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Supreme Court Will Decide Whether to Relax the Standard for Award of Enhanced Patent Damages

The U.S. Supreme Court announced last week that it will decide two cases concerning the issue of when district courts may award enhanced damages to patentees upon a finding of infringement. Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, U.S., No....more

October 2015: Securities & Structured Finance Litigation Update

Renewed Potency for Personal Jurisdiction Defenses in the United States. Personal jurisdiction may be an afterthought for many lawyers. But recent developments—including an August 4, 2015 decision in the ongoing LIBOR...more

Court Orders Law Firm and Client Joint and Severally Liable for Part of Attorney's Fee Award After Determination That Case Was...

The district court briefly summarized this patent infringement action that it found frivolous as follows: "In the 1990's, Segan invented a system for people to browse the Internet. Today, Zynga makes video games that people...more

[Webinar] Making Them Pay: Winning Attorney Fees in Patent Litigation - Oct. 8th, 12:00pm EDT

In most litigation, each party pays its own attorney fees and costs, regardless of the outcome of the case. The Patent Act of 1952, however, allowed for an award of fees to the prevailing party in patent litigation in...more

IP Newsflash - September 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Reverses Obviousness Ruling on Medical Device Patents - On September 8, 2015, the Federal Circuit reversed a district court’s summary judgment ruling invalidating three...more

District Court Awards Defendant Its IPR-Related Fees Under § 285

In Deep Sky Software, Inc. v. Southwest Airlines Co., Defendant Southwest Airlines ("Southwest") sought its fees and costs following the successful inter partes review of the patent-in-suit, which resulted in all of the...more

IP Newsflash - September 2015

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Minnesota Court Awards Octane Fitness $1.7 Million in Attorney Fees and Costs - In the seminal case establishing a lower standard for attorney fees in “exceptional” patent cases—Octane Fitness...more

Court Orders Patent Troll to Pay Fees under Octane Fitness

On August 18, we posted about the Supreme Court’s Octane Fitness ruling and the potential consequences the case may have on the future of patent litigation. It appears at least one New York federal judge followed the Supreme...more

IP Newsflash - August 2015 #3

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Attorney’s Fees Awarded Against Plaintiff for Inadequate Pre-Filing Investigation and Meritless Post-Discovery Positions - A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of...more

Attorneys' Fees May be Easier to Obtain in Lanham Act Cases Post-Octane Fitness

Intellectual property litigation is expensive for both the plaintiff and defendant. However, because defendants are required to defend themselves in a lawsuit—in comparison to a plaintiff who has the choice to file and...more

Poor Litigation Conduct by Prevailing Party Not Enough to Obviate Exceptional-Case Doctrine - Gaymar Indus., Inc. v. Cincinnati...

Addressing the degree to which litigation conduct can preclude the recovery of fees under 35 U.S. C. § 285, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated the denial of a fee award, finding that sloppy litigation...more

Octane Fitness Changed the Standard for Attorney’s Fee Award, but Has Anything Changed?

It’s no secret, lawsuits can be expensive. That’s why parties frequently consider the availability of recovering attorney’s fees when deciding whether to pursue (or defend) a lawsuit. While attorney’s fees have been available...more

IP Newsflash - July 2015 #3

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Expert Witness’ Flawed Infringement Opinion Supports an Award of Attorneys’ Fees - Defendants Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. sought an award of attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 against...more

IP Newsflash - July 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - The Federal Circuit Rules that the PTAB’s Decision to Institute a CBM Cannot Be Challenged in Court This week, the Federal Circuit decided Versata II, a companion case to Versata Development...more

An Overview, A Summary And An Update To The Latest Patent Reform

Just four years ago in 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) into law. Since the enactment of the AIA, there has continued to be steady pressure for further reform. In 2013, the Innovation Act was...more

Perfect 10 Slammed With $5.5 Million In Fees And Costs Under The Copyright Act Without A Finding Of Frivolous Or Objectively...

The Central District of California recently awarded over $5 million in attorneys’ fees and over $400,000 in costs, emphasizing the degree of success obtained by Defendants and the improper motivations of Plaintiff. The court...more

Advertising Law - May 2015 #4

SPECIAL FOCUS: The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Octane Fitness Decision on Lanham Act Litigation - For the second time in recent years, a Supreme Court decision in a patent case is having a major impact on Lanham Act...more

Cleaning Up a Trademark Damage Mess - Georgia-Pacific Consumer Prods LP v. von Drehle Corp.

In one of three parallel actions for trademark infringement involving competing paper towel manufacturers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit examined the appropriate remedies that may be granted under the...more

Fourth Circuit Cleans Up Damages Award in Paper Towel Dispute and Sets Standard for the Award of Fees in Trademark Cases

In Georgia-Pac. Consumer Products LP v. von Drehle Corp., ___ F.3d ___, 2015 WL 1404765 (4th Cir. Mar. 30, 2015), as amended (Apr. 15, 2015), the Fourth Circuit reversed a damages award and clarified the standard for damages...more

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over: 6th Circuit Confirms That Post-Trial Motions Toll The Deadline To File Attorneys’ Fees Motions And...

In Slep-Tone Entertainment Corp. v. Karaoke Kandy Store, et al., No. 14-3117 (6th Cir. April 6, 2015), the Sixth Circuit confirmed that post-trial motions toll the deadline for filing motions for attorneys’ fees under Rule...more

Ambiguity in Court’s Construction Creates Objective Reasonableness of Infringement and Negates Exceptional Case Determination -...

Addressing the award of attorneys’ fees by the district court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of fees under § 285 and affirmed the district court’s denial of fees under §...more

Amount of fees and non-taxable costs in exceptional case to be sealed

TNS Media Research, LLC (d/b/a) Kantar Media Audiences and Cavendish Square Holding, B.V. Case Number: 1:11-cv-04039-SAS - Following Judge Scheindlin’s finding this case exceptional, the parties stipulated to an...more

Findthebest.com awarded approximately $302K in attorneys’ and costs under 35 USC § 285

Lumen View Technology LLC v. Findthebest.com Case Number: 1:13-cv-03599-DLC Having denied Lumen View's motion for reconsideration of a finding that this case is exceptional...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 06

In this issue: - “Google It”: The Search Engine’s Trademark May Be a Verb, But It’s Not Generic - You Say “Tom‘ah’to,” I Say “Tom‘ay’to”: Determining the Correct Pronunciation of Uniquely Coined...more

District Court Holds Plaintiff and Plaintiff's Attorneys Jointly and Severally Liable for Attorney's Fees and Costs After Finding...

After trial, HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc. ("HTC") filed a motion seeking to recover attorney fees and costs from plaintiff's attorneys as well as from plaintiff Intellect Wireless, Inc. ("IW"). IW withdrew its...more

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