Willful Infringement

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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

A Primer on Patent Damages - Carnegie Mellon University v. Marvell Technology Group, Ltd., et al.

Addressing a panoply of damages issues, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a reasonable royalty, rejected the defendant’s laches defense and provided significant guidance on the application of the...more

Tiffany & Company v. Costco Wholesale: Tiffany is far from Generic

On September 9, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Costco was willfully infringing Tiffany & Co.’s trademarks by selling diamond engagement rings bearing the renowned...more

Is Tiffany’s Major Victory Short-Lived?

On September 8, Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled on summary judgment that Costco Wholesale Corp. had willfully infringed Tiffany & Co.’s trademark by selling engagement rings using the Tiffany name. Frankly, the infringement...more

Federal Circuit Patent Updates - August 2015

The Dow Chemical Company v. Nova Chemicals Corporation (No. 2014-1431, -1462, 8/28/15) (Prost, Dyk, Wallach). Dyk, J. Reversing award of supplemental damages. "We hold that the intervening change in the law of...more

IP Newsflash - August 2015 #2

FEDERAL CIRCUIT CASES - Federal Circuit Quashes $287 Million Enhanced Damages Award Finding Objectively Reasonable Defenses Raised During Litigation - The Federal Circuit has reversed a district court’s award of...more

Summary Judgment Decision Eliminates Indefinite Claims And Willfulness; Remaining Infringement Claims Are Left For The Jury

Robinson, J. Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of invalidity is granted. Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment of infringement is denied. Defendant’s cross-motion for summary judgment of non-infringement of claim 3...more

Commil USA V. Cisco Systems: “I thought it was legal” is no defense to induced infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b)

The United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Commil v. Cisco held that a good-faith belief of a patent’s invalidity, standing alone, is insufficient to provide a defense to a claim of inducing another’s infringement...more

The Layered Look: Copyrights and Visual Arts

People are generally aware that a painting, photograph, sculpture or other works of art are subject to copyright protection but many are less aware that copyright has many layers of possible protection which can present legal...more

Southern Mills Files Patent Suit Against Int’l Textiles over its Glide™ Product

Southern Mills, Inc. (“Southern Mills”), a Georgia corporation doing business as TenCate Protective Fabrics, filed a patent infringement action on July 15, 2015 against International Textiles Group, Inc. f/k/a Safety...more

Revisiting Patent Opinions of Counsel on Induced Infringement

Experienced business owners are usually aware of the need to carefully review their business operations for potential intellectual property issues. Indeed, the threat of a patent infringement lawsuit is a possibility for...more

IP Law Tracker Docket Review

Each month, we review significant intellectual property decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District and Western District of Michigan. Below is the...more

June Court Decision Round-Up

JDS Technologies, Inc. v. Avigilon USA Corp., Case No. 15-10385, 2015 WL 3603525 (E.D. Mich. June 5, 2015) - U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn denied Avigilon’s motion to dismiss for failing to adequately plead allegations...more

It’s Not Just What You Know, But When You Know – For Willful Infringement

Motion to Dismiss Willful Infringement Claims granted, Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. v. Silergy Corporation, No. 14-cv-01745-VC (J. Chhabria) - This case centers around three patents which, according to Monolithic...more

Catching-Up On House Judiciary Committee’s Revised Innovation Act

Recently the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve a revised version of the Innovation Act. As we previously discussed, the Innovation Act was re-introduced in the House earlier this year in the same form approved...more

Daubert And Dispositive Motions Are Decided

Stark, C. J. Plaintiffs' Motion to Exclude Certain Opinions of Defendants' Technical Expert Glenn Reinman is denied. Plaintiffs' Motion to Exclude Opinions and Proposed Testimony of Jeremiah Grant is denied in part and...more

Congress Continues to Promote Patent Reform Efforts

In recent years, Congress has devoted a great deal of attention to patent reform. Those efforts led in 2011 to passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA), which was the most extensive revision of the patent laws in...more

Federal Circuit Acknowledges § 284 Review Issue May Be Raised by Octane/Highmark Cases - Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a revised opinion in Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer, Inc. In the revised opinion the Court added a footnote discussing the implications of recent Supreme Court jurisprudence...more

Fairchild v. Power Integrations: Because of Right to Appeal, District Court Precludes Reference to Pending Reexamination...

Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. and Fairchild (Taiwan) Corp.'s (collectively, "Fairchild") moved in limine to preclude any reference to any pending reexamination proceeding or any completed reexamination proceeding of any...more

Summary Judgment Finding Recommended As To Non-Willfulness But Not As To Non-Infringement

Burke, C. J. Report and Recommendation that Defendant’s motion for summary judgment of noninfringement of claim 11 of the patent-in-suit be denied, and for non-willfulness be granted....more

Court Rules On Post-Trial Motions Following Willful Infringement Verdict

Stark, C.J. Plaintiff’s motion for attorneys’ fees is denied. Defendant’s motion for JMOL is granted in part and denied in part. Plaintiff’s motion to alter or amend judgment is granted in part and denied in part. Argument...more

Willfulness Allegations are Dismissed

In the original complaint, plaintiff alleged that defendant had knowledge of the patents-in-suit at least since the filing of the complaint. In the amended complaint, plaintiff adds that defendants’ infringement has been and...more

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

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