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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

by Brooks Pierce on

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

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

EU Retail News - September 2017

by Bryan Cave on

UK Competition Authority Warns Creative Sector About Price Fixing and Information Sharing - On 12th September 2017 the UK Competition Authority,the Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") sent an open letter to...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

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

Funding Arrangements in Private Litigation Are Private Matters—Not to Be Scrutinized by the Federal Court or the Defendant

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Equip: IP Litigation Case of the Week - The cost of litigation can be a non-starter for an intellectual property owner with a strong infringement case. Litigation funding enterprises can help where the cost of litigation...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

Mark Ronson Sued For Infringing 80’s Funk “Masterpiece”

by Brooks Pierce on

On September 12, 2017, the publisher of the legendary song “More Bounce to the Ounce” filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against music producer Mark Ronson. The suit alleges that Ronson’s hit song “Uptown Funk,” which has...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

Christmas Comes Early for “Useful Article” Copyright Holder

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

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

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...

by Knobbe Martens on

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

When Asserting Arbitration Provisions, Think Inside the Box

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit declined to apply an arbitration provision to a dispute where the asserted claims were not within the scope of the contract containing the arbitration provision. Roof N Box,...more

“Ruff” Start for Defendant in Pet Ramp Patent Dispute

Judge Saylor of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently narrowed the counterclaims and affirmative defenses available to a defendant in a consumer products dispute. The decision highlights...more

Court Finds That Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims Is Preempted By Trade Secrets Claim

by Winstead PC on

In Super Starr Int’l, LLC v. Fresh Tex Produce, LLC, a Texas entity that distributes produce throughout the United States filed suit against another Texas entity that imports foreign grown produce into the United States and...more

Graffiti Artists Tag Camuto Fashion House for Copyright Infringement

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Earlier this month, four Los Angeles-based graffiti artists, “Rime,” “Host18,” “Taboo” and “Reme” filed suit against the Vince Camuto fashion house and related entities alleging copyright infringement for “inexplicably...more

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