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Intellectual Property Litigation

Litigation Funders’ Collateral Did Not Include Malpractice Claims

When the fallout from failed intellectual-property litigation collides with bankruptcy, the complexities may be dizzying enough, but when the emerging practices and imperatives of litigation financing are imposed on those...more

Practice Pointer: How Are Judges Assigned to Federal Circuit Cases?

Many parties appearing before the Federal Circuit are unaware of how Judges are selected to preside over their disputes. Like other courts, the Federal Circuit has sought to achieve a blind allocation of Judges to cases...more

4 Top Takeaways: Considerations for a Trade Secret Plaintiff

Kilpatrick Townsend partner Audra Dial recently gave a presentation addressing important considerations for trade secret plaintiffs. Top takeaways from the presentation, include: As a plaintiff asserting trade secret...more

Jay-Z Pleads Court to Remove Him from the Spotlight

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Jay-Z does not want to be in the spotlight- at least not the spotlight of a New York federal judge. This past April, the hip-hop tycoon and Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment company, were sued by Iconix Brand Group, Inc....more

USE IT OR LOSE IT! Enforce Your Arbitration Agreement Or Waive Your Right To Arbitrate Your Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Earlier this month, a federal court in the Middle District of Tennessee denied an employer’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that it waived its right to arbitration by engaging in litigation....more

“I Can” And “I Will” File A Lawsuit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Earlier this week, Under Armour filed a declaratory judgment action in Maryland federal court against Battle Fashions Inc. and Kelsey Battle seeking an order that Under Armour is not infringing any of Battle Fashion’s...more

AEO Designations: A Balance Between Protecting Trade Secrets And Allowing Defendants To Defend Themselves

Whenever a trade secret owner asserts its rights in court against a party alleged to have misappropriated the trade secret, there is always a risk that the trade secret will be publicly disclosed during discovery or during...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | October 2017

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

The use of beauty products is “an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures” with a disparate effect on women of color, George Washington University and Occidental College researchers argue. Ami R. Zota, et al.,...more

Bread Company Litigation Over “Grandma’s Recipe” Ends With $2.1 Million Trade Secrets Verdict

On October 6, 2017, a federal jury in Utah entered a $2.1 million trade secret verdict in favor of Bimbo Bakeries USA. Following a trial that wrapped up more than four years of litigation, the jury concluded that defendant...more

Late September Surge at the ITC: Ten New Section 337 Complaints In Two Weeks

September closed with ten new complaints of unfair competition under Section 337, including patent and trademark infringement, in the last two weeks of September. Five of those complaints were filed within the two-day span of...more

Spotlight on Upcoming Oral Arguments – October 2017

The Federal Circuit hits the road this week, hearing oral arguments in New York City, including at the Court of International Trade, NYU Law School, and Columbia Law School. This appeal arises from a Western District of...more

Practice Pointer: De-Coding Appellate Briefs at the Federal Circuit

The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure prescribe a strict scheme of regulations for documents submitted to courts. One such regulation mandates the colors of the front covers of litigants’ briefs. Like its sister courts,...more

Sued for Retweeting – Yes, That Just Happened

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Monday this week, a sports psychologist named Keith Bell sued King’s College in Pennsylvania and its football coach, Jeffery Knarr, for retweeting a photo of a page of Dr. Bell’s book “Winning Isn’t Normal.” In his...more

Federal Jury Awards Amgen $70M In Patent Suit Against Hospira

by Goodwin on

On September 22, 2017, a Delaware federal jury found that Hospira infringed one of Amgen’s Epogen® (EPO) patents. Hospira maintained that its production of EPO was protected by the safe harbor of 35 U.S.C. § 271(e)(1) which...more

Following Biosimilar Trial, Jury Awards Amgen $70 Million for Pfizer’s Pre-Approval Infringement of Now-Expired EPO Patent

In one of the first Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) litigations to reach trial, a jury on Friday awarded Amgen $70 million in damages for Pfizer’s infringement of one of Amgen’s expired patents...more

Today in Federal Circuit History...

On September 22, 2000, Chief Judge Haldane Robert Mayer signed an order establishing an Advisory Council for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Advisory Council) pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2077(b). The mission...more

Third Parties Fail To Force Arbitration in Three Circuits

The “Summer of Arbitration” draws to a close today, if you can believe it. (On the first day of fall, it is supposed to be 91 degrees in Minnesota. Yikes.) But before I close that chapter, let’s take a look at a theme that...more

Court Finds Trademarked Words Can Be Used To Describe Property’s History

On July 14, 2017, the Eastern District of Kentucky found that the use of trademarked words to describe a property’s history is not trademark use. In 2014, Peristyle, LLC purchased the abandoned Old Taylor Distillery in...more

Recent Federal Circuit Decisions Provide Mixed Messages on Patent Eligible Subject Matter

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The Supreme Court’s Alice decision is now more than three years old, however, stakeholders, the courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are still struggling to understand Alice and, in particular, how to determine...more

Series: Defend Trade Secrets Act | Stopping Further Leaks: Protecting Trade Secrets While Litigating Misappropriation

by Fish & Richardson on

Trade secrets derive their commercial value from being secret. When trade secrets are misappropriated, litigation may be necessary to stop a competitor from exploiting them in the marketplace. Yet litigating...more

Excess Cargo? Shipping Common Law Claims Out of a Trade Secret Complaint

AFS, a company specializing in streamlining shipping costs and logistics, had its eight count amended complaint streamlined to only one—its Tennessee Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“TUSTA”) claim—primarily due to preemption and...more

Save Me Some Money: Paring Down Costs in Patent Litigation

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Re Pilot Motions for Summary Judgment, Comcast Cable Communications, LLC v. OpenTV, Inc. et. al., N.D. Cal. (August 4, 2017) (Judge William Alsup) - It’s no secret that patent litigation is expensive—especially when...more

Sneaker Wars: Adidas Defeats Summary-Judgment Motion That Claimed Stan Smith Shoe Design Lacks Distinctiveness

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion for Summary Judgment, Adidas America Inc. et al. v. Skechers USA Inc., D. Or. (August 3, 2017) (Judge Marco Hernández) - The ever-increasing popularity (and...more

District Courts Continue to Split on Whether TC Heartland Provides Grounds to Raise New Venue Challenges

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Granting Leave to Amend Answer and Granting Transfer of Venue, OptoLum, Inc. v. Cree, Inc., D. Ariz. (July 24, 2017) (Judge Douglas Rayes) - Since the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland, many defendants in...more

IP litigation in Canada: 10 reasons to litigate north of the border

by DLA Piper on

Although Canada is globally recognized for maple syrup, hockey and universal healthcare, it is also a standard bearer in the area of IP litigation. Businesses should consider litigating in Canada as part of their global...more

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