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Incorporation by Reference Users Beware

by Jones Day on

In an appeal from final written decisions of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) in six inter partes review (IPR) proceedings where Ford Motor Co. (“Ford”) challenged two patents owned by Paice LLC (“Paice”), the...more

District Court Rejects Efforts To Invalidate Design Patents on Automobile Parts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In a case affecting aftermarket automotive suppliers, on February 20, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued a decision declining to invalidate or render unenforceable two of Ford’s design...more

Uber Learns Trade Secret Law the Hard Way in Settlement with Waymo over Self-Driving Car Technology

In the middle of trial with Google’s self-driving car company, Waymo, Uber settled the trade secret litigation brought by Google. Uber will turn over 0.34% of its equity, which has been estimated at $245 million dollars in...more

Re-Thinking Supply Chain Contracts in the World of Connected Things

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As the pace of innovation increases at an ever faster rate, many products that traditionally may not have been thought of as involving computers or software are incorporating these elements. In 2007, the iPhone revolutionized...more

Paris as an international jurisdiction: creation of chambers specialized in cross-border disputes

by White & Case LLP on

On 7 February 2018, in the presence of the French Minister of Justice, agreement protocols were signed by the Court of Appeal, the Commercial Court and the Paris Bar which provide for the creation of a specialist Chamber (or...more

Uber and Waymo Settle Trade Secret Dispute

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On February 9, 2018, Uber and Waymo agreed to settle their closely watched trade secret dispute related to self-driving car technology. As part of the settlement, Uber has agreed not to use any Waymo confidential information...more

Who Owns the Trademark Rights to Tesla/SpaceX’s Roadster?

Today I write with a thought-provoking question: Just who owns the trademark rights to Telsa/SpaceX’s Spaceman Roadster? Tesla? SpaceX? Perhaps even humanity?...more

The Internet of Things and connected cars: new opportunities and risks

by DLA Piper on

The automotive industry is undergoing tremendous change, both in the technology it employs and in the way it does business. People and companies are changing the way they think about cars and car travel. A big part of this...more

Upon Reflection, Some Trade Secrets May Be Less Secret Than They Appear

A recent case in Florida is a reminder that when dealing with government entities, trade secrets may be disclosed to the public, especially if that information has been aggregated. ...more

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

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