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Willful Infringement

Opinions of Counsel Should Be Rendered Timely, and Evidence of Opinions of Counsel Should Be Credible

Omega Patents, LLC (“Omega”) sued CalAmp Corp. (“CalAmp”) for patent infringement in the Middle District of Florida. The jury returned a verdict for Omega, finding all of the asserted claims valid and infringed. On April 5,...more

5 Top Takeaways: When Is an Opinion of Counsel Required in the New, Post-Halo Environment?

Kilpatrick Townsend Partner James Isbester recently addressed the Intellectual Property Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association at a CLE event held at the firm’s Walnut Creek office. The presentation, “When Is an...more

Is the Halo Broken Already?

Last week Docket Navigator delivered a troubling headline regarding a recent District Court decision – “Invalidity Opinion Delivered After Product Launch No Defense to Willful Infringement.” As a practitioner who regularly...more

Distillations: ALERT: Skull Crushing Victory

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A unanimous eight-person jury found that Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka skull-shaped bottle has been intentionally infringed by Elements Spirits Inc.’s Day of the Dead-inspired skull shaped tequila bottles. Undoubtedly...more

Enhanced Patent Damages in the Wake of Halo May Not Be So Easy to Come By

Background - Last year, in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1923 (2016), the Supreme Court weighed in on the question of enhanced damages in patent cases and rejected the then-existing...more

Federal Court Cracks Down on Intentional Infringement with $1 Million Punitive Damages Awards

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It's been a costly week for intentional infringers of intellectual property (IP) rights. In two separate decisions, the Federal Court of Canada has awarded $1 million in punitive damages. These are among the highest punitive...more

[Webinar] Willful Patent Infringement in Today’s World of Medical Devices: Opinions of Counsel and Operating in a State of Flux -...

As courts apply the Supreme Court’s direction on willful infringement, U.S. companies have guideposts to look to on the bounds in which they can operate. For in-house counsel with a budget, obtaining an opinion letter for...more

Enhanced Damages for Willful Infringement

Proving willful patent infringement became easier after the Supreme Court in Halo rejected the rigid two-part Seagate test for willful infringement, thereby removing a significant hurdle to an award of enhanced damages. In...more

2016’s Top Patent and Trade Secret Developments for Chemistry and Nanotechnology

While 2016 saw several significant IP developments regarding the USPTO claim construction standard and the standard of review of USPTO decisions, the following three developments may have the greatest impact on how in-house...more

Smith & Nephew, Arthrex Settled Suture Anchor Patent Dispute Before Trial

On February 14, 2017, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman of the United States District Court, District of Oregon granted a Joint Stipulated Motion for Dismissal with Prejudice submitted by Plaintiffs Smith & Nephew, Inc. and...more

2017 Intellectual Property Law Year In Review

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Though politics ruled the headlines in 2016, the year still brought big changes in intellectual property law and its application, most notably in patent subject matter eligibility, inter partes review institution and appeal...more

Involvement of Opinion Counsel in Trial Strategy Results in a Broad Subject-Matter Waiver that Extends to Trial Counsel

In a December 13, 2016, order (made publicly available in redacted form on January 5, 2017), the District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina enunciated a broad waiver of the attorney-client privilege for a party...more

District Court Orders Production of Attorney-Client Communications Between Opinion Counsel and Trial Counsel Based on Advice of...

Plaintiff Krausz Industries Ltd. ("Krausz") filed a motion for an order compelling Defendants Smith-Blair, Inc. and Sensus USA, Inc. (collectively "Smith-Blair") to allow discovery into various attorney-client communications...more

Judge Bloom Hits Bombardier with Enhanced Ongoing Royalty Damages and Treble Damages Following Patent Infringement Loss

On January 3, 2017, Judge Bloom of the Southern District of Florida added nearly $1 million in pre-judgment interest to the damage figure of roughly $48.2 million already owed by Bombardier to Arctic Cat due to a finding of...more

This Year’s Top Ten IP Cases

#10 Design Patent Damages § 289 - Samsung Elecs. Co., v. Apple Inc., 580 U.S. _ (Dec. 6, 2016) - In the case of a multicomponent product, the relevant article of manufacture for arriving at a damages award under...more

2 Ways Courts Approach Willful Infringement After Halo

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This article analyzes how district courts have addressed the sufficiency of pleading enhanced damages after Halo at the motion to dismiss stage. (The first article in this two-part series considered district court decisions...more

4 Factors Influencing Enhanced Damages After Halo

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This article considers district court decisions on enhanced damages issued within the first six months after Halo, particularly focusing on the factors that influence whether enhanced damages are ultimately awarded. Our...more

Another Look at Willful Infringement under Halo’s Preponderance of the Evidence Standard

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit remanded a no willful infringement finding back to the district court to be reconsidered under the Supreme Court of the United States’ Halo decision. Alfred E. Mann Foundation...more

Heartburn for Defense After Jury Verdict in Pepcid® Dispute

The recent jury verdict in a dispute over a generic version of the heartburn medication Pepcid® Complete® would be enough for anyone to reach for a few tablets of the accused product. After an eight day trial presided over by...more

Best practices in defending patent litigation

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What best practices have recently emerged for companies that engage in patent litigation? The latest trends in this area were the topic of a popular panel at DLA Piper’s biannual Tech Summit, held in late September in Palo...more

Judge Forrest Holds that Pre-Suit Knowledge of an Application is Not Pre-Suit Knowledge of a Patent

On December 7, 2016, Judge Katherine B. Forrest (S.D.N.Y.) granted defendant Red Box’s partial motion for summary judgment on plaintiff Verint’s inducement and willfulness claims concerning three of the six patents in suit. ...more

Order on Disgorgement of Profits

The attached Order was entered on November 22, 2016 awarding Variety Stores, Inc. approximately $32 million dollars following a disgorgement of profits trial arising out of a case of willful trademark infringement by Walmart....more

Tiffany vs. Costco: Jury Awards Tiffany Substantial Damages for Costco’s Sale of Counterfeit Diamond Rings

In a highly publicized decision of over a year ago, Judge Swain of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the luxury retailer Tiffany and Co., deciding that Costco Wholesale Corp., the...more

The District of Massachusetts Sheds Light on Halo’s New Standard for Willfulness and Enhanced Damages in Trustees of Boston...

Since the Supreme Court decision in Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics came down earlier this year (as previously discussed here), district courts across the country have been grappling with the high court’s new standard...more

Federal Circuit Review | November 2016

Fraud-Detection Patent Claimed Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter - In FairWarning IP, LLC v. Iatric Systems, Inc., Appeal No. 2015-1985, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that FairWarning’s patent...more

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