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Is the Allocation Well Debate About to Boil Over?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Issues surrounding the legality of allocation wells in Texas have been percolating for some time, and lately we’ve heard of potential litigation. ...more

Abbvie Inc. v. Medimmune Limited

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Prost, Dyk and Chen. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Summary: A party may not seek a declaratory judgment to obtain piecemeal...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

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

Top 10 Highlights of Canadian IP Law and Practice in 2017

by Smart & Biggar on

2017 was a year of significant developments to Canadian IP law and practice, with important court decisions and numerous legislative amendments. We have taken the opportunity to review the top 10 highlights from the past...more

An Oil and Gas Case to Expect From Louisiana, and Another From Texas

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Anyone seeking stability in the law governing E&P activities in Louisiana will view the lower court decision as a grave error that must be corrected. Virtually every mortgage provides safeguards to protect collateral and...more

Finjan, Inc. v. Blue Coat Systems, Inc.

by Knobbe Martens on

Federal Circuit Summaries - Before Dyk, Linn, and Hughes. Appeal from the Northern District of California. Summary: Claims directed to behavior-based virus scanning, as opposed to the traditional code-matching method,...more

Music Publishing Company Sues Spotify for $1.6 Billion

Spotify has a growing copyright problem and as previously discussed on this blog, they are no stranger to copyright infringement lawsuits. Wixen Music Publishing Inc. recently filed a complaint seeking $1.6 billion in...more

Main Effects of U.S. Tax Reform on Foreign Taxpayers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump signed the U.S. tax reform bill previously entitled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017, enacting comprehensive U.S. tax reform with most provisions becoming effective starting on...more

UK Tax Round Up - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017-19 - The first version of the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017-19 was published on 1 December 2017. The majority of the Bill's content had been previously announced at the Autumn 2017 Budget (see...more

FRANCHISEE 101: Offer Too Little Too Late

by Lewitt Hackman on

A Florida federal district court found that a doughnut franchisee's failure to pay royalties and other fees constituted a material breach of contract justifying termination, even though the franchisee expressed a willingness...more

DOI Identifies Burdens to Energy Development on US Tribal Land

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Stakeholders interested in energy development on US tribal lands will welcome recent Department of Interior (DOI) efforts that identify a key burden to energy development on these lands — as well as the Bureau of Indian...more

Patent Owner Has Burden to Prove Marking Once Infringer Identifies Unmarked Products

In Arctic Cat Inc. v. Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., [2017-1475] (December 8, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s denial of judgment as a matter of law as to obviousness, the jury’s royalty rate,...more

House Passes Tax Bill; Senate Proposal on Track for Vote

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Initial House Bill”). Our previous alert discussed the possible impact of certain provisions...more

UK Autumn Budget 2017 – the key measures impacting business

by White & Case LLP on

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced the Autumn Budget 2017. Alongside the headline-grabbing abolition of SDLT for first-time buyers on homes up to £300,000, and on the first £300,000 of properties up to £500,000,...more

Arbitration Award For Cabbage Patch Kids Is Confirmed

What could be a better subject for a Black Friday weekend post than the Cabbage Patch Kids??! Especially if you are old enough to remember the 1980s… Whether you loved or hated the smushed-face dolls, the point of this post...more

‘Lackadaisical’ Preservation Spurs Monetary Sanctions

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Hefter Impact Techs., LLC v. Sport Maska, Inc., No. 15-13290-FDS (D. Mass. Aug. 3, 2017). In this contract dispute, the court partially granted the plaintiff’s motion for sanctions, ordering the defendant to pay the costs...more

Not-So-Golden Oldies - Florida’s Top Court Denies Turtles' pre-1972 Copyright Claim

In a unanimous October 26, 2017, decision, the Supreme Court of Florida concluded that Florida common law does not recognize an exclusive right of public performance in pre-1972 sound recordings. Thus, members of the band,...more

Trespass But no Damages in a Texas Case

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What does it take these days to get money from a Texas jury? Not much, it seems; in XTO v. Goodwin the trick was convincing a higher court that you should keep it....more

Florida Now Follows New York to Find No Common Law Public Performance Right For Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

A few months ago, we brought to your attention a case initiated by The Turtles, seeking royalties in New York for the unauthorized performance of their pre-1972 sound recordings. In that decision, the Court of Appeals of New...more

How John Steinbeck’s Estate Planning Missteps Led to Family Feud and $13 Million Jury Award

When celebrated author John Steinbeck died in the late 1960s, he left a considerable literary legacy that included the classic American novels The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and the novella Of Mice and Men. He also...more

Whoomp! There It Is: A Copyright Judgment Creditor’s Final Recovery

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

24 years after Tag Team’s hit song “Whoomp! (There It Is)” topped the charts, a long and ugly dispute regarding ownership rights to the song and related copyright infringement damages has been settled in bankruptcy court. The...more

Expanded Panel Ratifies Post-Petition Disclaimer As Legitimate CBM Eligibility Strategy

by Jones Day on

An expanded panel at the PTAB has found that post-Petition claim cancellation is a legitimate strategy for patent owners to avoid CBM jurisdiction. In deciding petitioner’s Institution Decision Rehearing Request in Facebook,...more

Frac Sand: U.S. District Court Addresses Whether Quarry Operation Commenced Within the Terms of the Mining Lease

A United States District Court addressed in an August 15th opinion a dispute between parties to a mining lease involving frac sand. See Pronschinske Trust v. Kaw Valley Companies, Inc.and KC Proppants, LLC, 2017 WL 3498712...more

Virginia Supreme Court Rules on Subject-to-Tax Safe Harbor to the Royalty Addback

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a 4-3 decision, the Virginia Supreme Court held that the subject-to-tax safe harbor to the royalty addback was ambiguous and applies only to the extent that the royalties are actually taxed by another state. In addition,...more

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