Intellectual Property Litigation

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Fourth Age Limited v. Warner Bros. Digital Distribution Inc. - USCA, Ninth Circuit, October 28, 2015

Ninth Circuit affirms district court’s holding that Warner Bros. can assert counterclaims against estate of J.R.R. Tolkien in action over right to make digital merchandise based on Tolkien’s books, as counterclaims were...more

Parody Writers Take Note: Fair Use Parody + New Elements = Copyright Protection

On October 30, 2015 the Second Circuit held that an unauthorized parody that makes “fair use” of its source material is eligible for copyright protection and that copyright protection may extend to a work that exhibits the...more

Never Say Never to Lone Pine Orders

After our last two posts, we received emails blasting us for being insensitive to the plight of injured plaintiffs. That struck us as unfair, given that the posts pertained to the technical issues of choice of law and choice...more

Posturing for Protection: Yogi Chooses Wrong IP Tool to Protect Yoga Sequence

The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Bikram’s Yoga College of India, L.P. v. Evolution Yoga, LLC, et al. is a stark reminder that ideas, processes and systems are not copyrightable, even if a book describing such is.  This...more

Florida Federal Court Adopts Rule Barring Discovery Prior to Particularized Identification of Alleged Trade Secrets

California is the only state with a statutory requirement that plaintiffs pursuing misappropriation claims identify their alleged trade secrets with reasonable particularity “before commencing discovery.” Cal. Civ. Code...more

Motion to Quash Service Is Not a Collateral Order and Therefore Not Appealable - United States v. Sinovel Wind Grp. Co.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit concluded that the district court’s denial of defendant Sinovel’s motion to quash service of process is not an appealable order under the collateral order doctrine. The Court...more

Reducing Your Company’s Exposure to Trade Secret Litigation when Key Employees Come and Go

THE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO - Within the span of two weeks, Mr. Smith and Mr. Wilson, two top managers from your $2 billion corporation, resign. Both managers had complete, unfettered access to your corporation’s trade...more

28 U.S.C. § 1782: A Powerful Tool in Global Disputes

As the number and complexity of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes increase, companies can use 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to obtain evidence from U.S.-based entities for use in those foreign proceedings. Specifically, §...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Summer 2015

28 U.S.C. § 1782: A Powerful Tool in Global Disputes - As the number and complexity of cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes increase, companies can use 28 U.S.C. § 1782 to obtain evidence from U.S.-based...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

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

ITC Section 337 Update – September 2015

Judge MaryJoan McNamara Appointed New Administrative Law Judge at U.S. International Trade Commission – On August 17, 2015, the ITC issued a news release announcing that Judge MaryJoan McNamara has been appointed as an ALJ....more

Copyright Preemption Notwithstanding No Copyright Protection and No Copyright Claims - Spear Marketing, Inc. v. BancorpSouth Bank

In a suit alleging trade secret theft of ideas related to a software program, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed both a lower court’s denial of remand to state court based on complete copyright...more

A Joint Author Does Not Own Derived Material - Greene, et al. v. Ablon, et al.

Addressing joint and derivative works under the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit found the district court erred in ruling that a single work cannot be both joint and derivative. Greene, et al. v....more

Betwixt and Between: Finding Specificity in Trade Secret Misappropriation Cases

Trade secret misappropriation cases create a unique problem for courts. The parties become quickly embroiled in litigation over the misappropriation of trade secrets, sometimes with only bare-bone allegations of those trade...more

Court Transfers Cases to Northern District of California

The defendants in three related cases moved for transfer to the Northern District of California where two other related cases were pending. The motions were granted. The Court found that the only Jumara factor weighing...more

District Court Denies Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction Where Plaintiff Sent ANDA Notice Letter

Defendants, Nang Kuang Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. ("Nang Kuang") and CANDA NX-2, LLC ("CANDA") (collectively, "Defendants") filed a motion to dismiss, asserting that the patent infringement action filed by Plaintiffs, Eli Lilly...more

[Event] Check, Raise, or Fold: The Risky Business of IP - Sept. 18th, Chicago, IL

This event is intended for in-house counsel and business executives only. New decisions. New rules. New strategies. In the world of IP, the hand your business is dealt is ever-changing.* The more intertwined your IP...more

Pushing work down to lower priced lawyers: why is that a good thing?

This just caught my eye. The data – some $18 billion in legal invoices – suggests the largest law firms have modified staffing models and reassigned IP litigation work to more junior partners in an effort at cost control....more

Business Litigation Report - August 2015

Extradition for U.S. Antitrust Crimes: An Anomaly or the New Normal? - In April 2014, Germany extradited Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, to the United States to face criminal charges related to his alleged...more

Could the Bieb Be a Copyright Infringer? - Copeland et al. v. Bieber et al.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated a district court decision dismissing a copyright infringement claim in a case involving a copyrighted song and a later recording by Justin Bieber concluding that that...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

Business Litigation Report - July 2015

Introduction - Issue preclusion is a familiar concept to most practicing attorneys. Under this doctrine, “later courts should honor the first actual decision of a matter that has been actually litigated.” Charles Alan...more

Harry Potter Lawsuits And Where To Find Them

On July 31, 2015, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling celebrates her 50th birthday, according to muggle sources. The enormous success of Rowling’s literary creation and its associated multimedia empire has spawned countless...more

European M+A News, Summer 2015

IP Pitfalls in Tech M&A Transactions - Technology and IP-driven deals accounted for over 30 percent of M&A deal volume in Europe in 2014. This trend is bound to continue, with many deals involving strategic or financial...more

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