CBS Interactive Inc. agreed Tuesday to settle claims it infringed patents for cataloging and organizing digital multimedia with the episodes and clips streaming on its website, according to a motion filed in Delaware federal court.
A Texas appeals court on Wednesday held Ricochet Energy Inc. doesn’t have to indemnify its co-founder for a $5 million jury verdict stemming from his alleged theft of a seismic map from the company that he used to drain an oil and gas reservoir Ricochet planned to develop.
A Federal Circuit panel on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s noninfringement judgment in an Acacia Research Corp. unit’s suit against Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other electronics giants over a patent relating to computer power management.
Novartis AG has reached a tentative settlement of its patent infringement suit over Accord Healthcare Inc. USA’s pursuit of government approval for a generic form of the drug Myfortic, which prevents patients from rejecting transplanted organs, according to a joint motion filed Thursday in D.C. federal court.
Samsung Electronics Co. on Thursday reportedly lost its South Korean lawsuit claiming that certain models of archrival Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad infringed three of its patents, in the latest blow to the Seoul-based smartphone maker.
A California federal judge Wednesday threw out a Chinese inventor's claims that Google Inc., Blockbuster LLC and others infringed his patent on a program that protects software from unauthorized use, finding that a payment-related limitation he added isn’t supported by the patent.
U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff on Wednesday set the royalty percentage Nintendo Co. Ltd. owes Tomita Technologies International Ltd. for using Tomita’s patented camera technology in its 3DS gaming system, ruling a flat amount per device would be an “unearned windfall” for Tomita as prices decline.
The U.S. International Trade Commission will review an administrative law judge’s determination that some HTC Corp. smartphones infringed two Nokia Corp. patents, saying Monday it will reconsider the judge’s striking of expert testimony and findings on claim construction and infringement.
A Massachusetts judge granted class certification on Wednesday to a group of direct purchasers alleging AstraZeneca PLC and others breached antitrust laws by engineering the delay of a generic form of heartburn drug Nexium.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday rebuffed St. Jude Medical Inc.'s bid to have the court reconsider its ruling that a St. Jude patent for a vascular closure device was not protected by the U.S. patent code's safe-harbor provision against allegations of double-patenting, and was therefore invalid.
Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar NP said Wednesday that a Portuguese court had refused Anheuser-Busch InBev NV a trademark for “Budweiser” — the latest decision in a century-long global battle over the beer name.
A California federal judge refused Tuesday to overturn a jury’s August verdict that Abbyy Software House and printer company Lexmark International Inc. did not infringe three of Nuance Communications Inc.’s patents for optical character recognition software, which ended Nuance's $107 million lawsuit.
An Arizona federal judge on Tuesday tossed consumer information company Experian Information Solutions Inc.'s copyright infringement lawsuit claiming another firm copied and redistributed material from its online database, finding Experian failed to allege the defendant had lifted anything but non-copyrightable data.
Longtime rivals Rambus Inc. and Micron Technology Inc. on Monday announced they have inked a broad patent cross-license agreement that definitively ends 13 years of patent and antitrust litigation, with Micron paying up to $280 million to Rambus over the next seven years.
A New York federal judge on Friday tossed Enzo Biochem Inc.'s breach of contract, unfair competition and patent claims against two biotechnology companies over their use of its patented technology for labeling nucleotides, the basic building blocks of DNA, after finding Enzo could not back up its accusations.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand rulings axing a trade secret theft claim involving hard disk drive technology brought by engineering firm Convolve Inc. against units of Seagate Technology (US) Holdings Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co., rebuffing Convolve's constitutional arguments.
Impax Laboratories Inc. has settled a suit alleging its proposed generic version of OxyContin infringed Purdue Pharma LP's patents for a tamper-resistant version of the painkiller, according to a consent judgment filed Friday in a suit that had been rolled into antitrust multidistrict litigation in New York federal court.
Orion Corp. and Hospira Inc. have reached a settlement with Sandoz Inc. in a suit in the Federal Circuit accusing the Novartis AG unit of infringing Orion’s patent on sedation drug Precedex, agreeing to allow Sandoz to launch its version of the drug next year, Hospira announced Thursday.
Coach Inc. on Thursday settled its trademark infringement suit against the owners of a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., flea market, who agreed to pay $5.5 million to the luxury leather goods company to end its suit accusing the flea market of aiding its vendors' infringement of Coach marks.
The U.S. International Trade Commission issued an import ban Friday on products from Monsoon Multimedia Inc. and C2 Microsystems Inc. that it found to violate video "place shifting" patents held by Sling Media Inc., maker of the TV streaming device Slingbox.
In Jaffé v. Samsung Electronics, the Fourth Circuit joined the Fifth Circuit in concluding that Bankruptcy Code § 1522(a) requires balancing the interests of a foreign debtor and its creditors when considering whether to apply a foreign law. The facts of the case — particularly with respect to the unique semiconductor industry cross-licensing practice — appeared to play a significant role in the court's reasoning, say attorneys with Hunton & Williams LLP.
In the past year, small senior users alleging reverse confusion against large companies have been on the losing end in most decisions. A possible common thread in 2013 reverse confusion cases is a reluctance by courts to find senior trademarks conceptually strong. Courts are also placing significant weight on evidence of third-party use, says Floyd Mandell of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.
Once brand owners have reviewed the list of new generic top-level domains and their launch dates, they would be well suited to ring in the New Year with a proactive mindset. Gear up to P.O.L.I.C.E. your marks by focusing on planning, offense, leverage, informed defense, the clearinghouse and economics, say attorneys with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.
The extensive amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 that took effect on Dec. 1, 2013, bring welcome changes that simplify and streamline subpoena practice. In particular, the elimination of uncertainty in determining where compliance can be required and where service can be effected will reduce the effort and costs involved in issuing subpoenas, say Lawrence Friedman and Sheilah Kane of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Increased filing fees, added discovery, use of experts and other trial aspects have led to inter partes review costs equivalent to simple court litigation. However, if a nonpracticing entity is willing to settle for this same amount or less than the cost of a normal inter partes review, which is often the case, a budget inter partes review should be considered, says Paul Haughey of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Ongoing antitrust disputes in the sports-licensing context involving the NFL and its teams, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its member institutions, could have a profound effect on the business of professional and collegiate sports in 2014 and beyond, says Miriam Vishio of Dickstein Shapiro LLP.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review CLS Bank International v. Alice Corp. was announced on Dec. 6, the wires have been flooded with alarmist articles, but fears that software patents could be categorically excluded from patent eligibility by judicial decree are misplaced, says Linda Thayer of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.
Under the new Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act, there is no reason to expect any less protection for technical and economic information useful in oil and gas exploration and production. A comparison of the factors Texas courts have been using to determine if a trade secret exists and the new statutory definition reveals substantial overlap, say Steve Borgman and David Tobin of Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Had the U.S. International Trade Commission's pilot program been applied in 2007, and had each case through 2011 been subject to early resolution on domestic industry, importation or standing, the agency could have saved a considerable amount of time, effort and money by fully resolving eight cases, saving an average of 286 days per investigation, says Andrew Clarke of ARPC.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.