Willful Infringement

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Principles of Equity: Denying Inventors their Constitutionally Promised Exclusivity

Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution, empowers the United States Congress: - ..To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the...more

Institution of IPR Supports No Willful Infringement

An invalid patent cannot be infringed. Regardless, the Supreme Court recently held a good faith belief in the invalidity of a patent does not negate a finding of induced infringement. But what about willfulness – can a good...more

Federal Circuit Holds Trademark Infringement Must Be Willful to Warrant Award of Infringer’s Profits, Highlighting Continuing...

The Federal Circuit, applying Second Circuit trademark law, has weighed in on the issue of whether an infringer’s profits are recoverable absent a finding of willful infringement. In Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil, Inc....more

The Circuit Split Deepens: Federal Circuit Holds Willful Infringement Required for Recovery of Trademark Infringer’s Profits

On March 31, 2016, the Federal Circuit weighed in on the circuit split regarding whether a trademark plaintiff must prove willful infringement before it may recover profits in Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil, Inc., on appeal...more

Willfulness Claims Survive Motion To Dismiss

DNA Genotek Inc. v. Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, C.A. No. 15-355 - SLR, March 22, 2016 - Robinson, J. Defendant’s motion to dismiss willful infringement, conversion, trespass to chattel, and action to quiet title claims is...more

Trolls v. Pirates: Supreme Court Oral Argument Reviewing Enhanced Damages

Earlier today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two related cases: Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. (Supreme Court docket number 14-1513) and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. (Supreme Court docket...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - February 2016

Be Reasonable: The U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Review the Standard for Awarding Attorneys' Fees to the Prevailing Party in Copyright Infringement Suits - Why it matters: On January 15, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court...more

IP Newsflash - February 2016 #2

SUPREME COURT CASES - Post-Complaint Events or Transactions Cannot Cure Prudential Standing Defects - The U.S. Supreme Court denied Alps South’s writ to review the Federal Circuit’s decision that the company lacked...more

High Stakes Race Between Apple and VirnetX: Will PTAB Trump The Texas Jury's Award of $326.5M?

A Texas jury today raised the stakes even higher in a race involving parallel proceedings between the PTAB and Texas district court when it found that Apple infringed the VirnetX patents and awarded to VirnetX $625.6M in...more

Patent Trolls – What’s the Verdict? A Look at the Impact of the Apple Case

In what is potentially the largest “patent troll” verdict in history, Apple has lost a $625 million patent jury award to VirnetX, according to Reuters news service. The jury verdict in the Eastern District of Texas includes...more

Intellectual Property 2015 Year In Review

Introduction - As discussed in greater detail below, there were a number of notable developments in intellectual property law in 2015. Patent eligibility challenges to the validity of software, business methods, and...more

Supreme Court to Address IPR Proceedings & Willful Infringement

The Supreme Court will continue to shape patent law in 2016, addressing critical components of the widely-popular Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and examining the standard for...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - January 2016

Highlights of 2015 and What to Watch in 2016 in The United States - Commil USA, llC v. CiSCo SyStemS, inC. (Supreme Court, may 26, 2015). In May, the Supreme Court held that a good faith belief that an asserted patent...more

Tiffany and Co. v. Costco Wholesale Corp.: TIFFANY Mark Infringed by Costco’s Sales of “Tiffany” Rings

In a recent decision, 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. (“Tiffany”), deciding that Costco Wholesale Corp. (“Costco”), the largest...more

We All Scream For Ice Cream: Master Softee Defaults in Trademark Dispute

For some of us who “summered” on the sweltering streets of New York City as children, the sound of the Mister Softee jingle triggers a Pavlovian response for that sweet, soft-serve ice cream. It was the perfect antidote for...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News Series: Supreme Court Corner: Q4 2015

RECENT DECISIONS Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., et al. (9th Cir.)* COPYRIGHT – DECIDED: SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 Holding: A copyright owner must consider fair use prior to issuing a take-down notice under 17 U.S.C. §...more

Limestone v. Apple: Apple Successfully Moves to Dismiss Willful Infringement Claims

Limestone filed a patent infringement action against Apple, alleging direct and willful infringement of four patents. For each of the four claims of patent infringement against Apple, Limestone alleged, "[u]pon information...more

Supreme Court to Review Federal Circuit Standard for Treble Damage Awards Under § 284 - Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse...

Taking its first IP cases of the current session, the Supreme Court has granted certiorari in two § 284 enhanced fee award patent cases: Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., S.Ct. No. 14-1513 (Oct. 19, 2015) and...more

Willfulness Claim Survives Challenge; Court Recommends Dismissing Inequitable Conduct Claim With Leave To Replead

Fallon, M. J. Report and Recommendation recommending that defendant’s motion to dismiss willful infringement claims be denied and that plaintiff’s partial motion to dismiss and strike inequitable conduct counterclaims and...more

Supreme Court To Review Federal Circuit Test for Willful Patent Infringement

The U.S. Supreme Court will review the Federal Circuit’s test for determining willful patent infringement at the request of two patent holders that assert that the two-part test is too rigid and conflicts with the recent...more

SCOTUS to Hear a Duo on Willful Patent Infringement

On Monday, October 19, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear two patent infringement cases on the issue of willfulness. The first case is Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer Inc. and the second one is Halo Elecs., Inc....more

Supreme Court to review willful infringement (Halo and Stryker cases)

Today, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in two patent cases to review the standard for willful infringement. The two cases, consolidated for review, are Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., et al., No....more

The Supreme Court to Review Enhanced Damages -- Octane Revisited, or Something Entirely Different?

On October 19, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in two related cases: Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. (Supreme Court docket number 14-1513) and Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. (Supreme Court docket...more

The Complications of Copyrighted Images in the Yellow Pages - Yellow Pages Photos, Inc. v. Ziplocal, LP

Reviewing a spectrum of copyright-related issues following the conclusion of a jury trial, the U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court, concluding that willful copyright infringement...more

DC Comics v. Towle d/b/a Garage Gotham - USCA, Ninth Circuit, September 23, 2015

Ninth Circuit affirms that Batmobile is “character” entitled to copyright protection. In May 2011, DC Comics sued Towle in a California federal district court, alleging, among other things, causes of action for copyright...more

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