityPoint Holdings, Inc. v. TSA - Addressing the jurisdiction of a patent infringement claim against the U.S. government, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit...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

Washington Insight - July 2014

In This Issue: - Progress Toward Comprehensive Patent Reform Stalls - As Attention Turns to a Border Supplemental, a Twelve Bill Omnibus Seems Certain - Highways, Taxes, and Partisanship: The Next...more

Tesla Patent Pledge….Too Good to be True?

On Thursday June 12, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Moters, posted a blog post that said “…Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” At first glance, a good thing. It...more

Special Due Diligence Concerns When Buying Unmanned Aerial Systems

The regulatory lid is about to come off domestic commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UASs”). When that happens, like a vacuum, the U. S. commercial market will seek to deploy every viable system. In the rush to...more

Amazon bests the milkman with new, patented method of delivery

Ok. I admit. I’m too young, no, make that way too young to know how the milk man system of delivery worked. Was it subscription-based? Or was there an element of public service to it – where the milk man (or maid!)...more

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Patent Case Concerning Roundup Ready Soy Beans - Farm Bill Moves Forward But Remains in Doubt - Bridge to Prosperity: New Bridge Between U.S. and Canada Approved -...more

PA Tax Law News- September 2011

Have You Filed Your Gross Receipts Tax Refund Claims? If your company pays Pennsylvania Gross Receipts Tax and you have not recently filed assessment appeals and/or protective refund claims, you should consider doing so...more

Joint Ventures Between Automotive Companies - The Future?

Due to the diversity of companies and industrial groups in the automotive sector, experiences of the recession have varied widely. In spite of the unpredictable nature of this dynamic industry, a clear trend has emerged in...more

Rely on TDS - Quarterly Newsletter

"Rely on TDS" is the quarterly newsletter by the Manitoba, Canada based law firm, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. The newsletter is a collection of articles from a variety of subject matters targeted to the business...more

Tropp v. Conair Corporation, et al.

Memorandum of Law and Affirmation in Opposition to Defendants' Second Motion for a Stay

These are papers filed in opposition to a second motion for a stay filed by certain defendants, whose previous motion filed about one year ago was denied by the court last fall. The facts of this patent infringement case are...more

Tropp v. Conair Corporation, et al.

Memorand of Law and Affirmation in Opposition to Defendants' Second Motion for a Stay

These are papers filed in opposition to a second motion for a stay filed by certain defendants, whose previous motion filed about one year ago was denied by the court last fall. The facts of this patent infringement case are...more

Tropp v. Conair Corporation, et al.

Plaintiffs’ Memorandum of Law in Opposition to the Motion by Certain Defendants For Summary Judgment Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1498 ...

This is an action for patent infringement by David Tropp, inventor of an innovative system for making airline luggage inspection secure while accommodating the needs of the traveler, in which dual access locks that can be...more

Lang Michener - In Brief - Winter 2007/2008

In this issue: Used when referring to U.S. in the 1940's, the term "sleeping giant" now seems apt when referring to China. The lead article canvasses its new anti-monopoly laws and their impact on Canada. Emphasizing the...more

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