The two-year legal war between Apple Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. over patents, licensing practices and trade secrets is barreling ahead, with a series of notable legal developments in recent months. Here is everything you need to know to get up to speed.
Netflix Inc. was hit with a lawsuit Friday over its new interactive movie "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" by the company that owns the trademark rights to the once-popular "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series.
As the government shutdown drags on, Law360 is compiling answers to some of the most pressing questions on attorneys' minds.
The Federal Circuit on Thursday backed a finding that a data compression patent owned by Realtime Data LLC is too obvious to be valid, delivering a blow to the company's claims that Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.'s data compression products rip off its intellectual property.
A new indictment alleging a sweeping campaign by two Chinese government-backed hackers to loot sensitive business data from dozens of American companies is yet more evidence that political agreements between the two countries not to hack each other for economic gain have not gone far enough, attorneys say.
Riddell Inc. wants a Chicago federal court to end a competitor's lawsuit alleging infringement of three football-helmet patents, saying Wednesday the dispute has dwindled down to "three narrow — and dispositive — issues."
The deputy solicitor of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a former attorney at Covington & Burling LLP, has been elevated to the role of solicitor, the office said Thursday.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's new guidance is meant to provide examiners a straightforward way to determine when applications contain patent-ineligible material, not to expand upon what is considered ineligible, the agency said Thursday.
The weird shape of Bubba Burgers, which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tentatively registered as a trademark this week, is hardly the first food design to secure such protection, but doing so is no easy task. Here's why, plus a look at four more foods that have become trademarks.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation asked a California federal judge Wednesday to be allowed to intervene in litigation brought by Uniloc USA against Apple over a patent related to technology for connecting telephones and computers, saying that the sealing of documents violates common law and the First Amendment.
A former pro wrestler can drop his allegation that Microsoft Studios Inc. and Epic Games Inc. violated federal trademark law with a character in “Gears of War” that allegedly bears a strong resemblance to him, but a Pennsylvania federal judge won’t allow him to add a claim that the company should have told him about the use of his image, the judge said Thursday.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has agreed to review a Caterpillar Inc. patent covering a milling machine despite the equipment maker’s contentions the review would be a waste of resources in light of a case at the U.S. International Trade Commission, with members noting that unlike the board, the commission cannot invalidate patents.
W.B. Mason must face accusations that its “Blizzard” brand water infringed on fast-food chain Dairy Queen’s blended ice cream confection of the same name after a Minnesota federal judge ruled the out-of-state office company is subject to Minnesota general jurisdiction because it consents to do business there.
A state district court judge in Texas has denied a bid from Amrock, formerly known as Title Source Inc., for a new trial in an intellectual property lawsuit brought by former business partner HouseCanary Inc. that resulted in its being slammed with a $706 million verdict.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s new guidance to examiners on how computer-related patent applications must be written to avoid being rejected as indefinite shows that the office is paying close attention to an area of the law that has been murky, attorneys say.
Two members of a Federal Circuit panel repeatedly questioned counsel from Sprint on Wednesday about why it should not have to pay damages after Prism Technologies LLC sought to keep the telecommunications company on the hook for a $32.2 million judgment for patent infringement, even though it had its patents invalidated in a separate case.
One of two digital-imaging patents whose infringement was set to cost Samsung $19.2 million is invalid, the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday, giving the top device maker high hopes for a multimillion-dollar haircut to that judgment as the parties await the outcome of a related appeal.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ordered a coffee company to pay $2.4 million in damages to companies connected to late reggae artist Bob Marley for continuing to sell Marley-branded java after a trademark license agreement between the companies was terminated.
A Federal Circuit panel on Wednesday questioned counsel for Toshiba Corp., Funai Electric Co. and MiiCs & Partners America Inc. on the location of a thin film transistor in Toshiba and Funai LCD screens, which MiiCs has accused of infringing its patents, as well as the meaning of the word "in."
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will review a patent on cellphone signal-boosting technology challenged by defensive patent group Unified Patents Inc., according to a decision made public Tuesday, rejecting arguments that accused infringers Samsung and Verizon were interested parties not named in Unified's petition.
Morgan Lewis has added a sixth person to its roster of full-time pro bono lawyers as of Wednesday, a dedicated trials specialist who formerly focused on intellectual property and has filed briefs in high-profile appeals.
Stand-out intellectual property attorneys this year landed multimillion dollar verdicts, prevailed at the Supreme Court, and clarified patent infringement standards at the Federal Circuit. The accomplishments of these six IP lawyers set them apart from their peers and earned them spots on Law360's list of Intellectual Property MVPs.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu told Law360 in an interview Thursday that the many changes he has spearheaded during his busy first year in office should provide a clearer landscape where patentees and the public know better how patent disputes might play out.
The challenges of U.S. patent litigation, combined with increasing levels of comfort with courts in Europe and Asia, are driving companies in high-stakes disputes to increasingly look beyond the U.S. and adopt global enforcement strategies. But it can be daunting to sift through the intricacies of patent litigation around the world. Here, we break down what you need to know about some of the world’s hottest patent venues.
Law360 guest authors weighed in on a host of key legal industry issues this year, ranging from in-house tips for success and open secrets about BigLaw diversity to criticisms of the equity partnership and associate salary models. Here are five articles that captured the most attention.
Take a peek behind the scenes of four U.S. Supreme Court cases from 2018, as the attorneys who won them reflect on the challenges they faced and the decisions they made that led to victory.
Patent-eligibility guidance and inter partes review developments were among the hot topics for intellectual property practitioners this year.
This year brought significant developments in U.S. trade secret law, including further guidance on the Defend Trade Secrets Act and varied court interpretations of customer lists as trade secrets, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels.
A recent Law360 guest article claimed that multiple inter partes reviews for a single claim are often not repetitive. This argument misstates U.S. patent law, and defends precisely the type of abuse that the statutory structure was designed to prohibit, says Robert Taylor of RPT Legal Strategies PC.
The long period of relative patent peace in the automotive industry may be coming to an end due to three new trends. Michael Summersgill and Arthur Coviello of WilmerHale analyze these trends and provide recommendations for preparing for a new period of heightened litigation risk.
In addition to assembling iPhones, China has grown to be an important market for the product. A sales ban of iPhones in China, if carried out by the Fuzhou Intermediate Court, could deal a major economic blow to Apple, says Elizabeth Chien-Hale, an attorney with CKR Law LLP and former senior counsel at Apple Inc.
The Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018 introduced last week will not completely satisfy either branded pharmaceutical companies or their generic challengers, but would be a win for patients counting on access to new miracle drugs, says professor Anthony Caso, director of the Claremont Institute’s Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic at Chapman University Fowler School of Law.
The First Circuit's recent decision in the matter of the Asacol Antitrust Litigation may prove to be a watershed in pharmaceutical antitrust litigation, offering some precision in interpreting the burden of class certification and making clear what defendants must establish, say experts at Analysis Group Inc.
A major hurdle to the Federal Circuit’s full participation in developing patent law is Article III standing to appeal from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Matthew Dowd of Dowd Scheffel PLLC and Jonathan Stroud of Unified Patents examine whether the Federal Circuit will recognize and apply competitor standing for establishing an injury in fact.