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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Airbnb avoids liability for lease violations; Short-lived successes at Room Key; Hopper makes...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The first installment of our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2018 is below. A mix of stories in this week’s Update....more

Will the Sharing Economy Extend to Automotive Patents?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a recent article published by Bloomberg, we are once again reminded of the litigious nature of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest players. Recent patent and trade secret lawsuits have garnered a lot of media attention,...more

Trends In Automotive Technology: 2017 and the Road Ahead

by WilmerHale on

This has been a year in which automotive technology and the legal issues surrounding it have come increasingly to the forefront, both in legal circles and public perception. Given the many new entrants in the autonomous...more

Whether Third Party Acts are Attributable to Infringer in a Divided Infringement Situation is Question of Fact

In Travel Sentry, Inc. v. Tropp, [2016-2386, 2016-2387, 2016-2714, 2017-1025] (December 19, 2017), the Federal Circuit vacated summary judgment of non-infringement, finding genuine disputes of material fact regarding whether...more

Industry Coalition Obtains Preliminary Injunction Against Enforcement of North Dakota Dealer Statute

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 14, 2017, the U.S. District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction preventing the enforcement of recently enacted amendments to the North Dakota Farm Equipment Dealership Statute known as...more

The Hub: Transportation News & Insights - December 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Patent Trolls and Transportation Companies - Even though courts and legislatures balance the tactics of the patent trolls, every transportation or logistics company needs to be wise and aware of the risks it faces when...more

Legal Issues Related to the Development of Automated, Autonomous, and Connected Cars

by Jones Day on

As interest in autonomous vehicles accelerates, and as the related technologies evolve, the vehicles' manufacturers and their suppliers are preparing to encounter a broad range of legal issues. This Jones Day White Paper...more

Patent Invalidation Paves the Way for Automated Fare Collection Systems

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Next generation automated fare collection systems (AFC) typically characterized by open architecture designs, open payment approaches, and contactless card readers, are being installed in an increasing number of public...more

Is the Reproduction of a Branded Product in a Depiction of Real Life an Infringement?

AM General LLC, maker of HUMVEE®-branded vehicles, has sued Activision Blizzard, Inc., Activision Publishing, Inc., and Major League Gaming Corp. in the Southern District of New York for using AM General’s trademarks and...more

Self-Driving Cars Spurred by Convergence of Traditional Manufacturers and Tech Companies, Foley Survey Finds

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The race to self-driving cars has created new challenges and opportunities for companies, particularly automotive original equipment manufacturers that are facing competition from non-traditional sources in the technology...more

From Vacuums to Electric Cars: How Dyson Should Fit Into the Auto Industry by 2020

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A few weeks ago, another player threw its hat into the ring of outsiders hoping to bring electric cars to the masses. Dyson, famous for its vacuums and other consumer products, announced that it has begun work on its own...more

Big Brown v. PowerPoint Pilferers in Trade Secret Spat

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Earlier this week, the United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, against several unidentified UPS pilots, who are referred to in the complaint as “John Does...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 22nd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending September 22, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a wide variety of stories on distribution, short-term rentals and loyalty programs....more

Sports Bras and Tires - What Do They Have In Common?

Sports bras and tires don’t seem to have much in common, but both embody visual designs fashioned to appeal to consumers and both have a particular form of intellectual property— design patents—tailored to protect their...more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Disadvantages Domestic Manufacturers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In late June, Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017. The Act includes provisions that seek to heavily change the inter partes review and post-grant review processes. However,...more

Argentina's Law 27,263 is strongly criticized at the WTO Market Access Committee for local content requirements in the automotive...

by King & Spalding on

At an informal meeting of the WTO Market Access Committee on 23 June 2017, several WTO Members raised concerns about Argentine Law No. 27,263‘Regime for the Development and Strengthening of the Argentine Auto-Parts Industry:...more

Videocast: Connected and Automated Cars: The Federal Government Addresses Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

Connected and automated vehicles are being built with components that enable them to not only access information, but also collect, store and transmit data for performance and safety purposes as well. Furthermore, these...more

Is Congress Finally Getting Serious About Curtailing Design Patents in the Auto Industry?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace. Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods,...more

An Update on the M22 Road Sign Dispute

A brief update on my post last year regarding the “M22” road sign trademark lawsuit, Michigan v. M22 LLC, No. 1:16-cv-01084 (W.D. Mich.)...more

What the Supreme Court’s Latest Patent Decision Means for Automotive Suppliers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Although U.S. patent law has long-established limits on enforcement after a patented product has been sold, the technological innovations may put a bulls-eye on the automotive industry for patent litigation. However, when...more

The DTSA and Inevitable Disclosure

A recent decision in the Northern District of Illinois gave life to the inevitable disclosure doctrine under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Inevitable disclosure is a common law doctrine by which a court can prevent a former...more

The Future of High Tech Patent Litigation in the Auto Industry

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The rapid adoption of new technologies by the auto industry and the new players that provide them is going to have an impact on the world’s roads. It’s also bringing an increased focus on exploiting and protecting...more

5 Measures International Auto Companies Can Take to Avoid Being Named in an ITC Complaint

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Automotive Industry is international. That’s no secret. It crosses continents in its industry shows and its proud place in furious pop-culture films. More practically, many companies that operate within the industry have...more

New Intellectual Property Considerations and Risks for Autonomous Vehicles

by Jones Day on

In recent years, carmakers and suppliers have significantly increased the number of patent applications they file in the United States and abroad, but patent protection may not always be the right tool. Trade secret...more

State of Michigan Lacks Standing in M22 Case

by Revision Legal on

On April 21, 2017, Western District of Michigan Judge Gordon J. Quist ruled the State of Michigan lacks standing in a declaratory judgment action to declare the use and registration of federally registered marks are unlawful....more

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