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Court Orders Law Firm and Client Joint and Severally Liable for Part of Attorney's Fee Award After Determination That Case Was...

The district court briefly summarized this patent infringement action that it found frivolous as follows: "In the 1990's, Segan invented a system for people to browse the Internet. Today, Zynga makes video games that people...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

Fruitful Harvest of Attorneys’ Fees and Sanctions for Farmville Creator Zynga

Order Granting Motion for Attorneys’ Fees: Granting Motion in Part for Sanctions, Segan LLC v. Zynga Inc., Case No. 14-cv-01315-VC (Judge Vince Chhabria) - We previously reported on the Segan v. Zynga case when Judge...more

Rule 11 Sanctions Are Rare and Reserved for the Most Egregious of Violations - Predator Int’l, Inc. v. Gamo Outdoor USA, Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed an order sanctioning an attorney under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, holding that the district court abused its discretion in finding the attorney’s tactical...more

The Big Three: The 9th Circuit Joins The 6th Circuit and 7th Circuit in Holding That Sanctions For Bad-Faith Litigation Tactics...

In Law v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (2015 S.O.S. 13–56099 – filed August 27, 2015), the Ninth Circuit joined the shortlist of Circuit Courts to hold that sanctions for bad-faith litigation tactics under 28 U.S.C. section 1927...more

USPTO Introduces Second Wave of PTAB Rule Changes

On August 20, 2015, the US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a Proposed Rule containing amendments to the Rules of Practice governing proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”). This proposed...more

Patent Board’s Proposed New Rules for PTAB Trials

The PTAB issues its second round of proposed rule changes. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) just issued its second round of proposed rule changes to post-patent issuance review proceedings (Inter Partes Reviews,...more

USPTO Announces Second Round of AIA Rule Changes

On August 19, 2015, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced another set of proposed changes to the rules governing Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trial proceedings under the America Invents Act (AIA)....more

The PTAB’s Proposed Rule Changes (August 20, 2015)

Patent owners can include expert testimony with a preliminary response. The Patent Office (Office) conducted a nationwide listening tour in April and May of 2014 to gauge the effectiveness of the rules governing...more

Will New PTAB Rules Impact IPRs Filed By Kyle Bass Hedge Fund?

On August 19th, the USPTO released a new set of proposed rules related to post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Among the many offered rules was the addition of a “Rule 11-type certification”...more

PTAB Summer Package of Proposed Rule Changes Now Available and Open for Public Comment

On March 31 we posted about the Patent Office rolling out a series of rulemakings for improving post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) pursuant to public feedback to a Request for Comments...more

US Patent Trial and Appeal Board proposes rule changes to AIA trials

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued its proposed changes to the rules for AIA trials, which include inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR) and the transitional program for covered...more

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Announces Proposed Changes to AIA Proceedings

On August 19, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“Office”) presented proposed amendments to the rules governing trial practice for inter partes review, post-grant review, transitional post-grant review for...more

USPTO Proposes Extensive Changes to AIA Post-Grant Proceedings

Today the USPTO released a 113-page set of proposed changes to AIA post-grant proceedings, including IPR, PGR and CBM proceedings. The USPTO has been attempting to address concerns expressed by the public, having implemented...more

Business Court Awards Rule 11 Sanctions For Baseless Fiduciary Duty Claim

It is probably a good idea for a corporation to avoid making fiduciary duty claims against its employees (unless they are also officers and directors). Clients (or their lawyers) who insist on making such claims are liable...more

District Court Strikes "Shotgun Complaint" That Incorporated Allegations by Reference in Each Count

Lanard Toys Limited ("Lanard") filed a patent infringement action against Toys "R" US. Lanard subsequently filed a four-count Amended Complaint and Demand for Trial by Jury, both of which were filed in the United States...more

The Meaning of Falsity in Misrepresentation Cases

When a consumer sues a product manufacturer over an allegedly false advertisement, what must the consumer allege to state a claim that the advertisement is false?...more

IP Newsflash - July 2015 #3

DISTRICT COURT CASES - Expert Witness’ Flawed Infringement Opinion Supports an Award of Attorneys’ Fees - Defendants Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. sought an award of attorneys’ fees under 35 U.S.C. § 285 against...more

Borrowers’ Counsel Sanctioned for Frivolous Lawsuit Against Lender Who Attempted to Resolve Foreclosure Action

An Ohio appellate court has affirmed an order of sanctions against counsel for borrowers who filed a frivolous lawsuit against the lender alleging fraud, breach of contract and estoppel in connection with failed attempts to...more

Amendments to PATENT Act Proposal Takes Aim at IPR Proceedings

On Thursday, June 4, 2015, the PATENT Act made it out of committee on a 16-4 vote after amendments were made to the bill that take direct aim at inter partes review proceedings. While there is still a long way to go before...more

The Fact That an Argument Is a Loser Is Not Enough to Make It Stand Out in a Crowd

Order Denying Defendant’s Motions for Sanctions and Attorney Fees, Kreative Power, LLC, v. Monoprice, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-02991-SI (Judge Susan Illston) - Little more than a year has passed since the Supreme Court...more

IP Newsflash - May 2015 #2

SUPREME COURT CASES - U.S. Supreme Court Remands Case to Federal Circuit to Review Patent Under Teva - On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded a case back to the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Federal...more

USPTO makes changes to AIA post grant proceedings

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be making a series of rule changes to America Invents Act reviews. Some will be effective immediately, others will be implemented in phases. The rule changes are a direct response to...more

Motion for Rule 11 Sanctions Denied After Plaintiff Granted Defendants Covenant Not to Sue Where Plaintiff Attempted to Make an...

Phoenix Modular Elevator, Inc. ("Phoenix") filed a complaint for patent infringement against T.L. Shield & Associates, Inc. ("Shield") and Modular Elevator Manufacturing, Inc. ("MEM"). The patent at issue, United States...more

With Prejudice: Judge Dismisses FCA Claim and Orders Sanctions Against Attorney

On October 16, 2014, United States Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy of the Western District of New York issued a Report and Recommendation to District Judge William Skretny in which he recommended dismissal with prejudice...more

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