Intellectual Property Litigation

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London’s IP Anti-Crime Unit shuts down leading sports file-sharing site

The City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has successfully shut down the ‘Sports Torrent Network’, a leading sports file-sharing site offering its members links to sports events online. ...more

Consider Design Patents as One Mode of Protection for Product Appearance

In the world of industrial design and branding, the appearance or look and feel of a product can be subject to various forms of intellectual property (IP) protection. Copyrights and trademarks usually come to mind when...more

Standard For Amending Claims In IPR May Need To Change

The Idle Free decision denied the patent owner’s motion to amend claims on the ground that the patent owner had not proven the patentability of the claims over the prior art. Remarkably, the decision makes no reference to the...more

UPDATE: Money, Money, Money: Top 10 Trade Secret Verdicts (With Our Runner-Up Overturned)

Big IP verdicts aren’t limited to patent cases. Trade secrets can mean big money, too. Really big. As in multi-, multi-million dollar verdicts. And the trend is up with more than half of the top ten verdicts coming out in...more

IP litigation: where to sue.

Generally speaking, the easier are the regulations concerning territorial competence, the better is for the efficiency of the legal system. The Italian lawmaker took therefore the right direction in 2003, when IP...more

Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy

What is IP in the Bankruptcy World? - In bankruptcy, intellectual property (IP) licenses are considered property of the bankruptcy estate, and a bankrupt party can do a variety of things with these licenses. It is...more

Hot Topics In Intellectual Property And Antitrust Law

Overview of Presentation: The Antitrust / IP interface • Observers have long noted a perceived tension between antitrust and IP law • IP law aims to create legally sanctioned zones of exclusivity • It...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 30, 2014

Smith v. Sunshine Sound Enterprises, Inc., USCA, 11th Circuit, January 22, 2014 - Eleventh Circuit reverses dismissal of estate’s claims for copyright infringement, holding that songwriter who assigned his legal rights...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - January 27, 2014

Moore v. Lightstorm Entertainment, USDC, D. Maryland, January 17, 2014 - District court grants summary judgment dismissing screenwriter’s copyright infringement claims against producers of motion picture Avatar,...more

Insurance Coverage for IP Claims: 2013’s Coverage Hits

As policyholders look back at the insurance coverage landscape of 2013, a major take away point is that the courts continue to debunk the myth that there is no coverage for intellectual property claims under the advertising...more

Wearable Computing—The Next Front in the Smartphone Wars?

The rapidly shrinking size of computer components and the development of high-speed wireless signaling technologies have made mobile computing devices ubiquitous. Users can now access data and applications from virtually...more

Patent Suits Becoming More Onerous for Plaintiffs?

On December 5, 2013, H.R. 3309, “The Innovation Act” overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives. H.R. 3309 was introduced October 23, 2013 by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,...more

Willful Blindness on Trade Secrets: Employers Could Pay a Heavy Price

A recent trial experience provided an extraordinary lesson on the significant legal exposure employers face when hiring away employees from a competitor. I recently completed a jury trial in which my client obtained a $22.7...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Application of Section 365(n) to Ensure Patent Licensees Sufficiently Protected in Granting Relief to...

The Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Jaffe v. Samsung Elecs. Co., Ltd., recently held that a U.S. bankruptcy court is not required under principles of comity to blindly apply foreign law to assets located in the...more

Court Narrows Claims Surrounding “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU” Copyright Suit

Following up on a previous post regarding the lawsuit winding its way through federal court seeking clarity on whether the music publisher Warner Chappell owns or has the exclusive right to license the copyright in the...more

Apple is fighting back in Brazilian courts to get its iPhone trademark

In February 2013, the Instituto Nacional Da Propriedade Industrial (the “Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office”), ruled that Gradiente Electronica (“Gradiente”), not Apple, owned the “iPhone” mark in Brazil. The “iPhone” term...more

Robocast v. Apple and Microsoft: Preliminary Surveys Ordered Produced Even Where Expert Did Not Rely Upon Surveys and Had Deleted...

Robocast filed patent infringement actions against Apple and Microsoft. As expert reports were underway, Apple and Microsoft moved to compel undisclosed surveys that were commissioned by one of Robocast's experts. As the...more

Federal Circuit Determines It Does Not Have Jurisdiction to Address Dispute With Heinz

Under the America Invents Act (“AIA”), the Federal Circuit has jurisdiction over appeals based on a civil action “in which a party has asserted a compulsory counterclaim arising under any Act of Congress relating to patents.”...more

New Police Unit to Tackle IP Crime

On 13 September the City of London Police launched a unit dedicated to the fight against intellectual property crime – the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). The unit, initially funded by a two year, £2.56...more

AGs To The Front Lines: State Attorneys General Begin Wielding Unfair Competition Laws Against Foreign IP Thieves

Companies victimized by intellectual property theft may have a new weapon: asking state attorneys general for civil prosecution under unfair competition laws. ...more

Why FTC v. Actavis Won’t Shift the Border Between IP and Antitrust Law

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, Inc., No. 12-416, ___ U.S. ___ (2013), has generated a lot of commentary recently. Some articles have suggested that the decision may expose certain...more

Awarding e-Discovery Costs to Prevailing Party: Billing Descriptions Dictate What is Recoverable

E-discovery costs incurred by the prevailing party – easily running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in complex commercial and IP litigations – may be compensable under 28 U.S.C. § 1920(4)....more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Intellectual Property: Patent Marking: An Important Consideration For All Patented Products

The energy industry has seen a significant increase in the number of patents granted over the past decade. This increase tracks a growing use of new technology in areas such as exploration, production, monitoring, and...more

Money, Money, Money: Top 10 Trade Secret Verdicts

Big IP verdicts aren’t limited to patent cases. Trade secrets can mean big money, too....more

Are You Ready for First-to-File Patent Priority?

Patent attorneys are expecting a flurry of patent filing activity by March 15, 2013. This is because under the American Invents Act, U.S. Patent Laws will change on March 16, 2013 and the U.S. will convert to a first-to-file...more

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