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When Does A Work-at-Home Employee’s Residence Become The Employer’s Place Of Business For Patent Suits?

Memorandum Opinion and Order Granting Motion to Dismiss for Improper Venue, BillingNetwork Patent, Inc. v. Modernizing Medicine, Inc., N.D. Ill. (November 6, 2017) (Judge Ruben Castillo) - We previously reported here about...more

Fleeing The Swarm

Order Adopting in Part Report and Recommendation, Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion to Dismiss Counterclaims, Denying Motion for Default Judgment, and Denying Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss Claims, LHF Productions,...more

New Flavors Of The Alice Analysis On Display In Federal Circuit Ineligibility Ruling

Two-Way Media Ltd v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC et al., Fed. Cir. (November 1, 2017) - The Federal Circuit’s decision last week to invalidate all of the claims of two audio and video streaming patents as claiming no...more

Invalidation Of A Claim In A Closely-Related Patent Dooms Preliminary Injunction

In Sebela Int’l Ltd. v. Actavis Labs., FL, Inc., Civil Action Nos. 17-4789-CCC-MF & 17-4964-CCC-MF (D.N.J. Sep. 14, 2017), plaintiffs Sebela International Limited, Sebela Ireland Limited, and Sebela Pharmaceuticals Inc....more

Judge Dow Orders New Trial Due to Unreliable Consumer Confusion Survey

Order Granting Motion for New Trial, The Black & Decker Corp., et al. v. Positec USA, Inc., et al., N.D. Ill. (September 11, 2017) (Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr.) - Trademark litigants often submit survey evidence to prove that...more

District of Delaware “Clips”- Off Venue-Discovery for Medical Device Company but Allows It for Pharmaceutical Company

Boston Sci. Corp. v. Cook Grp., Inc., No. 15-980-LPS-CJB, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146126, at *2 (D. Del. Sep. 11, 2017); Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Mylan Pharm., Inc., No. 17-379-LPS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146372, at *3 (D....more

Christmas Comes Early for “Useful Article” Copyright Holder

Order Denying Motion and Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment, Jetmax Ltd. v. Big Lots, Inc. et al., 15-cv-9597 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 28, 2017) (Judge Katherine Forrest) Tricky questions can arise when a person or company attempts...more

Fictional, but Protectable: Court Finds Planned Real-World “The Krusty Krab” Restaurant Would Violate Viacom’s Trademark Rights

Summary Judgment Order, Viacom International Inc. v. IJR Capital Investments, LLC, S.D. Tex. (January 11, 2017) (Judge Gray Miller) - The Emmy nominations have been announced, and the fall television season is just weeks...more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Likely Too Heavy Lift for Congress

It may be late July, but the impending Congressional recess has not lessened potential interest by lawmakers in patent reform. On June 21, 2017, Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Delaware) introduced Senate Bill 1390, entitled the...more

A Defendant’s Understanding of Infringement Contentions Is Not Enough To Comply With The Patent Local Rules

Order Granting Motion to Strike, Staying Discovery, and Granting Leave to Amend, GeoVector Corporation v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, Case No. 16-cv02463-WHO (Judge William H. Orrick) - Albert Einstein once noted: “Any...more

Trying to Erase the Past: Judge Won’t Vacate Section 101 Ruling After Settlement

Order Denying Motion to Vacate Judgment, Protegrity USA, Inc. v. Netskope, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-02515-YGR (Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers) - When parties settle a case, they usually want to put it all behind them and move...more

Separated at the District Court, Possibly Reunited on Appeal

Defendants Are Reunited Notwithstanding Plaintiff’s Attempts To Keep Them Apart:  Order Denying Plaintiff’s Motion to Stay and Granting Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, Emmanuel Gonzalez v. Tagged, Inc., Case No....more

The “Pot, Kettle, Black” Doctrine

The adage “the pot calling the kettle black”—referring to someone who is guilty of the very thing that he accuses another of—is a bit of equitable common sense that practitioners ought not to forget. In a recent patent...more

Bench Trial Findings Come Back to Bite Finjan

Collateral Estoppel Results In Summary Judgment On Priority Date, Finjan, Inc. v. Proofpoint, Inc., et al., Case No. 13-cv-05808 (Judge Haywood Stirling Gilliam, Jr.) - How does an accused infringer use a patentee’s...more

Simple Beats Precise: No Need for Carve-Outs Before Using Previously Produced Discovery

Discovery Order, Richtek Technology Corp. v.. uPI Semiconductor Corp., et al., Case No. 09-cv-05659-WHA (Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler) - Here is a riddle for you: when can an interest in reducing cost and burden...more

4/8/2016  /  Discovery , ITC , Trade Secrets

District Courts Won’t Wait Forever: Stay Lifted Pending Rehearing of IPR Denial

Order Lifting Stay, MLC Intellectual Property, LLC v. Micron Technology, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-03657-SI (Judge Susan Illston) As we have reported in the past, judges in the Northern District are generally willing to stay a...more

Synthesizing More Lessons From the Silicon v. Cresta Frequency Synthesizer Case

Order Re: Motions For Summary Judgement And Defendant’s Motion To Strike, Silicon Laboratories, Inc. v. Cresta Technology Corporation. Case No. 14-cv-03227-PSG (Judge Paul S. Grewal) - As we previously reported, the...more

It’s All “Relative”, But No Different Here Under the New Nautilus Indefiniteness Standard

Order Denying Defendant’s Motion For Summary Judgement As To Indefiniteness, Silicon Laboratories, Inc. v. Cresta Technology Corporation. Case No. 14-cv-03227-PSG (Judge Paul S. Grewal) - In one of his most famous...more

Monkey Business: A Primate Can’t Claim Copyright in Selfies

Order Granting Motions to Dismiss, Naruto, et al. v. Slater, et al., Case No. 15-cv-04324-WHO (Judge William Orrick) - Are photographic “selfies” a uniquely human conceit? Parties in a Northern District copyright lawsuit...more

Costly Consequences to Limiting Discovery Scope

Order Re: “Other Enplas Lenses”, Enplas Display Device Corp., et al. v. Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd., Case No. 13-cv-05038 (U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins) - Sometimes, it works to a patent owner’s advantage...more

An Ounce of Prevention: Patent Claiming Anti-Malware Software Is Not Abstract

Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., Case No. 13-cv-03999 (11.20.15 Judge Beth Freeman) - It looks like the battle between non-practicing entity Finjan and defendant Blue Coat Systems is coming to an end, at least in...more

Fruitful Harvest of Attorneys’ Fees and Sanctions for Farmville Creator Zynga

Order Granting Motion for Attorneys’ Fees: Granting Motion in Part for Sanctions, Segan LLC v. Zynga Inc., Case No. 14-cv-01315-VC (Judge Vince Chhabria) - We previously reported on the Segan v. Zynga case when Judge...more

Ninth Circuit Requires Fair Use Evaluation Before Issuing DMCA Take-Down Notices

In a highly anticipated opinion in the so-called "Dancing Babies" case, the Ninth Circuit clarified this week the steps under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") that copyright holders must take before issuing a...more

Federal Circuit Panel Expands Reach of §271(a) Liability for Divided Infringement

On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, a unanimous en banc Federal Circuit panel in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Network, Inc., Nos. 2009-1372, -1380, -1416, -1417 (August 13, 2015) this week revised its standard...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Upholds ITC’s Broad Definition of Induced Infringement

Earlier this week, an en banc Federal Circuit interpreted the scope of Section 337 of the Tariff Act (19 U.S.C. § 1337), which proscribes importation of "articles that … infringe" a U.S. patent. (Suprema, Inc. v....more

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