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A Cost-Free Royalty Clause That Works – Part Two: The Override

Welcome to part two of the hair-splitting decision in Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. v. Hyder. See our prior post about the basic facts....more

Capital Wrap-Up April 2014 #1

In response to the recommendations made by the Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection, six child protection bills made it to the Governor’s desk this week. Two of those bills have been signed....more

Applause Can Come with a Big Price Tag - Michael Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc.

Paying tribute to celebrity can sometimes be an expensive proposition. A Chicago grocery store chain found this out the hard way when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit handed down its decision in Michael...more

April Fools? No Joke, Virginia Law Limiting Addback Exceptions To Be Applied Retroactively for 10 Years

On April 1, 2014, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed HB 5001. This law imposes severe restrictions on the existing exceptions to intangible expense addback to Virginia taxable income. Specifically, the new law limits...more

Post-Production Issues and Oil & Gas Leases

So your oil and gas lease has now converted from the primary term to the secondary term – now what? There are several issues that a landowner or mineral interest owner should be aware of at this stage of the lease. ...more

Final Regulations Released Revising The Tax Treatment Of Sales-Based Royalties And Vendor Allowances

In December 2010, the IRS and Treasury proposed regulations that required the allocation of sales-based royalties and vendor allowances exclusively to property that has been sold (or for inventory property, deemed sold under...more

Significant Uptick in Royalty and Patent Stream Monetizations (Quorum, March 2014)

One of the areas where Cadwalader has seen a significant pickup in activity levels in 2013 and early 2014 is royalty and patent stream monetizations. In 2013, we helped clients complete 10 royalty and patent monetization...more

VirnetX v. Apple: Court Grants Enhanced Ongoing Royalty Based on Disparity Between Position at Trial and Position Post-Judgment on...

On August 11, 2010, VirnetX filed suit alleging that Apple and several other defendants infringed several U.S. Patents, which generally describe a method for transparently creating a virtual private network ("VPN") between a...more

Antitrust Claims Against SESAC Copyright Licenses Permitted To Proceed

Performing rights organizations (PROs) are entities that issue licenses to, and collect royalties from, television stations and other parties who wish to perform or dylanbroadcast copyrighted musical compositions. There are...more

A Cost-Free Royalty Clause That Works – Part One

Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. v. Hyder is another hair-splitting Texas decision about “cost-free royalties”. ...more

Was The Royalty Reservation “Floating” Or “Fixed”?

The question in Graham v. Prochaska: Did the grantors in a 1950 Texas warranty deed reserve a “floating” 1/2 royalty interest or a “fixed” 1/16th royalty?...more

Fee Changes at the Patent and Trademark Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently implemented a number of fee changes that will affect patent applicants and patent owners. Filing fees for patent applications have significantly increased, as have certain other...more

New Exploration Technologies Give Rise to Unclaimed Property Compliance Issues

The recent expansion of oil and natural gas exploration and production activities in previously unprofitable areas has brought increased attention to issues surrounding compliance with state unclaimed property laws. Producers...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Patentees Bear the Burden of Proof of Infringement in DJ Actions Brought by Licensee

A patentee bears the burden of proving infringement when a licensee seeks a declaratory judgment of non-infringement, the U.S. Supreme Court has held. The ruling reversed the Federal Circuit and clarified declaratory...more

Annual Minimum Webcasting Royalty Fees Due Jan. 31, 2014

Broadcasters and others who stream music on the Internet must pay their minimum annual webcasting copyright royalty fees to SoundExchange by Jan. 31, 2014. These webcasting fees are in addition to public performance...more

In Defense of Patenting

Fritz Machlup, an economist, once said that if we didn't have a patent system it would be irresponsible to recommend one, but since we have one, it would be irresponsible to abolish it. An Economic Review of the Patent...more

Royalty Awarded After Remittitur More Appropriately Based on Percentage Than Dollar Figure Per Unit Sold to Avoid Windfall to...

In February 2013, Tomita Technologies USA, LLC ("Tomita") went to trial before a jury against Nintendo Co., Ltd. ("Nintendo"). In March 2013, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Tomita in the amount of $30.2 million,...more

An Opportunity to Cure? When Bankruptcy and Unpaid Oil and Gas Lease Royalties Collide in North Dakota

The North Dakota Supreme Court recently issued its second opinion in Van Sickle v. Hallmark & Associates, a case that has tested the boundaries of a mineral interest holder’s right to royalties when well operators go...more

Virginia Adopts Narrow Definition of “Royalty” for Purposes of its Intangible Expense Add-Back

In a recent ruling, the Virginia Department of Taxation determined that payments made by a taxpayer to an affiliated corporation were not "royalty" payments and should not have been added back to the taxpayer’s Virginia...more

District Court Excludes Royalty Calculation of Defense Expert Where Expert Used an Incorrect Date for the Hypothetical Negotiation

As Cassidian Communications, Inc.'s ("Cassidian") patent infringement case against Microdata GIS, Inc. ("Microdata") moved toward trial, Cassidian moved to exclude the testimony of defendants' expert. The motion to exclude...more

Federal Circuit to Review Virginia Court's Decision Excluding Expert Report and Testimony Due to Failure to Apportion Royalty Base...

At the behest of Facebook, Inc., a defendant in a patent infringement case, a Virginia court excluded the report and testimony of a damages expert because the expert failed to apportion the revenue to the features causing the...more

Damages for Royalty Error Limited to Two Years: Ignorance of Mistake May Not Stop Limitations Clock

A royalty holder must make reasonable inquires to confirm that a royalty has been properly paid and will be limited to a two-year recovery if not, the Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled in Canadian Natural Resources Limited v...more

Division Avoids Another Throwout Defeat, But Puts Economic Nexus at Risk

Earlier this week, the New Jersey Tax Court released a letter opinion in Whirlpool Properties Inc. v. Director, its latest decision involving throwout. The Division of Taxation had argued that there were unresolved factual...more

Massachusetts Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (3rd Quarter 2013)

Welcome to the Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update for the 3rd Quarter of 2013. This update includes coverage of the repeal of the short-lived software services tax and pending litigation on other...more

The Supreme Court: Cases to Watch in the October 2013 Term

This week marks the first Monday in October, which for Supreme Court watchers is a holiday: the start of a new term. While not everyone gets that excited about the new term, there are several cases that the Court intends to...more

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