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Willful Infringement

You Can Ignore Claim Language As Long As it is Before the Colon

In Georgetown Rail Equipment Company v. Holland L.P., [2016-2297] (August 1, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed judgment of infringement and the award of lost profits and enhanced damages for infringement of U.S. Patent No....more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Visual Memory v. Nvidia reverses the grant of a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6), ruling that the claims recite an enhanced computer memory system and not an abstract idea under § 101. In Georgetown Rail v. Holland, the...more

Patent Infringement Judgment Against ION Geophysical for its Sales of Seismic Survey Devices Reduced to $26 Million from Original...

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments and Awards - On July 26, 2017, after eight years of litigation and multiple appeals, a Texas federal court ordered ION Geophysical Corporation (“ION”) to pay WesternGeco L.L.C. (“WesternGeco”)...more

My Namesake Triumphs: Tiffany & Co. awarded $19.35 million

The four year saga ended (at least for now) with Tiffany & Co. being awarded for its vigorous fight to maintain its trademark and protect against genericide. As previously reported, Tiffany & Co. filed suit against Costco...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

This was a busy week for precedential cases at the Circuit. In AIA v. Avid, the Circuit rules that there is no right to a jury trial as to requests for attorney fees under § 285. In Romag v. Fossil, a majority rules that the...more

Hartmann Plant Company Ordered to Stop Selling Infringing Blueberry Plant Varieties after Admitting to Willfully Infringing...

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments & Awards - Univ. of Fla. Bd. of Trustees v. Hartmann’s Plant Co., No. 1:16-CV-00027-MW-GRJ (N.D. Fla.) - The University of Florida obtained patents covering new varieties of blueberry plants that can be...more

Minnesota Patent Litigation Wrap-Up – July 2017

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This post continues our monthly summary of patent litigation in the District of Minnesota, including short summaries of substantive orders issued in pending cases. In July 2017, there were three notable decisions for...more

CalAmp Hit with Treble Damages for Willful Infringement of a Patent Assertion Entity’s Portfolio of Auto Tracking Patents

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Patent Judgments & Awards - In a final judgment dated July 19, 2017, a Florida federal court awarded treble damages to Omega Patents, a non-practicing patent licensing entity, for the infringement of five patents directed...more

Back to the Future: Saving Millions with Opinions of Counsel Post-Halo

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

After a decade of atrophy, opinions of counsel may again be an essential part of any defensive patent strategy due to recent changes in the law. The Supreme Court in Halo overruled the Federal Circuit’s Seagate test for...more

Tea Rose, Swiss Cheese and Slam Dunk Evidence of Infringement – The 9th Circuit Weighs in on Remote Geographic Trademark Users

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When two different companies adopt confusingly similar trademarks and use them in different parts of the United States, complications ensue. The adjudication of the respective rights of the parties will depend on the...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Willfulness is Required to Award Profits in Trademark Cases

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed its commitment to the rule that willfulness is a prerequisite for disgorgement of a trademark infringer’s profits in Stone Creek v. Omnia Italian Design, Case No....more

Pleading Willfulness – One Year Post-Halo

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Just over a year ago, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc., 136 S. Ct. 1923 (2016). Halo abrogated the Federal Circuit’s two-part willfulness test, which the Federal...more

Pumping Up Exceptional Cases Under the Octane Fitness Standard

A flurry of activity from various courts this past week on “exceptional cases” under Section 285 of the Patent Act provided notable guidance for practitioners and patent owners, with a particular emphasis on the motivation...more

The Halo Effect – Making Angels Out of Infringers?

Historically, patent owners have pled willful infringement in an effort to support the collection of enhanced damages from an infringer. Typically, if there was willful infringement the damages were enhanced and often...more

Summaries of All Supreme Court and Precedential Federal Circuit Patent Cases Decided Since Jun. 1, 2016

This paper is based on reports on precedential patent cases decided by the Federal Circuit distributed by Peter Heuser on a weekly basis. Please see full publication below for more information....more

Irish Butter Shortage Spreads Trademark Battle in Wisconsin

by Reed Smith on

A Wisconsin federal judge issued a temporary restraining order last month against a Wisconsin creamery for their use of the “Irishgold” Irish butter trademark and associated packaging. Irish dairy distributor Ornua Foods...more

Urban Outfitters Hit with Willful Copyright Infringement

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On April 4, 2017, the Ninth Circuit ruled that Urban Outfitters and Century 21 (collectively “Urban”) were liable for willful infringement of a copyrighted fabric design owned by Unicolors Inc. Unicolors is a Los Angeles...more

Willfulness Can Be Predicated on Brief Between Declaratory Judgment Filing and Counterclaim

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a complex 42-page decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed issues of assignor estoppel, claim indefiniteness, subject matter eligibility, claim preclusion, willfulness and lost profits damages...more

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

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

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