From Bieber to Biggie to Bruno Mars, 2016 was a banner year for accusations that popular music was ripped off from earlier material without permission. To recap, Law360 broke down every case – a quick rundown, the key names involved, and side-by-side audio of the songs at play.
A mobile device case maker urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to revive its fight with an OtterBox unit over rights to the “Life Proof” trademark for phone cases, saying it was using a version of the tagline before its rival registered the mark and arguing it’s not merely descriptive.
The Federal Circuit ruled on Friday that a Fo2Go LLC photo processing patent was invalid as indefinite, upholding a lower court ruling that ended infringement lawsuits brought against companies including Pinterest Inc. and Yahoo Inc.
Power Integrations Inc. is not entitled to enhanced damages for its $140 million jury win against rival chip maker Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. for patent infringement, a California federal judge ruled Friday, saying PI had not made a showing of “egregious misconduct.”
Urban Outfitters Inc. urged the Ninth Circuit at a hearing Friday to reverse a judge’s finding that it infringed a copyrighted fabric design, saying the question of whether a pattern on one of its dresses was substantially similar to the fabric was for a jury to decide.
Software company ATopTech Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware on Friday, about 10 months after a California federal jury hit it with a $30 million verdict on accusations of infringing Synopsys Inc.'s copyrights, but says it has a potential buyer lined up to anchor a bankruptcy auction.
The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission released on Friday updated antitrust guidelines for the licensing of intellectual property, taking into account recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and changes to copyright and patent terms.
A California state judge on Friday denied startup Twist Bioscience Corp.’s bid to trim Agilent Technologies Inc.’s suit accusing Twist’s founder of stealing its proprietary DNA synthesis technology, finding that trade secret claims don't preempt breach of loyalty claims under the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Chicago Cubs battle the Colorado Avalanche over the hockey club's new logo, Sazerac and E&J Gallo clash over "High" brands, and Tinder aims to block a "Swipe" mark.
Reebok on Friday lost a bid in federal court to shield its former CEO Ulrich Becker from deposition in the trademark suit the company filed against apparel makers who allegedly infringed its RBK brand.
Counsel for a New York inventor who gained notoriety as an alleged self-help "cult leader" fought on Friday to revive the man’s patent infringement suit against Microsoft Corp. and AT&T Inc. over teleconferencing technology, assuring a Federal Circuit panel that he owns the rights to the patents.
Menswear supplier Hampshire Group Ltd. knit together a quick bankruptcy sale of its top brands in Delaware on Friday, netting less than $1 million but still calling the development an important step toward an orderly Chapter 11 liquidation.
A California telecommunications products company Thursday urged a California judge to ax counterclaims from a former business partner in a breach of contract case, saying the claims of fraud, forgery and misappropriation of trade secrets fail to meet basic pleading requirements.
Photographers alleging that the National Football League forced them into a raw deal with the Associated Press asked a New York federal judge to amend his judgment and allow an appeal of some of their claims, arguing that they are distinct from the claims that are scheduled for arbitration.
The beginning of 2017 has seen Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Fenwick & West LLP grow their life sciences teams, and Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Mandelbaum Salsburg PC, Saul Ewing LLP and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC expand their health care groups.
Electronic Acts Inc. scored a victory at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday, when the board invalidated much of a sports video game patent that EA’s college football and golf video games are accused of infringing.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took up a fight between Amgen and Sandoz over the obligations of biosimilar makers to give advance notice of sales and divulge approval applications to innovator counterparts, setting the stage for an industry-defining decision.
Software company HealthTrio LLC on Friday fought to reverse a ruling that its patents for an online record-keeping system asserted against health insurance giant Aetna Inc. are invalid as abstract, telling the Federal Circuit that the technology encompasses far more than simply translating information for electronic databases.
Two U.S. senators reintroduced bipartisan legislation on Thursday that proposes to crack down on anti-competitive pay-for-delay pharmaceutical deals in which brand companies pay their generic rivals not to compete as part of a patent settlement.
Visage Imaging Inc. won a ruling Wednesday that a patent for a 3-D medical image system is unenforceable after a Georgia federal judge decided that the patent's owner committed inequitable conduct while getting the patent reinstated.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld an order barring Teva from launching a generic version of Eli Lilly’s lung cancer drug Alimta, ruling that the generics maker is liable for inducing infringement of an Eli Lilly patent under the court’s recent en banc Akamai decision.
Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.
Two sections of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act are the subject of writs of certiorari that have just been granted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Amgen v. Sandoz. The need for resolution of ambiguity in the statute is clear, says Scott Pierce of Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds PC.
Court rulings in the six months since the U.S. Supreme Court's Halo decision reveal a trend — defendants are more incentivized to seek and rely on timely advice from counsel on noninfringement and invalidity. In 2017, more clients will be seeking formal opinion letters and taking remedial actions early on, says Matthew Werber of SpencePC.
The current eight-member U.S. Supreme Court will examine two Native American cases early this year, and may hear additional cases following the confirmation of a ninth justice. Thomas Gede of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP discusses the most important cases to pay attention to, including Lewis v. Clarke and Lee v. Tam.
Is Amazon legally the seller of items made available by third parties on Amazon.com? And is the e-commerce giant liable if those products infringe someone else's patents? A Washington federal court answered no to both questions. As the Federal Circuit considers the case, it must balance patent protection with market access, says JD Wooten of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.
In Mission Product Holdings v. Tempnology, the bankruptcy appellate panel for the First Circuit held that Section 365(n) did not protect the exclusive distribution rights granted to the licensee of the debtor’s intellectual property, leaving unaddressed the practical implication that an IP license may be rendered worthless without the accompanying distribution rights, say Shmuel Vasser and Andrew Harmeyer of Dechert LLP.
A host of different government agencies enforce laws that impose obligations for companies that manufacture and sell medical devices to the public. Attorneys at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC explore the many different ramifications of a medical device hack and provide some suggestions on planning for and responding to such a breach.
In institution decisions where art or arguments were previously presented during inter partes review, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board regularly identifies eight reasons in considering whether the art or argument are “substantially the same,” say Virginia Carron and Ashley Winkler of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.
As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.