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Will the Supreme Court Remove Brulotte’s Shadow Over Patent Licensing?

Fifty years ago, in Brulotte v. Thys Co., the U.S. Supreme Court held that the collection of royalties after a patent’s expiration constitutes per se patent misuse. Although criticized by scholars, antitrust agencies, and the...more

Judge Griesa declines to revisit Federal Circuit’s finding that a license and settlement agreement is “clear on its face.”

Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. v. Roxane Laboratories, Inc. Case Number: 1:13-cv-03288-TPG - Defendant Roxane Laboratories, Inc. (“Roxane”) was sued by Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Endo”) when Endo learned that...more

“Crumbs” of Hope for Trademark Licensees

You are a trademark licensee, and your licensor suddenly declares bankruptcy. Then, to make matters worse, the bankruptcy trustee rejects your licensing agreement. What does this mean for you? Although intellectual...more

Blog: What Did The ABI Chapter 11 Commission Recommend On Intellectual Property Licenses And Bankruptcy Issues?

The American Bankruptcy Institute‘s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 issued its report last week, capping more than two years of hearings, meetings, and hard work. Having had the honor of testifying before the...more

Supreme Court 2014 Patent Preview

On average, the U.S. Supreme Court historically hears fewer than one patent case each term. For example, in the 14 years between 1982 and 1995, the Court decided only five patent cases. In the seven years between 1995 and...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether License Agreements May Require Payment of Royalties After Patent Expiration

The U.S. Supreme Court Friday agreed to revisit a longstanding precedent that bars patent owners from collecting royalties after their patents have expired, even if those post-expiration payments represent compensation for...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Whether Post-Patent Term Royalty Schemes Lawful

On Friday, December 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari on Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc., No. 13-720, opening the possibility that the Supreme Court will overturn Brulotte v. Thys Co., 379 U.S. 29 (1964),...more

Court Denies the Use of a Software Agreement as a Shield from Discovery (Tennessee)

Pero v. Norfolk S. Ry., Co., 2014 WL 6772619 (E.D. Tenn. Dec. 1, 2014). In this employment law case, the plaintiff filed a motion to compel the production of a video that the plaintiff claimed demonstrated the setting...more

STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014

President Obama has signed H.R. 5728, reauthorizing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (“STELA”) which was set to expire at the end of this year. The new law, entitled the STELA Reauthorization Act of...more

New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Upholds Trademark Licensees' Rights to Use Trademark Despite Licensor's Bankruptcy

In In re Crumbs Bake Shop, Inc., No. 14-24287 (Bankr. D.N.J., Oct. 31, 2014), Judge Michael B. Kaplan of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey held that trademark licenses may be entitled, under a...more

Actual Negotiations Trump 40-Year Georgia-Pacific Test to Determine Type of Patent Licensing Royalties

The Grigoleit Co. v. Whirlpool Corp. - Addressing a lower court’s reasonable royalty determination that chose not to rely on the Georgia Pacific factors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently...more

A Hypothetical-License Damages Theory Must Be Rooted in Non-Hypothetical Evidence

Oracle Corporation v. SAP AG - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has explained that a copyright owner is not required to show that it actually would have granted a license to the defendant before it can...more

Defendant Ordered to Provide Access to Licensee Websites

BNB Health Grades, Inc. ("Health Grades") filed a patent infringement action against MDx Medical, Inc., d/b/a Vitals.com ("MDx"). During the litigation, Health Grades identified licensing agreements and associated systems...more

Business Law Newsletter - November 2014

In This Issue: - Look Before You Click “Agree”: The Importance of Negotiating Your Company’s Software License Agreements - Fraud in Virginia - Common Myths about Copyright and the Internet - Excerpt from...more

IP Newsflash - November 2014 #2

Federal Circuit: Licensor Has No Standing to Sue Where it Has Transferred “All Substantial Rights” to Its Licensee - The Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by Judge Schneider in the Eastern District of Texas to...more

Look Before You Click “Agree”: The Importance of Negotiating Your Company’s Software License Agreements

People sometimes forget that when you click “I Accept” or “I Agree”, you are entering into a legally-binding contract with the software company or website owner. And usually, the terms of the contract are extremely one-sided...more

HarperCollins Publishers LLC v. Open Road Integrated Media LLP - USDC, S.D. New York, November 6, 2014

HarperCollins Publishers LLC v. Open Road Integrated Media LLP - USDC, S.D. New York, November 6, 2014: District court grants publisher’s motion for permanent injunction to enjoin defendant from publishing e-book...more

The Troubles with Patent Inventorship

Determining inventorship is answering the question: who contributed enough to an invention to be named as an “inventor” on the patent application? It’s critical, as reviewed by my colleague Shohini Bagchee in her article...more

A Cautionary Tale for Universities about Patent Ownership Rights from the Lone Star State

A recent decline in patent litigation has been attributed to the evolving patent eligibility standard, as well as to an increase in post-grant review proceedings at the Patent Office, now reported to be “the second-biggest...more

Defendant Ordered to Keep Discovery Promises despite Plaintiff’s Inability to do the Same (California)

Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coast Sys., 2014 WL 5321095 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 17, 2014). In this patent infringement case, the plaintiff company moved the court to compel the defendant to produce archival emails from eight...more

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Settles Complaint Against Patent Troll That Manufacturers Should Be Aware Of

Earlier this year, I wrote about efforts to reform the patent system to curtail abuses by “patent trolls.” Patent trolls do not manufacture anything. Rather, they often buy up patents and then bring lawsuits against...more

An Update On The Legal Implications Of User-Generated Content: Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, And Instagram

Traditionally, media companies (as well as non-media companies) almost exclusively utilized their own content. However, because of the exponential growth in the public’s desire and ability to interconnect through social media...more

What Exactly Is A Copyright?

Copyright law protects the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works....more

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The California Strawberry Commission’s Claim to University Plant Breeding Research

Plant patents are often overshadowed by their more well-known utility and design patent counterparts under U.S. law. Yet, with the increasing branding and differentiation of agricultural commodities, plant patent rights...more

Rights of Co-Owners to License Patent Rights

It is sometimes tempting when entering into a joint research agreement to agree that both parties will jointly own any patent rights arising from the collaboration. However, unless the rights of each party are clearly set out...more

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