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Update: Stone Brewing v. MillerCoors – Answer and Counterclaims

A couple months ago, I posted about the contentious trademark battle involving Stone Brewing Co., a craft brewery based in California, who filed a trademark infringement complaint against giant beer conglomerate MillerCoors...more

Court Holds That Laches Did Not Bar A Will Contest

by Winstead PC on

In In re Estate of Perez-Muzza, two days before the statute of limitations period ended, a contestant filed a will contest seeking to have a court set aside an order admitting a will to probate. No. 04-16-00755-CV, 2018 Tex....more

Judge Matsumoto Declines to Hear Invalidity Arguments on Patent Previously Cancelled in IPR

On March 27, 2018, District Judge Matsumoto (E.D.N.Y.) issued an 83-page decision on the parties' summary judgment briefing, which covered ten issues across three patents relating to multilayer ceramic capacitors. ...more

Ninth Circuit Dishes Out Food for Thought on Summary Judgment

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the affirmative defenses of laches and acquiescence in the context of a supplier’s use of another party’s registered mark on food products, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated a district court’s...more

Intellectual Property Law Year in Review - March 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

This year was a significant year for intellectual property cases at the Supreme Court level. In fact, the Supreme Court granted certiorari for seven patent cases, and decided five of these cases before the end of the year....more

To EatRight, It May be Too Late

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Ninth Circuit breathed new life, for now, into a trademark infringement suit brought by Eat Right Foods Ltd.’s (“ERF”) against Whole Foods Market, Inc. The district court had granted summary judgment for Whole Foods after...more

Ninth Circuit Finds That Disputed Material Facts Prevent Summary Judgment on Whole Foods’ Laches Defense

On January 29, 2018, the Ninth Circuit vacated the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Whole Foods and remanded on the ground that disputed issues of material fact remained in determining whether the...more

2017 and Early 2018 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

At The Bench: Patent Law 2017 Takeaways

Viability of Diagnostic Method Claims - Problem: It has become increasingly difficult to fend off validity challenges when asserting diagnostic method claims. Claims directed to methods of determining risk or disease...more

The Ultimate Reasonable Royalty Award Must be Based on the Incremental Value that the Patented Invention Adds

In Exmark Manufacturing Company Inc. v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC. [2016-2197] (January 12, 2018), the Federal Circuit vacated summary judgment that claim 1 of U.S. Patent No. 5,987,863 is not anticipated or...more

Court Denied Preliminary Injunction To Breach-Of-Fiduciary-Duty Plaintiff Due To Delay In Seeking Relief

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In Embarcadero Techs., Inc. v. Redgate Software, Inc., a former employer sued four former employees and their new employer for a number of claims, including breach of fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary...more

Top Four Stories of 2017

After reflecting upon the events of the past twelve months, Patent Docs presents its 11th annual list of top patent stories. For 2017, we identified nineteen stories that were covered on Patent Docs last year that we believe...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Limitations Period In Equity

by Morris James LLP on

Bioveris Corporation v. Meso Scale Diagnostics, C.A. No. 8692-VCMR (Nov. 2, 2017) - Some assume that a statute of limitations will not apply in the Court of Chancery. But as this decision illustrates, that is an...more

2017 Supreme Court and Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit, With Some Significant Cases from 2016

Arbitration - Waymo v. Uber Technologies, 870 F.3d 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2017) - Waymo sued Uber and others for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. Uber contends that Waymo should be compelled to...more

At The Bench: 2017 Mid-Year Case Review

Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int’l, 137 S. Ct. 1523, 581 U.S. ___ (2017) The Supreme Court held that all patent rights are exhausted upon the first sale of a patented product, regardless of where the sale is made or...more

Key SCOTUS Decisions in Tech – First Half 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite being short one justice for much of the year, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down multiple significant decisions this past term that can unsettle long-standing legal understandings in multiple technology fields. These...more

Business Litigation Report - June 2017

Courts May Not Depart from the Bankruptcy Priority Rule in Chapter 11 Structured Dismissals - For more than a century, a cornerstone of federal bankruptcy law has been the absolute priority rule, which ensures that a...more

June 2017: Equitable Defenses in Patent Cases After SCA Hygiene

On March 21, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated opinion in SCA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, 580 U.S. , No. 15-927, slip op. (Mar. 21, 2017), eliminating the...more

Franchisors, Got Claims? Don't Let Them Spoil Like Bad Cheese

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is the tale of two restaurants, each facing trademark infringement claims under the Lanham Act brought by two, separate franchisors. The franchisees’ restaurants had three things in common: First, cheese is a key...more

Wait For It: "Unreasonable Delay" in Bringing Suit is No Longer a Defense in Patent Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a 7-1 ruling in SCA Hygiene1 that eliminated the common-law defense of laches in patent infringement cases. The Supreme Court reasoned that laches is a “gap-filling doctrine” that does...more

Summaries of All Supreme Court and Precedential Federal Circuit Patent Cases Decided Since Jun. 1, 2016

This paper is based on reports on precedential patent cases decided by the Federal Circuit distributed by Peter Heuser on a weekly basis. Please see full publication below for more information....more

Recent Developments In Patent Law May 17, 2017

Update to TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, Case No. 16-341 (May 22, 2017) - In an 8-0 opinion written by Justice Thomas (Justice Gorsuch did not participate), the Supreme Court rules that a defendant...more

Federal Circuit Review | April 2017

by Knobbe Martens on

Patentee’s Unnecessarily Broad Prosecution Disclaimer Affirmed by Federal Circuit - In Technology Properties Limited LLC v. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Appeal Nos. 2016-1306, -1307, -1309, -1310, -1311, the Federal...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Expands Availability of Equitable Limitations Defence

In a recent decision, Weatherford Canada Partnership v. Artemis Kautschuk und Kunstoff-Technik GmbH (Weatherford), the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) upheld the dismissal of the plaintiff’s claim against two defendants on...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling on Incontinence Products Spill Over into Fashion?

by Knobbe Martens on

On March 21, 2017 the Supreme Court issued a monumental holding removing the availability of laches as a defense in a claim for damages under patent infringement. The case changes decades of legal precedent, and adopts...more

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