Willful Infringement

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Tempest Publishing, Inc. v. Hacienda Records and Recording Studio, Inc. - USDC, S.D. Tex., March 18, 2015

Texas district court holds that independent recording studio willfully infringed copyright in plaintiff’s musical composition, finding defendant’s four-year delay in seeking post-recording license did not conform with...more

Federal Circuit Review - February 2015

More Deference to District Courts in Claim Construction - In TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS USA, INC. v. SANDOZ, INC., No. 13-854, the Supreme Court held that factual findings underpinning claim construction rulings are reviewed...more

Protegrity’s “Bare Bones” Allegations Result in Dismissal, Again

In yet another case in the District of Connecticut, Protegrity has seen its claims for indirect and willful infringement dismissed because, according to the court, its complaint did not plead sufficient facts. District Judge...more

Spineology Sues Wright Medical Technology

Spineology, Inc. sued Wright Medical Technology, Inc. (Wright Medical) in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota . Spineology’s complaint alleges that Wright Medical’s X-REAM percutaneous expandable...more

District Courts Must Follow Georgia-Pacific & Seagate’s Instructions - Aqua Shield v. Inter Pool Cover Team, et al.

Addressing the analysis required to support both damages and willfulness, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit vacated a district court’s damages calculation and determination regarding willfulness. Aqua Shield...more

Willful Infringement and Enhanced Damages

Following the 2007 Federal Circuit decision In re Seagate Technology, LLC, some businesses decided that the need to obtain opinion letters from counsel in order to avoid findings of willful infringement was reduced. ...more

IP Newsflash - January 2015

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Explains the Role of Actual Profits in Reasonable Royalty Calculations and the Relationship Between Preliminary Injunctions and Willful Infringement - On December 22,...more

Federal Circuit Reverses Judgment for Willful Infringement

Through its recent decision in Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc., the Federal Circuit gave Zimmer an early Christmas gift worth approximately $140 million by reversing a district court’s determination of willfulness and vacating...more

Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy Company - USDC, S.D. New York, December 4, 2014

Following jury verdict in favor of Beastie Boys on copyright infringement and Lanham Act claims, district court denies defendant Monster Energy Company’s motions for judgment as matter of law, for new trial, and for reduction...more

Magistrate Gorenstein recommends changing trebled damages to defaulting defendant, but no attorney’s fees.

Keystone Global LLC v. Auto Essentials Inc., et al. Case Number: 1:12-cv-09077-DLC-GWG - Keystone alleged that Decor Essentials infringed two patents, U.S. Patents Nos. 7,866,715 (“Protective vehicle cover”) and...more

District Court Precludes Admission of Inter Partes Review Proceedings in Front of Jury But Permits Consideration as part of...

In this patent infringement action between Ultratec, Inc. ("Ultratec") and Sorenson Communications, Inc. ("Sorenson"), Sorenson sought to admit evidence of an inter partes review proceeding of the patent-in-suit. Sorenson...more

IP Newsflash - October 2014 #3

Federal Circuit Affirms Willful Infringement Judgment and Enhanced Damages Award - In an October 14, 2014, decision, the Federal Circuit upheld a judgment of willful infringement and an award of enhanced damages...more

Are “Concurrent Damages” A Good Idea For Copyright Law?

About a year ago, we wrote about the final chapter in the copyright saga of Joel Tenenbaum, the Boston University student who was found liable for copyright infringement by a District of Massachusetts jury, based on his...more

Judge Rakoff Grants Permanent Injunction and Awards Attorneys’ Fees for Unreasonable Litigation Tactics and Redundant Post-Trial...

Following a six-day jury trial finding defendants’ infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,874,487 (“Integrated illumination assembly for symbology reader”) to be willful, Judge Rakoff permitted plaintiffs to move for a permanent...more

Jury Finds Willful Infringement and $2.5M Damages

Cognex Corp. et al. v. Microscan Systems, Inc. et al. Case Number: 1:13-cv-02027-JSR (Dkt.202) - The jury in Cognex v. Microscan found infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,874,487 (“Integrated illumination...more

Practical Reasons to Obtain an Opinion of Patent Counsel

The Federal Circuit and Congress have in recent years made it more difficult for plaintiffs to recover enhanced damages in patent infringement suits. This may have caused companies to erroneously assume that seeking an...more

IP Newsflash - March 28, 2014

DISTRICT COURT CASES - In the Eastern District of Texas the Trend of Successful Motions to Dismiss Willful Infringement Allegations Continues, While Similar Attacks on Direct Infringement Allegations Still Face Tough...more

Carnegie Mellon v. Marvell: District Court Denies Marvell's Equitable Defenses Finding That Marvell Has Not Acted Equitably Toward...

In this patent infringement case brought by Carnegie Mellon University ("CMU"), against Marvell Technology Group, Ltd. and Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. (collectively "Marvell"), CMU alleged that Marvell has infringed two of...more

Potter Voice v. Apple: Claims for Willfulness Survive Motion to Dismiss Where Siri Inventors Allegedly Knew of Patent Prior to...

Potter Voice filed a patent infringement action against Apple, alleging infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,729,659 (the '659 patent) through Apple products containing Siri. In 2010, Apple acquired a corporation called Siri,...more

Objectively Reasonable Defense Precludes Enhanced Patent Damages

In the non-precedential opinion in Lee v. Mike’s Novelties, Inc., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment of infringement and no invalidity, but reversed the finding of willful infringement. In so doing,...more

District Court Sua Sponte Orders Claims for Indirect Infringement and Willfulness Dismissed for Failure to Plead Pre-Suit...

Eclipse IP LLC ("Eclipse") filed several patent infringement actions against a number of defendants, in which it alleged indirect infringement (both inducing and contributory) as well as willfulness. The district court sua...more

The Federal Circuit Has Jurisdiction over Appeals in Which Damages and Willfulness Remain Unresolved

The Federal Circuit green-lights earlier and more appeals. 28 U.S.C. § 1292(c)(2) confers to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the "Federal Circuit") the jurisdiction to hear appeals in civil actions...more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 6, June 2013

Patents / Patent Eligible Subject Matter - Supreme Court to Myriad: Isolated DNA Sequences Are Not Patent-Eligible Subject Matter -- AMP et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.: In a 9–0 decision the Supreme...more

Federal Circuit Decision Helps Troll Defendants Reduce Cost Of Litigation

While the attention of most of the patent litigation world has been focused on Supreme Court decisions on the patentability of human gene sequences and the viability of antitrust claims based on settlement of Hatch Waxman...more

Bratz Litigation Has Provided Fertile Grounds for Attorney Fee Disputes

The Bratz litigation between Mattel and MGA Entertainment has provided fertile grounds for attorney fee disputes. In the latest installment, the Ninth Circuit upheld a $137 million attorney fee award in favor of MGA as a...more

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