The Dow Chemical Co. on Thursday sued a former long-time employee who went on to consult for a rival overseas company, alleging in Pennsylvania state court he misappropriated Dow's "valuable and proprietary trade secret technology” for manufacturing paint polymers despite signing confidentiality agreements with the company.
A North Carolina federal jury awarded about $29 million to SAS Institute Inc. on Friday after a three-week trial in a suit in which it accused rival World Programming Ltd. of breaching a licensing contract for computer programs.
Microsoft Corp. on Thursday lost a bid for an America Invents Act review of a patent for touch-sensor technology when a panel of Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges found the computer giant hadn’t shown a likelihood of prevailing on its contention that the claims were unpatentable.
The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed a decision ordering an Acacia Research Group subsidiary to pay computer storage maker NetApp Inc. $1.4 million in attorneys' fees for filing a "reckless and wasteful" patent suit, which NetApp says should send a strong message to the major nonpracticing entity.
A California federal judge on Friday granted Craigslist Inc.'s motion to permanently bar 3Taps' former “lead scraper” from continuing to plunder the online classifieds site for information after he repeatedly failed to show up in court to fight the accusations.
A data processing patent that Cyberfone Systems LLC accused Lexmark International Inc. of infringing is invalid under Alice for claiming only an abstract idea, a Delaware federal judge ruled Thursday, saying the claims could not survive the “heightened specificity” now required by the Federal Circuit.
WikiLeaks on Friday unveiled what it claims is the intellectual property section of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal recently announced by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries, with one advocacy group subsequently slamming the agreement's purported curbs on access to medicines.
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, two MLB playoff teams get into new fights as the post-season gets under way, MillerCoors hits a snag in trying to relaunch a dormant Blue Moon brand, and spirits giant Diageo defends its line of espresso liqueur.
Drugmakers Helsinn Healthcare SA and Roche Palo Alto LLC hit two generics makers with a patent suit Thursday over their application for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of a version of Helsinn's Aloxi, an intravenous treatment for nausea caused by chemotherapy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent rejection of a challenge the manufacturer of popular antipsychotic Abilify Maintena brought against a highly similar rival product shows how drugmakers can tweak existing medications to win extra exclusivity and streamlined clearance along a special pathway, experts say.
An expanded Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel has held, over several dissents, that parties that file one America Invents Act review petition are allowed to later file another petition raising different issues and join them into one proceeding.
Several advocacy and industry groups threw their support Thursday behind a Federal Communications Commission proposal to eliminate broadcast TV exclusivity rules.
Warner/Chappell Music Inc. on Thursday filed suit in New York federal court against the estate of author DuBose Heyward, alleging that the estate is improperly interfering with Warner's global copyrights of Heyward's best-known work, on the George Gerwshin opera “Porgy and Bess.”
Google, Facebook and Amazon on Thursday lost attempts to toss an Australian company’s suit claiming the companies are infringing a long-standing email patent, when a Texas federal judge found that a dismissal before a claims construction hearing would be premature.
Famous Footwear was hit with a suit Friday in Texas federal court accusing it of ripping off the Bernardo fashion brand’s distinctive sandal design and selling the knockoffs extensively throughout the U.S.
A federal judge blasted the city of Inglewood, California, on Thursday for filing a “meritless” copyright lawsuit against one of its outspoken critics, ordering the city to pay the full price of bringing a case that was likely intended to “stifle defendant’s political speech.”
A California federal judge has ruled that an Egyptian national who is suing Jay Z over the song “Big Pimpin” doesn't need to appear at trial in person, rejecting the rapper's claim the man was making "an obvious attempt to avoid cross-examination" and clearing the way for the trial to kick off Tuesday.
Duane Morris LLP has bolstered its Atlanta office by bringing on board well-known media law practitioner Cynthia Counts from Counts Law Firm, which she founded 15 years ago, the firm announced Thursday.
A sanctions bid against the Cochran Firm PC's director was filed too late, a California federal judge has concluded, extinguishing the dispute over testimony on an Alabama back-office facility as the trademark row over the late Johnnie Cochran's name nears trial.
Fujifilm on Thursday defended a jury’s $10 million infringement verdict against Motorola, telling a California federal judge that in some areas the only reasonable finding was for the jury to determine Motorola tread on a patent for converting digital photos to monochrome.
Whether you’re a millennial joining the profession or a seasoned veteran, the challenges posed by the current legal market compel everyone to adapt and innovate. Law professors Rosario Schrier and Annette Torres team up to offer 10 tips to develop a more diverse skill set.
We can discern from the statistical trends that inter partes review is here to stay. Petitioners are given a favorable playing field to litigate the patentability of claims and, statistics seem to show, they are having considerable success, especially in the electrical/computer arts, says Matt Cutler of Harness Dickey & Pierce PLC.
3-D printing — once a seemingly futuristic method of manufacturing objects — is now steadily moving from high-tech labs into the mainstream, with major retailers like UPS and Staples creating brick-and-mortar locations for 3-D printing. But as with any new technology, 3-D printing raises a host of intellectual property and product liability concerns, say Jennifer Furey and Alana Van der Mude at Goulston & Storrs PC.
In what appears to be the first decision from the District of Minnesota with a developed analysis on the subject, Judge Ann. D. Montgomery recently — a mere 22 days before Apple v. Samsung — denied Rudolph Technologies’ motion to preliminarily enjoin the sale of an infringing device because the patentee failed to show a sufficient nexus between the allegedly infringing technology and lost sales, says Nikola Datzov of Fredrikson & Byron PA.
The successful Daubert motion directed against the use of patent citation analysis by the plaintiff’s damages expert in Finjan v. Blue Coat in a California federal court provides another example of a court’s criticism of errors in application rather than of the methodology itself, say Alan Cox and Nadia Soboleva of NERA Economic Consulting.
If this lawsuit succeeds, it will be the first time a nonhuman animal is declared the owner of property — the copyright of the monkey selfie — rather than being declared a piece of property himself. It will also be the first time a right is extended to a nonhuman animal beyond just the mere basic necessities of food, shelter, water and veterinary care, says Jeffrey Kerr, general counsel of PETA Foundation.
Given the times we live in, it is almost inevitable that everyone will, sooner or later, need to consult with legal counsel. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to discuss a few things that clients just won't tell their lawyers, says Francis Drelling, general counsel of Specialty Restaurants Corp.
Brian Emfinger of Banner & Witcoff Ltd. reviews the decisions in which courts have found various concepts to be abstract ideas, specifically concepts that fall into the category of “an idea of itself.”
A response strategy in view of a new guideline suggesting that examiners should not identify a claimed concept as an abstract idea “unless it is similar to at least one concept that the courts have identified as an abstract idea" involves distinguishing pending claims from those in the cases discussing the asserted abstract concepts, and explaining why the reasoning employed by the courts in those cases does not apply, says Brian E... (continued)
While the National Collegiate Athletic Association may claim a win over not having to make payments to athletes for licensing their names, images and likenesses, that victory should be tempered by both the Ninth Circuit’s refusal to give the NCAA any level of immunity from antitrust scrutiny and the possibility of loss on appeal, says Timothy Epstein of Duggan Bertsch LLC.