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Jury Orders Apple Inc. to Pay $500 Million to VirnetX for Infringing Patents Covering A Secure Communication Link

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments & Awards - In April 2018, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas awarded VirnetX Inc. (“VirnetX”) a total of more than $500,000,000 in its patent infringement suit against Apple Inc. (“Apple”). The four...more

Upon Reconsideration, E.D.Tex. Judge Affirms Ericsson’s Previously-Vacated Jury Award Against TCL

On May 10, 2018, Magistrate Judge Payne reconsidered his previous March 2018 order which had vacated a jury award, and granted plaintiff Ericsson’s motion for reconsideration. The May ruling makes clear that the accused...more

Jury Orders U.S. Bancorp to Pay $3 Million to Solutran for Infringing Patents for Paper Check Processing Technology

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments & Awards - In another win in a string of victories for Solutran, Inc. in its long-running patent dispute with U.S. Bancorp, a jury in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota found that Solutran was entitled...more

Metaswitch Networks Ordered to Pay Over $8 Million and Ongoing Royalties to Genband for Voice Over IP Technology

by Knobbe Martens on

Patent Judgments & Awards - On March 22, 2018, a Texas federal court awarded patent infringement damages totaling over $8 million and ongoing royalties in a case involving multiple patents related to voice over IP...more

Waiver Leads to Double Tax Liability on Patent Royalties

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Declining to address whether certain technology licensing royalties should be subject to taxation as income or capital gains, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found that the patentee-taxpayer had waived his claim...more

Ribbon Communications Files Two More Lawsuits against Metaswitch In Ongoing Patent Battle

Cloud competitor cases are definitely on the rise over the past year. We’ve seen patent infringement lawsuits from established cloud players such as Symantec, BMC Software and Citrix against their emerging cloud competition,...more

Northern District of California Enforces Forum Selection Clause in License Agreement and Orders Licensee to Withdraw IPR Petitions

On March 23, 2018, a district court judge issued a preliminary injunction requiring the defendants to withdraw their petitions for inter partes review (IPR) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The court granted...more

Patent Damages: How Many Essential Features in a Smart Phone?

On March 20, 2018, the public version of Eastern District of Texas Magistrate Judge Roy Payne’s March 7, 2018 order tossing a $75 million jury verdict obtained by Ericsson against TCL Communication was released. Ericsson...more

Accounting of profits offers significant benefits to patent owners

by Smart & Biggar on

The Canadian “accounting of profits” remedy for patent infringement, which is not available in the U.S., provides a potentially significant opportunity for companies with Canadian IP rights. Recent court decisions have...more

Finjan Your Claims into Patent Eligibility (Presentation)

by Workman Nydegger on

- Finjan is a cybersecurity company that provides various security services, including mobile VPN and virus screening services. Finjan owns several patents related to cybersecurity. - Blue Coat is a software company that...more

Federal Circuit Review - February 2018

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Improperly Drafted Employment Agreement Leads to Dismissal of Patent Case Due to Lack of Standing - In Advanced Video Technologies LLC v. HTC Corporation et al., Appeal Nos. 2016-2309, 2016-2310, 2016-2311, the Federal...more

Federal Circuit Weighs In On Reasonable Royalties As Patent Infringement Damages

by Weintraub Tobin on

In Exmark Manufacturing Company v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 783 (Fed. Cir. 2018), the Federal Court of Appeals addressed patent infringement damages based on a reasonable royalty. Exmark...more

Federal Circuit Approves Apportioning Damages through a Thorough and Reliable Analysis of the Royalty Rate

On January 12, 2018 in Exmark Manufacturing Co. Inc., v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC, the Federal Circuit once again addressed the issue of apportioning damages, an area of the law that continues to evolve....more

When Patent Royalties Are Not Capital Gains

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that patent royalties were not capital gains for tax purposes when the patentee retained effective control over the corporate recipient of the patents, since the patentee...more

Exmark: Reasonable royalty damages, apportionment and expert opinions

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The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's recent decision in Exmark Mfg. Co. v. Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group, LLC, __ F.3d __ , Appeal No. 2016-2197 (Fed. Cir. Jan. 12, 2018), has important implications for...more

Damages Apportionment For Infringing A Method Claim When The Smallest Saleable Unit Performs Infringing and Non-Infringing...

The Federal Circuit’s damages apportionment jurisprudence is an ever-evolving area of the law. On January 10, 2018, a three judge panel of the Federal Circuit revisited the issue in connection with a patent covering a method...more

Cloud Cybersecurity New Hot Area For Patent Disputes: Blue Coat Systems In Major Patent Battle On Its Cloud-Based Security...

Today’s threats against enterprise and personal data are more formidable and advanced than ever. Over the past decade the cybersecurity industry has rapidly expanded in response to the need for increased online and...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

Exmark Manufacturing Company v. Briggs & Stratton Power

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Wallach, Chen, and Stoll. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska. Summary: Reexaminations of patents confirming validity are not dispositive of...more

U.S. District Court For The Central District Of California Makes Rare FRAND Royalty Rate Determination

by Weintraub Tobin on

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently issued its opinion in TCL Communications v. Ericsson (SACV 14-341 JVS(DFMx) and CV 15-2370 JVS (DFMx)) on standard-essential patents and whether a commit...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Manifest Disregard Of The Law And Upholds Order Confirming Arbitration Award In Licensing Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

The case involved a dispute between the owner of the Cabbage Patch Kids brand and related intellectual property (“CPK”), and licensee JAKKS Pacific, Inc., which had an exclusive license to use the brand and intellectual...more

Fresh From the Bench: Precedential Patent Cases From the Federal Circuit

Arctic Cat v. Bombardier deals with obviousness, patent marking, reasonable royalties, willfulness and enhanced damages. The panel affirms all of the district court’s rulings other than as to patent marking, which it remands...more

Intervening Rights Apply When There Is a Product that Infringes the Original Claim that Does Not Infringe the Amended Claim

In Presidio Components, Inc. v. American Technical Ceramics Corp. [2016-2607, 2016-2650] (November 21, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s holdings that the claims are not indefinite and that American...more

Three Reasons to File a Design Patent with your Utility Patent

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

When filing a utility patent that includes design elements, the patentee is often faced with the question “should I also file a design patent?” The patentee may answer with “there is no need to file the design patent since...more

Current Issues for Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers

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Campus Real Estate, Property Management, Tax Credits The 15th Annual Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers conference was held in San Francisco, where attendees listened to and learned from both in-house and outside counsel at...more

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