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U.S. Supreme Court Preserves 50-Year-Old Rule Barring Post-Patent Royalties

On Monday, June 22, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, declining to reverse longstanding, yet controversial, precedent holding post-patent term royalties to be unlawful per...more

The Finite Life of a Patent Upheld: No Royalties After Expiration

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6 to 3 ruling citing stare decisis, upheld the half-century rule against royalty payments accruing after expiration of a patent. The Court’s decision in Kimble v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC is a...more

Practice Considerations Post Kimble v. Marvel

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kimble et al. v. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, rejuvenates a 50-year old rule addressing patent royalties, bringing it to the forefront of patent and licensing practice. On June 22,...more

State Law Claims Suffer “Awfully Big Adventure”: New York Court Finds Federal Copyright Preemption in Dispute over Peter Pan...

On June 8, 2015, the New York County Supreme Court dismissed with prejudice eight of twelve state law claims brought by a producer seeking damages for the purportedly unauthorized use of his music in a world-wide production...more

Supreme Court Declines To Overrule Brulotte Rule: Post-Expiration Patent Royalties Remain Unlawful

Background - Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a patent license agreement that requires the licensee to pay royalties after the expiration of the licensed patent is unlawful per se, because such payments...more

Refusing to engage in alternative dispute resolution becomes harder to justify

The English courts are getting tougher on parties that refuse to participate in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), the most common form of which is mediation. Since 2004, an unreasonable refusal to participate in ADR...more

Amendments to Japan METI Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (Guidelines), which apply to all online business operations in...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - June 2015

Apls South, LLC v. Ohio Willow Wood Co. (No. 2013-1452, -1488, 2014-1147, -1426, 6/5/15) (Lourie, Moore, Chen) - Chen, J. Vacating judgment and remanding with instructions to dismiss due to lack of standing. “Precedent...more

Federal Circuit Finds Nunc Pro Tunc Agreement Does Not Confer Standing

The tenuous nature of an exclusive licensee’s standing to enforce a patent was something I learned early in my legal career, when I was a judicial clerk at the Federal Circuit. In Alps South LLC v. Ohio Willow Wood Co., the...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

Broadcast Music, Inc. v. Pandora Media, Inc. - USDC, S.D. New York, May 28, 2015

After five-week bench trial, district court holds BMI's proposed license fee of 2.5 percent of Pandora's gross revenue was reasonable, using Pandora's 2013 direct licenses with Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing as...more

Second Circuit Partially Reverses District Court Preliminary Injunction Order In Aid Of Arbitration

Defendant-appellant Benihana of Tokyo, LLC appealed a 2014 order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granting the application of plaintiff-appellee Benihana, Inc. for a preliminary...more

VC’s running scared – Hooli is suing Pied Piper (Episodes 9 and 10) continued

Last post I mused that had Richard taken certain steps in the first season of Silicon Valley, he might now have ammunition to use against Hooli’s lawsuit. What am I talking about? To very crudely recap what happened last...more

Second Circuit Affirms Victory for Pandora On Music Streaming Rights

On May 6, 2015, in Pandora Media, Inc. v. American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, the Second Circuit held that composers and music publishers cannot partially withdraw from the American Society of Composers,...more

Remember the Alamo® but Don’t Forget the License.

With hard pressed economic times, state and local governments have turned to new sources of revenue: intellectual property licensing. The City of New York has been in the game for decades, licensing use of its the I ? NY...more

$58 Million Antitrust Settlement Approved for Performing Rights Organization Accused of Monopolization

A nationwide class of local television broadcasters recently celebrated when a federal judge approved a settlement agreement in its antitrust lawsuit against one of the three U.S. performance rights organizations (PROs). In...more

DISHing it out with the Fox: How the Second Screen Has Survived Fox’s Copyright Attacks

January’s Central District of California ruling on Fox Broadcasting’s claims against the DISH Network clarifies some of the ambiguity surrounding second screen cross-device programming distribution and copyright infringement....more

Is Hosting Microsoft Products via Third Parties a Good Option?

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Christopher Barnett,, helps you answer whether hosting Microsoft products through third parties is a good option for your company....more

Copycat Characters and the Selective Enforcement of IP Rights

Spring is here with summer just around the corner. While many are preparing for barbeques and boating, others are finalizing plans and perhaps costumes in preparation for Comic-Con (Comic Book Convention) season....more

The Netherlands: Annual report Gaming Authority – Illegal operators jeopardize granting of license

Last week, the Dutch Gaming Authority (“KSA”) published its 2104 annual report. The report provides some facts and figures with respect to 2014, as well as a forecast for the following years. A short overview...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - April 2015 (Global)

FILM AND TV - Australia: ACMA's broad powers to hold media accountable confirmed by High Court - The High Court has confirmed that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has the power to declare that a...more

Supreme Court Shows Reluctance to Overturn Brulotte’s Prohibition on Post-Expiration Royalties

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, one of the most important cases on the Court’s docket this term for antitrust and patent law practitioners. As we previously discussed, in...more

TufAmerica v. Diamond - USDC, S.D. New York, March 24, 2015

TufAmerica v. Diamond - USDC, S.D. New York, March 24, 2015 - District court awards summary judgment to defendants, members of the Beastie Boys, holding that plaintiff did not have standing to file suit for...more

Intellirod Spine Signs Licensing and Distribution Agreements With X-Spine Systems Inc.

Intellirod Spine LLC is, according to its website, a medical device company developing wireless sensing technologies for use in spinal care.  According to Orthopedic Design and Technology, Loadpro is the company’s forthcoming...more

Kimble and Post-Expiration Royalties: The Next Big Thing, or Much Ado About Nothing?

Today, as we previewed here, the US Supreme Court analyzed the question of whether patent holders should be allowed to contract for royalty payments that continue to accrue after the expiration of the subject patent. While...more

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