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Proving A Franchisor’s Irreparable Injury To Obtain A Preliminary Injunction

by Mulcahy LLP on

When a franchisor grants a franchise, it licenses, among other things, its trade name and business operating system. By doing this, the franchisor trusts its franchisees, area representatives, and sub-franchisors with its...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

FRANCHISEE 101: Til Expiration Do Us Part

by Lewitt Hackman on

Though an individual owner and operator of a formerly franchised Church's Chicken restaurant in Texas was not a signer of the franchise agreement, a district court ruled the individual was subject to the agreement's...more

Be Like Grumpy Cat

News recently hit the wires that Grumpy Cat Ltd., the company behind the Grumpy Cat Internet “person”ality, was awarded over $700,000 in a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit. The defendant was a licensee who was...more

To EatRight, It May be Too Late

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Ninth Circuit breathed new life, for now, into a trademark infringement suit brought by Eat Right Foods Ltd.’s (“ERF”) against Whole Foods Market, Inc. The district court had granted summary judgment for Whole Foods after...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

German Supreme Court remains claimant-friendly on cease and desist orders

by Hogan Lovells on

Another milestone for cease and desist orders has been reached in Germany. The German Federal Supreme Court has clarified in a number of decisions that defendants in cease and desist orders not only have to cease the...more

Mildly Satisfied, Still Grumpy: Grumpy Cat Prevails over Infringers

by Jaburg Wilk on

Celebrity kitty Tardar Sauce aka “Grumpy Cat” (or, rather, the entity that owns rights to the GRUMPY CAT brand) has prevailed on its claims of breach of contract and trademark and copyright infringement against a beverage...more

Patent Marking Basics

After investing time and resources to obtain patent protection, consumer product companies should maximize their return through a well-executed patent marking plan. The details of an effective marking program must be...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

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | February 2018

Cooke Aquaculture Fined $332,000 For Puget Sound Salmon Pen Collapse - The Washington Department of Ecology has reportedly fined Cooke Aquaculture $332,000 for violations of state water quality laws related to a net pen...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

Textile Design Similarity In The Eye Of The Beholder (The Jury): H&M Found Liable For Copyright Infringement

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On December 7, a federal jury in Los Angeles awarded $846,720 in damages to Unicolors, Inc. in its suit against H&M Hennes & Mauritz, LP for copyright infringement of a textile design. Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz...more

Patent Owner Has Burden to Prove Marking Once Infringer Identifies Unmarked Products

In Arctic Cat Inc. v. Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., [2017-1475] (December 8, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of judgment as a matter of law as to obviousness, the jury’s royalty rate,...more

Trebled Damages Means No Injunction for Knock-Off Software

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded a district court finding that a defendant was liable for breach of a software license agreement and therefore infringed the...more

Non-Compete and Trade Secret Law in Utah: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t Changed and How to Prepare for What’s Ahead

by Payne & Fears on

The general rule in the United States has historically permitted non-competition agreements when they are reasonable in time and geographic scope. California has been the leading exception. Business and Professions Code...more

Famed NYT Cartoonist Illustrates Winning Argument in Breach of Contract Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

For more than seven decades, the Arts sections of the New York Times featured cartoons by the famous artist Al Hirschfeld, whose works were celebrated for their clean crisp lines, as well as the artist’s penchant for...more

Unlicensed Use of a Festival Name May Result in a Not-So-Festive Trademark Lawsuit

by Knobbe Martens on

Music festivals, film festivals, food festivals….festivals are popular venues for entertainment and each festival strives to offer the consumer a unique experience. Of course, at most festivals, clothes must be (or should be)...more

A Different "Type" of Lawsuit: Ensuring Proper Use of Licensed Font Programs

One may not typically think of font programs, or their underlying typefaces, as protected intellectual property -- but a recent suit involving retail giant Target should prompt companies to pay closer attention to their...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

Controversial “Gripe Site” Protected (Again) by the Communications Decency Act and Defeats Novel Copyright Attack with Website...

The controversial consumer gripe site,, is at it again. The First Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that was entitled to immunity under Section 230 of the Communications...more

How to Protect Trade Secrets Under Federal Law

by Revision Legal on

Trade secrets are among the most valuable forms of intellectual property owned by any business. Those trade secrets should be and must be protected from misappropriation and unauthorized disclosure. As recently reported,...more

Fashion Design Copyright Infringement Victory - BB&K Partner Henry Welles Wins Fashion Industry Clothing IP Case

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A fashion clothing industry copyright infringement appeal was won by Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner Henry Welles, who represented Natural Fashions, Inc., which does business as Anu. The case was originally brought in federal...more

Federal Circuit Upholds $112 Million Win for Knobbe Martens Client CardiAQ

by Knobbe Martens on

On September 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a $112 million win for Knobbe Martens client CardiAQ in its trade secret misappropriation case against former service provider Neovasc. A three-judge...more

Canada introduces reporting mechanism for dangerous counterfeit goods, helping rights holders protect their brands at the border

by Smart & Biggar on

Recently, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the federal organization responsible for policing Canada’s borders, issued a Customs Notice (CN17-27) to advise the public and rights holders that its 24/7 “Border Watch”...more

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