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Have Christian Louboutin’s exclusive rights to red soles really been “kicked out” as some reports claim?

by Hogan Lovells on

The long-awaited Advocate General’s second opinion in Louboutin (C 163/16) was delivered in February. In a nutshell, Christian Louboutin sued Van Haren Schoenen BV for trade mark infringement in the Netherlands of its Benelux...more

Good Vibrations, Bad Vibrations: American Axle v. Neapco Ruling

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In reading post-Mayo/Alice decisions, some seem more comfortable than others. I’ve been having a tough time getting my head and heart around a recent decision from Judge Leonard Stark of the District of Delaware. The case is...more

What’s In a Name: The Bell’s v. Innovation Trademark Naming Dispute

Selecting a unique, memorable, and descriptive name for your next beer release is becoming a daunting task in the increasingly-crowded craft brewing landscape. ...more

Unique Venue and Personal Jurisdiction Challenges of Foreign Corporations

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In 2017, the Supreme Court rejected the Federal Circuit’s longstanding interpretation of Personal Jurisdiction and Venue in patent infringement actions against domestic companies. 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391, 1400; see TC Heartland LLC...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | March 2018 #2

US, EU Near Agreement on Shellfish Trade - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to allow the import of raw bivalve molluscan shellfish—including clams, mussels, oysters and scallops—harvested in the...more

Applying A Law Of Nature To Getting Desired Results Does Not Confer Patent Eligibility

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Granting Motion for Summary Judgment of Invalidity, American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc., v. Neapco Holdings LLC and Neapco Drivelines LLC, (D. Del. Feb. 27, 2018) (Judge Leonard P. Stark) - In a recent patent...more

Popular Insulated Cup Manufacturer In Hot Water Over Alleged Trade Secret Misappropriation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Tervis Tumbler Company, the maker of the infamous insulated tumblers, has found itself in hot water with a former supplier, Trinity Graphic. ...more

Two wins by the LEGO Group in China against Chinese copycats

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The LEGO Group rarely puts itself under the spotlight by talking about litigations but it made an exception on 7 December 2017 by applauding its recent victories against two Chinese infringers...more

Update: Ontario Court Upholds That Professional Hockey Player Did Not Breach Morals Clause in Endorsement Contract

Brand owners have leveraged celebrity endorsements for decades, and while they can be valuable, they can also be risky. In the event of a celebrity scandal, a brand owner may wish to terminate its relationship with the...more

adidas victorious again in defending its rights to the Three Stripes

by Hogan Lovells on

The General Court has once again upheld adidas’ oppositions against two copycat applications for two stripes positioned on a shoe. The two decisions issued on 1 March 2018 (in Cases T-629/16 and T-85/16) come as part of the...more

Surprising Decision In Disney-Redbox Case

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Redbox scored a win in its copyright dispute with Disney as a federal district court judge refused to award the studio a preliminary injunction against Redbox’s sale of digital download codes. Disney’s complaint was that...more

Federal Circuit rules distribution agreement may be invalidating 'offer for sale'

by Dentons on

In a February 6, 2018, decision, a Federal Circuit panel reasoned that a pharmaceutical distribution agreement can qualify as an invalidating “offer for sale” under 35 USC section 102(b) when the terms of the agreement...more

Patent Exhaustion Defense Unavailable to Reseller after Impression Products

In an application of 2017 U.S. Supreme Court precedent in Impressions Products, Inc. v. Lexmark Intern., Inc., the Northern District California in International Fruit Genetics LLC v., No. 4:17-cv-02905-JSW,...more

Throwing Shade: Upscale Manhattan Bar Calls Out “Basic” Would-be Infringer

by Reed Smith on

Not since Mariah Carey claimed “I don’t know her” about Jennifer Lopez has such supreme shade been thrown on public record. Filo Promotions owns a self-described “premier, well-appointed bar/lounge with a posh upscale...more

ITC Reiterates the Importance of Quantitative Evidence to Establish a Domestic Industry

by Knobbe Martens on

International Trade Commission - On January 12, 2018, Judge David P. Shaw issued an order denying Complainant Wirtgen America, Inc.’s (“Wirtgen America”) motion for summary determination on the economic prong of the...more

Unitary but toothless? – Limitations to jurisdiction over online EUTM infringements

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German Federal Court of Justice rules on the scope of jurisdiction of national courts - In an online context, IP infringement frequently occurs simultaneously in more than one country and so the flexibility to take action...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Scope of On-Sale Bar

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - In Medicines Co. v. Hospira, Inc., 2014-1469; 2014-1504 (Dyk, Wallach, Hughes), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding of non-infringement but reversed the district court’s...more

Fresh From the Bench: Latest Federal Circuit Court Cases

Berkheimer v. HP Inc., Appeal No. 2017-1437 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 8, 2018) - In Berkheimer v. HP Inc., the Federal Circuit reviewed the District Court’s summary judgment finding that certain claims of a patent were invalid as...more

CFAA “Unauthorized Access” Web Scraping Claim against Ticket Broker Dismissed Because Revocation of Access Not Expressed in Cease...

A California district court issued an important opinion in a dispute between a ticket sales platform and a ticket broker that employed automated bots to purchase tickets in bulk. (Ticketmaster L.L.C. v. Prestige...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | February 2018 #2

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting public comment on whether the agency should continue to collect information about foodborne illnesses in restaurants. The proposal would extend studies of risk...more

Arctic Cat: A Chilly Reminder Regarding Licensee Marking

In order to make the most of a patent investment, consumer product companies must put competitors on notice of their patent rights. Specifically, a patentee who makes or sells a patented article must mark their articles or...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Markets proved that last Friday’s 600-point Dow drop wasn’t an isolated incident, as all major US indices were down nearly 4% (at least) in a nasty Monday of trading....more

Start-Up Car Companies Clash in Electrifying Trade Secrets Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On Monday, January 29th, Faraday & Future Inc., the electric car manufacturer founded by Chinese billionaire and entrepreneur Jia Yueting, filed a one-count Defend Trade Secrets Act complaint against Evelozcity, Inc., an...more

2017 and Early 2018 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

Contractual interpretation and implied terms: related contracts and limitations on confidentiality

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Court of Appeal considered the correct interpretation of related contracts and the business efficacy test for implying a term in the context of an alleged breach of confidentiality provisions in an intellectual property...more

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