The global licensing flare-up between Apple and Qualcomm was extinguished abruptly Tuesday with a dramatic settlement announced moments after opening arguments. The deal ends all litigation between the California tech giants, but it doesn’t directly impact the U.S. government’s enforcement action against the chipmaker. Here, Law360 looks at what’s ahead for Qualcomm after its armistice with Apple.
Lawmakers working on legislation to rewrite patent eligibility law have unveiled a framework for what they want their bill to look like, and attorneys say that while the plan could bring more clarity on the contentious issue, it could also invite new disputes about what can be patented.
The Chinese phone and tablet maker Huawei asked a Texas federal court on Thursday to erase a $13.2 million patent infringement award, saying trial winner PanOptis distorted a jury's views by declaring that Huawei "doesn't pay royalties to anybody."
The Federal Circuit on Friday ruled a Hologic patent related to a treatment for abnormal menstrual bleeding was invalid because it would have been obvious, upholding a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Halliburton Energy Services is suing a former engineer, alleging he stole its proprietary information for a new technology, quit the company, patented that stolen intellectual property and then tried to sell it back to the company.
A Federal Circuit panel on Friday said a lower court wrongly threw out a $7.5 million jury verdict against Novozymes A/S in a patent case over technology that helps with ethanol processing, deciding the district court erred when it found the patents were anticipated by an earlier invention.
Blue Cross Blue Shield accused Janssen Biotech of misusing patent infringement suits to keep generic versions of prostate cancer drug Zytiga at bay, telling a Virginia federal judge the drug giant tricked the government into issuing a new patent on the treatment.
A company that sells a popular brand of cannabis pipes has quietly become the most litigious trademark plaintiff in the country, filing hundreds of cases in recent years against small retailers that it says are selling counterfeit bongs.
Greenberg Traurig LLP has brought on a former Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP partner with more than two decades of experience in patent law to its Atlanta office, the firm has announced.
A former Philips Medical Systems employee stole trade secrets that have given a competitor “a decadeslong head start” in designing and selling its own knock off version of Philips X-ray tubes, the technology company told an Illinois federal judge Friday.
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the famous Stonewall Inn aims to block an LGBTQ group from locking down "Stonewall" marks, the NCAA wants to block a "Motor City Madness" mark and Lucasfilm goes for another fictional deep-dive about "Star Wars."
A split Federal Circuit panel on Friday sided with the U.S. International Trade Commission’s finding that one of Roomba maker iRobot’s patents had not been infringed, delivering a setback to the robot vacuum company months after it clinched an import ban against several of its rivals for ripping off another of its cleaning patents.
The Federal Circuit on Friday invalidated parts of two patents covering technology used in electronic toll systems, upholding the U.S. International Trade Commission’s decision in an infringement case Neology Inc. brought against rival companies.
Consumers are not being fooled into thinking AT&T's upgraded fourth-generation service is actually 5G, the company told a New York federal court Thursday as it sought to oppose Sprint's attempt to prevent it from marketing the service as "5G Evolution."
The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to invalidate claims from a Rosetta-Wireless Corp. network server patent challenged by Apple and Samsung, and agreed that the data solutions company can't amend its patent.
The Federal Circuit won't reconsider its decision to throw out a $19.2 million patent infringement verdict against Samsung, despite arguments from a nonpracticing entity that the panel wrongly substituted its own judgment for the jury's.
In this week’s round of intellectual property attorney moves, Cole Schotz boosted its Dallas office with four new IP lawyers, while Davis Wright Tremaine added a music festival and esports IP expert, and Ropers Majeski launched an IP-focused office in Miami. Here are the details on these and other notable IP hires.
A growing, global McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced the opening of a full-on, full-practice Delaware office recently, in a move the firm said reflects growing demand for Delaware lawyers across the state's growing corporate and commercial law venues.
A 19-member intellectual property group from Budd Larner PC has departed for Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP’s Madison, New Jersey, office, where it will serve the state’s thriving pharmaceutical industry and other businesses.
Polsinelli added a pair of former Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC intellectual property attorneys to its Boston office in an effort to boost its biotechnology and life science patent prosecution practice group, the firm said Thursday.
Law firms in Delaware set the pace for firms filing the most patent suits over the first quarter of 2019, continuing a recent trend, while one national firm made its presence known by filing close to two dozen cases on behalf of the maker of a popular baby carrier.
The Federal Circuit has been awash in appeals for years now, but in 2018 the appeals court appeared to take its patent workload in stride. Law360’s annual look at the Federal Circuit’s patent docket uses Law360 data and reporting to dive into the most important trends at the appeals court.
A former Bracewell LLP patent litigator who recently took the federal bench in Waco, Texas, has caused a major stir for the state's intellectual property bar, with some firms betting the new judge could grow the Western District of Texas into a patent hotbed that could rival the state's Eastern District.
Delaware unseated the Eastern District of Texas as the top patent hotspot. Two boutique intellectual property firms dominated at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. District courts saw fewer cases, and patent owners sought fewer Injunctions. 2018 was a year when patent attorneys retooled their strategies.
In patenting innovations involving artificial intelligence, there is uncertainty on issues like inventorship, adequacy of disclosure, assessment of nonobviousness, and patent eligibility. The field of biotechnology once faced similar challenges, say Enrica Bruno and Brian Cash of Steinfl & Bruno.
A recent Law360 article reported on federal judges bemoaning jury trials' nationwide decline, but these laments are unfounded as jury trials have been replaced by better alternatives, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board's decision in Proppant Express v. Oren provides one example of permissible self-joinder for inter partes review petitioners after the one-year bar. Though limited, the ruling may apply to several other circumstances, say Stephen Zinda and James Hall of Blank Rome.
Recently filed class actions against AbbVie and various biosimilar manufacturers, alleging that the U.S. Supreme Court's Actavis decision should be applied to supposedly anti-competitive biologic/biosimilar settlement agreements, indicate that the biologic space may be the next hotbed of pharmaceutical antitrust activity, say James Kovacs and Ankur Kapoor of Constantine Cannon.
Instead of going to college after high school, I followed in my father’s footsteps and became an electrician. Later I became an electrical engineer, and then an IP attorney. Every twist and turn along the way has made me a better lawyer, says Joseph Maraia of Burns & Levinson.
A recently adopted European copyright directive contains two controversial changes that are likely to alter the internet status quo by holding online content-sharing service providers liable for users' copyright violations, say Andrew Avsec and Tracey Starck of Brinks Gilson.
Garden leave — when a departing employee remains on company payroll and cannot compete with the employer — is an attractive alternative to regular noncompetes. Elisaveta Dolghih of Lewis Brisbois discusses the advantages and disadvantages of garden leave provisions and provides drafting best practices.
The recent U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision awarding Hitkansut more than $4 million in attorney fees explains the different fee standard for patent cases against the government, and may lead to increased interest in these types of cases, say Matthew Rizzolo and Steve Meil of Ropes & Gray.
In "The Jury Crisis," jury consultant and social psychologist Drury Sherrod spotlights the vanishing jury trial, providing a fascinating canary-in-the-coal-mine warning for lawyers, litigants and society at large, says U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad of the Western District of North Carolina.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office received thousands of comments on its new patent subject matter eligibility guidance. Stuart Meyer of Fenwick & West examines the many conflicting perspectives that emerged.