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A California judge Thursday ruled that a hoverboard company willfully infringed the trademark of UL LLC and awarded the testing giant $1 million, calling the need for deterrence significant because the counterfeit use of UL’s marks influences consumer understanding of their safety.
A Texas federal judge on Thursday boosted by 20 percent a $17.7 million damages judgment against Medtronic Inc. for infringement of two medical device patents, saying the add-on was warranted given evidence of “reckless” copying, though he declined to grant attorneys’ fees.
A New York federal judge on Friday ordered a psychotherapist to turn over to a former trainee any emails naming the trainee or her trauma therapy regimen so she can search for disparaging remarks he may have made violating a settlement in their trademark row over the psychotherapist’s “Brainspotting” mark.
Samsung, Intel and other companies urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to crack down on owners of standard-essential patents who don’t license them on fair terms, and to allow a Federal Trade Commission suit accusing Qualcomm of doing that to proceed in court.
The Federal Circuit on Friday ordered the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to vacate part of a decision that invalidated claims in a Fairchild (Taiwan) Corp. patent, finding that a rival’s challenge to certain claims couldn’t be maintained due to the inter partes re-examination estoppel provision.