A Canadian man involved in an international hacking ring was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison on Thursday for stealing more than $100 million in intellectual property and other proprietary business data from Microsoft Corp. and others, according to Delaware federal court records.
California Commerce Club is the real winner in a dispute with a casino poker game patent holder, even though its supplier signed a licensing agreement for the patents it allegedly infringed while litigation was ongoing, a California federal judge found Wednesday.
Cable giant Charter Communications Inc. asked a Delaware Chancery judge Thursday to deny Avaya Inc.’s request to halt a New Jersey lawsuit over a contract dispute stemming from patent litigation, which was filed the same day as a practically identical action in Delaware Superior Court.
A Canadian company accused U.S. defense contractor HDT Global of infringing its patent for a mobile decontamination shelter in a suit filed Thursday in Ohio federal court.
A Texas federal judge on Thursday rejected Electronic Arts Inc.’s bid to quash a jury’s $4.9 million verdict for infringing an anti-piracy software patent held by Uniloc Luxembourg SA, ruling that while Uniloc may have tweaked its strategy, it remained consistent throughout trial.
LaTele Television CA asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to sanction a Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney representing Telemundo Communications Group LLC for allegedly duping the court into allowing additional discovery in a copyright row over Telemundo's programming.
The Fourth Circuit said Thursday that any dissatisfied challengers to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decisions who pursue district court reviews must cover all fees incurred by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the proceeding regardless of which side ultimately prevails.
A California federal judge on Thursday trimmed a toymaker’s suit alleging Viacom Inc. and toy manufacturer Spin Master Ltd. stole his idea for a team of talking rescue dogs with their “Paw Patrol” cartoon, saying federal copyright law preempted a Florida state law misappropriation claim against the toy company.
Citing a noninfringement verdict this week in a different case against ZTE Corp., InterDigital Communications Inc. on Thursday dropped some of its patent claims against Nokia Corp., leaving only one patent at issue in a trial set to begin Monday in Delaware.
A condominium and hotel development that was welcomed to its midtown Manhattan neighborhood last week with a $50 million trademark infringement lawsuit fired back on Wednesday, arguing the Bryant Park Hotel shouldn’t get an injunction because its trademark is too weak to enforce.
A Florida federal judge on Thursday nixed Mobile Promotions Network LLC’s bid to sanction Holland & Knight LLP for representing a website design company in a “frivolous” trademark row, saying there were “some isolated incidents” where customers were confused by the alleged infringement.
In its latest challenge to a drug patent under the America Invents Act, an organization tied to hedge fund manager Kyle Bass on Thursday took aim at a patent covering several Celgene Corp. drugs, bringing the number of drugmakers that have had patents challenged by his fund to six.
The New York Intellectual Property Law Association urged the full Federal Circuit to review the Cuozzo Speed Technologies LLC case, the first-ever America Invents Act review, saying the panel was wrong to hold that decisions to institute AIA reviews can never be reviewed.
The Navajo Nation told a federal judge Wednesday that Urban Outfitters Inc. is unfairly using its own shortcomings responding to discovery requests to limit potential damages in the tribes' suit over the retailer's allegedly illegal usage of the "Navajo" mark on its products.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled Thursday that three Thought Inc. data storage patents are invalid as obvious or anticipated, in a win for accused infringer Oracle Corp., which challenged them in America Invents Act reviews.
A New Jersey federal judge has invalidated two Wireless Media Innovations LLC shipping container patents for claiming abstract ideas, sinking two suits brought by the company against terminal operators it accused of infringing the patented technology.
InCom Corp. hit The Walt Disney Co. with a patent infringement lawsuit in California district court on Thursday, alleging the Mickey Mouse creator has been illegally using InCom's attendance tracking system patents to monitor attendance and purchase history in parks with its MagicBand system.
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP has strengthened its Ann Arbor, Michigan, patent practice with the addition of a former Brinks Gilson & Lione shareholder who has more than 25 years of experience, according to a recent announcement.
The Hershey Co. and a Maryland state lawmaker named Steve S. Hershey, who is being accused of infringing the confectionery company's famous brown and white trade dress by making campaign signs that mimicked the company's chocolate bar wrappers, announced Wednesday they have hammered out a tentative agreement to end the dispute.
Toyota Motor Sales USA agreed to settle a copyright suit Thursday, just one day after it argued that a Nevada federal judge had misconstrued copyright law by failing to find that a man who wrote a book about returning a stolen guitar to B.B. King is barred from suing the automaker over a commercial with the same plot.
Although deploying an extensible markup language invention disclosure system takes work, organizations that set up such a system will generally reap the rewards a year or two down the road, say Sunjeev Sikand of RatnerPrestia PC, Robin Hunziker of General Electric Global Research, and James Leonard of Price Heneveld LLP.
The Eastern District of Virginia ― known as the “Rocket Docket” ― had the fastest trial docket in the country in 2014, for the seventh year in a row. The median time interval to trial was 12.5 months. That’s compared to a nationwide average of 24.9 months to try a case, says Robert Tata, managing partner of Hunton & Williams LLP's Norfolk, Virginia, office.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to designate any biosimilar products as “interchangeable” and, although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' position on the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program is broadly applicable to all biosimilars, it remains unclear whether CMS will treat all biosimilars equally under Medicare, say attorneys at King & Spalding LLP.
Often the best way to establish inherency is to have your expert replicate the prior art and test the results to demonstrate the presence of the missing claim element. This can, however, be a risky proposition, says James Gumina of McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.
Entire market value rule, thank you for your efforts in patent damages jurisprudence, but you are no longer needed. You may have taken a glimmer of hope from the Federal Circuit’s opinion in Ericsson, where you received praise and vitality as a “substantive legal rule” derived from the damages statute, but Ericsson’s exposure of your underlying principles may be your undoing, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.
If we were developing a system to determine legal fees from a clean slate, we would price our professional services according to quality, efficiency and results — tasks and team would be agreed upon. Instead, we have an hourly system that discourages tight management, can lead to padded bills and includes time for work that may not have been necessary, says Gerald Knapton of Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC.
When a patent owner keeps the identity of its domestic industry licensee a secret, it can compromise the U.S. International Trade Commission’s ability to receive information it needs in order to determine whether to issue a remedial order designed to protect that industry, say Elizabeth Niemeyer and Smith Brittingham IV of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.
Although it appears that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is employing a more flexible and less formalistic approach to considering motions filed without prior authorization and granting requests for extensions of time, it is still a best practice to follow the board’s rules and request authorization, say Michael Siekman and Chelsea Loughran of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.
It is clear that many marks owners have not yet maximized the trademark protections built into the new top-level domain program, says Sheri Falco, general counsel of ICM Registry LLC.
By establishing a process for regular review of patent portfolio filing and management decisions and by engaging with appropriate stakeholders in the process, a patent owner can bring discipline, judgment and strategic thinking to management of its portfolio, says Michael Moore, intellectual property and deputy general counsel at Rambus Inc.