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Citrix Files Patent Infringement And Unfair Competition Strike Against Avi Networks’ Cloud Application Delivery Platform For...

In another example of a competitor-based patent lawsuit involving cloud computing, Citrix Systems filed a major lawsuit against its newcomer competitor Avi Networks in the U.S. District Court of Delaware in December 2017. ...more

NC Business Court: Choice Of Law Dooms Trade Secrets Claim

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What choice of law rule applies to trade secrets claims? No North Carolina appellate court has answered that question, but Judge Robinson of the NC Business Court stepped into that breach in his Opinion in SciGrip v. Osae,...more

Walker Process Monopolization Claim Does not Depend upon Resolution of a Substantial Question of Federal Patent Law

In Xitronix Corp. v. Kla-Tencor Corp., [2016-2746] (February 9, 2018), the Federal Circuit transferred an appeal of a Walker Process claim to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which has appellate...more

Biosimilars Council Sides with Pfizer in Antitrust Dispute with J&J

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As we previously reported, on September 20, 2017, Pfizer filed an antitrust lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging that J&J has engaged in an...more

Exmark: Reasonable royalty damages, apportionment and expert opinions

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The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Exmark Mfg. Co. v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC, __ F.3d __ , Appeal No. 2016-2197 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 12, 2018), has important implications for...more

“Sleevey Wonders” are “Arm Tight” in California Lawsuit

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The women’s hosiery powerhouse, Spanx, is being sued for allegedly copying designs of a small shapewear company (R and A Synergy, LLC, v. Spanx, Inc., (C.D. Cal. 2017)). In the Complaint filed on December 21, 2017 in the...more

Court Denied Preliminary Injunction To Breach-Of-Fiduciary-Duty Plaintiff Due To Delay In Seeking Relief

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In Embarcadero Techs., Inc. v. Redgate Software, Inc., a former employer sued four former employees and their new employer for a number of claims, including breach of fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary...more

Comic Convention Giant Victorious in Trademark Suit - “Comic-Con” is Not Generic

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Fan boys and fan girls may soon see changes to the names of their favorite pop culture events given a federal jury’s recent ruling that the term “Comic-Con” is not generic, but instead a valid, federally-registered trademark...more

Federal Court Rules Against Calzone Franchisor In Meaty Lawsuit Against Former Franchisee

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In a meaty decision involving the intersection of restrictive covenant and franchise law, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio recently denied a request by D.P. Dough Franchising, LLC (“D.P....more

Dr. Seuss is Drooling Over Court’s Pre-Holiday Ruling

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You know of this lawsuit, we’ve blogged on it twice, It’s time for a check-in, to see who’s naughty and nice. The Plaintiff as you know is the heir of Dr. Seuss, And fussing and fuming about an alleged unfair use....more

NC Business Court On Conversion Of Electronic Data

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The Defendant in SQL Sentry, LLC v. ApexSQL, LLC, 2017 NCBC 105 was alleged to have copied the Plaintiff's software program which was designed to make "resource intensive T-SQL queries. . . in the Microsoft enterprise...more

Leave to Appeal to Supreme Court of Canada Denied in GSI Seismic Litigation

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In the latest chapter in the seismic-related litigation brought by Geophysical Services Incorporated (GSI), the Supreme Court of Canada has denied GSI's application for leave to appeal from a judgment of the Alberta Court of...more

Is Customer Information A Trade Secret? Not So Fast!

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Under what circumstances do customer information and business operations constitute “trade secrets” that may be enjoined from use by a former employee ? A recent decision by Justice Elizabeth H. Emerson on this issue serves...more

Not-So-Golden Oldies - Florida’s Top Court Denies Turtles' pre-1972 Copyright Claim

In a unanimous October 26, 2017, decision, the Supreme Court of Florida concluded that Florida common law does not recognize an exclusive right of public performance in pre-1972 sound recordings. Thus, members of the band,...more

Interim Adverse Judgment Rule Averts Malicious Prosecution Claim

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The California Supreme Court found that the denial of summary judgment in an underlying trade secrets misappropriation action established sufficient probable cause to bring an action under the California interim adverse...more

Flawed Consumer Survey Wipes Out $54 Million Verdict in Trademark Infringement Dispute

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In trademark infringement cases, consumer survey evidence can be a powerful tool. It can also badly malfunction, as Black & Decker recently experienced. ...more

Open Court Principle Means No Secret Proceedings If They Would Directly Affect a Competitor's Rights

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Equip: IP Litigation Case of the Week - Courts in Canada are presumed to be open and accessible to the public. Although a party’s commercial interests can be protected, a court will not grant a confidentiality order if...more

Google Inc. V. Equustek & The Supreme Court Of Canada

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

In the case of Google Inc. v. Equustek, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the grant of a preliminary injunction by the Court of Appeals of British Columbia ordering Google to de-index on a global basis websites of a...more

Wisconsin High Court Affirms High Summary Judgment Bar to Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

A recent decision from the Supreme Court of Wisconsin affirmed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a defendant accused of conspiring to misappropriate its competitor’s trade secrets. By a 4-3 decision in...more

Texas Supreme Court Announces New Rule for Exemplary Damages

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the imposition of excessive exemplary damages. Whether an award comports with due process is measured by three guideposts...more

Naming Exclusive Licensee as Defendant, Exclusively, Leads to Dismissal of Declaratory Judgment Action

For declaratory judgment (DJ) actions concerning patents, whether a patent owner’s conduct is sufficient for there to be a real and immediate controversy is the usual jurisdictional hurdle. In BASF Plant Science, LP v. Nuseed...more

Kerrygold Update: A Buttery Settlement

A few months ago I posted about a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Ornua, seller of Kerrygold® Pure Irish Butter, against Defendants Old World Creamery and Eurogold USA, who briefly sold Irish butter under the mark...more

Tiffany Wins the Generic Battle, and the Spoils of War are Significant (Updated)

by Knobbe Martens on

Update: U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain has awarded Tiffany & Co. $11.1 million in treble profits and $8.25 million in punitive damages. Judge Taylor Swain wrote in her opinion that Costco’s management “displayed...more

Timing is Everything: The District of Massachusetts Clarifies Local Rule

Caffeinate Labs, Inc. filed patent infringement and other unfair business practices claims against defendants Vante, Inc. and Alex Shlaferman. One claim alleged infringement of a design patent. The defendants moved to dismiss...more

Patent Judgments and Awards - Merck Ordered to Pay $14 Million in Attorneys’ Fees to Rival Gilead After a Patent Infringement...

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Merck Ordered to Pay $14 Million in Attorneys’ Fees to Rival Gilead After a Patent Infringement Trial Involving Hepatitis C Drugs - On July 14, 2017, in a stunning reversal of fortune, a federal court in San Jose, CA,...more

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