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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

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

A Software Vendor and Its Customer: “Like Ships Passing on a Foggy Night”

by Field Law on

When a customer got into a dispute with the software vendor about the license fees, the resulting case reads like a cautionary tale about software licensing. In ProPurchaser.com Inc. v. Wifidelity Inc., 2017 ONSC 7307...more

All That Glitters is Not One to Mold

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

To me, one of the most exciting aspects of intellectual property law is when patent law and trademark law intersect in product or packaging design. Last week, I had the honor of speaking to a graduate product design class at...more

Seventeen Provisions to Watch in the Senate Tax Reform Bill

On December 2, 2017, the Senate passed a tax reform bill that differs in some key aspects from the tax reform bill the House approved on November 16, 2017. A House and Senate conference committee will begin work to resolve...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) December 2017

by DLA Piper on

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) is our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering perspectives, analysis and visionary...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

Canada releases proposed amendments to Regulations governing patented medicines pricing

by Smart & Biggar on

On December 2, 2017 Canada’s Governor-in-Council published proposed Regulations Amending the Patented Medicines Regulations (“the proposed Regulations”). The 75-day consultation period ends February 15, 2018. The proposed...more

Federal Circuit Slams PTAB Amendment Policy

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, overruled an earlier panel decision and found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) had been impermissibly placing the burden of...more

An EC Communication on SEPs – Not More Not Less

A summary of the European Commission’s Policy Document on standard essential patents (SEPs). After considerable preparations and consultation the European Commission has on 29 November 2017 issued a Communication “setting...more

Montel Williams Aims Pot Shot at Cannabis Trademark Infringers

by Reed Smith on

Talk show host and cannabis mogul Montel Williams recently filed suit against multiple medical marijuana retailers under the Lanham Act and Florida state law for trademark infringement, false advertising, violations of the...more

No Dismissal of Claim Against Defendant Accused of Transferring Company Info to Dropbox Account: eDiscovery Case Law

by CloudNine on

In Abbott Labs. v. Finkel, No. 17-cv-00894-CMA (D. Colo. Nov. 17, 2017), Colorado District Judge Christine M. Arguello denied the defendant-movant’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff-respondent’s conversion claim that the...more

Trade secrets are more important, and trade secret litigation is more common

by DLA Piper on

In today's business environment, trade secrets have become much more important, and trade secret litigation much more common. The trade secret environment we are living in is very different from that of ten years ago, or even...more

China's State Secret Laws: What To Do When Trade Secrets Collide with State Secrets

by Kobre & Kim on

Multinational companies doing business in China should treat the sensitive information received from their Chinese partners with special care, particularly if the information originates from a state-owned enterprise (SOE)....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

Supreme Court Removes Patent Litigation from the Heartland of Texas

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

For years, patent assertion entities have filed patent lawsuits against retailers in federal court in Texas. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC may give retailers the...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

ITC Clarifies Domestic Industry Requirement for Unregistered Trade Dress

by Jones Day on

The ITC issued an Opinion finding a violation of Section 337 and issuing a general exclusion order and cease and desist orders. Of note, the Commission clarified that the “domestic industry” for unregistered trade dress need...more

Antitrust Matters - November 2017

by DLA Piper on

We observe today an increasingly politicized discussion of antitrust issues. Antitrust law and policy are back in the media, they are the subject of non- technical political debates. The Economist writes about it regularly....more

Commercial Division Considers Default Clawback Provisions for Confidentiality Stipulations

The advent of large electronic productions has propelled a proposal to adopt new language in the standard confidentiality order used in the Commercial Division. This proposal is designed to protect parties against...more

Consent Agreements – Not Always a Sure Path to Overcome Likelihood of Confusion Refusals in the USPTO

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board recently affirmed a refusal to register the mark 8-Bit Aleworks for beer based on two prior registrations for the mark 8 bit Brewing Company for beer and other alcoholic malt beverages,...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017#3

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

French Agency Finds Unlabeled Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Food - The Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (DGCCRF), a French agency for consumer affairs and fraud...more

Arbitration Award For Cabbage Patch Kids Is Confirmed

What could be a better subject for a Black Friday weekend post than the Cabbage Patch Kids??! Especially if you are old enough to remember the 1980s… Whether you loved or hated the smushed-face dolls, the point of this post...more

Key Considerations in Maximizing a Celebrity Brand

A celebrity should maximize the value of their brand by strategically monetizing every aspect of it. For example, one who becomes famous through the recording industry would consider a career in front of and behind a...more

Did you hear about the statistician who drowned in a lake with an average depth of two feet?

by Fenwick & West LLP on

I was reminded of this question, often posed by my dad to remind me not to become a slave to statistics, by two dramatic things that happened last week. On the one hand, at the IAM 2017 Patent Law and Policy conference in...more

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