Intellectual Property Litigation

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McRo, Inc. v. Square Enix, Inc. (C.D. Cal. 2014)

Note: This coverage of a district court case from last year provides an overview of the patented invention, as well as the decision currently being appealed to the Federal Circuit. In a subsequent article, we will review the...more

Copeland v. Bieber - USCA Fourth Circuit, June 18, 2015

Fourth Circuit vacates district court dismissal of copyright infringement claim against defendants Usher and Justin Bieber, finding that choruses in songs were sufficiently similar to withstand motion to dismiss, as...more

TTAB Balks at Parody Argument in Yankees Trademark Case

In honor of Foley Hoag’s new New York office, we here at the Boston office reluctantly present a victory by the New York Yankees — albeit not one won on the baseball diamond. In a trademark opposition that has been...more

Internet Patents Corp. v. Active Network, Inc. (Fed Cir. 2015)

Since late last year, the main theme of many 35 U.S.C. § 101 disputes has been whether claims under review are more like those in Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu LLC or DDR Holdings, LLC v. Hotels.com. In the former case, the...more

Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc. v. Sequenom, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

Disaster survivors, and even people who just hear about a disaster, are often first overwhelmed by it; they can only rationally process its significance after some time. During that time they overcome the initial visceral...more

Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2015)

1. Background - In 2006, Akamai Technologies ("Akamai") sued Limelight Networks, Inc. ("Limelight") in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,108,703. The...more

WD-40 Squeaks By On Appeal Of Its Summary Judgment Win On “Long-Term Corrosion Inhibitor”

In Sorensen v. WD-40 Company, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that the use of the term “inhibitor” for a rust-inhibitor product was not trademark infringement and constituted a descriptive fair use. ...more

What Was Old Is New Again for Means + Function Claim Elements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc for the limited purpose of revisiting when claims invoke the means-plus-function language of 35 U.S.C. § 112, ¶ 6 (§ 112(6)) (now § 112(f)) replaced a part of...more

Federal Circuit Reverses Patent Trial and Appeal Board Claim Construction as Unreasonable

Although the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has held that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board has the authority to use the broadest reasonable interpretation claim construction...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Abandons “Strong” Presumption That a Limitation Is Not Subject to 35 U.S.C. § 112, Paragraph 6

On June 16, 2015, the Federal Circuit revisited its prior precedent regarding when a claim limitation is subject to 35 U.S.C. § 112, paragraph 6. In Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC, No. 13-1130 (“Citrix”), the en banc court...more

Retailer Permitted to Sell Existing Inventory after Preliminary Injunction Issued against Manufacturer

After the plaintiff Cordelia Lighting, Inc. ("Cordelia") obtained a preliminary injunction against Zhejiang Yankon Grp. ("Yankon"), Cordelia sought to add certain retailers to the injunction. Cordelia owns U.S. Patent No....more

Intellectual Property Alert: USPTO Announces Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot Program

Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced the “Expedited Patent Appeal Pilot” to provide a temporary basis for an applicant to have an ex parte appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board accorded...more

Still Can’t Search This: B.C. Court of Appeal Affirms Global Restraining Order Against Google

In 2014, the B.C. Supreme Court ordered Google Inc. (Google) and Google Canada Corporation (Google Canada) to remove all of a company’s websites from its search results. As we noted in our June 2014 Blakes Bulletin: Can’t...more

No Bond for You: Patentee Not Entitled to Bond or Preliminary Injunction While Case Stayed Pending IPR

Order Granting Motion to Stay, Security People, Inc. v. Ojmar US, LLC, 14-cv-04968 (Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr.) - A recent opinion analyzes what relief, if any, a patentee is entitled to when its District Court case is...more

ITC Section 337 Update - June 2015

District Court Declines Barnes & Noble’s Request To Apply Kessler Doctrine To ITC Non-Infringement Decision – On May 31, 2015, United States Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal of the U.S. District Court for the Northern...more

No Suit For You! Changes to Patent Pleading Standard Issued By the U.S. Supreme Court Require More Than Bare Bones Pleading

In late April, the U.S. Supreme Court adopted changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which have significant implications for patent plaintiffs. In an April 29, 2015 order, the high court approved, without comment,...more

Preemption of State-Law Tort Claims by the Copyright Act - Ray v. ESPN

Addressing the issue of the preemption of state-law claims by the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the district court’s dismissal of several state-law tort claims because the claims are...more

Business Litigation Report - May 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Patent Infringement in the Digital Age: How a Dispute About Tooth Aligners Led to a Fight About the ITC’s Jurisdiction over Electronic Transmissions - Noted With...more

Wood Laminate Flooring Design “Not a Slavish Copy of Nature” - Home Legend, LLC v. Mannington Mills, Inc.

Addressing the copyrightability of a laminate flooring design depicting maple planks, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit held that the design was copyright eligible and reversed the district court’s grant of...more

Party Over for Claimed Mardi Gras Bead Dog Trademarks - Nola Spice Designs, L.L.C. v. Haydel Enterprises, Inc., et. al.

Addressing issues of trademark validity and substantial similarity in a copyright infringement claim, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a district court’s grant of summary judgment that the challenged...more

Pre-Arbitration Injunction May Only Preserve Status Quo - Benihana, Inc. v. Benihana of Tokyo, LLC

In the context of a dispute surrounding a breach of a trademark license agreement that provided for arbitration of certain disputes, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit concluded that it was inappropriate for a...more

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. Kirtsaeng - USCA, Second Circuit, May 27, 2015

Second Circuit affirms denial of defendant’s request for attorneys’ fees in copyright infringement dispute, finding plaintiff pursued objectively reasonable litigation position, having previously prevailed in both district...more

Ultramercial v. WildTangent -- Petition for Writ of Certiorari

The Ultramercial story is not over. In the latest step of a controversial case involving 35 U.S.C. § 101 that has been ongoing since 2009, patentee Ultramercial has petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. The...more

Info-Hold Cases: De Novo Review Where Claim Construction Evidence Is Neither Intrinsic Nor Extrinsic and Expert Damages Testimony...

In two decisions involving the same plaintiff and patent but different defendants, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit applied de novo review after choosing not to classify evidence used below and reversed an...more

ID on Infringement and Public Interest in Remand of InterDigital Investigation - Certain 3G Mobile Handsets and Components Thereof

In a long-running investigation brought by InterDigital concerning Nokia mobile phones, the administrative law judge (ALJ) on the remand hearing from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that Nokia’s...more

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