Women’s clothing purveyor Deb Shops Inc. on Tuesday was hit with a trademark suit by Victoria's Secret Stores Inc., which alleges the retailer has been infringing its line of “Pink” trademarks by hawking counterfeit apparel bearing the same marks.
Washington, D.C.-based inventor John L. Breckenridge hit BlackBerry Ltd. and U.S. arm BlackBerry Corp. with a patent infringement lawsuit in Texas federal court Monday, saying the “smart dialing” system used in several of the company’s smartphones infringes his patent.
Heart health management company Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp. launched a suit in Massachusetts federal court Monday alleging a laboratory testing company's genetic testing for statin-induced myopathy risk violates Boston Heart's licensed patent for the same testing.
Bob Marley’s estate hit chicken finger restaurant Raising Cane’s USA LLC with a trademark infringement suit in Massachusetts federal court Friday, alleging the company’s “Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers One Love” trademark infringes on the legendary reggae singer’s mark.
Ilumisys Inc., the maker of LED systems designed to replace fluorescent tube lights, on Friday alleged Philips Electronics America Corp. infringed on its patents for the lights in a suit in Michigan federal court.
Davis-Standard LLC sued an ex-vice president and a rival liquid coating equipment maker, SAM North America LLC, in Connecticut federal court Tuesday, saying the former executive had breached a noncompete agreement and violated trade secrets by joining SAM last month.
The Travelers Indemnity Co. recently fired off a lawsuit against Legal & General Group PLC and its affiliates in Connecticut federal court demanding that the U.K. financial services and insurance company stop using a logo the insurer says infringes the iconic Travelers umbrella mark.
Whole Foods Market Inc. was slapped with an infringement and unfair competition suit in Washington federal court Tuesday by organic health food company Eat Right Foods Ltd., which alleges the grocer has stepped on its trademarks by affixing the phrase "eat right" to certain products in its stores.
The artist who created a seductive replica of the Statue of Liberty for a Las Vegas hotel and casino sued the U.S. Postal Service last week, claiming the mail carrier violated his copyrights by using a picture of the sculpture on a stamp without permission.
New Jersey-based Immunomedics Inc. has sued the University of California and Temple University to protect the biopharmaceutical company's alleged rights over a valuable life sciences product that a scientist fomerly with an entity that licensed such assets to Immunomedics may have improperly transferred to UC San Francisco.
Deckers Outdoor Corp., owner of the Ugg footwear brand, sued a host of unnamed foreign-based Internet stores for trademark infringement in Illinois federal court Monday, alleging they created hundreds of Web stores with unauthorized Ugg branding to sell counterfeit boots.
The Dow Chemical Co. filed an amended complaint at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday, alleging a competitor operating in Turkey and the Netherlands imported patent-infringing paint polymers into the U.S. and stole trade secrets from former Dow employees.
Google Inc. was hit an infringement suit Tuesday in California federal court by a video social networking company that claims the technology giant’s Hangouts video-chat feature steps on its trademark.
A radio jingle and music licensing company bought by Westwood One Inc. infringed the copyright to the Norman Greenbaum hit “Sprit in the Sky” by distributing copies to radio networks without permission, according to a suit filed Wednesday by the song’s producer and copyright holder.
Rhapsody International Inc. finally went to court Wednesday in a long-brewing fight over its control of the infamous “Napster” name, lodging a trademark infringement and unfair competition suit against the owner of an open-source music sharing site called Napster.fm.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. hit Accord Healthcare Inc. with a patent infringement lawsuit in New Jersey federal court on Tuesday, saying Accord asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve generic versions of Novartis’ bone drug Zometa prior to the expiration of a patent that protects it.
A slot machine company filed a $5 million suit Tuesday against a competitor formed by the company’s former in-house counsel, alleging he poached employees and appropriated trade secrets in violation of a nondisclosure agreement he signed upon his exit.
A woman who says her photo was used to make fake profiles on IAC/Interactive Corp.-owned dating sites, including Match.com, filed a $1.5 billion putative class action Thursday seeking to force the sites to use facial recognition technology to protect customers from fraudulent profiles.
Vitamin Shoppe Industries Inc. on Thursday sued law firm Seeger Weiss LLP in New York federal court, arguing the firm had misused its trademarks on a website designed to solicit plaintiffs for a class action over alleged misrepresentations related to its BodyTech protein supplements.
Shire LLC accused generic-drug maker Apotex Inc. on Thursday of violating its intellectual property by seeking to sell a copy of Shire's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Intuniv before the patents covering it expired.
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.
On Dec. 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act, which would modify patent law to make it harder for so-called patent trolls to perpetrate litigation abuses. There is parallel legislation in the Senate, but it is more limited and arguably directed to the worst patent-litigation abuses, say Jeffrey Lesovitz and Daniel Goettle of Woodcock Washburn LLP.
While the technology at issue in Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems Inc. was not life sciences, the implications of the Federal Circuit's decision, and the trend in the law it reflects, likely will be significant for companies that often rely on method-of-treatment, mechanism-of-action and method-of-manufacturing patents as key value drivers. Such patents may be materially weakened, say Eric Marandett and Diana Huang of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board's recent ruling in Garmin v. Cuozzo — the first final decision after trial in an inter partes review — provides important guidance for patent practitioners for inter partes review, litigation and prosecution, say Susan Glovsky and Timothy Meagher of Hamilton Brook Smith & Reynolds PC.
The European Commission’s recent proposal to establish a common definition of "trade secrets" and set of remedies in all 28 EU members states is likely to increase confidence that this element of intellectual property policy can be addressed effectively in the trade agreement currently in negotiation between the EU and U.S., say Jan-Diederik Lindemans and Mark Klapow of Crowell & Moring LLP.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will not institute an inter partes review unless the petition includes an identification of “each real party-in-interest” for the petition. Although the determination of whether a party is a real party-in-interest is a highly fact-specific inquiry, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's practice guide and related decisions provide some helpful guidance, say Michael Smith and Michael Twomey of WilmerHale.
There is an important trade secret component to the highly publicized Amanda Knox murder case. The tension between the public criminal proceeding and Boise State University's assertions of trade secret protection over allegedly exculpatory forensic evidence raises novel legal issue, says Eulonda Skyles of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.